Each of the 15 chapters takes you through its chosen subject
matter from the basics through to more advanced features
and applications. Chapters 1-3 are an introduction to the
new features and differences that appear in Adobe Photoshop
CS3 along with a look at the changes in the user interface.
They also feature a look at the basic tool sets and how to
use them, which includes a look at Adobe Bridge, drawing
tools and some of the basic methods of working with images.
Chapters 4, 5 & 6
look into the process of making adjustments and corrections to images
as well as the acquisition of images through Camera RAW and Bridge.
They continue with a look at the process of making fine adjustments
and image corrections using the healing brush and other tools as well
as adjustment layers and layer masks.
Chapters 7 and 8 deal with image retouching and methods of using the
tools in CS3 for further enhancing images using layers, cloning and
brushes. Layers, Selections and Masks are amongst the most useful and
powerful of features in Photoshop and are actually well deserving of
an entire book dedicated just to them. One of the most useful examples
provided is one where the author has used a sequence of shots of the
same scene to remove unwanted people by using the automatic alignment
and image stack capabilities. The extraction of image elements using
a variety of tools is also quite thoroughly covered and to great effect.
Chapter 9 takes
a look at replicating traditional darkroom effects in CS3. Effects
such as Solarization, Split toning, black & white
from color, duo-tones, infrared emulation, cross processing,
and the use of gradient maps. Chapter 10 takes a closer
general look at the use of Photoshop's built in filter to further
enhance your images.
Chapters 11 and 12 explain many of the intricacies of image and color
management. While the former is handled largely through the use of Bridge,
the latter is a bit trickier. Although color management can be handled
to some extent using software, the use of hardware based calibrators
can augment this substantially.
Chapters 13 and 14 continue with a look at the world of output with
printing and web-based output both considered in some detail. In the
former the different factors affecting the accuracy and longevity of
your photographic prints are considered along with calibration and configuration.
In the latter the web capabilities of Photoshop CS3 are covered with
attention paid to file optimization and types, watermarking and gallery
Chapter 15 completes the book with a look at the powerful
automation capabilities built into Photoshop CS3, with coverage
of actions, droplets and some of the plug-ins and scripts
that come with Photoshop CS3.
Although an excellent and fairly comprehensive title, This
volume does suffer due to a timing issue, it doesn't cover
the excellent Adobe Capture Raw (ACR) 4.1 update, which was
released after the book was published.
Cons: No coverage of ACR 4.1
Pros: Excellent Layout and information. Comprehensive and
with no platform bias. This excellent, well-formatted book
and its companion DVD containing video tutorials and extra
chapters, serve both amateur and professional digital photographers,
imageers and graphic artists. It is highly recommended and
a must-have for your reference library.