Adobe Photoshop CS4 Studio Techniques
- By Ben Willmore, Dan Ablan
- Published Mar 10, 2009 by Adobe Press. Part of the Studio Techniques series.
- Copyright 2009
- Dimensions: 7-3/8 X 9-1/8
- Pages: 480
- Edition: 1st
- ISBN-10: 0-321-61310-4
- ISBN-13: 978-0-321-61310-3
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- ISBN-10: 0-321-61946-3
- ISBN-13: 978-0-321-61946-4
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Product Author Bios
Considered to be one of the all-time great Photoshop gurus, Ben Willmore has personally taught over 50,000 Photoshop users on four continents. Famous for finding the simplicity that lies within Photoshop's most complex features, and for his signature teaching style of "not just how but why," Ben was inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame in 2004. Dan Ablan is president of AGA Digital Studios, Inc., and author of twelve books on computer graphics and publishing. Dan is an accomplished photographer and 3D animator, working the arts for the past twenty years.
Adobe Photoshop CS4 Studio Techniques has been completely updated to cover the new features in CS4. In a friendly, easy-going style that's long on information and short on techno-babble, Photoshop Hall-of-Famer Ben Willmore and photographer Dan Ablan guide you through the concepts and features that will truly make a difference in how you use Photoshop every day. They'll take you from blindly following step-by-step instructions to an in-depth understanding of how Photoshop works, cutting through the fat to focus on what they consider to be Photoshop's essential features. This full-color book delivers the content in three easily digestible sections: Working Foundations, Production Essentials, and Creative Explorations. Streamlined for this new edition, the book will distill Photoshop's vast capabilities down to what you need to know for a full understanding of the program, while simultaneously focusing more directly on best practices for the photographer. Beginning with a quick "refresher course" on the working foundations of Photoshop, you'll move on to real-world production techniques. Finally, you'll get to fully explore Photoshop's creative potential by blending and enhancing images, creating collages, retouching photographs, colorizing, and working with filters and layer masks. By the time you finish this book, your creativity and efficiency levels will soar and you'll feel like you finally "get" Photoshop.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Not on par with the previous books...,
This review is from: Adobe Photoshop CS4 Studio Techniques (Paperback)Hmmm. Well, I've been using this title in my Photoshop courses at the college level since 2006 and I must say that this newest release/version is unorganized and mismanaged. What happened? I automatically order this book as soon as it is released with EVERY new version of Adobe CS, but I think I may start looking for another book. I can't understand the purpose of a chapter on "Layers and Curves". Why would these two LARGE and somewhat UNRELATED topics be bundled into the same chapter. What about a chapter on something a little more consistent, like "LEVELS and CURVES? Instead, Levels has been relegated to a small section in a chapter about preparing images for output and Curves has found a home in the premature chapter of 3.
In addition, there is what I assume to be an error between Chpt 1 and Chpt 2. Chpt 2 starts as "Selection Primer" on page 43, with an introduction to the necessity of mastering selection techniques, then it is interrupted by an entire section... Read more
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Get This One Excellent Photoshop CS4 Book And Save Yourself Some Time And Tears,
This review is from: Adobe Photoshop CS4 Studio Techniques (Paperback)I would like to recommend a book for those, who are like me, learning Photoshop or switching to the CS4 version. It is the main text used in my current Photoshop class.
This book gives a fast overview of what's new and the basic tools, then dives into the deeper mechanics of just what makes Photoshop the most efficient image manipulation tool on the market today.
This was chosen for the students in my class, because the philosophy of this book meshes with my professor's own ideals of Photoshop use (and he is a stickler for efficient, lean and potent work).
It is a step-by-step tutorial/manual for gaining proficiency in Photoshop.
I am enjoying it very much and find it emphasizes what the pros use and do over the sometimes sloppy methods of flashy Photoshop pizazz books that sometimes appear.
Web graphics, electronic publishing, art, poster creation - whatever your creativity leads you to, this book will serve you in acheiving your... Read more
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great for beginners,
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This review is from: Adobe Photoshop CS4 Studio Techniques (Paperback)If you don't know where to start with Photoshop, then this book a good guide for you. You will feel comfortable after covering couple chapters. Book has detailed explainations of features with screen snap shots. I bought this book for my photography class, and it helped a lot. I consider this book a good investment for beginners in Photoshop.
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Table of Contents
Part I Working Foundations
Chapter 1 Tools and Palette Primer
Chapter 2 Bridge, Selections, & Layers
Part II Production Essentials
Chapter 3 Color Correction
Chapter 4 Understanding Curves
Chapter 5 Using Camera Raw 5.0
Chapter 6 Color Manipulation
Chapter 7 Adjustment Layers
Chapter 8 Sharpening
Part III Creative Techniques
Chapter 9 Enhancements & Masking
Chapter 10 Collage Effects
Chapter 11 Retouching Techniques
Chapter 12 Workflow
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