Tuesday, 26 May 2020

[Book 53] Color Correction And Enhancement With Adobe Photoshop by Michelle Perkins

Serial No.:- 53

Category:- Informative Book (Computer Skills)

Book:- Color Correction And Enhancement With Adobe Photoshop

Author:- Michelle Perkins

Language:- English

Publisher:- Amherst Media

Published on:- 18 March 2004

No. of Pages:- 128

My after reading review (May 26, 2020):- 
I am doing a Diploma in Graphic Designing. Learning Photoshop is a vital part of graphic
design. Photoshop is a very powerful software and it has a wide range of use. Photoshop is
used in mainly three different areas - i. Photo Editing, ii. Graphic Designing and iii. Digital
Painting. Photo editing itself is a vast field. It contains i. Basic Photo editing, ii. Colour
correction, iii. Colour Enhancement, iv. Restoration, v. Retouching, vi. Composition, vii.

This book is about colour correction and enhancement. I was looking for a new book on this
topic but I couldn’t get any. This book is okay but a little bit outdated. Nowadays technology is
evolving so fast that any technical book is becoming outdated so quickly after a few years of it’s
publication. This book was published in 2004 and now it’s 2020. So, obviously it’s outdated. But
still I find this book very helpful after 16 years of its publication. Because theories are the same
such as colour theory. Even I find that Photoshop’s tools, commands and menus haven't
changed very much.

First five chapters of this book covers topics such as digital files, colour theory and digital colour.
Then comes to the automated editing tools and simple editing tools and then two separate
chapters for two very important tools levels and curves. Levels and curves tools are so powerful
for photo editing that these two tools make Photoshop so unique and help to stand out from the
crowd of other photo editing software. And finally one chapter for colour corrections, one for
colour enhancements and one for colour to black & white converting. Lastly the book ends with
the chapter called “Preparing Images for Output”.

I have learned so much valuable information about photo editing from this book, especially
curves and levels. Though this book is outdated, I still recommend others to read this book who
want to learn photo editing and enhance their skills.

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Friday, 27 March 2020

[Book 52] Google Drive & Docs in 30 Minutes (2nd Edition): The unofficial guide to the new Google Drive, Docs, Sheets & Slides

Serial No.- 52

Google Drive & Docs in 30 Minutes
Category:- Informative Book (Computer Skills)

Book:- Google Drive & Docs in 30 Minutes (2nd Edition): The unofficial guide to the new Google Drive, Docs, Sheets & Slides

Author:- Ian Lamont

Language:- English

Publisher:- In 30 Minutes Guides

Published on:- January 26, 2015 (2nd Edition)

No. of Pages:- 112

My after reading review (March 27, 2020):- Google Office Suite - an online office suite on your chrome browser, sounds interesting.

I used to use Microsoft Office. Then for a while I use LibreOffice - an open source office suite. Now I move on to Google’s online office suite - Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms.

I had MS Office installed on my computer. My PC is full of large softwares like adobe suits and others. It’s running out of memory. I don’t use the office suite frequently and also I don’t use all softwares of this suite.  I only use word processing software (MS Word) a little bit. So kipping this whole office suite installed in my PC is unnecessary for me. I decided to uninstall and decided to move on to this online office suite. Google Drive & Docs is very light and fast, runs on your chrome browser and no need to install anything. Though it’s not as good as MS Office, it’s okay to do some basic task. And Google is constantly trying to make it better.

Before I start using this I decided to read this basic guide book. It’s a quick guide book, not an in depth one. Also it’s an outdated one, published in 2015. Right now it’s 2020. Till now so many options might have been modified. I haven’t found any new edition of this book.

This Google office suite contents following applications -

    Google Drive (Online file storage)

    Google Docs (Word processor)

    Google Sheets (Spreadsheet creator)

    Google Slides (Presentation creator)

    Google Forms (Online forms creators)

    Google Drawing (Diagram drawing application)

Though it’s an online office suite, it also has the option to work offline, which is cool. It has work collaboration facilities in real time. It also comes with the mobile app (android and iOS) version. Though there are some limitations in editing your files in mobile versions.

