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Adobe Photoshop CS6 for Photographers
A comprehensive look at CS6's tools
It may have taken only one Evening to write it, but it will take you several months to ingest all of the lessons within the pages of Martin Evening's latest, "Adobe Photoshop CS6 for Photographers". The book is a massive 800 pages long, and filled with all kinds of instruction, tips, tricks and necessary information for photographers who are looking to really refine their images.
Disclaimer: I run a user group in Los Angeles. It is a monthly meeting for digital media artists of all kinds. The book was sent to me for review and as a door prize for the attendees of the meeting.
The book showed up a few days before the monthly meeting was to take place. I only had about a week to look through the pages of this monster, but as a veteran professional photoshop user, I recognized the importance of the book on the first thumb-through.
The book targets photographers - a visual bunch of people. Author Martin Evening carefully lays out the most important elements of each page with beautiful screenshots that illustrate the lessons of each chapter. This is an imperative part of a book like this. We need to see what the effects are. Descriptive words aren't enough. Compressed, online video can't do justice to what photographers hope to achieve in their work.
The book is big. Yes.
It's 800 pages. Each page is loaded with information. It has to be. Photoshop as an application has become loaded with information. Each tool has to be used with finesse to achieve the level of work that Evening describes.
Martin Evening is a professional photographer and digital imaging consultant, an experienced Photoshop user and key demo artist for Adobe.
You can download a sample chapter (Chapter 6: Black and White) from the book.
If you'd like to purchase it directly from Focal (via Taylor & Francis), you can click over to their website and check out the sample chapter before you buy: http://www.taylorandfrancis.com/books/details/9780240526041/
It's on sale (big discount) at Barnes&Nobel or Amazon too.
It's a big book. I didn't see an eBook version of this on Focal's website. This would be a perfect companion to have on your iPad, sitting on your desk while you work in Photoshop CS6. If you read this in your lap (did I mention that it was big), you'll probably want to get back to your computer so you can try out all of the new skills the book shares.
Open brain. Cram in knowledge. This is one of those reference books that you'll come back to again and again.
Ko Maruyama is a freelance animator in Los Angeles. In addition to working on film and broadcast animations, Ko teaches at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design - focusing on motion design. When working, writing or testing software allows, you can find him lending a hand in the After Effects board and lurking among the Cinema4D, Visual Effects and Photoshop posts within the DMNForums.
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