Photoshop Retouching Cookbook for Digital Photographers
113 Easy-to-Follow Recipes to Improve Your Photos and Create Special Effects
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: August 2005
Pages: 176

With the introduction of affordable and easy-to use digital cameras, people are takingphotographs like never before. While the digital medium greatly simplifies thephotographic process, it also offers photographers unprecedented opportunities tomanipulate their images on their personal computers.

Photoshop Retouching Cookbook for Digital Photographers tells you everything you need to know to use Adobe Photoshop CS2 to adjust, correct, retouch, and manipulate your photographs-without making you first learn everything there is to know about the application. These straightforward, easy-to-follow recipes give you specific directions so you can quickly and easily:

  • Fix exposure, focus, and color problems
  • Add special effects like motion blurs, lens effects, and surface textures
  • Improve portraits by removing red eye, wrinkles, and blemishes
  • Add and remove objects from photos seamlessly
  • Use lighting effects to create more dramatic images
  • Restore faded and damaged photos
  • Give new shots a vintage, old-fashioned look
  • Create posterized and hand-tinted images
  • Assemble and fine-tune composite photos
  • Correct perspectives

The book tackles each real-life project in full color, with a hands-on approach. The fully illustrated recipes produce reliable and immediate results, and include "at a glance" panels and tip boxes that cover key techniques in detail.

Barry Huggins, the author of Photoshop Retouching Cookbook for Digital Photographers, has created the only recipe-format manual on photographic retouching targeted specifically to digital photographers. Founder of a highly successful multimedia training and consulting company, Huggins is uniquely qualified to deliver step-by-step instruction in digital retouching methodology, with easy-to-follow recipes that address specific problems and teach "best practices" techniques. This is his fifth book on digital imaging and graphics software.

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By Larry Green, The PhotoKenosha Group

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This book contains 113 great, easy to follow recipes to improve your photos. It takes you through the process, step by step, along with giving you many useful tips as you go. I've looked at a lot of other books, and they all fall short. Barry does a nice job of presenting the book.

Photoshop is a great program, with one exception; you need to work with the program day after day, to keep up on all the tricks and the work flow. Barry does a nice job taking you step by step through the whole process, start to finish. He is very thorough on many of the things you may want to do in Photoshop.

One thing I felt he could have spent some more time on was layers, otherwise I thought the book was very easy to read and the author made it very easy to follow along.

Nice job Barry.

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Photoshop Retouching Cookbook for Digital Photographers

ISBN: 0-596-10030-2

Reviewer: Joseph Iagnemmo

Austin Adobe Users Group

This is one of those books that has multiple functions. Not only does it become a reference book but, if you're like me, as you read many of the sections you will find yourself inspired to try what you learned on your own photos. I especially liked the section on how to make a photo look as if was hand-tinted.

There are 12 sections and each section has several topics that are covered under it. The first section covers the different ways to make a selection, layer masks and clipping masks. These are fundamental techniques that will be used throughout the rest of the book. Each section after is independent of each other so you can skip around if you like, just make sure you don't miss anything because there is something to learn on each page.

You will find practical sections like ones for helping with color correction, focus manipulation, darkroom techniques and exposure correction. You will also find artistic sections with techniques for retouching portraits, lighting effects, retouching landscapes, color effects and photo restoration.

You expect a book that covers digital photo manipulation to be packed with color examples. The people at O'Reilly go one step further by making each example available for download on their website. This lets you follow along by doing each step of the process with the same image that is used in the book.

Overall this book is packed with practical how to steps and will help you fix, change or create an image from all of your photos.

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