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The Adobe Photoshop CS4 Layers Book: Harnessing Photoshop’s most powerful tool

  • ISBN13: 9780240521558
  • Condition: NEW
  • Notes: Brand New from Publisher. No Remainder Mark.

Product Description
MasterPhotoshop CS4 with this visual, hands-on guide to using layers, under the expert guidance of digital imaging specialist Richard Lynch. Layers, Photoshop’s most powerful feature, is the core of a nondestructive image-editing workflow.

Step-by-step instructions and practical examples illustrate how to.

* Polish: correct and enhance color, fix composition problems, and repair damage or flaws
* Manipulate: isolate image areas for changes, adjustments and experimental concepts
* Understand: use all forms of layer blending, including transparency, clipping masks, opacity/fill, layer masks, layer modes, channel targeting, Blend If, and Effects/Styles

The accompanying DVD comes complete with a generous library of practical actions based on techniques from the book that add functional power to Photoshop, along with practice images for all the exercises in the book.

This focused, highly accurate, comprehensive, and practical guide offers invaluable advice for all users of Adobe Photoshop CS4.

* Unleash the full power of Layers in Photoshop for limitless non-destructive creative image editing
* Step-by-step real-life projects take you through every aspect of the layers tool, including masking, blending, and modes, all in the context of a practical photoshop workflow
* Ancillary CD contains all the practice images used in the book
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The Adobe Photoshop CS4 Layers Book: Harnessing Photoshop’s most powerful tool



  • kagee

    The Adobe Photoshop CS4 Layers Book by Richard Lynch does the job. It thoroughly covers each trick and nuance of learning layers. It peels back each layer of Photoshop allowing the reader to learn how to edit images in a nondestructive manner. Explanations are thorough and examples are in color and numerous. The hands-on practice files are icing on the cake. I liked it so well that I bought two copies of the book–one for my office at work and one for home. It’s a great reference for the professional digital artist as well as the occasional dabbler. I can’t wait to buy Richard Lynch’s next book.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  • Midwest Book Review

    Deserving of ongoing mention and recommendation is one of the most powerful, effective Photoshop ‘how to’ books on the market: a guide to the notoriously tricky Layers part of the program. A visual, hands- on guide comes from a digital imaging specialist who provides step-by-step directions and practical applications for image manipulation using the layers feature. Screenshots and color sidebars of information make this simply invaluable.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  • CMOS

    Generally this is a well-conceived text with a lot of good reference information and useful examples showing the full gamut of Photoshop’s layering capabilities. It is a general reference so many workflows apply here, including things like retouching, artistic options and compositing, though there isn’t a lot of information on the latter type. In general it’s what I might call “foot deep, mile wide” rather than “inch deep, mile wide.” There is a newer, photo-centric book from Peachpit called Real World Compositing, as well as Steve Caplain’s popular book “How to Cheat in Photoshop” (also from Focal), if you’re interested in combining photos.

    The one vexing issue with this book here is that it visually breaks down the how-to copy in blocks of text on a color background, while other types of “tips” and special copy have different color backgrounds, and the general explanation copy is against page white. What results is that in some sections the pages become very cluttered with “boxes” in the forms of screen caps, colored text regions and white text regions, all jumbled together. It can be difficult at any given point in the book to know exactly where you are or what context you’re in (unless you happen to be on a page with a section header or the start of a chapter). Overall though the information herein is useful and worth a look if you don’t have a good book on retouching (most of which cover layers extensively). Definitely preferable to any of Kelby’s quick-tricks books IMHO as it has more depth and context.
    Rating: 4 / 5

  • Shirley

    This book is packed full of good information, but I don’t find it a quick and easy reference. It is probably a better book for experienced Photoshop users, I am a beginner so it is a little more difficult to follow.
    Rating: 4 / 5

  • Linoy Alex

    The Adobe Photoshop CS4 Layers Book: Harnessing Photoshop’s most powerful tool

    I am somewhat familiar with Photoshop and its capabilities, but this book really opened my eyes to what can be done with layers and has really changed my work flow when editing images. There is more information here about layers than I thought was possible, and some of the techniques described are pretty advanced, but for now this has become my goto book on Photoshop.
    Rating: 5 / 5