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If you have Photoshop 7 and are considering creating graphics for a web site this could be the book for you. Don't be fooled when flicking through and seeing a lack of interesting images. The step by step tutorials make up for this leaving no stone unturned. On several occasions a point that occurred making me think the tutorial was flawed, like what happens in most magazines, was quickly resolved with a side tip or italicised warning. Very easy to follow and clearly written to help make web sit...
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...
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...
A horizontal format paperback with blue and white graphics throughout. The book does little more than replace the Adobe guide that comes with Photoshop. If you have that you don't need this book. If, on the other hand, you're one of the many who doesn't have the book (I can't think why!) then it will help you get to grips. The information is laid out well, easy to read and covers most elements of Photoshop, but it's dull visually and lacks creative ideas. It's low price is a bonus!
This horizontal format book divides Scotland into eight regions each presented with a series of pictures and text commenting on the history of each region. The phots have been blown up to fill pages, some spreads and while the occasional image offers a 'wow' factor there are several that have been pushed beyond their quality showing unsharpness from the high degree of enlargement. Not a book if you are after technique but a great visual guide to the area.
This is a portfolio book showing the work of Nature photographer, Workshop instructor and Lecturer. It's a smaller 8.5in square format with one photo per spread and an extended caption for each image. The repro is good and the captions informative. The photography is generally outstanding and very inspirational apart from the occasional 'creative' shot that doesn't look right in this book. Well worth a look
The Yearbook brings together a fine selection of the best images from around the world. It features a set of 12 portfolios from the likes of Edmund Whitaker, Jorg Grundler, Roland Mayr, Romualdas Pozerskis, Alfred Preuss, Malcolm Hey and Kos Evans along with pictures from many individuals on the general themes Digital Imaging, Nudes, Water, Colour and Emotion. Some of the images are amazing some breathtaking, all in all worth getting to admire and influence, to inspire and enjoy.
Photoshop Wow 4 was my first experience of Jack Davis' work. He's a designer and this is clear when you see the innovative layout, and amount of design style tricks that are explained in the book. Youll learn how to bevel and shape graphics like no other book has demonstrated. Print quality is good and picture illustrations are excellent. Version 7.0 incorporates all the news features added since 6.0 but most of the book's illustrations the same as the earlier version and there's still that same...
Elements is the program bought by newcomers to digital manipulation and the book it comes with is fine for those, but there's also a large group of photographers who can't justify the cost of Photoshop and buy Elements as the low cost alternative. This book will satisfy their needs but also anyone else with a thirst for knowledge. It goes way beyond the normal greeting card, red eye removal, and simple colour correction techniques and has some excellent descriptions of image problems with remedi...
A logically laid out book that takes you beyond the Adobe instruction manual, explaining every tool bar and palette in great detail. Being black and white throughout with just a small colour section means it lacks visual appeal but the navigation is good and the side panel tips quick to find. Not the first book I'd recommend for the knowledge thirsty Photoshop user, but a good alternative to the Adobe guide.