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Creative Photoshop Lighting Techniques

What an interesting concept for a book. We have loads of books on subject areas of photography and loads or general Photoshop books on retouching, but one on using the program for just a single aspect of photography, such as lighting is a great approach and the book's cover works well to sell this concept. The presentation throughout is clean and the style of writing is friendly and accessible. At first glance I was very impressed, but then when going a bit deeper some of the effects, while ex...

Digital Photographer's Guide to Photoshop Elements

I worked with Barry when I launched Digital PhotoFX back in 1997. At the time he was one of the leading digital imaging experts - these days we have loads of experts so the question is... will Barry still be ahead of the game? For a start he's chosen to use Photoshop Elements which is much more affordable than Photoshop so that's a welcome move. The book has the familiar clean Ilex design and the photos are from Barry's extensive collection. These are great examples to work with and make the bo...

Paint Shop Pro 8: The Guide to Creating Professional Images

A guide to one of the best selling digital image editing programs in the world. The title is a little misleading as the images used to illustrate the guide are not exactly professional standard, but the information is good so we'll let the author off for that. The chapters are colour coded and there are plenty of bite sized tips presented throughout. It should help make you more competent with the program, but visually it's not that exciting.

Paint Shop Pro 8: The Guide to Creating Professional Images

A guide to one of the best selling digital image editing programs in the world. The title is a little misleading as the images used to illustrate the guide are not exactly professional standard, but the information is good so we'll let the author off for that. The chapters are colour coded and there are plenty of bite sized tips presented throughout. It should help make you more competent with the program, but visually it's not that exciting.

Adobe Photopshop CS for Photographers

With nearly another 100 pages added this is the biggest update of the popular book by professional fashion photographer Martin Evening. The new book takes the new features of CS and adds them into an already comprehensive guide to Photoshop. The pages are now colour coded and this can be seen across the top spine for easy access to chapters. If you own a previous version of Martin's book it's worth ditching and buying this as there are a lot of rewritten sections and the structure has changed wi...

How to Cheat in Photoshop

Steve Caplin is well known in the graphic circles and in MacUser magazine as contributing editor. Steve is a master of creating images form various bits of artwork/photographs and makes the montages look realistic or comic like depending on the commission he's been given. Here he shares his skills in a step by step format. The steps are not in full detail so you have to be fairly competent with photoshop to follow these but the stages are clearly explained so it shouldn't be too difficult. A gre...

SilverFast: The Official Guide

Scanning is an art in itself and often very confusing. Taz Tally takes the subject and covers the technique in depth using SilverFast as the program to guide you through setting denistometer points, calibrating exposure, making colour adjustments, removing casts and sharpening. Once you've read this the clear instructional style will almost guarantee you understand resolution and scanning. It just helps if you own SilverFast, and if you have an advanced scanner from the likes of Nikon, Microtek ...

How to Use Adobe Photoshop Elements 2

This book is laid out in a very easy to follow format with colour coordinated chapters and lots of step by steps. It's written in an easy to grasp language with lots of help and no assumed knowledge. The step by steps occasionally do not show a final result so you're left wondering why you would bother and some of the points don't explain why you would do something. For example, in the early stages there's an explanation of preferences and one about cache, in particular, explains how you adjust ...

The Photoshop book for digital photographers

At last a book that takes you step by step through a series of projects that A) cut through all the technical jargon you don't really need to know and B) is on subjects that actually matter rather than surreal projects that no one is going to do. Right from the beginning you're following actual examples that make sense. It's colour illustrations throughout and very well laid out. There are some old tricks and some superb new ones. I'd go as far as saying this is an essential book to grasp Photos...

Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0

An updated version of the popular Elements book has an extra 50 pages with some new illustrations and a self contained project section which was split through the book in the earlier version and badly laid out. It's colour throughout and heavily illustrated with toned down graphics compared with the original that we criticised. They are excellent visual aids and Philip does a great job of making things clear. The book covers the basics first and then guides you through more advanced stages as i...