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Old 08-23-2010, 01:21 AM
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Re: basics of retouching books

Originally Posted by chris jones View Post
I'm burned out on designing sites and am interested in moving more towards retouching and compositing, it's a more natural fit for me personally.
Steve Caplin's book 'How to Cheat at Photoshop' covers the basics in enough detail for your purposes and then has great chapters on selections and compositing. For printing, I learned the most from the webinar here.
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Old 08-23-2010, 03:41 AM
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Re: basics of retouching books

top 100 simplified tips and tricks is good.
I got mine for christmas it is by lynette kent.
The version I have is for CS4 but it is just as relevant for 5.
If you dont have camera raw with your version there is almost a chapter that would be pointless however.
Very easy visual based instructions and excellent for getting into the basics and seeing results quickly.
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Old 08-23-2010, 08:40 AM
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Chris, thanks for the clarification. I think you might find some of the trining videos on very useful, particularly the ones by Deke McClelland and Chris Orwig. You can watch many of the clips for free before you need to sign up. Great value for the money.
Regards, Murray
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Old 08-24-2010, 02:48 PM
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Re: basics of retouching books

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Deke McClelland's Photoshop Top 40 on Youtube and iTunes would be an excellent place to start with basic info.
I've started on these. Plenty there I know already but plenty more I don't. I particularly liked the one on ACR. I only started dealing with RAW files within the last year or so and have been blown away at how powerful of a tool ACR is.
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Old 08-31-2010, 02:18 AM
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Re: basics of retouching books

Chris Orwig at's Retouching Essentials:


and I agree that Deke's Photoshop videos are good to watch before Chris' or in tandem. They have slightly different approaches and it is good to compare and contrast them in your head (I sound like a 7th grade teacher). Also Lee Varis who wrote the well known retouching book, "Skin" has a retouching series at Lynda that are worth a look--his method of retouching skin on the videos is a little higher end than Orwig's.

The retouching videos put out by this site feature some of the industry's leaders. I recommend them after you get your feet wet.

Good luck!
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