Website:- www.karahaman.com

Tuesday, 24 March 2020

[Book 51] Photo Editing Basics by Margaret Brown

Serial No.-51  
Photo Editing Basics by Margaret Brown
Category:- Informative Book (Computer Skills)

Photo Editing Basics

Author:- Margaret Brown

Language:- English

Publisher:- Media Publishing Pty Ltd

Published on:- July 24, 2011

No. of Pages:- 32

My after reading review (March 24, 2020):- Recently I am doing a diploma in graphic designing. And right now I am learning Adobe Photoshop. To get more in depth knowledge I started reading different Photoshop related books. This is the first book I read and the most basic book out there. This book is a very short book, only 32 pages long. What I have learned so far about Photoshop is that this is the mother software for almost any image processing. All kinds of raster image related tasks can be done using Photoshop. And those tasks can be broadly divided into three categories -
  1. Photo Editing
  2. Graphic Designing
  3. Digital Painting
Photoshop has a vast area of applications. Even the photo editing section in general is a broad area. It can be divided into several subcategories -
i.  Basic Photo Editing
ii. Colour Correction
iii. Photo Enhancement
iv. Retouching
v. Restoration
vi. Composition
vii. Photo Manipulation

This book has been niche down into only “Basic Photo Editing”. Only basic photo editing has been discussed here and niche down even more sub niches. These are -
a. Cropping
b. Resizing
c. Brightness
d. Contrast
e. Colour Adjustment
f. Cloning
g. Healing
h. Sharpening
i. Noise Reduction
j. Red-Eye Correction
k. Dynamic Range Adjustment

In this book the author didn’t describe those topics in depth. She just mentioned them in her book. Also those editing are so basic that it can be done using any basic photo editing software out there. Learning Photoshop is not necessary for those kinds of editing.

Whatever, after reading this book I came to know what basic photo editing skills contents. Soon I will read more advanced level books on photo editing and review them here. Keep reading my blog.

Thank you.

Website:- www.karahaman.com

Saturday, 14 March 2020

[Book 50] The Lean Marketplace: A Practical Guide to Building a Successful Online Marketplace Business

Serial No.-50

Category:- Informative Book (2. Business & Investing)

The Lean Marketplace: A Practical Guide to Building a Successful Online Marketplace Business

Author:- Juho Makkonen and Cristobal Gracia

Language:- English

Publisher:- Zaccheus Entertainment

Published:- 2018

No. of Pages:- 210

My after reading review (March 15, 2020):-  As an entrepreneur, establishing an online marketplace is my dream business. For a while I was planning to build my own online marketplace of digital intangible products. But I have no idea where to start, how to start and what to do to build an online marketplace. So I decided to read a good and updated book on this topic. And I choose this one “The Lean Marketplace”.

I know building a marketplace is not an easy task. As you need to solve the “chicken and egg” problem. You need to bring buyers and sellers to your marketplace at the same time. Sellers will not want to come if there is no buyer and buyers will not want to come if there is no seller in your marketplace. This is the most challenging part you need to solve.

I knew this is one of the most challenging (also most rewarding) business models right now. But after reading this book, it seems more tough than I expected. No work is easy, but this is seriously a hard one. You need time, you need financial power, you need lots of efforts, hard work, patience and goal oriented. You need to go through the “trial and error” process  again and again until you find what is working for your platform. You have to satisfy both sides of your marketplace  - supply side and customers. You have to consider your marketplace reputation, constant growth and lots of other important key factors.

After reading this book I realized that I am not ready to build a marketplace right now. This book opens my eyes. It helps me to understand myself if I am ready or not. This is the beauty of reading books. It helps you to prevent any mistakes. Books help you and guide you to do the work you want to do. It also helps you to realize if you are ready to do the job or not. So you do not take any foolish steps.

Whatever this is a great practical guide book on building an online marketplace. Authors describe everything in a great way with lots of examples of well established marketplaces, such as amazon, ebay, etsy, Airbnb, BlaBlaCar, Uber etc. They mentioned what those successful marketplaces did in their early days and what steps they are taking constantly to improve  The book is divided into three parts - 1. Getting Started,
           2. Building a Platform and
           3. Launching and Growing the Marketplace.
Though I feel that I am not ready right now, I put it in my business list. I will work on it in near future.

