7 Point System for Adobe Photoshop CS3
a Book review by George M Engel
This is not an easy book to review! For a couple of reasons. First, in my opinion, it's not for the novice Digital Camera user. I would classify it in the Intermediate to Professional user level. In our User Group, I'd think there might be less than a dozen users that would find this book helpful to them. Not that it's a bad book. I found it to be a typical Scott Kelby Photoshop book. By that I mean: Great graphics; Extremely well put together; Comprehensive and well thought out. I'd buy it!
Well, let's explain the book a little first. Scott found that the same questions came up time and again in working on pictures. What's the first thing you do with a picture; what's the second thing, etcetera. It's nice to know what Curves or Levels do, but is that the first thing you do with a picture? The novice generally shies away from Curves and Levels; probably doesn't even know where they are. Other than Brightness, Contrast and Sharpening, what is there for the novice?
Scott broke down all his prior books into what he calls his '7 Point System.' He first opens up in 'Adobe Camera Raw.' Whoops, the majority of Digital Camera Users probably have no idea what this means, or don't have it on their little 5 or 8 MP camera. If you don't have it, well, skip over this Lesson (There are seven lessons, or 'Points' in the book,)
The next Lessons are 'Curves,' 'Shadow/ Highlight,' 'Painting with Light,' 'Channels Adjustments,' 'Layer Blend Modes & Layer Masks,' and finally 'Sharpening Techniques.' Chapter 12
As you can see from the Lesson names, this is no Novice book. The good thing about this book is that Scott holds your hand and walks you through each slider adjustment, so you know what you're doing. The best part is that he starts out with mostly crappy pictures which you can download from the website provided in the book.
This way, you work 'with Scott' on your screen as he tutors you in the book. The picture gradually comes back to life.
The Table of contents is well laid out and also has an Index in the rear of the book for specific areas of interest. If you follow Scott's process, you'll have a well thought out plan to follow every time you open a difficult photo. Each lesson drills the previous lesson again and again until you don't think about it; you just do it automatically. Lastly, at the end of each chapter, you have a 'before' and 'after' photo so that you see what you accomplished. Click to enlarge
At the end of the book there is a 'Cheat Sheet' for a mental to-do list. What a nice idea! As I said in the beginning, this book isn't for the Novice! It's for the Photographer who does lots of photos and wants photos that really shine with lots of 'pop.'
I recommend Scott Kelby's 7-Point System for Adobe Photoshop CS3 to anyone coming into the Design and Visual Communication field.
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George Engel, Naked Serviceman, Mac Guru, author, reviewer, and editor at large
About the author: George Engel has been a computer guru probably longer than he will admit -- as a computer expert, he authored The Naked Serviceman book, about his journey through the history of Apple's Macintosh as owner/founder of an authorized Apple Service Center. He owned one of the first Apple II computers as well as one of the first Macintosh 128s. He hangs out with the Lakeland User Group in sunny Florida
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