The Structure Of The Book And The Web Site

This book is divided into three primary areas:

• Improving tone, contrast, exposure, and color

• Removing dust and mold, and repairing damage

• Professional portrait and glamour retouching

In fact, the book is structured in the same way you should work with your images, starting with a brief overview of Photoshop essentials, file organization, and the tools a retoucher needs. It then works through tonal and color correction (the first things to focus on when retouching an image), followed by chapters on dust and damage removal, adding creative effects, portrait retouching, and the techniques professional retouchers use in the fashion and glamour business.

Each chapter starts with a brief overview of what will be covered in the chapter. I always start with a straightforward example that leads to more advanced examples. You may be tempted to jump to the more advanced sections right away, but I don't recommend it. My teaching and chapter structure serve the purpose of building up the tools and techniques in which the introductory examples serve as the foundation for the advanced examples. Similarly, the chapters on tonal and color correction serve as the foundation for the portrait and glamour retouching chapters. Do I expect you to sit down right now in the bookstore and read the book from cover to cover? Of course not—you should really pay for it first! Rather, take the book home, page through the chapters so you can see how the book and retouching workflow is structured, and then work your way through the book.

Instead of including a CD with the book, I designed and maintain a supplemental Web site, www.digitalretouch.org where you can download images, view the reader gallery, and follow links to additional retouching resources. Each chapter (except for Chapter 1, "Photoshop Essentials") has JPEG images that you can download. For those of you with a fast Internet connection (or a lot of patience), I've also included self-extracting image archives for each chapter, and one huge file that contains all of the support materials for the entire book.

The images on the book's companion Web site are for your personal use only and should not be distributed by any other means or used to promote any business of any kind.

Numerous professional retouchers, teachers, photographers, and Jupiterlmages have generously shared many of their images and examples, many of which are posted on the Web site. Throughout the book, I did feature some images for which we were not able to procure permission to post the files, so these have not be posted on the Web. Call me old-fashioned, but I respect international and U.S. copyright laws—the copyright of all images remains with the originator, as noted throughout the book. Please do not email the publisher or me to request images that are not posted. I will not send them to you. You really don't want me to go to jail, do you?

In the cases where I didn't have permission to post specific images on the book's Web site, you can use similar images from your own photo albums or collections to follow along. Although you won't have the exact image I am using in the book, the problems being corrected are so universal that I am sure you'll be able to learn the techniques by working with similar images. After all, I'm sure you will be branching out to your own problem files sooner rather than later.

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