Digital technology is fundamentally changing the realm of photography and
printing. Photographers now have almost unlimited options for editing their
images to the precise look that they intend. Printing has become infinitely more
flexible and pushed closer to the image creator. We can now use images in
almost any form of visual communication. They have become a key element of
the information revolution. This added flexibility brings more and more attention
to the process of editing images. Adobe® Photoshop® is the essential tool for
visual imaging. There are other simpler programs on the market, but most don’t
provide the essential tools for editing images accurately.
Take a quick look at the chapters of this book. They include the basic workflow
for editing images: opening digital camera images, cleaning up images, basic
adjustments, local adjustments, photographic processes, printing, and output to
the web. They also include some Photoshop lessons (layers and masks, elements
of the interface, and some special features) and lots of image editing techniques.
If this seems sufficient for your work, let’s get working.
This book is for people who want to learn the basic tools and image editing
steps within Photoshop needed to create professional looking images. This, of
course, includes photographers, and graphics designers, but also a wide range
of technicians and office workers who just want to do more effective image
editing. This book’s focus is to provide insight into the how-to’s of creating good
images, and not to showcase “cool” Photoshop techniques. I also don’t pull any
punches. I include all the key techniques necessary for good image editing:
using layers and layer blending, curves, color correction, printer profiles,