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Quickly learn Affinity Photo image editing

Affinity Photo is the hot photo editing package from Serif. It can compete head on with the latest version of Photoshop. It’s also affordable, incredibly powerful and exceptionally flexible. But all this power and flexibility brings its own challenges.

 

Just like Photoshop, Affinity Photo can be confusing and tricky to learn. Even with a background in Photoshop image editing it’s likely you will miss a lot of its features. And unlike Photoshop you won’t have an endless choice of books to learn from. Which is where “Essential Affinity Photo” comes to the rescue.

 

In this comprehensive yet easy to follow book, Landscape Photographer Robin Whalley explains the core features of Affinity Photo Desktop. Written in his unique, easy to understand style, Robin explains logically the essential techniques you need to know to learn Affinity Photo. Follow this book and its examples and you will soon be editing images as though you have been using the software for years.

 

The book is arranged into a series of lessons that focus in on the essential image editing skills. Each lesson builds on the previous one, minimising repetition and saving you valuable time.

 

You will learn about:

- Different Affinity Photo Personas, what these do and how to navigate them.

- The Develop Persona, using it to convert a Raw photo file into a high-quality image.

- How layers form the backbone of the Photo Persona and how to use them to improve your editing.

- Different Adjustment layers, filters and live filters you can apply, to fine tune and improve your photography.

- How to convert your images to black and white as well as important techniques such as Dodging and Burning.

- Creating and using layer masks to precisely target your adjustments to specific areas of an image.

- Harnessing the power of the Export Persona.

- And lots more.

 

Throughout the book there are examples and exercises for you to follow. The author provides the images for these on his website, allowing you to follow along on your own computer.

 

You won’t need to wade through hundreds of pages to find answers. This is a comprehensive and concise guide to help you learn Affinity Photo. It doesn’t matter if you are a complete novice or have some experience of Affinity Photo, this book could help improve your Affinity Photo editing.


Revealing the Powerful Photoshop Masking techniques of the professional image editor.

Easy to understand, with step by step instruction and illustration.

In this clearly explained book, Landscape Photographer Robin Whalley reveals a powerful collection of Photoshop techniques. Tools enabling you to create complex and impressive photography in minutes. You don’t need to spend hours in Photoshop once you understand a few simple techniques.

Photoshop masks are one of the most powerful and flexible editing tools you can use. They make possible complex adjustments. Adjustments that can transform a photograph. Take the cover of this book for example. The image was taken in the middle of the day. And yet it’s been transformed into a moody nigh time scene. All of this was achieved using masks and is explained step by step for you to follow.

In this book you’ll learn to:

- Produce detailed and complex masks in minutes not hours.

- Create detailed Channel Masks, allowing you to replace a boring sky or change a colour.

- Quickly generate Luminosity Masks to target adjustments on the highlights, shadows or midtones of an image.

- Make complex selections using the latest Photoshop CC tools as well as traditional techniques. It doesn’t matter how old your version of Photoshop is, there will be techniques you can use.

- Quickly clean up masks with a simple brushing technique. This enables you to beautifully blend adjustments, essential in creating realistic photography.

The complex subject of Photoshop masking has been distilled into this easy to use book. Featuring many examples, you can follow along using the actual image files supplied on the author’s website.

Cut through the hype and confusion circulating on the internet and learn Photoshop masking. Even if you have tried to before and struggled, this book can help you.

Lightroom is powerful and easy to use. But it isn’t always obvious how to achieve the best results. In fact, many of the most powerful features are buried away and easily overlooked. It’s also not obvious in which order to apply your adjustments, which can make a substantial difference to your results.

This comprehensive, yet concise guide to Lightroom’s Develop module, is organised into four sections:

Section 1 – Lays the foundations to help you work quickly and effectively in Lightroom. The features covered here are often ignored, yet they can make it much easier to edit your photographs.

Section 2 – Provides detailed guidance for all the adjustment tools. Use this section to develop your skills, and then later as a reference. It’s also packed with hard earned tips from many thousands of hours using Lightroom.

