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Adobe Photoshop 6 Classroom in a Book

Coming from Adobe press you can assume that this book will be the essential Photoshop tutorial, especially with its "Classroom" title and the fact it's part of Adobes official training series. The cover features Photoshop's familiar eye graphic that's used on the supplied manual and outer packaging. The book is laid out like the manual supplied with the program so it is disappointingly dull with lots of monotone images and just a small colour section in the centre. That said, the info provide...

Photos with Impact

There's no doubt about it, Tom Makie is a superb photographer and if you like his pictures you'll like this book, because it has around 200 of them, often full page and all full colour. The text around this is based on the pictures he's taken and how to look to see what non-photographers see. There are some really useful tips but the layout means you have to search the body text to find them. I'd prefer a style more like Rotovision books for this type of book. So overall it's good, but more of a...

Photoshop 7 Classroom in a Book

Eighteen lessons writen by Adobe as part of their official training series. As it's writen by the team who produce the program you can expect an insiders knowledge. The book is greyscale throughout with a small colour section up front and a CD. It looks very much like the official handbook that comes with the program but has a different structure with review questions and answers at the end. If you already own the User Guide you won't really get great value from this. If you have a trial version...

Small Things Big: Close-up and Macro Photography

One macro book I reviewed recently lacked technical details this one makes up for it and arguably every other book on close ups. Basically it's the best I've come across. Packed with fantastic photos of all types of macro subjects you can be inspired, but, better still, the equipment you need and how to do it is thoroughly covered with everything from tubes to microscope attachments, exposure details in film and digital areas. If you don't understand macro after reading this book, it's time to t...

Start with a Digital Camera  2nd edition

If you judge a book by the cover I'd discard this one thinking it was another of those badly designed books that ends up in the clearance shop. A quick flick through though and it indicates much more than that. Here is a book written by a graphic designer with loads of invaluable tips to help you take better photos and then edit the results for even better pictures. There's a lot of ground covered over the 180+pages and some really good illustrations. Well worth a look if you're new to digital c...

Step-by-step Digital Photo Retouching

Book 4 in the Ilex step by step series and the weakest of the set. The book offers a series of fixes for digital images, using pictures that are not that visually exciting. You can get most of the info covered here in each of the other three books but buying one of those will give you a great deal more on your chosen subject. Alternatively check out any of the Photoshop tutorial books that are reviewed here and are much better. Overall visually well designed but dull from an illustration point ...