on March 6, 2011
This book is aptly named as it was a missing component of my Photoshop program. It is a well written and well delivered instruction manual and although I have been using Photoshop for over two years and consider myself a fairly experienced user, I found many new hints and techniques within this book that have certainly helped me use the program to its full advantage.
on April 16, 2012
Having used Photoshop 7 for a few years I figured I could handle CS5 without too many problems, given enough time. Well, after watching numerous tutorials, and then jotting down important points on a notepad I realized I was getting nowhere, slowly. It was time to purchase a book, and with Amazon's good pricing I purchased Adobe Photoshop CS5, Classroom in a Book. I had purchased Adobe's Classroom in a Book for Photoshop 7 when first learning that version and found it very helpful. Unfortunately I found their CS5 Book a little too brief in their instructions as to how to complete an exercise, and it was here that I realized I needed more information. I must add that I was delving into Layers and Masks that I hadn't used in Photoshop 7, so my past experience was of no help. After reading many reviews I decided to get The Missing Manual, by Lesa Snider. I "gulped" when I saw the size of it (all 795 pages), but after a short while realized it was a veritable "Bible" with the answers to all of my questions. So I can now get some quick lessons with Classroom in a Book and when I encounter a problem I know where I can find the answer. The "in-depth" answers in The missing Manual ensure that long after I have finished the lessons in the Classroom book, my Missing Manual Bible will be close at hand to my computer helping me gain more experience.