Photoshop CS for Nonlinear Editors
By Richard Harrington
About the book
Why another Photoshop book?
There was a time that "Knowing Photoshop" was a more singular pursuit as it had a much more limited range of application. This is certainly no longer the case - to Adobe's delight I am sure. Now we have many mediums and varied uses of this symbol of modern media. It becomes fitting then that context should be provided to the study and learning of such a deep application. Context that will provide a reader/student with relevant information and understanding that will bring better light on the possible applications to one's medium. Photoshop CS for Nonlinear Editors does this very thing. This books is for the editor, videographer or even a producer who wants to improve the quality of their productions in a very practical way. The beauty of this is that one can invest their time seeking a applicable information through a quick access design and helpful tips for which Richard has been known.
Form and format
I do appreciate the trend that many "How to" guides are taking in providing many levels of information to the reader and this book is no exception. Throughout it's pages you will find varying degrees of engagement. If you just want to get the highlights of the subject, like built-in title generators -vs- Photoshop, you will easily find that info in the "tips" sidebars. On the other hand, if you want a step by step walk though on building lower thirds, Richard will take your hand and lead the way. The depth of information and the organization of it is very respectable.
So, what's in it?
Photoshop CS for Nonlinear Editors covers the overall territory of graphics and video. Here is a simplified overview of the topics:
- Basic graphic issues for video editors like pixels: square and non-square, aspect ratio, and preparing photos for video.
- Individual photoshop tools and how they can be applied to video like color correction.
- Using Photoshop CS to create titles, lower thirds, backgrounds, etc.
- Interoperability with other apps like After Effects, Vegas, FCP, and Avid
Each of these areas will walk you through to a solid understanding of not only Photoshop's meaning in your world of Video Production but overall "rules" and "guidelines" you might have missed somewhere along the way in your career. Anyone who reads this book, cover to cover, will be able to address any basic NTSC or DVD issue relating to graphics. That is of great worth in my mind.
Of course, the real fun part of the book is the awesome DVD that is included. It's chock full of sample graphics, footage, demos and free, fully functional tools. The DVD is worth the price alone yet it is meant as a bonus compared to the content in this book.
While there is without a doubt a plethora of Photoshop books out there, this is one that is unique in that it provides valuable context and experience to this medium. Anyone who has spent time in Photoshop knows that it's deep and it's uses are many; Richard's guide will provide guidance on how to apply it to the dynamic world of video.
Overall, I highly recommend Photoshop CS for Nonlinear Editors to anyone who is getting started or has been in post production for the last decade. It's the latest information on Photoshop as it applies to video production. It will also provide some kickbutt ideas that will improve your production values and workflow. I give it 5 COWs.