Photoshop 6 Artistry : Mastering the Digital Image

by Barry Haynes and Wendy Crumpler

New Riders, May, 2001.
Trade Paperback, 482 pages.
ISBN: 0735710376

Photoshop 6 Artistry : Mastering the Digital Image by Barry Haynes and Wendy Crumpler This detailed, well-organized book teaches readers Photoshop 6 skills. This is the fifth edition of the popular book and it includes coverage of Photoshop's latest features, including RGB soft proofing, full calibration, laser styles, shape layers and ImageReady 3. Practically every single page in this slightly oversized trade paperback contains sample color screenshots which help the reader learn a specific Photoshop skill. Written by the photographers and teachers of a Photoshop workshop, the book provides lots of easy-to-follow advice for working with and manipulating photographs and digital images. The book can be used as a course, as readers work their way from beginning to more advanced subjects, or readers can jump to the section that covers a specific task in which they are interested. The book comes with a CD-ROM which includes all the images and photographs used in the examples in the book, so readers can work along on their computer.

The only drawback to the book is that some readers may find the font used in the text in the book a bit on the small side. The small font was probably used because it may have been impossible to use larger text and still convey the extraordinary amount of detail Photoshop 6 Artistry contains. For example, the smaller font and slightly larger-sized book actually helps in some instances, because all the steps (including screenshots) for a specific procedure can be found on the same page, preventing the reader from having to flip through several pages. Readers who follow this book and CD-ROM from start to finish will learn a great deal about working with digital images and Photoshop, including knowledge of advanced skills. Highly recommended.

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This review was published in the August, 2001 of The Internet Writing Journal.

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