Our new book The Photoshop Darkroom 2: Creative Digital Transformations is now shipping on Amazon, where you can find excerpts and other information about the book. I know some of you have been waiting a long time for this book; I hope you’ll find it worth the wait. Please let me know.
If you were selected for a review copy, that should also be arriving shortly.
We are very excited, this is almost like a new child. Well, not really. But we are happy to have our book finally see the light of day.
One question I get asked often is how the new book compares to the first Photoshop Darkroom book. Is it a sequel? Not so much. Is it updated for the latest software?
We wrote The Photoshop Darkroom 2 with the most current version of Photoshop available (CS5), but these books are not about bells and whistles, software menus, or new features. Most of the techniques shown in either of the Photoshop Darkroom books could be accomplished with versions of Photoshop going back quite a ways.
The Photoshop Darkroom 2 is more like a companion volume than a sequel. We want each book to stand on its own, but at the same time we don’t want to repeat ourselves too much. Photoshop has so many aspects that it is easy for us to explain different techniques that parallel each other. For example, in the first Photoshop Darkroom book multi-RAW processing is explained using Adobe Camera RAW (ACR). In the new book, it is primarily explained using Adobe Lightroom.
As the subtitle suggests, the focus of The Photoshop Darkroom 2 is transformations. This means changing one thing into something new. The book starts with simple techniques for fixing people and places—by the end of the book we show you how to create entirely new worlds in Photoshop.