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Traditional Photographic Effects with Adobe Photoshop
Rating:2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Author:Michelle Perkins & Paul Grant
Publisher:Amherst Media
ISBN:1-58428-056 5
RRP:21.99
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With a very brief introduction and a few pages on input this book flies straight into a series of step-by-step techniques - the first one is about Sepia toning. Its let down by huge screengrabs which have been displayed too big and over-sharpened, making you wonder how that happened when we have a book about the one program that can avoid such problems!
The five-page technique could have easily been covered in two and that sets the flavour for this book - not much content spread thinly over the 125 pages of editorial. The work is often very basic and shows flaws such as poor examples of using rendering clouds and lens flare. Theres a very good explanation of using a feather, which is put to good use on a dark vignette. I tried the Cross Processing technique and found it didnt work at all on the image I chose. I then referred back to the first article I had ever seen on this technique, by Martin Evening, way back on Version 4, I noticed a remarkable similarity in method and settings used, even though the pictures probably required different settings to obtain a suitable effect. Overall not the best Photoshop book Ive come across.

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