Section 3 – Explains how to make selective adjustments to your images. Creating selections is one of the most valuable editing techniques you can develop. Despite this, surprising few people can do it well. This section will guide you through creating detailed and complex selection with ease.

Section 4 – Helps you develop your Lightroom workflow. You can then apply this to the three comprehensive examples. RAW files to accompany the examples can be downloaded from the authors website, allowing you to follow along on your own computer.


This book will help you:

- Fix common problems with your images.

- Learn how to reveal the full potential in your photos, making them stand out from the crowd.

- Create complex and precise selections that leave most people wondering how.

- Develop a standard workflow you can apply to any image, for great results.

- Use important tools and adjustments, but also understand why.

- Understand the best way to tackle any image and what order to apply your adjustments.

- Find new and powerful uses for tools you may previously have ignored.

The Photographers Guide to Lightroom’s Develop module has been written and illustrated with the latest Lightroom Classic CC edition (release January 2018). But if you’re using an earlier version of Lightroom, it’s still relevant but you won’t have access to all the features covered.

This book has been written for photographers by a photographer. It assumes only a limited knowledge of Lightroom’s Develop module but will quickly build your skills to an impressive level. It doesn’t matter if you find Lightroom a challenge, everything is explained with the author’s characteristic, no-nonsense approach.

If you want to achieve excellent results fast, follow the guidance in this book.

Since the first edition of this book, Google has made the Nik Collection and Viveza FREE to everyone. Using these tools correctly can literally transform your images into beautiful photography. Following this concise, informative book you will quickly achieve professional quality results with Viveza. You will learn about:

· All the elements of the Viveza interface and how they can dramatically reduce your editing time.

· How each adjustment can be applied to control colour and light in your photography.

· Counterintuitive adjustments that can be applied to achieve even better results.

· The Control Point tool and how this can be used to selectively target adjustments. You will also learn how to use multiple control points to make even more precise adjustments.

· Controlling and integrating Viveza into your workflow.

· The book also includes a valuable 75% discount for an accompanying Viveza video course.

At the end of the book are four full length examples. These demonstrate how, starting with a basic image you can transform it into an impressive photograph. The examples are supported by high resolution files you can download from my website, allowing you to follow along on your own PC or Mac.

The second edition of the book has been significantly expanded to include more examples and more in-depth information. Despite this, it retains the concise, hand on approach that made the first edition so popular. If you have ever struggled to make your images look the way you want them to, download Viveza and use this book. Don’t struggle with trial and error learning. Allow me to guide you quickly through the essential elements and demonstrate how you can achieve professional results with ease.
Powerful techniques to sharpen your photos like a professional.

Includes FREE access to 1.5-hour online training video.

In this comprehensive book, Landscape Photographer Robin Whalley explains the tools and techniques you can use to sharpen your photography in Lightroom. Every element of the sharpening and noise reduction process is covered, from the basics through to advanced techniques. Packed with advice and following a no-nonsense approach, you will quickly learn an effect method to sharpening and noise reduction. A methodology that can dramatically improve the quality of your images. Nothing is withheld.

Robin explains clearly and concisely the practical steps necessary to:

- Balance noise reduction and sharpening.

- Produce a dramatic three-dimensional appearance in images, using a little-known brush technique.

- Assess images to identify the type and levels of sharpening required.

- Apply a simple sharpening workflow around which Lightroom has been developed.

- Optimise images for screen or print output.

- Recognise and avoid common sharpening problems.

This book takes you far beyond simple sharpening by numbers. You will learn how to optimise each image, achieving results comparable with the professionals.

As well as easy to follow instructions, the book contains three full length examples. The reader can follow these on their own computer, using the photo RAW files provided. Every aspect of sharpening and noise reduction is explained, step by step.

At the end of the book is a code giving free access to a 1.5-hour video course. The course was developed by the author, specifically to support photographers with sharpening and noise reduction in Lightroom.

Learn the professional approach to noise reduction and sharpening in Lightroom.
 Harness the Power of Photoshop Layers in Your Photography

Concise, easy to follow steps makes learning Photoshop a snap

If you want to achieve professional results, use professional techniques. Layers, Layer Masks and Blending Modes are the tools of choice amongst professional image editors.

