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Book Review:
The Photoshop Book for Digital Photographers

by Scott Kelby. 358 pp. New Riders, 2003 $39.99

When does Scott Kelby sleep? This prolific author, editor and seminar instructor is famous for his cut-to-the-chase writing style and for his string of best-sellers that have demystified Photoshop and OS X for millions of readers.

Now Kelby has turned his talents to a Photoshop book that’s aimed at professsional digital photographers, but but is indispensible for any digital photographer at the intermediate level or beyond. The Photoshop Book for Digital Photographers offers step-by-step tips, instructions and tricks of the trade, with each step incisively explained and beautifully illustrated by color screen shots.

Topics Kelby covers include retouching portraits, sharpening techniques, how and why pros edit in 16-bit color, dealing with common digital camera image problems, the most-requested photographic special effects, and “color-correcting any photo without breaking a sweat.” My biggest surprise in reading this book was to discover a photograph (actually, three) of my fellow Apple User Group Advisory Board member Lesa Snider in the discussion of Cropping to a Specific size on pp. 47-48!

This book is a treasure trove for anyone who wants to get the most out of Photoshop and digital photography.

Most highly recommended.

– Elsa Travisano

Copyright ©2003 by Elsa Travisano. This article appeared in the April 2003 issue of Newsbreak, the newsletter of MUG ONE - Macintosh User Group of Oneonta, NY.