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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media; 1 edition (Dec 1 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0072231432
  • ISBN-13: 978-0072231434
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 1.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 816 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,439,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Create professional-looking images effortlessly with Photoshop CS and this step-by-step guide. Award-winning designer Colin Smith teaches you the fundamentals of Photoshop then walks you through the more advanced features of this powerful graphics tool. Master traditional drawing and painting tools ranging from pencils to airbrushes, then learn how to add and manipulate text, retouch photos, create special effects, and more. You'll also learn the techniques professional artists apply to their work in a special "Behind the Scenes" section. Whatever your goals are, you'll find what you need to accomplish them in How to Do Everything with Photoshop CS.

  • Tame the interface and use the toolbar, palettes, options, and more
  • Import, place, and size images properly
  • Draw and paint with a dizzying array of tools and techniques
  • Use layers to make editing images a snap
  • Do amazing things with color by working with channels
  • Create graphics using both bitmap and vector technologies
  • Save time with tool presets, automation, and actions
  • Set print and color options to get the best results

About the author: Colin Smith is an award-winning graphic designer and author or co-author of seven graphic design books. He is also founder of the popular online resource Photoshopcafe, and is a regular contributor to the NAPP Web site.

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Just a bit of background on my skill level with Photoshop. I took a 2 day course about six months ago and through my job did a minute amount of hands-on practical usage of that training. Hence my review of the book comes from some basic knowledge of how Photoshop works, but I definitely fall in the beginner category. This review was accomplished strictly by reading the book and evaluating it without confirming the accuracy of the authors descriptions of actual procedures. Since reading the book I have installed Photoshop CS on my home computer and look forward to spending time learning more about it.
For readers of this book, and probably particularly for the beginning level Photoshop program users, I found there to be numerous presentation 'glitches' that made the book difficult.
The first thing that I found was that while reading a description of a process, or an action, I would be referred to a specific figure; not at all uncommon in any how-to book. The problem with this book was that more often than was acceptable, the figure was on another page. I spent way too much time cycling between the figure and the text. Sometimes the figure was on the previous page - sometimes on the next page.
Early on in reading the book I was generous and told myself space can be a reason for figures not always being in close proximity to the descriptive text, but as I continued from chapter to chapter I found it less easy to be forgiving. I got the impression that "they", the author/designer/editor, were trying to fill the pages with as much as they could...minimizing 'white space' and keeping the page count to a minimum. I would much prefer paying a few more dollars for a book with more pages, than paging back and forth to make sense of what they are trying to teach me.
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I am a kind of collector of Photoshop books, from beginner's level to advanced. I found this book one of the best Photoshop books ever-made, also because the author has succeeded in explaining in simple and clear way advanced topics such as for example channels (p.136) and layer blending modes (p.126). The book (contrarily to many other Photoshop books) is full in color, and I recommend it for beginners and even for advanced users (thanks to the bonus section at the end " Behind the Scenes - a gallery with techniques from the pros"). Suggestion for the next edition: please made the photos showed in the book available on a Web site or on an attached CD !
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I got the book a little while ago, and couldn't wait to go through it. I was afraid it would be a step by step droning writer, but I don't think I could have any further from the reality. I think everyone will benefit from the in depth examples, and the greatest part about the book is so much valuable content contained in those pages. If you haven't ordered this book, I highly urge you to as soon as you possibly can.
Before I end this review I would like to add that the Camera Raw plugin is only valuable to people that own those cameras, and I am sure that is why the author didn't include it.
-mkeefe
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Colin does it yet again... Although this book at first glance appears targeted at beginners to the software, Colin steps things up a few notches by delivering sound information and quality techniques that intermediate and even advanced users of Photoshop will find useful and informative. Colin is not only an exceptional teacher of all things 'graphic', but check out his forum and website at [...] and you will find he is a heck of a nice guy to boot. 4000+ members to his forum alone can't be wrong!
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I must say, after I got PSCS I was looking for "That Book". I Noticed that Colin Smith had released his version on PSCS and I had to have it. I read the book from cover to cover and I must say Colin makes things very easy while reading the book. I have been in Graphic designs for almost 10 years now and upgrading to CS was the best thing I did, and now that I have the book things are easier..thanx Colin for making things less complicating :)
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Everything? Come on, get serious. This sorry book never even mentions the ability of CS to work with raw camera files and its ability to do most things in 15 bit color -- probably the two most important innovations for digital photographers. The book should have been named "How to do in Photoshop CS the same things you used to do in Photoshop 7, with a couple of additions." It's just a re-hash of its ancestors.
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