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Old Dec 12, 2005, 1:51 AM   #1
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I have several books on photoshop but most of them are not related to photography. Most are geared more toward graphic design and that sort of thing. I am wondering where I can go or what book I can get to learn a lot about post-processing digital photos. Like earlier today I learned a pretty neat way to get rid of CA by adjusting the magenta levels. Also, I think I read somewhere that you can use PS to get rid of barrel distortion, vignetting, etc. I just don't know where to start.
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Old Dec 12, 2005, 7:48 AM   #2
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Adobe has many good books and if you are a beginner their "Classroom in a Book" series is good to get you started.

If you are more advanced in PhotoShop CS2, I like and use http://www.peachpit.com/title/0321330625Photoshop CS2 Book for Digital Photographers by Scott Kirby. It provides tons of post-processing helpful info, tips, techniques, etc. A VERY useful book, IMHO, that I recommend to my students. Whets your appetite for more!

If you have a specific camera he covers (or plan to get one, as the basic information remains the same and he provides a bunch of outstanding PS actions, etc.), I highly recommend any of Peter iNova's eBooks on CD... check out http://www.digitalsecrets.net/. Each book has similar-to-exact same material, but each book is tailored to the specific camera. Any one of the eBooks would be an excellent buy even if you do not have that specific camera as the knowledge, tips, info, actions, etc. are excellent for the beginner to prosumer level of owner (and generally beat the manual every time!).

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Here are a few among many sites my students have enjoyed and which you may find helpful:

While geared to the graphic tablet user, these tutorials are very good ... http://www.wacom.com/tips/index.cfm?category=Photoshop

Some neat effects tutorials ... http://www.handson.nu/

Some basics with PS7 at http://www.trainingtools.com/online/photoshop7/main.htm

This magazine is outstanding, but VERY expensive ... http://www.computerarts.co.uk/ ... however there are good PS tutorials on their website.

And, when all else fails, use Adobe's own resources. As of today http://share.studio.adobe.com/axBrowseProduct.asp?p=2 has 246 different tutorials as well as tons of actions, plug-ins, etc. etc.
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Those all look very helpful, but most of them seem geared towards special effects like textured backgrounds, frames, text, etc.



Is there any place that tells you how to do basically what DxO Optics does? I like what that suite does, but since I already own Photoshop I don't like the idea of paying $180 for another suite of photo editing software.




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You did not specify what you meant by "post-processing" in your original post ...much of what those sites had and more is post-procesing and many of those techniques are highly usable at all levels of photo-editing/enhancing/post-processing, whatever you may call it.

The PhotoShop books I mentioned will get you a good start. From what Ihave seenof DxO, PhotoShop CS2 can do all of that and more. I correct barrel distortion and chromatic abberation withPS and even do occasional noisereduction (although there are several plug-ins that make noise reduction much easier).

PhotoShop has a very steep learning curve, but there is so much hidden in its inner workings that very few other single programs can truly out-do it.

As others have done, you might consider joining andtaking a course(s) in PhotoShop at a local camera club (especially if you are in a larger metropolitan area like, say, Richmond,VA --- ask at your local camera shop)or a local college. Because of that steep learning curve, many find learning PS on their own to be difficult and group study to be of great benefit. Wish I could help more, but ...
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hgernhardtjr wrote:
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Adobe has many good books and if you are a beginner their "Classroom in a Book" series is good to get you started.


Do you have a ISBN for this book? I find that it makes it a little easier to find when I go to my local book store.

I live in a small town and they never have a extensive book range on the shelves.

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PS If anyone else is interested, the ISBN for the book: The Photoshop CS2 Book for Digital Photographers is 0321330625. I found this from looking at the link that was provided.


Note: D'oh!!! After a little search on the same site I found the ISBN for Classroom in a Book, it is 0321321847.
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Here's another decent basic-to-intermediate book on CS2 with a nice CD of goodies-- the link shows an adaptation of some of its info which may be helpful in perspective fixing in CS2.

http://studio.adobe.com/us/tips/tip....hscs2mrcorrect

"Photoshop CS2: Essential Skills" by Mark Galer and Philip Andrews, a couple of shadowlies' countrymen --- and, as you requested shadowlies, :-)here is theISBN 0-240-52000-9--- it is available in the US at http://books.elsevier.com/us/focalbo...sbn=0240520009
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Thank you very much hgernhardtjr. I will be adding all these books to my list of things I want. And when my wife is not looking I might be able to get them. Shhhhhhhh! Just don't tell her. :-)

It will be a case of, "Where did that come from?, Don't know I just unpacked them after we moved house.":-)
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