10 and 12
10 and 12 cover similar topics; chapter 13 is crucial information
but a somewhat different aspect of the capability of Photoshop.
The examples are good and if you have your own trial image on your
monitor you can continue to learn new tricks with new tools.
14, Black and White Effects
prove useful in all kinds of situations especially recreating an
antique look to old family photos of grandparents and the first
immigrants from the old country. Duotone printing is also a professional
way to add impact to an otherwise rather normal looking black-and-white
publication. The book "Rediscovered Masterpieces" is one
of the first books on pre-Columbian art which used duotones.
and white from color is a key section for low-budget academics
who don't have a color laser. The author suggests that (in the RGB
color channels) that the total should equal 100%. I found that (in
CMYK, where I tend to transform the color channels to black-and-white,
after working the image a bit in LAB), that I could get 150% and
more (always under 200%).
a note, if you use a sophisticated
black-and-white laser printer on which you can control the lines-per-inch
(lpi) then you want the image as light as possible to achieve a
higher lpi (the higher the lpi the darker the image will be printed
by the laser). I have not yet tested the Xante, which can handle
up to 133 and even 150 lpi which may allow for a more normal image
(that is, normally dark on your monitor).
book "Professional Photograph 5" covers converting color
to B+W in exquisite detail. Despite frequent references to this
other book, I would not do without the present book by M. Evening,
in part because Evening is never aggressive and does not condemn
other ways of doing things.
Rest of the Book
saving tips are everywhere, such as how to remove scanning defects
from a cloudy sky (lower caption on page 247).