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Essential Photoshop: How to use 9 essential tools and techniques to transform your photography

Essential Photoshop is a guide to using Photoshop for photographers that have no knowledge of using the programme. Author Robin Whalley makes it clear that Photoshop can seem very complicated to those that aren't used to it, but it is an industry standard in the photography and graphic design world, so knowledge of it to improve your images at some level will be extremely beneficial for both you and your work. In this e-book, Robin explains all the Photoshop tools needed to make positive...

Surreal Photography: Creating the Impossible

Surreal Photography: Creating the Impossible is all about creating unique and thought provoking images, whatever camera equipment or software you use. The book begins by talking us through what surreal photography means, before going into the different types of cameras available and the pros of each for the creation of surreal images. It involves quite a detailed guide into each type of camera and how they work. The second chapter looks at phone-ography and compact cameras. It discusses ...

Digital Image Editing and Special Effects

Digital Image Editing and Special Effects is a title by Michael Freeman, a seasoned pro in all things photography. This book is all about mastering the key techniques of Photoshop and Lightroom. It covers Software tools and techniques, image enhancement, image retouching and special effects. Freeman provides a compact and easy to follow guide on editing your images in the most popular software packages out there today. He talks us through all the basic edits that you might want to mak...

Viveza: The Secret To Creating Breathtaking Photography

Viveza: The Secret to Creating Breathtaking Photography is a book all about using NIK Viveza software to adjust your images. Viveza can only be used as a plugin to Photoshop and Lightroom, so you'll need one of these to be able to use it. Robin Whalley shows a clear passion for photography and a will to teach his vast knowledge to other photography lovers wanting to learn more. Robin talks us through in great detail what the different aspects of Viveza will do to your images, especia...

How To GIMP: A Beginner's Guide to Free photo Editing in GIMP

How-to-GIMP.com is a site dedicated to the free photo editing software � GIMP. Site creator, Kat Landreth has already added plenty of content to help beginners who want to know how to use GIMP and now she's gone one step further by creating a downloadable book that GIMP users can learn from. Titled Before and After: A Beginner's Guide to Free photo Editing in GIMP it's a comprehensive guide to what GIMP is and how you can use it successfully to edit photos. Back to the book, the first ...

Simply Photoshop Elements 9

If you're a novice who's just stepping into the world of digital editing then Mike Wooldridge's next instalment of Simply Photoshop Elements should be picked up along the way. It continues with the no complicated jargon approach seen in the last book and the tutorials are still short, straight to the point and easy to follow. This book isn't for someone who knows their way around Elements but if you enjoyed the last book and are looking to learn more ways on how you can use Elements to creat...

Simply Photoshop Elements 8

If you're a novice who's just stepping into the world of digital editing then this book is for you. The writer doesn't presume the reader will have any prior knowledge on using digital editing software and really does start right from the beginning. The tutorials are short and for the most part easy to follow. However, some of the diagrams are a little small which can make them hard to read and you don't get to see a final image with the effect the tutorial's creating applied which is a sha...

The Art Of RAW Conversion

This book, written by an expert in RAW photography, covers all aspects of shooting in RAW and processing the files to ensure you get the very best out of your camera. It takes you through a journey of image capture first explaining the difference between Jpeg and RAW through into colour theory, calibration, colour space and profiling techniques. Then it explains how to calibrate your camera and set up a workflow. Then follows chapters on various RAW converters, from the likes of Adobe, Phase ...

The Digital Darkroom: A Complete Guide to Image Processing for Digital Photographers

It does what it says on the tin so to speak, but so have many books that came before it. A standard guide that's been written so many times already means this would have to be different to make it worth publishing sadly there's nothing new. It does the job competently but I prefer the Michael Freeman's Complete Guide.

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 ...