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Adobe Photoshop CS4 Classroom in a Book [Paperback]

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November 20, 2008 032157379X 978-0321573797 1
The fastest, easiest, most comprehensive way to learn Adobe Photoshop CS4

Fourteen lessons in Adobe Photoshop CS4 Classroom in a Book cover basic and advanced techniques in Adobe Photoshop, the world’s best image-editing software. Learn how to retouch digital photos, work with layers and masks, navigate the workspace, prepare images print, and explore the latest features. Tips, extra-credit exercises, and step-by-step lessons help you become more productive using Photoshop.

Learn to correct and enhance digital photos, create image composites, transform images in perspective, and prepare images for print and the web. Combine images for extended depth of field, and try out the new 3D features in Adobe Photoshop CS4 Extended.

“The Classroom in a Book series is by far the best training material on the market. Everything you need to master the software is included: clear explanations of each lesson, step-by-step instructions, and the project files for the students.” —Barbara Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor, Rocky Mountain Training

Classroom in a Book®, the best-selling series of hands-on software training workbooks, helps you learn the features of Adobe software quickly and easily. Classroom in a Book offers what no other book or training program does—an official training series from Adobe Systems Incorporated, developed with the support of Adobe product experts.

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About the Author

The Adobe Creative Team is made up of designers, writers, and editors who have extensive, real-world knowledge of and expertise in using Adobe products. They work closely with the Adobe product development teams and Adobe's Instructional Communications team to come up with creative, challenging, and visually appealing projects to help both new and more experienced users get up to speed quickly on Adobe software products.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Adobe Press; 1 edition (November 20, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 032157379X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321573797
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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89 of 97 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars definitive lessons in Photoshop December 4, 2008
If you want to learn Photoshop, why not from its authors? This very recent text [2008-9] has lessons showing the many capabilities of CS4. The publisher/author was also careful to include many nice colour prints because after all, that is the point, isn't it?

The book starts from scratch, assuming no prior exposure to Photoshop on your part. It takes you thru the basics. But even in the early chapters, you are exposed to many powerful techniques, like the Sponge tool and the Healing Brush and Patch tools.

The most important chapters deal with layers. Of all the tools and ideas embedded in Photoshop, the concept of layers is perhaps the most powerful. The lessons give you fluency in it, and once you have this, compositing elaborate images becomes very feasible, largely limited only by your imagination.
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120 of 136 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring and Poorly Written February 8, 2009
I've enjoyed Scott Kelby's books and other Photoshop books in the past and was looking forward to this book. I made it through the first four lessons without too much problem only because I've been using Photoshop for quite some time.

But Lesson Five makes very little sense to me. I don't get the point.

This is what happens when a group of people write a book. It's a mess. They keep getting the cart before the horse. For example, the first lesson requires making a selection with the Elliptical Marquee Tool. Then, in Lesson three, the reader will find an explanation of how to make a selection with the Elliptical Marquee Tool.

Another example is in lesson three. It requires renaming a layer, but the explanation for how to rename a layer doesn't come until lesson four.

I knew how to use the Elliptical Marquee Tool and I knew how to rename a layer, so no problem for me. But how many more carts are before the horses? I'm afraid this book will only increase my frustration level with Photoshop, not diminish it.

I would not recommend this book to a beginner for certain and not even to someone with Photoshop experience. It was not worth the money paid and I wish I had not bought it.
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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classroom In A Book December 28, 2008
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I ordered this book with my cs4 software knowing that the Photoshop team who put this book together always know how to get accross to even the most struggling student, which refers to me quite well. The book comes with a disc containing the lessons you should use to follow along while learning how to use every tool Photoshop CS4 has to offer. I'm so glad I purchased this book. I take a lesson at a time in the evenings. I find it helpful to repeat a lesson as soon as I finish to make sure the information I learned comes easier as the instructions progress. The instructors made it so you're using previously learned tools and methods in each lesson. This makes it easier to remember what you've learned.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Instructions without explanation November 25, 2009
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This text was selected by my instructor for a Web Graphics class and this has been a diappointment to both the instructor and the class. The text provides step-by-step instructions on how to complete tasks but without providing the reader an understanding of why the steps are taken or how why settings have been selected for various menus.

