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Adobe Photoshop CS3: Top 100 Simplified Tips & Tricks [Paperback]

Lynette Kent
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September 11, 2007 0470144769 978-0470144763 1
Photoshop®: Top 100 Simplified Tips & Tricks provides adventurous Photoshop users with a visual reference on how to use the bells and whistles found in the latest version of Photoshop. Broken out in 10 chapters, with 10 tasks per chapter, Photoshop®: Top 100 Simplified Tips & Tricks covers 100 cool and useful tips and tricks that can be performed in the newest release of Photoshop. Full-color screen shots and numbered, step-by-step instructions show you how to take their Photoshop skills to new heights. Order the latest edition today and make your pictures pop.

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You already know Photoshop CS3 basics. Now you'd like to go beyond with shortcuts, tricks, and tips that let you work smarter and faster. And because you learn more easily when someone shows you how, this is the book for you. Inside, you'll find clear, illustrated instructions for 100 tasks that reveal cool secrets, teach timesaving tricks, and explain great tips guaranteed to make you more productive with Photoshop CS3.

  1. Minimal text and maximum illustrations
  2. Task-oriented, step-by-step approach

  3. Navigational aids connect instructions to illustrations

  4. Self-contained, two-page lessons

  5. Uniform layout makes it easy to read less, learn more

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About the Author

Lynette Kent (Huntington Beach, CA) studied art and French at Stanford University. After completing her master’s degree, she taught at both the high school and community college level. In addition to writing books and magazine articles, Lynette is adding to her portfolio, combining high-end photography and digital techniques. She often works at trade shows as a demo artist for computer graphics hardware and software companies. Her books on digital imaging and photography include Photoshop CS2: Top 100 Simplified Tips & Tricks, Teach Yourself VISUALLY Digital Photography, Teach Yourself VISUALLY Mac OS X Leopard, and Scrapbooking with Photoshop Elements: The Creative Cropping Cookbook. Lynette is also one of the leaders of the Adobe Technology Exchange of Southern California, a professional organization for graphic designers, photographers, and artists.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Visual; 1 edition (September 11, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470144769
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470144763
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #814,263 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I am an unconventional geek. I like learning to use computers and software to get projects done, not for the pleasure of playing with a keyboard or knowing all there is to know about an application. The books I write are intended to get people started. They do not cover every possible option, but rather step the reader through the basics in simplified projects so he or she can understand how the software works. People learn by doing not by reading about software. Once the reader has these steps figured out, learning more for a specific project becomes a matter of trial and error or finding a video or another book showing that specific project. As an artist and photographer, I just love Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom because I can create so many different images just by experimenting.

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another (good) way to learn Photoshop February 22, 2008
Adobe Photoshop has had a long and well-deserved reign at the top of the heap of digital image editors. The broad-ranging capability of this behemoth to parse and modify pixels in just about any way imaginable, and the dedication of its parent company Adobe to continue to improve it and make its tools available to as many high-level users as possible has helped it carve a rather niche in the industry. But one of the drawbacks is a steep learning curve.

If want to teach yourself more about a number of Photoshop CS3's capabilities and you prefer complex issues carved up into small, illustrated packets - that is, you're a visual learner - this book would be an excellent choice. One of the "Simplified Tips & Tricks" series, it is part of Wiley's 5-Star Visual Learning System, all of which have these features: 1. Minimal text and maximum illustrations; 2. Task-oriented, step-by-step approach; 3. Navigational aides connect instructions to illustrations; 4. Self-contained, two-page lessons; 5. Uniform layout makes it easy to read less, learn more.

It's important to note the presumption by the author that you already know Photoshop CS3 basics; the intent is not for this book to be your first tutorial, but to help you learn more shortcuts, tips, and tricks quickly and efficiently after you've mastered the fundamentals of installation, opening files, and other basic operations of the program.

