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on March 2, 2004
After receiving this book, I can't believe what the positive reviewers are saying. It's like they are spouting jacket copy without having actually gone through the book carefully.

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.
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on February 26, 2004
Well I was expecting some really down and dirty tricks but the book is very basic itself. I think you should consider buying the wow book or something else.
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on February 12, 2004
The book is selling itself as an insider's guide. It's not. Setting aside the fact that the effects taught are really, really cheesy -- and not in that hipster so-cheesy-it's-cool way, either -- there aren't any effects that you couldn't have figured out how to do on your own with a little imagination and a more thorough guide. There aren't even that many effects, period.
There is nothing in this book that you couldn't have figured out from his other book (Adobe Photoshop CS for Digital Photographers). And if you want to do *really* cool stuff with Photoshop, you're going to have to wait for the Real World or Bible book to come out.
Finally, I must say that I was actually offended by the discrepancy between the book's sales blurb and what it really delivers. I thought I was a hardened cynic when it came to publishing hyperbole, but this has set a new low for unkept promises.
I returned my copy today.
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on January 14, 2004
It's a great looking book when you pick it up , seems like a lot of great tutorials , how to's except for one fact . The fonts he uses to produce the effects in some maybe all ( I haven't checked everyone , was discouage after three ) are not in the font file of Photoshop CS. So if you want to produce effects as pictured in his turtorials , how to"s be prepared to go out and search for the fonts on the web , buy them and add them to photoshop CS font file . Can it be done yes , but for $39.99 I shouldn't have to .
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