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Photoshop CS5 For Dummies Paperback – May 10 2010
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'... written so that even beginners to the software can be up and running in no time at all'. (Photoshopdaily.co.uk, August 2010). ' This book does a sterling job of breaking everything down into small nuggets of information.' (Digital SLR, October, 2010).
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Learn the ins and outs of Photoshop the fast and easy way!
Whether you're just learning Photoshop or want to take your skills up a notch, you've come to the right place. Photoshop expert Pete Bauer shows you how, using the latest features of Photoshop CS5. Whether you want to remove a background from a photo, adjust brightness, improve color, or fix flaws just for starters this book gives you the tools.
Breeze through the basics if you're a beginner, check this section for details on how to get started, get around, and get comfortable
Enhancements made easy learn about Levels and Curves, make color look natural, work with Camera Raw, create selections, and more
Walk on the creative side learn how to build composite images and add layer styles to turn your photo into a work of art
Make your images pop use Photoshop's tools to adjust the tonality and create sharper, more colorful images
Power Photoshop unleash the capabilities of Photoshop's advanced features
Open the book and find:
How to get images into Photoshop and keep them organized
What you can do to take advantage of Camera Raw
Tips for designing composite images by using layers and blending modes
Techniques for curing red-eye, wrinkles, and more
How to use vector paths and layer styles
Steps for automating tasks by using the Adobe Bridge Tools menu
Advice on what you need to know about HDR (High Dynamic Range) images
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It touches on almost every subject you might like to get an introductory explanation about, gives you the basic guidelines for use, what to do (and not), options, applicable settings and choices, and helpful illustrations or screen shots on every single page. It is a manual, not a review. It doesn't evaluate the features, only tells you how to use them.
The book probably assumes this is the first time you use Photoshop and that CS 5 is your first version. It doesn't treat "new CS 5" features separately, it simply takes you on a thorough and detailed tour of the current incarnation of Photoshop and, where something is new or changed, a yellow "new in CS 5" icon appears on the margin of the general narrative. This icon, is in addition to the usual iconography of the "for dummies" book like "warning," "tips," etc.
As a fairly competent Photoshop user for just over ten years but a first-time owner of the "Extended" version, I found his introduction to the features and capabilities of this version to be very helpful. The book is well indexed, so I had no difficulty in locating the particular new features I wanted to learn more about. In the process, I ended up reading and learning new things about old features. I found his method of turning a photo into a line drawing much better than the one I'd been using and his sections on using tablets and his top ten tips & tricks very interesting.
There is something for everyone here, which is both a plus and a minus. Whether you want to use Photoshop to make your photos the best they can be; or you want to work with text; or create special effects; or turn your photos into art or create art from scratch; start working with HDR or shooting in RAW; or perform any of the myriad functions of which Photoshop is capable this book will help you get started. It won't go into depth into any of them. Once you know what your needs are or what you want to learn more about, you should get a book which covers your particular needs in depth and detail.
Which brings me back to the first line of my review: This book is a very good introductory overview of the CS5 version of Photoshop.
This might be a useful reference book to explain concepts, but as a learning guide it comes up short. Quite disappointed.
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