Does the book succeed? Very well, in my view. Though my personal learning style tends to be more old-school, textbook oriented, I was very positively impressed with how well the book meets the goals of the 5-Star Visual Learning System. The limited commentary is direct, informative, and spare without falling into the trap of trying to be distractingly trendy, quippy, and cute.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So easy to get started!!! November 5, 2007
I really like the organization of this book because I can jump right to learning about the exact thing I want to do. I don't have to read a 100 pages to get there. This makes it really easy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Excellent Book October 25, 2007
I have followed Lynette Kent's writings and have never been disapointed with the simple tips & tricks she provides. Need something done, look it up in her book and in several short steps the task is complete. Without having to read a chapter or more of information to accomplish a project. This book is a must in every graphic artists and Photographers library.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for Novices and Intermediate Users Only November 18, 2009
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This book is well written and well organized. It teaches you some time saving tricks and some of the basic concepts that are beyond what's in Photoshop's very inclusive Help system. You learn how to make selections, how to color correct or even change a selected region's colors. You learn how to crop an image to specific dimensions and fit the crop to a certain size. You learn basic concepts on how to use layers to the best advantage, and how to use layer masks and adjustment layers. The book is full of great tips. However, once you've gone through the tips in the book, you'll put the book away and not use it again (unless you have a poor memory). Once you learn what is offered here, you won't need the book in the future.

Another thing -- Most of the tips are quite useful. However, some are not, and some are downright 'the wrong way' to go about getting your work done. A few of these 'wrong ways' waste your time, and once you learn the wrong way, it's up to you to find the faster, better way.

All in all, it's a great book for people starting out with Photoshop CS2, CS3 or later, and it's helpful for intermediate users. But advanced users will find this book unsatisfying. So, buy this book if you're new to Photoshop and need some help in getting started, but beware. Some of the techniques here are not quite right -- there are easier, faster ways of getting your work done. However, this book provides a good place to start. It will get you going. You'll become familiar with what you need to know. Then soon, you'll discover that some of the techniques shown here are real time wasters.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "...visual reference for the bells and whistles " November 10, 2007
This book clearly and consisely explains techniques that go beyond the basics in an easy-to-follow self-contained, two-page format. Great for the visual learner!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I have been looking for January 30, 2008
I just received this book today and already love it! It's exactly what I've been looking for. The instructions are very elementary and easy to follow. You see the before, during and after photos, which make it even better for visual learners. The first pages of each section are very basic, but the pages after elaborate even further on each tip/trick. I also love how at the top of each page is a difficulty bar that lets you know how easy or difficult the tip/trick is.

I highly recommend this book. If you're a beginner in Photoshop CS3, there's plenty of room to grow with this book. If you're a novice, you'll find new tips/tricks to do that you didn't already know.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Its good October 31, 2007
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I bought this book three weeks ago and have used it a lot. Its good though it has its flaws. Perfect companion to have with Photoshop CS3 essential skills, which is more professional and very good, but I like the fun things on Simplified, which the other book does no have. All in all I recomend it, you learn a lot of neat things.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Yawn.
Last ten tips require plugins and out of the 100 tips, I counted only 10 to 15 that were really useful to an intermediate Photoshop user. Read more
Published 12 months ago by CAMILLVS
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of Photoshop
This is the BEST overall book on Photoshop that I've seen. It has a ton of hints and how-tos in brief, easy-to-follow formats. I LOVED it.
Published 23 months ago by Marisa Marinac
4.0 out of 5 stars satisfied with product
Was a bit unfamiliar with some terms, but book presents what it says. The more I familiarize myself with this program, the more this book seems to come in handy.
Published on June 2, 2011 by jae gun
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, easy-to-follow tutorials
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I've been using Photoshop in one form or other for over 20 years. Read more
Published on November 22, 2010 by Pro Artz
5.0 out of 5 stars Great and easy tool!
I have struggled with Photoshop for over a year with trying to teach myself. This book opens the door for me to present unique products to my client. Read more
Published on August 31, 2010 by Bob Troncale
5.0 out of 5 stars Adobe Photshop Cs3 Top 100 Simplified Tips & Tricks
This is an easy to follow book with all steps shown when working with Adobe Photo shop CS3. It is easy to follow and very simplified for the average user. Read more
Published on April 24, 2010 by Darrell Templeton
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource
Purely self-taught, I've been using photoshop since version 5. This book has been an invaluable resource in enabling me to quickly perform tasks that I once labored over for hours... Read more
Published on November 4, 2009 by Margaret D
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! A book I can learn from.
I've been using PS for years now. However, I might as well have been using a much more basic program. Read more
Published on October 18, 2009 by Extra Hannah
5.0 out of 5 stars You need these 100 essential tips!
If you can master these 100 easy tricks, you'll be well on the way to using all of Photoshop's most essential features. Read more
Published on July 14, 2009 by MigarC
5.0 out of 5 stars Tips and Tricks
Very simple and easy to follow. I learned and applied some amazing stuff very quickly on Cs3. I could not have asked for anything more.
Published on June 3, 2009 by S. Prokop
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