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Adobe Photoshop CS2 One-on-One

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ISBN-13: 978-0596100964
ISBN-10: 0596100965
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"Reading this book is a very immersive learning experience, because the engaging style of language ensures you're involved in each of the tutorials. It really is as if you have your own personal tutor sat by your side, revealing tips and techniques, and even checking your progress with knowledge tests that reinforce what you've learnt in each section." - Photoshop Creative, Issue 11

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"As a Photoshop author, I hate picking up a book and learning things I didn’t already know. But Deke’s done it to me again! If you want to learn Photoshop from the ground up, look no further." —Scott Kelby, President, National Association of Photoshop Professionals

"…the equivalent of a twelve-week intensive course on digital imaging. Every step of the way, you’ll say ‘Now I get it!’" —Bert Monroy, Illustrator and Author of Commercial Photoshop with Bert Monroy --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Series: One-On-One
  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Deke Press (August 4, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596100965
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596100964
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.9 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,016,247 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Deke McClelland is a popular lecturer on Adobe Photoshop and the larger realm of computer graphics and design. He has hosted the interactive "Video Workshop" CD that shipped with Photoshop Versions 7, CS, and CS2, as well as hundreds of hours of tutorial-style video training for industry leaders lynda.com and Total Training. In addition to his video work, Deke has written 84 books translated into 24 languages, with more than 4 million copies in print. One of the most award-winning writers in the technology market, Deke received the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Computer Book in 1989. Since then, he has garnered more than 20 honors, including seven independent citations from the Computer Press Association. In 2002, he was inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame.

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268 of 272 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Duff HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 1, 2004
Format: Paperback
To say I am "graphically challenged" would be an understatement. For whatever reason, I just have a hard time envisioning what I can do with images and colors. To help solve that issue, I got a copy of Adobe Photoshop CS one-on-one by Deke McClelland. In short, this book is packed.
The book is organized into the following 12 lessons: Open and Organize; Highlights, Midtones, and Shadows; Correcting Color Balance; Making Selections; Crop, Straighten, and Size; Paint, Edit, and Heal; Creating and Applying Masks; Adjusting Focus; Building Layered Compositions; Text and Shapes; Layer Styles and Adjustments; and Printing and Output.
Each lesson starts out with an "About This Lesson" page, which gives you an idea of what you're going to cover. It ends with a "What Did You Learn?" exercise where you match the concept with the description. And in between is the excellent material on how to do what it is that's being covered. Interspersed throughout the text are "Pearls Of Wisdom" which are short 5 to 10 line sidebars that explain a concept or a slant on the material that you may not have realized. And McClelland doesn't just explain how to do things, either. He goes into the concepts behind how graphics and color work, such as how to read a histogram or the difference between 8 vs. 16 bits per channel. So when you get done with the book, you should have a greater understanding and appreciation for the art of graphical manipulation.
But you're not done yet. The book comes with a CD that includes video lessons that follow along with the book, as well as the files you'll need to do the exercises.
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142 of 143 people found the following review helpful By Eric Wuehler on June 16, 2004
Format: Paperback
I'm not sure if I can add much to the positive reviews so far. This is an excellent text - do yourself a favor and read all the reviews.
For me, I really appreciated the sidebars and "Pearls of Wisdom" scattered throughout the text. In these, the author gives quick insights like; why one tool works better than another or a keystroke reminder or a technical definition.
This book does much more than just tell you how to do something, it also explains why your image changes when using the various tools. In other words, it goes beyond just getting you from A to B. There are a million different ways to get from A to B in Photoshop, so it's nice to learn a few new ones to add to my current Photoshop knowledge.
I use Photoshop basically for two things. Fixing up photos I've taken with my digital camera or scanned in from the family archives and creating images for my personal web site. I found the chapters about highlights, midtones, and shadows and color correction invaluable, especially when trying to fix up some old color pictures of the family from '70s. =)
Excellent book, visually pleasing, highly recommend.
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54 of 54 people found the following review helpful By "singleton-in-london" on May 10, 2004
Format: Paperback
O'Reilly has a knack of publishing really excellent computer books, and this knack is continued with Adobe Photoshop CS one-on-one. The book is published with colour examples throughout, and the author, Deke McCelland, also presents an included CD of video tutorials. These complement the book superbly.
The author covers the major features in Photoshop, but usefully also explains when you should you a specific feature rather than another one. For example, he usefully suggests that the 'Brightness/Contrast...' option can result in pretty awful results, and explains how to change brightness and contrast in a more satisfactory way. The result is that anyone with this book will quickly move from being an amateur user of Photoshop who just gets by, to being an expert who knows how to get the very best results.
The book is very practical, and not a dry run-through of the toolbox. McClelland uses examples - like removing scratches from a scanned image or improving the focus of a photograph - that may well make the reader load up their own pictures half way through a chapter to experiment. The text is very readable, and broken up well with headings.
This is quite possibily the best guide to Photoshop on the market. Highly recommended.
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Buffy on January 9, 2006
Format: Paperback
This was a good introduction to Photoshop book that covered a lot of ground. I think for people just learning to use Photoshop, or want to learn about a particular area they aren't familiar with at all, then this is a good beginning. The author quickly takes you through various exercises allowing you to become aware of Photoshop's many tools and what they do. If there is a problem with this book, it's that you are mostly given cookie-cutter techniques: type in this number here, then that number, then voila--you have a result. Or, select this item, press this button and again--you have a result. But chances are the images you are going to work on will require a more custom solution and I'm not sure this book really prepares the reader with enough in-depth knowledge. However, my feeling is that this book is (or should be) geared more towards someone with minimal Photoshop experience. Then, when you want to get more in-depth into a specific use of Photoshop, the reader can then select a book that covers their specific interest (retouching, compositing photos, web design, etc). The book is a good intro, but chances are, you'll need to complement it with another, more specific and in-depth book.
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