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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies (May 10 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470610786
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470610787
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 962 g
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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'... written so that even beginners to the software can be up and running in no time at all'. (Photoshopdaily.co.uk, August 2010). ' This book does a sterling job of breaking everything down into small nuggets of information.' (Digital SLR, October, 2010).

From the Back Cover

Learn the ins and outs of Photoshop — the fast and easy way!

Whether you're just learning Photoshop or want to take your skills up a notch, you've come to the right place. Photoshop expert Pete Bauer shows you how, using the latest features of Photoshop CS5. Whether you want to remove a background from a photo, adjust brightness, improve color, or fix flaws — just for starters — this book gives you the tools.

  • Breeze through the basics — if you're a beginner, check this section for details on how to get started, get around, and get comfortable

  • Enhancements made easy — learn about Levels and Curves, make color look natural, work with Camera Raw, create selections, and more

  • Walk on the creative side — learn how to build composite images and add layer styles to turn your photo into a work of art

  • Make your images pop — use Photoshop's tools to adjust the tonality and create sharper, more colorful images

  • Power Photoshop — unleash the capabilities of Photoshop's advanced features

Open the book and find:

  • How to get images into Photoshop and keep them organized

  • What you can do to take advantage of Camera Raw

  • Tips for designing composite images by using layers and blending modes

  • Techniques for curing red-eye, wrinkles, and more

  • How to use vector paths and layer styles

  • Steps for automating tasks by using the Adobe Bridge Tools menu

  • Advice on what you need to know about HDR (High Dynamic Range) images

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I may be a tech 'Dummy' but I might as well be BLIND. The graphics of the computer screen were too small even with a magnifying glass!
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9ccb778c) out of 5 stars 18 reviews
33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ccdf1ec) out of 5 stars Timely and accurate overview. May 19 2010
By tachi1 - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a very good introductory overview of the CS5 version of Photoshop. It is a wide overview of the program, aimed at a wide audience of users who are familiar with the program (or not); users who are photographers of different levels and/or designers (professional or otherwise). With a spectrum such as this, there is little choice but to only touch the surface of each program tool, feature, menu item, filter, procedure, technique, and so on. This book does so admirably.

It touches on almost every subject you might like to get an introductory explanation about, gives you the basic guidelines for use, what to do (and not), options, applicable settings and choices, and helpful illustrations or screen shots on every single page. It is a manual, not a review. It doesn't evaluate the features, only tells you how to use them.

The book probably assumes this is the first time you use Photoshop and that CS 5 is your first version. It doesn't treat "new CS 5" features separately, it simply takes you on a thorough and detailed tour of the current incarnation of Photoshop and, where something is new or changed, a yellow "new in CS 5" icon appears on the margin of the general narrative. This icon, is in addition to the usual iconography of the "for dummies" book like "warning," "tips," etc.

As a fairly competent Photoshop user for just over ten years but a first-time owner of the "Extended" version, I found his introduction to the features and capabilities of this version to be very helpful. The book is well indexed, so I had no difficulty in locating the particular new features I wanted to learn more about. In the process, I ended up reading and learning new things about old features. I found his method of turning a photo into a line drawing much better than the one I'd been using and his sections on using tablets and his top ten tips & tricks very interesting.

There is something for everyone here, which is both a plus and a minus. Whether you want to use Photoshop to make your photos the best they can be; or you want to work with text; or create special effects; or turn your photos into art or create art from scratch; start working with HDR or shooting in RAW; or perform any of the myriad functions of which Photoshop is capable this book will help you get started. It won't go into depth into any of them. Once you know what your needs are or what you want to learn more about, you should get a book which covers your particular needs in depth and detail.

Which brings me back to the first line of my review: This book is a very good introductory overview of the CS5 version of Photoshop.
27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ccdf438) out of 5 stars Not a good photoshop CS5 resource Aug. 25 2010
By Flyer - Published on Amazon.com
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Poorly written and skips many steps when describing how to do various things. You will quickly get lost trying to do what the book suggests. The author is apparently tired and did not take the time to actually work through each step. This book IS NOT FOR ANYONE WHO IS A NOVICE OR BEGINNER. In fact it is so poorly written I would not recommend it to anyone. A MUCH BETTER book is by Jennifer Smith and the AGI Creative Team Adobe Photoshop CS5 Digital Classroom. That may one of the best books written on this issue as you can watch the video for each chapter and then go through the chapter trying everything. In the end you will completely understand each thing that she is teaching you. Turned out to be a good review and I learned a few better workflow steps. For more advanced issues I utilize Martin Evening Adobe Photoshop CS5 for Photographers. Don't waste your money on this Dummies book or you will be one.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ccdf3fc) out of 5 stars Not impressed July 21 2010
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I am new to photoshop and i was hoping a dummies book would treat me like a dummy. There are some chapters that are pretty advanced for a beginner and i'm finding that the book does not help you with understanding concepts to give you a foundation to work with. The way the book is set up is pretty poor also, it will reference a diagram on one page and the diagram in on another page so you have to flip back and forth to look and read about it. Enjoying photography, just looking for more help in photoshop.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ccdf684) out of 5 stars Too dumb? June 19 2010
By Sci-Fi Fan - Published on Amazon.com
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This book covers a considerable array of topics, perhaps too many given the size of the book. It never really seems to go into enough depth to be useful for me. Perhaps I need the "Total Dummies" version. I am completely new to using Photoshop and assumed this would be a good place to start. Unfortunately for me, I feel like I'm being left to jump the chasm between what information is presented and how much one needs to know in order for this stuff to make sense. I've read, re-read, and read again the parts on alpha channels and masks, and for the life of me still can't figure it out. I've managed to make a few masks, but can't understand how they work in PS and the book fails to explain this very necessary info. Masking and alphas are pretty straightforward in other compositing software I've used (Shake, Motion), but seem to require an inordinate amount of hoops be jumped through in a very specific order in PS and this book doesn't even give a decent step-by-step to help one along. It gives several paragraphs to masks and alphas, but doesn't go about explaining the procedure for using them in PS. Very frustrating.

This might be a useful reference book to explain concepts, but as a learning guide it comes up short. Quite disappointed.
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ccdf918) out of 5 stars Very Disappointing - Lacks Detail - Assumes Full Knowledge July 9 2010
By JA Hays - Published on Amazon.com
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As an advanced beginner in Photo Shop and well versed with the basics, I wanted an
explanations and instructions on "how to" for the new features in Photo Shop CS 5.

And the explanations and instructions just weren't there.

The author assumes that you know every procedure in every feature, prior to
CS 5, and gives so little step by step instruction for the new features,
for instance: the new content aware option. This is the substantive value of CS 5 and I had to go to other texts to learn how to use this wonderful feature.

One star is the best I could do for this shallow piece of work.