Chapter five, "Tone and Contrast: Color and B+W," shows you that creating a B+W image is more than just mode change. Photoshop provides many different methods for recreating monochrome images. Here you will learn of the types of controls that are available as well as how to apply the B+W tonality to color images as well.
Chapter six, "Retouching," explains the techniques that purveyors of commercial photography use to 'clean-up' a photo. This can mean anything from removing items from images, image repair, blemishes, color repair and sliming and age restoring techniques.
Chapter seven, "Special Effects" is all about digital trickery. These are techniques that are uniquely digital even though they may emulate traditional effects. These are soft focus, film grain, cross-processing, and working with tattoos - even faking them.
Chapter eight, "Preparing for Print," takes your final form of digital image and readies it for the printer. Here you will learn of color management for printing, sharpening and soft proofing. You will look at desktop printing and creative print finishing.
Chapter nine, "Parting Shots," finishes up the book with some additional food for thought. The author touches briefly on digital workflow, the things that are included on the CD and a short discussion on future developments in digital capture technology.
This has to be one of the best books on digital photography in general and the most focused book on dealing with the treatment of photographing people out there. It is the kind of book that you will read, reread and reread again. You can move from start to finish or you can choose the tutorials that suit your immediate needs.
You will find a lot of techniques that become of immediate help. In many instances, there are several suggestions to correct a problem. As with any advanced technique, some patience and time is required, but the results will be astounding. If you intend to photograph people, this book is a must have.