Just a real quick post while I plan my next trip to the Angelina National Forest near Lufkin, Texas.
If you’re a Photoshop user and haven’t purchased Scott Kelby’s latest “Photoshop CS4 Book for Digital Photographers” yet, don’t wait another minute. Yes, I’m a definite fanboy of Scott’s books, Kelby Training and NAPP. I hate technical books and really hate some author talking down to me in his book just because I was born in a “pre-computer” era. Scott writes all of his books just like his training videos; as if he’s your friend showing you something cool he’s just discovered in CS4. He never talks down to you or makes you feel stupid because you haven’t memorized every keyboard shortcut in the world. He explains Photoshop logically, one step at a time and never assumes you’ve been doing this for ten years. His style is competent and comfortable, and for a computer book author, it’s a rare treat.
Scott’s “Photoshop CS4 Book for Digital Photographers” book has a cool section called “Quadtoning for Richer B&Ws” and it’s a wonderful technique for adding that something extra to your black and white images. Photoshop CS4 makes this technique a real snap and I finished the image above in about ten seconds using one of the 137 built-in presets.
Very, very cool!