Adobe Photoshop CS2 Classroom in a Book Paperback – May 24 2005
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From the Back Cover
Photoshop is one of those programs that's so cool you just want to dive right in and start creating-but by plunging in head-first, without any guidance, you're likely to miss a lot. There's a solution: With this book, you learn by doing, getting your feet wet immediately as you progress through a series of hands-on projects that build on your growing Photoshop knowledge. Simple step-by-step instructions, review questions at the end of each chapter, and a companion CD with all of the book's project files make learning a breeze as the Adobe Creative Team takes you on a self-paced tour of the image-editing powerhouse. This bestselling guide has been completely revised to cover all of Photoshop CS2's new features, which include advanced tools for digital photographers, such as a new Spot Healing Brush for correcting scratches or blemishes, and Smart Sharpen for fixing photo blurring. Photoshop CS2 also includes loads of new creative tools, such as Vanishing Point and Image Warp. This comprehensive guide starts with an introductory tour of the software and then progresses on through lessons on everything from Photoshop's interface to more complex topics like color management, Web graphics, and photo retouching.
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The Adobe Creative Team is made up of designers, writers, and editors who have extensive, real-world knowledge of and expertise in using Adobe products. They work closely with the Adobe product development teams and Adobe's Instructional Communications team to come up with creative, challenging, and visually appealing projects to help both new and more experienced users get up to speed quickly on Adobe software products.
Top Customer Reviews
First of all, it's an intro book. You start it as a beginner and end it as more knowledgeable beginner... And I don't say it because I feel like a beginner after reading. I shuffle through this book looking for a book to teach Photoshop, as I'm actually a trainer, so I could say an advanced user.
So, like I said, this book tells you what to do to get the result they want, but don't explain any options... So, if you want to do something else than the exact same effect, you'll have to try it for yourself... almost like a blind man.
For example, here's all that's in the book for the Blend mode options of the layer palette (free translation, since I have the French version):
"You can also apply to a layer different blend modes to modify the way the image combines itself with the layers below it (this mode is actually defined as normal)." And in the little exercice, at step 2: "Open the drop-down menu Blend mode, at the left of the Opacity text zone, and choose Luminosity." That's all you have on the Blend modes in all the book!! What about the other types?!? What is Luminosity!?! Why use Blend modes at all!?! We only have a note at the end of the exercise, saying: "For more informations on the layer's Blend modes, see the Photoshop online help." Well thanks, that's really good to pay 50$ to be said to look into the free online help...
And it's like that through all the book. And the book hovers about maybe 20% of Photoshop.
So, if you really just need that kind of informations, first forget about Photoshop and buy Photoshop Elements of another graphic software. If you want more and want to use Photoshop professionaly, then buy a professional book, like Photoshop Bible, for example, wich is a big book, but has a lot in it.
For French readers, I would recommand "Photoshop CS2 Pas à Pas" from Nicole Benoît. This is the one that I use for my trainings...
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