Photoshop Finishing Touches

Photoshop Finishing Touches

First let me start off by saying that I am far from a Photoshop beginner so I am cautious when choosing a book, but this one didn’t disappoint. I was introduced to many tricks and tips or “Finishing Touches”… such as (patterns, custom brushes, burned edges, selective blurring and delivery) among others that have recently added that extra “pop” to my photos. I noticed in the other reviews that people are disappointed with the amount of “border effects” but what they are forgetting is Photoshop is a program that produces the best results with experimentation. Dave isn’t trying to create clones (not the stamp), but is giving us insight in how the pros create such stunning imagery.

What I liked
My favorite sections in this book would have to be the following: Burned Edges, Spotlight Effect, B&W Conversion, Slide Mounts and Film Strip. Those last two are really neat because everyone else has static images that almost look pasted on their web site. My images will now stand out from the others thanks to that added presentation step.

Delivery, Final Steps
The last section is one that other books simply forget, the delivery of your imagery, both in print and on the web. Yet Dave once again thinks of everything and delivery is no exception. You will learn how to build PDF presentations, web galleries and contact sheets to present your work to colleagues and clients.

Final Thoughts
Eventhough I have been using Photoshop for a while now I was still able to walk away with tips, tricks and concepts that I will be using in my imagery. If you find your images lacking that extra “pop” this book is for you. Or if you simply want to get an insight into what the Pros are doing this book is for you. I know I will be recommending this book to many of my fellow Photoshop users, both beginners and professionals.

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