Adobe Photoshop CS Down & Dirty Tricks Paperback – Oct 2 2003
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From the Back Cover
Bestselling author Scott Kelby (Editor of Photoshop User magazine) is back with an amazing new collection of Photoshop Down and Dirty Tricks, including how to create the same exact effects you see every day in magazines, on TV, at the movies, and on the Web. It's more of those eye-popping, jaw-dropping special effects that made Scott's previous version an award-winning worldwide smash hit!
But this isn't just an update to his previous book--these are 100% ALL NEW EFFECTS from cover-to-cover to reflect the latest trends in Photoshop special effects and design. These are nothing but today's real world techniques--the same ones you see used by leading Photoshop photographers, designers, and special effect masters, and its all here in the only book of its kind.
You'll learn the most closely guarded inside secrets for creating the latest cutting-edge effects, including techniques that have never been revealed before anywhere! And the book is written so clearly, and is so easy to follow, that you'll be able to create every one of these amazing effects yourself. You'll learn:
- Tricks professional photographers use to show off their work
- The most popular effects used by the big Hollywood studios
- The latest cutting-edge photographic special effects
- How to fake all kinds of studio shots (you'll be amazed how its done!)
- The type effects that are most in demand by clients
- How to get stunning 3D effects without using a 3D program
- How to turn simple snapshots into museum quality gallery prints
- The most asked for new Web effects
- Plus loads of advanced effects that look hard, but are easy, once you know the secrets
But Down and Dirty tricks is more than just a just an effects book--it's a tips book too, because on every page Scott includes a cool tip, a quick trick, or a timesaving shortcut, making this an invaluable productivity tool too! Plus the whole book is packed with design techniques, creative ideas and stunning layouts that will help you unleash your own creativity. It's all here-- "Just the funk and not the junk" and if you're into Photoshop, you're absolutely gonna love it!
About the Author
Scott Kelby is president of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP), the trade organization for Adobe Photoshop users. NAPP has thousands of members in the US and 63 countries around the world. Scott is editor-in-chief of both Photoshop User magazine, the "how-to magazine for Adobe Photoshop Users," and Mac Design magazine. Scott serves as training director for the Adobe Photoshop Seminar Tour and is the technical chair of the largest Photoshop gathering, Photoshop World. Scott is one of the leading Photoshop trainers in the country today and trains thousands of Photoshop users across the country each year, and is featured in a series of Photoshop training videos.
Top Customer Reviews
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While written for CS, most everything can be done (as other reviewers state) in Photoshop 7 as well. I have the "Down and Dirty Tricks" for PS 7, and I'm delighted to say that Scott didn't just retread that volume, this is all NEW stuff!
If you want Photoshop help with "how'd they do that?", this book is for you. Scott is friendly, slightly weird (aren't all Photoshop users?), eager to share the steps involved to great effects, faster production and "wow!" in Photoshop.
Great all-round book of tips! Recommended highly (and I've been using PS since version 3).
Scott's passion and enthusiasm for Photoshop make this a highly enjoyable read. the skills covered are sure to please your clients as well. I bought this book the day it came out and I suggest you pick it up fast!
The beauty of this book is that almost all the effects are VERY easy to create. Just a few minutes and you're done. The bad part is that there are no effects that will knock your socks off. Nice effects, but none (for me) are WOW!! Then again this is not what the book is about. Any WOW effect probably is very complicated to create without any "dirty" tricks. This book is about creating decent things without much fuss. And it does a good job at doing that.
Each step in each project is very highly detailed... for me, it's too detailed because i already know the program well. For example, instead of simply saying "in a new layer, create an oval w/ the oval marquee tool and fill it with black", he says the same thing in 10x as many words and a few sentences. This is good if you know nothing about PS, but too wordy if you know it already.
Also, most of the tools that he uses, he accesses them with keyboard shortcuts. I personally prefer to use my mouse to click on the palette buttons, or menu items, instead of memorizing keyboard shortcuts. For example, if he fills a selection with black, he first does the keyboard shortcut for making the foreground black and background white. Then he does the shortcut to fill the selection with the foreground color. I prefer to just go to Edit > Fill > black. ... just something to consider before getting this good book.Read more ›
I have to agree with the reviewers who say that these "tricks" aren't anything special. "Closely guarded secrets" my eye. The effects included in this book are tired and cliched, and easy to figure out from PREVIOUS manuals about Photoshop!
What a waste of money. Mr. Kelby certainly is a shrewd businessman, but I've become more and more disenchanted with his books over the years. I also plan to return this, and probably won't buy any others in the future.
BTW, I still only use PS 7.0, and have been able to use just about everything in this book.
Most recent customer reviews
Think the author of this book is very known guy and he makes really cool stuff. And writes much books. Read morePublished on Aug. 11 2007 by Lana
I'm very disappointed. This will be the last Photoshop book I ever buy. The only good tutorials in the book are: the Grunge Tutorial, and the 2 that Felix Nelson did, which were... Read morePublished on June 28 2004 by Dusty Rhodes
Scott has done it again !!!!! I am new user of photoshop and Scott has made it so simple for me to "fake a pro". Read morePublished on June 17 2004 by Amazon Customer
I'm a jack-of-all-trades, master of a few, and simply don't have enough time to learn all my apps in-depth. Read morePublished on June 12 2004 by Ken Elliott
Just last week I attended the Mac Design Conference in Chicago and heard Scott Kelby give a presentation on PhotoShop Down & Dirty Tricks. Read morePublished on June 6 2004
This book as well as the other "Down & Dirty Tricks" books have been an absolute asset. Read morePublished on April 16 2004 by Darian L. Vorlick
Adobe is used to having a lot of books written on its products. They tend to be the most complex of any program on the market, but it is because they are so powerful. Read morePublished on April 7 2004 by J. Jensen
I bought this book for several reasons: I had the previous version and saw that this contained "all new content"; because I have several of Kelby's other books and 'cuz I... Read morePublished on April 5 2004 by appleguy
If this book was sold at double it's list price, it would still be worth it. I consider myself an Intermediate Intermediate. Read morePublished on March 10 2004 by Jeff Taylor
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