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Adobe Photoshop CS5 One-on-One Paperback – Jul 31 2010
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About the Author
Computer graphics master Deke McClelland is a popular lecturer on Adobe Photoshop and the larger realm of computer graphics and design. He has hosted the interactive videos that ship with Adobe Photoshop and other products. Deke has written 84 books translated into 24 languages, with more than 4 million copies in print, including those of the acclaimed One-on-One series.
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I have enjoyed and profited from every Deke McClelland book/video package I have picked up. I think one of the primary reasons I have learned so much from them is that McClelland has mastered the tool he loves to the point where he can confidently ridicule and excoriate Adobe for the anti-user experience interface decisions they foist on us. It is profoundly reassuring and encouraging, when looking at a criminally obtuse dialog, to be told by an expert that no, you are not stupid, it is the dialog that is stupid.
If anyone is thinking I am exaggerating for dramatic effect, they can take a peek at the Bridge "Save to Hard Drive." This utility is composed of a huge, yet mostly empty, two-tabbed dialog that quite conveniently automates conversion of files to JPG format without even once communicating that it has anything to do with JPGs. (!) As the author begins "Why did they make the program vast and complicated with redundant options, misleading commands, and downright ritualistically obscure functions...?"
This is precisely why you don't want to enter the Photoshop swamp without an expert guide!
The author makes a workflow suggestion that has worked well for me:
1) Read the introduction of a chapter
2) View the video
3) Return to the book to follow the lesson (always different from the video example)
Perhaps as a cost-cutting measure, O'Reilly does not include a disc with the book. The video and lesson files must be downloaded from the companion site. This was no fun. We are talking about 1.2 gigs spread across several clumsily named (chapter number out of synch with lesson number) zip files. Given the size of the downloads, it would have been good for O'Reilly to have considered separating the Windows from the Mac files so that we ALL would not have to download both formats.
But once you get into the lessons, the initial aggravation is quickly forgotten.
This is the book for me.
Author Deke McClelland , has done an outstanding job of writing a book that walks you through Photoshop just as if he was teaching you in a classroom or in a corporate consulting environment.
McClelland, begins by showing you how to open an image on screen; use the improved Adobe Bridge to preview and organize you digital images; determine how a photograph was captured, add copyright information and keywords; and, rename multiple images in one fell swoop. Next, the author explores ways to crop, straighten, and resize digital photographs using a small, but essential collection of tools and commands.
Then, he shows you how to select a region of an image; and, how to edit it independently of another region using Photoshop's magic wand, quick selection , lasso, and marquee tools; as well as, a few commands in the Select menu. The author continues by explaining how to use Photoshop's paint, edit, and healing tools to brush color and effects onto an image.
Next, he examines the amazing power of using Photoshop layers to isolate and manipulate parts of your image. Then, he shows you how to control, adjust, and manipulate color and luminosity in your images. The author continues by explaining the intricacies of Photoshop's most useful filters and how to use smart objects to apply effects nondestructively.
Next, he shows you how to use Photoshop's distortion tools to bend, bloat, nip, tuck, squish, and reposition the subjects of your images. Then, the author examines the Photoshop tools and features that are of particular use to professional photographers or serious amateurs who want professional results.
He continues by showing you the world of masking, starting with automated techniques and then moving on to calculations and defining precision masks via the pen tool. Next, the author shows you how to use Photoshop's text and shape tools; as well as, ways to edit text and shapes by applying formatting attributes and transformations.
This most excellent book contains a few techniques that even the experienced Photoshoppers don't know.
A great book that everyone from novices to experienced designers can learn from, a great buy!
By the time Deke's book came out I already had several of the "regular" CS5 books (none with extended's features). So, I didn't want "just another CS5 book."
I`ve now added it to my "non-active book pile" and will use it little. Deke`s, like the other non-Extended books, was doubtless written well before the new extended features were revealed. But, 4 months after the intro, you`d expect the Hottest NEW Photoshop features to be in it.
Most Photoshop users probably are not Extended users. But, Deke's book was touted as the "be-all-end-all premier PS-CS5 book. It's not.
TWO MORE THINGS THAT WOULD HAVE MADE IT BETTER:
1) Bigger Print and graphics for those over 21.
2) Fewer words: Many authors like to hear themselves talk and brag about how many pages their book is. But, most 500 page books would be more effective if the author were FORCED to edit it down to 300 pages. The
TWO PS-CS5 BOOKS I HIGHLY recommend:
1) "TEACH YOURSELF VISUALLY." Big print and big, clear, color visuals with short, "how to do" explanations. (No long-winded folksie jargoneese). (However, it doesn't cover Extended).
2) 3D In PHOTOSHOP." Here's the Extended book you've been waiting for.
Deke is truly a respected Photoshop expert. And, I'm sorry to write this negative report. But, it's my honest, truthful opinion.
Dealing with Amazon is a pleasure. Good prices, always delivered on time, or before, and you can easily track the shipment and delivery date. I'm no patsy for Amazon but, that's the truth.
Okay, here is the start: I took one evening to download the video lessons while I cooked dinner and ate. Then I registered for the weekly newsletter at [...]. This week the newsletter featured a professional method of fixing red eye. Readers also post comments and questions on the website.
Also, the text suggests we visit the website [...]. This is a library featuring tons of course material available to students paying by the month up to a year. You may want to know this for future studies, but for this "One-on-One" course it is not useful.
Lesson 1: Starts with browsing in the Bridge. There are also "PEARL OF WISDOM" notations and a section called "EXTRA CREDIT." The video takes up the slack by demonstrating important features that are covered in the text.
I will update this review as I make progress in learning.
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