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Adobe Photoshop CS2 Classroom in a Book 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 0321321847
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Adobe Press; 1 edition (June 3, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321321847
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321321848
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #409,497 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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313 of 317 people found the following review helpful By Spencer M. Hall on June 22, 2005
Format: Paperback
I have been using Adobe Photoshop since version 5.5, but didnt really get into it seriously until Photoshop CS (8). When I purshcased CS, i bought Jan Kabili's "Complete Course" title, because I considered the Classroom In a Book series to be too dry and technical. It seems that most PS books are either completely tutorial based (meaning you have to follow that sample projects in order to get anything from the lessons) or a cut-and-dry reference that doesnt go too in depth on explainations. "Complete Course" was the former, a big disappointment, and I never finished it. I have since upgraded to CS2, and wanted to get THE most comprehensive and most importantly, versatile book, that would provide explainations as well as serve as a reference.

I have not been disappointed in my purchase of Adobe Photoshop CS2 Classroom in a Book. From what I have seen, the book has chapters that suit everyone, whether you have years of experience with photoshop or are a complete beginner. I am somewhere in between, but found even the most basic "beginner" chapters contain some very useful information. As the book progresses the concepts become more complex and allow you to greatly expand your knowledge of PS.

But what impressed me most about Classroom in a Book was that it can be molded to fit your learning style. Included is a CD with example files for you to follow along with each lesson, trying out features as you go. However, if you are like me and do not learn as well from following a tutorial step-by-step, you dont have to use the CD. This book is written well enough and includes plenty of color screenshots that you can do just as well without the sample files.
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153 of 160 people found the following review helpful By Guitar Grrl on June 12, 2005
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Let me start out by saying that I knew nothing about Photoshop when I bought this book. I couldn't even figure out how to make a blue background. I'm now on Lesson 7 (out of 16) and am already comfortable with doing things like editing family photos and cleaning up pictures. This book has been invaluable to me, and I'm only half way through.

The lessons are really easy to follow, step by step with color pictures. It also comes with a CD that contains tutorials and photographs that you work with in the lessons. Each lesson takes about 30-60 minutes, and they're fun :) It starts out easy and gets more difficult with each lesson as it gets more advanced.

Great book.. I'm going to pick up the Illustrator CS2 version when it comes out too.
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66 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Laskevitch on May 31, 2006
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This is well intended, and mostly well achieved title. That is, it serves a good introduction to the interface and application in general terms. But it falls far short of deeply teaching the application.

Yes, a user will have completed many exercises, and will have had many "successes", building confidence along the way. All good things. Additionally, one learns the vocabulary of Photoshop, the locations of tools and palettes, and something about the program's settings.

But sadly, as a teacher, I see little deep understanding of how to use the application from those who rely solely on this text. And although knowing where things are and what they're called are important steps to passing the Adobe Certified Expert exam, it's more important to know how to achieve results in efficient ways that only real understanding--and much practice--can produce. I was fortunate to help create that exam for the last several versions of Photoshop, and I believe it tests how an adept user actually uses the program. One should be proud to pass that test!

This book will get you started, perhaps, but it won't make anyone adept or expert. Try turning to Real World Photoshop CS2 (Fraser and Blatner) or Adobe Photoshop CS2 for Photographers (Martin Evening) for that. Classes don't hurt either, but I'm biased there. But mostly, joyful, frequent, and curious use will make one an expert.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By M. Fyvie on March 30, 2006
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I'm not a Photoshop beginner or an advanced user, but I found the style of this book very easy to use. As other reviewers have noted - it's not a text book, it really does feel like a series of lessons.

The way the lessons flow together is excellent, but I must admit that I did finish the book hungry for more. If you are looking for something to build up your confidence before tackling an advanced photoshop book - this is the ticket.

Other reviewers have already covered many of the other main points, so I wanted to focus on something that really impressed me - the design effort that has gone into this title. It's clear that Abobe Press took a lot of pride in producing this title, and it is very easy on the eye. Additionally, it has been designed to enhance learning experience with the usual classic things like objectives stated in advance, knowledge reviews and quizzes, as well as the occassional tip from an expert thrown in for good measure. The included CD also contains some nice video sequences of some of the lessons - nice bonus material.

I can only sum up the production of this book in two words - extremely professional. When I wrote to the publisher to report a small error (see the Wiki) they wrote a very polite email back to me and it seemed as though they really cared about producing a quality title. Sadly this is not the case with all publishers these days...

As soon as I finished this book I immediately placed an order for their Illustrator CS2 Classroom in a Book title. I'm sure I won't be disappointed...
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