Making a Digital Book
Art, Computers, Design & the Production of
The Great Central Valley: California's Heartland

by Stephen Johnson


The Great Central Valley: California's Heartland, by Stephen Johnson, Gerald Haslam, and Robert Dawson, is much more than just another technology demonstration--it's an archive of a fast-vanishing piece of California's history, and a stunning example of the photographer's art.

In Making of a Digital Book, Stephen Johnson documents the use of today's digital publishing technology in the service of art. His passion for the technology is second only to his passion for the work itself. This isn't a how-to book. Rather, it's a fascinating first-person account of a new artistic process, told from the perspective of the artist.

-Bruce Fraser, Contributing Editor, MacWeek Magazine


  • Reinventing the Role of the Photographer
  • Why Use a Computer?
  • The Tasks at Hand
  • The Design
  • Graphic Elements
  • Altering an Original
  • Photographs & Graphics
  • Scanning & Image Editing
  • Basic Principles of Scanning
  • Scanning Options
  • Light & Color
  • Basic Principles of Color Editing
  • Duotones & Photo Reproduction
  • Duotone Examples
  • Duotone Curves
  • Image Restoration
  • Cost Advantages
  • Equipment & Software
  • Empowerment
  • About the Author
  • Selected Reading
  • Glossary of Technical Terms


  • 52 pages
  • 40 illustrations
  • 6 color reproduction
  • 200 line screen halftones
  • available now $15, plus $4 shipping and applicable tax


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