Thursday 12 June 2008

A great guide to Photoshop

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If I were learning to use Photoshop again, this book would be at the top of my benefit-of-hindsight reading list. It's very well written, very clearly explained (this is quite unusual for a Photoshop-related book), is broken into nice bite-sized chunks and contains lots of inspiring examples for the reader to have a go at - essential for learning how to use Photoshop. I learnt by using the video articles featured in magazines such as Digital Camera and Digital Photo - they're OK, but have such a difficult task in trying to make it accessible to newbies without making it too tedious for those with a bit more experience (and probably end up satisfying neither).

I intend to post more on Photoshop and Lightroom. For now, all I'll say is that photo-editing software is essential if you own a digital camera. Don't allow the camera to tweak for you (my Canon EOS 5D is able to sharpen, saturate colours, increase contrast etc with its Digic processor) but learn to do it yourself, and take full control of your photography. It's much more satisfying.

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