As an example, in Chap 5 on Masks and Channels, concepts such as gray-scale channels, quick masks and alpha channels are introduced but without providing a understanding of the concepts and how they are related. Menu settings are offered on menus such as 'Refine Mask,' 'Filters,' 'Refine Edge,' and 'Layer Styles' but without understanding what those settings are and how they affect the image. I found myself screen printing the menus and then going out to the internet to find out what those settings mean.

Finally, it does not outline a workflow on editing and creating images, one of the most basic skills that Photoshop users need to acquire.

I would not recommend this book.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Basics October 15, 2009
By Amanda
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This product isn't so much a tutorial on what things are and how they work, but a step by step project book. While each project so far has been short and simple, there really isn't much explanation of WHAT I'm doing.
Its possible that understanding will come with time, but so far it is all click this, point here, click that and you're done!

So its good if you just need to dive in and get over using a new program. Its not so good if you have questions about why this over that.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
I aquired Photoshop as a hobbyist and this was the third book I bought trying to figure out what I could do with the software. Other books define what each feature does and how to access it, but Classroom in a Book puts the features into context. I learned the software as well as some basic graphic design and photography skills. Before you spend money and time on a class on Photoshop, try this book!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
I thought it would be helpful to warn other customers that if you buy the Kindle edition of an Adobe Classroom in a Book which deals with software versions older than CS5 (the current version at the time of this review), you may not be able to obtain the project files that are supposed to come with the book. I discovered this when I bought the CS4 Flash book and one of my co-workers told me he had the same problem with other CS4 Kindle editions (we still use CS4 versions of some Adobe products where we work). After some searching online, it appears there's no way to obtain the older project files without buying the paper edition (which comes with the files on a CD). CS5 Kindle editions do contain links to downloadable project files, but the older books appear to have their links stripped out, which probably means the project files for those versions have been removed from the publisher's server. It's likely that at least some of the CS5 project files are different enough that they won't be useful to users of the CS4 or CS3 books. I haven't checked all of the CS4 and CS3 books out personally, but I'm posting this warning so that other buyers will be aware of the risk.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars for class
its a great book to learn how to use this software program and it has a lot of helpful tips
Published 1 month ago by Zachary Guzman
5.0 out of 5 stars Learn from the creators.
Learning Adobe Photoshop is not easy but if you take the time to work your way through the book, written by the same team that developed the product, you will not be sorry. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sue
5.0 out of 5 stars Adobe Photoshop CS4 Classroom in a Book
I love photos, so this book help me a lot, Thank you very much. I would recommend to my friends, they love it too.
Published 2 months ago by THO NGOC DANG
3.0 out of 5 stars good
it a good step by step guide to photoshop, but make sure and get the correct software with the correct book
Published 5 months ago by S. Henry
4.0 out of 5 stars It is a classroom!
Although I meant to order CS5 - careless - it appears to be what I wanted, so I gave it to a friend with CS4 and then ordered CS5. Read more
Published 6 months ago by DOS
5.0 out of 5 stars Photoshop CS4 Classroom in a book
I love this book, I was unable to make sense of Photoshop till I read this book, following guide lines from it was very helpful. Read more
Published 9 months ago by lindyloo
5.0 out of 5 stars My book purchase
I purchased this book to keep up to the new things photoshop has added to the CS4, I've been using photoshop for quite a few years and there has been a lot of changes since I... Read more
Published 14 months ago by sea runner
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
Excellent buy and I received my book very fast! I couldn't find this price elsewhere. I would recommend anytime! Thanks!
Published 14 months ago by Diana Pinedo
5.0 out of 5 stars great class room book
great class room book for thos that want to learn how to do Photoshop for those that can not figure it out
Published 15 months ago by James D. Jenkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
I ordered this book for my daughter who wanted to learn photoshop. Arrived quickly and was as advertised. Recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn photoshop!
Published 18 months ago by L. Adler
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