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1st Edition

Photoshop Effects for Portrait Photographers

ISBN 9780240808949
Published October 11, 2006 by Routledge
146 Pages

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Book Description

Want to offer your clients more to chose from? Here's how: award winning photographer, Christopher Grey, has developed techniques to enhance portrait photography, using the creative applications available in Photoshop. Photoshop Effects for Portrait Photographers contains detailed explanations of how to replicate many darkroom techniques with Photoshop (Dodging, Burning, Vignettes, etc.) as well as camera and earlier technology techniques (Short Focus, High Speed Film Grain, Hand Coloring, etc.). Grey has also developed almost two dozen ways to replicate traditional painterly and illustrative techniques such as Rough Charcoal Sketch, Wet Watercolor, Silkscreen, and Oil Chalk. Images available for downloading at

Table of Contents

A Short Course on Layer Masks; Traditional Photographic Techniques; Creative Desaturation and Filtration; Organic Vignettes; Converting Color to Grayscale; Short Focus; Short Focus (Light); Infrared Black and White; Cross Processing; High Speed Film Grain; Oil Tints; Hand Colored Black and White
Damage Free Dodge and Burn; Image Enhancements; Surreal Backgrounds; HyperColor; Overexposure Rescue; Hollywood Eyes; Artistic Effects; Perfect Litho; Linoleum Block; Scratchboard; Rough Pencil Sketch; Charcoal Sketch;
Photocopy Sketch; Grain Sketch; Watercolor; Wet Watercolor; Silkscreen; Impressionism; The Classic PinUp; Oil Chalk

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Chris Grey is an international award winning photographer, instructor, author and owner of Christopher Grey Studios, (Minneapolis, MN, USA) who has specialized in advertising, portrait and fine art photography for over three decades. Current advertising clients include The Home Depot, Midwest Dairy Association (Got Milk?) and ClearChannel Communications. Grey also writes monthly columns on professional lighting tips and techniques for and, free sites loaded with information for digital photographers. He is the author of numerous photography books, including CANON DSLR: The Ultimate Photographers Guide, also from Focal Press.


"A manual for portrait photographers introduces a range of useful techniques designed to enhance images by using the creative applications available in Photoshop, explaining step by step how to replicate the techniques used in a darkroom with the image processing software to create a variety of special effects." - Paper Clips (Oct. 2006)

"Loaded with high quality illustrations and easy to follow step by step tutorials... it covers some of the best and most often used techniques for going beyond the straight portrait." - Apogee Photo Magazine, November 2006

You'll find a number of interesting techniques in this book...combining these techniques in a slim volume aimed at portrait photographers is an interesting idea.-Peter Bauer, Photoshop user, Feb 2007

"This book is a great tool whether you're a whiz with a camera or not...It has a great down-to-earth approach, without a patronising tone in sight. The author and self-confessed 'Photoshop geek boy' (his words) keeps things simple, omitting all the unnecessary 'Click OK' commands so often littered throughout tutorial-based books...If people are your thing and you prefer a no-fuss approach to tutorials, this book will keep you occupied with a host of projects" - Photoshop Creative