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Photoshop CS for Digital Photographers

By John Virata

When Adobe shipped Photoshop CS, many people called it the ultimate upgrade for the digital photographer because many new features in CS are targeted directly at those of us who shoot images in the digital domain. Among the many features, the application's File broswer has been beefed up and it now supports RAW files from digital cameras.  Photoshop CS for Digital Photographers covers virtually all the new features of the new release and its author, Colin Smith explains a lot of the new functionality via tips and tutorials found throughout the book.  The included CD features all the image files that are used in the tutorials that are in the book, three Photoshop training video clips covering special effects and digital photography techniques, and trial versions of Adobe Photoshop CS, Alien Skin Eye Candy 4000, Image Doctor, and Xenofex 2, Andormeda Lens Doc, VariFocus, and Scatterlight lenses, and Auto FX Photo/Graphic Edges 6.0.

The 11 chapter topics in the book start with Part 1 Basics-Before You Begin, which takes you through such topics as file resolution, file formats, digital zoom, flash/lighting/exposure, the notion of 16 bit images, Camera RAW, adjusting image tone, taking lots of pictures, and using advanced settings. The reading is very straightforward and not filled with the technical jargon that often muddles books covering such topics. It is also followed with examples that you follow to introduce you to some of the tools in Photoshop CS. One of the biggest issues with shooting digitally is the vast amount of images that you can shoot without having to worry about developing them. Well actually you do because of the new found freedom that digital affords the photographer, a new digital dilemma has sprouted, and that is how do you organize all the images that you shoot. Smith attempts to tackle this with the Chapter 2 of Part 1, Organizing, Automation, and Output. This chapter covers all aspects of the File Browser, including topics such as launching and navigating the File Browser, customizing the File Browser Windows, rotating images, opening images in the File Browser, organizing contents of folders, using favorites, metadata, batch renaming, and exporting images to CD. The File Browser, launched first in Photoshop Elements and then Photoshop 7 is one of the areas of Photoshop that Adobe tweaked to make it a stronger tool. Smith covers all the important aspects of the new features and details it with plenty of how-to's and color images to back them up. Even the most mundane tasks such as saving a metadata template are covered in this section.

Chapter 3 Cropping and Sizing
Smith devotes an entire chapter to these topics, with a bit of light theory thrown in at the beginning. the topics covered in this chapter include resolution, image interpolation, image size, increasing the image size beyond 200 percent (and its implications), canvas size, perspective, and increasing canvas size with the crop tool. Smith devotes 24 pages to this chapter, covering such windows as the image size dialog box, of which he details everything, and what changes will be made if you make changes to the parameters in that window, to the Canvas Size dialog box and how it differs from the Image Size Dialog box.

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