July 31, 2006
Real World Image Sharpening with Adobe Photoshop CS2 by Bruce Fraser is shipping.
It’s a sad but undeniable fact of life: Whether you scan, shoot, or capture, the process of digitizing images introduces softness, and to get great-looking results, you’ll need to sharpen the great majority of digital images.
The softness introduced during digitizing results from the very nature of the digitizing process. To represent images digitally, we must transform them from continuous gradations of tone and color to points on a grid. In the process details gets “averaged” into the pixels, softening the overall appearance.
For some types of printed output, further softness is introduced when the image pixels are converted to dots of ink or toner. As a result, just about every digital image requires sharpening.
But another sad fact of digital photography is that most images are sharpened badly; either not enough, too much, or using the wrong methods, creating chunky details and harsh edges. Author Bruce Fraser is here to teach readers all they need to know about sharpening including when to use it, why it’s needed, how to use the camera’s features, how to recognize when an image needs sharpening, how much to use, what constitutes bad sharpening and how to fix over sharpening. For more on Sharpening: http://www.creativepro.com/story/feature/11242.html
Real World Image Sharpening with Adobe Photoshop CS2
By Bruce Fraser
Published by Peachpit Press
Published: Aug 1, 2006
Pages: 304; Edition: 1st.
List price: $31.99
Bruce Fraser is an internationally known author, consultant and speaker on the topics of digital imaging and color reproduction. In addition to authoring Real World Camera Raw with Adobe Photoshop CS2, he is a contributing editor for Macworld magazine and co-author of the best-selling books Real World Adobe Photoshop CS2 and Real World Color Management, Second Edition. He is also a partner in PixelGenius, LLC. where he designed PhotoKit Sharpener.
Last year, Bruce sent in a picture taken by his lovely wife Angela announcing receipt of his author’s copies of Real World Camera Raw with Adobe Photoshop CS2 (See the PSN story). Well, Bruce and Angela did it again…this time with Bruce wearing his traditional Scottish kilt with the Fraser clan plaid holding a bottle of rare Tomintoul 16 year old single malt and a copy of Real World Image Sharpening with Adobe Photoshop CS2.
Editor’s note: Men in skirts, ya gotta love them…