Website:- www.karahaman.com

Sunday, 29 December 2019

[Book 49] Drawing: For Beginners! - The Ultimate Crash Course to Learning the Basics of How to Draw In No Time

Serial No.- 49

Category:- Informative Book (1. Arts and Entertainment)

Book:- Drawing: For Beginners! - The Ultimate Crash Course to Learning the Basics of How to Draw In No Time

Author:- Amy Taggart

Language:- English

Publisher:- CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (1862)

Published:- 2014

No. of Pages:-

My after reading review (December 29, 2019):-  When I was a kid I used to do good drawing. I never learned drawing to any teacher or went to any art school. But I was good in drawing. I just drew in my leisure time just for fun. It's been years since I haven't drawn a single piece of picture. I almost forgot how to draw. Once again I need to learn drawing. As an entrepreneur for my new digital production business  I need to be a digital artist. And I have to master digital painting. 

Though this book is not about digital drawing. It's a book about traditional paper and pencil drawing. but I believe if one can draw on paper then he/she can also draw on computer digitally. To become a pro digital artist one must learn traditional drawing first. 

That is why I pick up this beginners level book and read it all through. This is a nice book for beginners like me. It helps me to understand the theory of drawing. Though this book didn't cover topics in depth. But it is nice and easy to understand basics and to start with. The book covers essential topics of drawing. Such as picking drawing tools and proper place. worming up technique before drawing, basic lines, tone, understanding forms, light and shadows, proportion and scale, perspective, texture and surface, composition, drawing figures, caricature. materials and grades and some extra drawing techniques. I have learned so much stuffs I didn't know before. Those knowledge will definitely help me to learn drawing properly.

Thanks for reading.

Website:- www.karahaman.com

Wednesday, 23 October 2019

[Book 48] Bangalir Ranna Ghar by Kalidas Bhadra, Bela Dey

Serial No.- 48 

Category:- Informative Book (5. Cooking, Food & Drink)

Book:- Bangalir Ranna Ghar

Author:- Kalidas Bhadra, Bela Dey

Language:- Bengali

Publisher:- Ashok Book Agency

Published:- 2017

No. of Pages:- 192

My after reading review (October 23, 2019):-  In the last few years I have learn so many stuffs, increase so many skills and extra curricular activities. Then I decided why not learn cooking too. After all it is a very essential activity. I am a Bengali person. I grow up and live with Bengali foods. So at least I should learn how to cook Bengali foods.

I am a theoretical learner. Before I try to cook anything, I should read a cook book first. And I choose this book because this one is by Bela Dey. Bela Dey is a very popular and experienced name in this genre.

The  book is full of varieties recipes. Even some of them I haven't heard before. Most of the foods are rich and delicious. Some are for occasional purpose and some are for daily eating recipes. 

After reading this book I have come to know so many Bengali foods and how to prepare them. Now it's time to do some practical stuffs. Now it's time to enter the kitchen.

Wish me luck. :) 

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Wednesday, 16 October 2019

[Book 47] Hacks for PUBG Players Advanced Strategies: An Unofficial Gamer's Guide

Serial No.- 47 

Category:- Informative Book (11. Sports & Games)

Book:- Hacks for PUBG Players Advanced Strategies: An Unofficial Gamer's Guide

Author:- Jason R. Rich

Language:- English

Publisher:- Racehorse Publishing

Published:- July 16, 2019

No. of Pages:- 192

My after reading review (October 16, 2019):-  Now a days PUBG or PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is the new sensation of gaming industry. PUBG is a real time, multiplayer, battle game. It hit the market and soon became the most popular one among the other similar games. Right now everyone is talking about PUBG. Everyone is playing PUBG. So as a game lover person how can I be not to play the game. 

I am also enjoying PUBG in my spare time. But it seems difficult to me to win the game. To increase my gaming skills and to play like a pro gamer I grab the PUBG strategy book. The book is full of beginners, intermediate and advanced level strategy to win and to stay alive longer in the gameplay. 

Most of the strategies in this book are known to me. Even everyone can learn those strategies by playing the game few times. To learn those strategies one does not need to read any book. One can learn them by playing the game again and again. Though I found some new advanced strategies I didn't know before in the book. And those are helpful.

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