In this concise book, Landscape Photographer Robin Whalley guides us through these essential tools and techniques. Specifically designed to meet the needs of the photographer, this guide is packed with easy to follow examples and advice.

How this book will help you

The book is arranged into three sections: <br>

Section 1 explains how to work with layers and how you can apply their power to your photography.

Section 2 looks at using masks together with layers. You will learn how to easily target adjustments onto precise areas of an image. You will also learn powerful techniques to create complex masks with ease. The section concludes with a detailed example, combining two images seamlessly into one.

Section 3 examines how Photoshop blending modes can be used with layers. It will help you quickly understand the different blending modes, what they do and how you can use them. Several blending mode recipes are presented to reinforce your understanding of the different modes. The section concludes with a powerful demonstration of blending modes, combining photography and image textures into beautiful digital art.

To support the book’s many examples, Robin provides the images. These can be downloaded from his website, allowing you to practice on your own computer. This is a concise book focused on helping you develop your Photoshop skills. Don’t waste valuable time, needlessly wading through pager of filler content.

If you want to learn Photoshop Layers fast, read this book.

The techniques in this book can be used with any version of Adobe Photoshop supporting layers, including the latest Creative Cloud release. Please note, the book doesn’t apply to Elements or Lightroom.

Learn to manage your images like the professionals

Are you struggling with too many photos cluttering up your computer?

Do you find you can’t keep pace with the growth in your image library?

Can you find the photo you need quickly, or are you wasting time browsing thousands of images?

Are you faced with a backlog of photos, unsure of the best way to organise them?

In this comprehensive yet easy to follow guide, Landscape Photographer Robin Whalley explains how Lightroom can help you manage your photo library. Written in his unique, easy to understand style, Robin explains logically everything you need to know. Even if you find yourself with a huge backlog of images, this book will help you to wrestle back control.

Section 1 provides an overview of the Lightroom Catalog and the important feature of the Library Module. This ensures you understand the most important tools and can be used as quick reference guide later.

Section 2 then explains how to apply the tools of the Library Module to real-world problems and situations.

You will learn:

+ Why the Catalog is critical to Lightroom and how to avoid some costly but very common mistakes.

+ How to organise your digital photographs and how this relates to Lightroom’s folders.

+ How to import photos to Lightroom, while using automation to save yourself time later.

+ To apply Flags, Ratings and Labels to your photos, helping you sort and organise your photo library.

+ To quickly find photos, even from a library with many thousands of images.

+ To create and manage a vocabulary of keywords, adding these to your photos.

This book doesn’t have you wading through hundreds of pages to find answers. It’s a comprehensive and concise guide to quickly help you to manage your photos like a professional. Seemingly complex processes are summarised into a simple to apply but effective workflow.

Follow this guide to regain control of your photo library.

Fully revised & updated August 2018

Covers DxO and Google versions of Nik Silver Efex Pro 2

Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 quickly gained an enthusiastic following amongst photographers’ keen to produce dramatic black and white photography. Today, it still enjoys a strong following and for good reason. It helps you to quickly produce photographs that could take many hours using other photo editors. Despite this, a lot of photographers still don’t realise the full potential of their work.

The secret to success with Nik Silver Efex Pro is like most things in life. It’s knowing what to do to achieve a desired outcome. This is where this book can help you.

·         It thoroughly explains every control in the Silver Efex software. Not by using vague descriptions, but by examining the effect of the controls on sample images.

·         You will find recommendations about which sliders to use to achieve specific results.

·         There are tips spread throughout the book explaining how to accomplish dramatic conversions as well as improve your photo editing.

·         It explains the order in which you should apply adjustments to your image to improve conversions (it’s not the order in the interface suggests).

·         There are ideas about how to pre-process your photos before converting them black and white.

·         It contains four full length examples detailing image conversions with Nik Silver Efex Pro 2.

To support the worked examples in this book, you can download the starting images from the authors website and follow his editing on your own computer.

Truly master Nik Silver Efex Pro with the help of this book.

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