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Old 03-29-2008, 12:54 AM
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Re: Your Most Difficult Retouch

I agree with pixel zombie, professional photoshop is more practical, with exemples that applies to the job. the LAB book can get theorical. i did the opposite by starting with LAB,
and i lack that step to understand it fully.
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Old 03-31-2008, 02:56 PM
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Re: Your Most Difficult Retouch

I'd have to agree with pixelzombie, too. I bought both books at the same time and decided to read Professional Photoshop first, as it appeared to handle a wider range of issues. It took me a couple months to get through it the first time but it was probably the most informative book I've ever read on any subject. Be warned though, it's a very information dense book and requires a lot of stopping and trying it out on your own images.

The most valuable thing I got is the concept of "Every image has 10 channels." I am half way through reading it again and am finding it much easier going this time because I've started looking at every image I work on more critically and thinking about them in terms of channel structure. It also really helped me to look at color and contrast as separate issues in my images and really opened up a lot of possibilities along those lines.

I don't think I would've gotten nearly as much out of his LAB book without having first read Professional Photoshop – it really lays a solid foundation of color theory and application which helped me not just with the LAB book but also getting the most out of all the information that's available on this site and others.
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