Photoshop Guru Martin Evening on the Release of Adobe Photoshop CS4



    BOSTON, Sept. 23 /CNW/ -- Focal Press is pleased to announce two brand
new books covering Adobe Photoshop CS4 from best-selling author Martin
Evening. In the article below, Martin discusses several of the new and
exciting features offered in Photoshop CS4.
    "This latest release of Photoshop has a lot of interesting new features.
The new Camera Raw has all the new tools that were featured in Lightroom 2,
allowing you to work more smoothly between the two programs. The interface
refinements incorporate a task-based workflow approach in which image
adjustments like curves can be edited via an Adjustments panel. The new
Masking panel means that you can edit masks, such as increase the feathering,
as well as the usual Refine Edge command that you could use in CS3 to edit a
layer mask. Color Range employs a more sophisticated color selection algorithm
and now allows you to generate color-based masks more easily. There is also a
new Content-Aware scaling feature that allows you to resize images without
distorting the shape of important components within a picture.
    Bridge has been given a makeover too. Among the most significant changes
is the task-based workspace menu that makes it easier for you to switch
between different Bridge workspace settings. You can now click with the
Spacebar to toggle displaying a full-screen preview of a selected photo. The
output panel for Web or PDF is in some ways a small improvement on the Web
Photo Gallery and Contact Sheet features. Although some will find these to be
something of a backward step, if you have Lightroom 2, it is unlikely that you
would ever need to use these anyway.
    The problem with Photoshop is that Adobe keeps adding stuff into the
program without taking much out. This, in turn, has made it harder to keep
updating the Adobe Photoshop for Photographers book series without the book
becoming too bloated. The release of Photoshop CS4 has provided a good
opportunity to update Adobe Photoshop for Photographers. The new book will be
the same size as previous editions and concentrate on the essentials of image
editing in Photoshop as well as all that's new in Photoshop and Bridge CS4.
Meanwhile, I have been collaborating with Jeff Schewe to work on a joint book
that will be called Adobe Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: The Ultimate
Workshop. This new book means that the Photoshop for Photographers series has
now expanded to offer a spin-off book in which readers can gain more in-depth
expertise about how to use Photoshop, written by two of the world's leading
experts in digital imaging and Photoshop."
    
    -- Martin Evening
    9/23/2008
    
    The complete article may be reposted or printed for free, with credit
back to www.focalpress.com. For a look at all of the new Focal Press Adobe
Photoshop CS4 titles coming January 2009, visit www.focalpress.com/cs4.aspx .
    Author Bio: Martin Evening is a professional photographer and digital
imaging consultant. He is an Alpha tester for Photoshop and key demo artist
for Adobe and a Photoshop Hall of Fame inductee. He is based in London, UK.
    About the publisher: Focal Press is marking its 70th Anniversary this
year. Starting out as a photography publisher in 1938, Focal has grown through
the years to meet the needs of many creative communities, including film,
audio, animation, and gaming.
    Contact Bob Dodd for a review copy, author contact information, or
electronic material.
    
    Contact:  Bob Dodd
    781-313-4726 or r.dodd@elsevier.com

    




For further information:

For further information: Bob Dodd of Elsevier, S&T Books,
+1-781-313-4726, r.dodd@elsevier.com Web Site: http://www.focalpress.com     
           http://www.focalpress.com/cs4.aspx

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