DTG News and Else
The Design Center / DT&G & Else / NEWS ITEM  

Photoshop CS4 Companion for Photographers

Compact, Portable Photoshop Advice You Can Take Anywhere


Many photographers, even the pros, feel overwhelmed by all the options Photoshop provides. Fortunately O'Reilly's latest release, "The Photoshop CS4 Companion for Photographers", spotlights only the critical tools you'll need most often in one compact reference. In the new book, professional photographer and bestselling author Derrick Story teaches you how to quickly and efficiently organize and edit your photos without compromising the originals.

"CS4 is going to be a game-changer for many photographers using Photoshop. For the first time, Adobe has included all the tools necessary to build a non-destructive workflow from upload to output. 'The Photoshop CS4 Companion for Photographers' walks you through each step of this process showing you best practice techniques along the way. After reading this book, you might actually think that Photoshop is friendly, even easy. I know this sounds remarkable, but I firmly believe it," notes Derrick, who is O'Reilly's digital media evangelist.

Adds Derrick: "If you're contemplating an upgrade to Photoshop CS4, but you're not sure if the new features are worth the investment, then read this book. For just a few dollars, you'll be introduced to the new photographer-friendly tools in Bridge, Adobe Camera Raw, and Photoshop itself. I suspect you'll be so excited that you'll order your upgrade right away."

"The Photoshop CS4 Companion for Photographers" details how to:
ALERT Make basic adjustments such as cropping, color balance, and tonal adjustments
ALERT Use advanced tools for black & white conversion, spot removal, batch processing, and more
ALERT Refine your images using adjustment layers, masking, and smart objects
ALERT Learn specific recipes for retouching portraits, swapping colors, correcting lens distortion, and much more

Indeed, to use Photoshop effectively, digital photography enthusiasts, prosumers, and professionals must know which tools they need and which ones they don't. "The Photoshop CS4 Companion for Photographers" is the first resource to give you the knowledge to create your own efficient path to great-looking photos. As Derrick writes in the introduction, "think of it as your personal attendant," a well-organized resource guiding you to your own secret version of Photoshop that's just for photographers.

"Derrick shows that Photoshop can be friendly as well as powerful. In part, he does that by focusing photographers on the essential steps of an efficient workflow. With this guide in hand, you'll quickly learn how to leverage Photoshop CS4's features to organize and improve your pictures."
      -John Nack, Principal Product Manager, Adobe Photoshop & Bridge

coverThe Photoshop CS4 Companion for Photographers
Derrick Story
List Price: $24.99; our price: $16.49; Save: $8.50 (34%)

Derrick Story is O'Reilly's digital media evangelist, with experience as a photojournalist, managing editor for O'Reilly Network, and a speaker for IDG, PMA, and Santa Fe Workshops. He is the author of "The Digital Photography Companion, "Digital Photography Pocket Guide," and "Digital Photography Hacks," and coauthor of iPhoto '08: The Missing Manual with David Pogue.

O'Reilly Media spreads the knowledge of innovators through its books, online services, magazines, and conferences. Since 1978, O'Reilly Media has been a chronicler and catalyst of cutting-edge development, homing in on the technology trends that really matter and spurring their adoption by amplifying "faint signals" from the alpha geeks who are creating the future. An active participant in the technology community, the company has a long history of advocacy, meme-making, and evangelism.


Return to &Else News & Views. . .


Participate in your Design Center

Lots of fun and information for all... don't forget, any community is only as good as the participation of its members. We invite your tips, tricks, comments, suggestions and camaraderie.

Learning, training, tips, tricks, and moreThe Design Bookshelf team reads and reviews the best books for the creative visual designer, desktop publishing practitioner and visual communicator. If you want to know it -- we'll show you the very best way to learn it... in the Designer's Bookshelf

Get more out of your computer: join a user group - There are computer clubs around the world called "user groups" where you find fellow computer users ready and willing to share a wealth of information. If you're not a UG member, you should be.. find a group at the User Group Network

Photoshop FAQ - Got a question? Get an answer: in the Photoshop 911 FAQ if you don't find the answer there, you can ask your question or send your problem to the Photoshop 911 Team

Advertise your products or services among these pages! Call: 540-433-8402 for details.