Martin Evening’s Adobe Photoshop for Photographers series has long been one of the most helpful guides on the market. This newest edition is updated for CS3 and offers full coverage of all the new features as well as continued coverage of everything carried over from prior versions. This is about as complete a package as you could ask for, the author methodically runs through feature after feature and does a good job explaining how to use them.
There are sections covering What’s New, Configuring Photoshop, Camera Raw Image Processing, Selections and Masking, Darkroom Effects, Filters, Color Management, Automating Photoshop, and many others which I will not mention. This is truly comprehensive coverage. The writing style is clear and concise. This is a very effective guide that nearly always tells me what I need to know when I pull it off the shelf.
The closest thing to a negative (and it really isn’t one) is that this is probably closer to an encyclopedia of Photoshop CS3 than it is to one of those guides that covers certain “how to” topics in great detail. Even with 680 pages, when you have to cover the entirety of Photoshop there is a need for brevity. So if you’re interested in Masking this book will certainly cover it but you can’t expect the same level of narrative as you would from an entire book on layers and masking. Since there is no book that can possibly cover everything in minute detail, my solution (and the only practical solution) is to buy several books for my various needs. I buy this volume as a general reference guide and quick how-to helper and then buy a few other guides to help walk me step-by-step through some of the trickier aspects of Photoshop. Some of my favorites include Photoshop CS3 Workflow: The Digital Photographer’s Guide (Tim Grey Guides) which is an excellent foundation for beginners and intermediate users as well as The Adobe Photoshop CS3 Book for Digital Photographers (Voices That Matter).
In summary, Adobe Photoship CS3 for Photographers is an excellent and comprehensive guidebook. I would highly recommend it for anyone looking for the encyclopedic style Photoshop guide and it is well worth buying even if you have the old CS2 version.
# 704 pages
# Publisher: Focal Press; Pap/DVD edition (May 28, 2007)
# Language: English
# ISBN-10: 0240520289
# ISBN-13: 978-0240520285
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