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ISBN-13: 978-0321701763 ISBN-10: 0321701763 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Classroom in a Book
  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Adobe Press; 1 edition (June 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321701763
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321701763
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)
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This is really a great book to learn Photoshop.
Adam Horwitz
Besides the lessons in the book, there are also video lessons on the included cd.
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It is easy to follow with very thorough instructions.
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130 of 133 people found the following review helpful By Tenna Merchent on August 14, 2010
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There are things I really liked about this book and things I really didn't like.

The primary thing I didn't like was the approach they took to the exercises. For instance in the section on adjusting color in Camera Raw, they tell you specifically (by number) where to move the temperature, tint, exposure, blacks, contrast, clarity, vibrance, and saturation sliders, but there is no discussion as to why these amounts for this image work. This problem goes on throughout the book. I'd say that's a pretty huge weakness.

On page 118 there is a pull out box with the headline "About layer-comps" that has 3 paragraphs talking about how great layer comps are. (It's a way to look at different versions of complicated multi-layer PS file.) But it doesn't tell you how to create one, or even mention that there is a complete discussion of the subject that begins on page 242.

But the things I did like make this book worth purchasing. At the end of each section are review questions and answers. The answers are wonderful, brief and to the point. And there are other golden nuggets of information sprinkled throughout the chapters and book. For instance in the section on Working with channels it says, "To avoid confusing channels and layers, think of channels as containing an image's color and selection information; think of layers as containing painting and effects." While I knew that intuitively from working with them so much, I could never have explained it so simply.

The section on creating paths using the pen tool that starts on page 202 is the best description I have read. I've used the pen tool a lot, and I've been putting too many points in because I didn't really understand it. I dog-eared this section so I can find it quickly.
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88 of 100 people found the following review helpful By Desert Rat on August 27, 2010
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I am an advanced photographer and have used Photoshop for years. This is the third edition of Classroom in a book for me and I was disappointed. The authors used several of the same old photos. Worse from my viewpoint is that several of the lessons were quite complex with no explanation of the reason for each of the steps. It is like a cookbook which is only useful for making the included recipes but not for learning how to cook. I think the Scott Kelby books are much more useful (and fun). Even the Martin Evening books which I don't like because the print is too small for my tired old eyes and can be rather dry are better than this effort.

Maybe a designer would find the book more useful but in my opinion Photographers should avoid it.
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37 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on August 14, 2010
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Adobe Photoshop CS5 Classroom in a Book comes with a fine DVD-ROM for Windows and Mac OS filled with 2 hours of tutorials, and provides the easiest way to learn Photoshop CS5. The 'classroom' format centers around 14 lessons covering the basics of learning Photoshop and provides tips to become more productive with the program. It can be viewed in a progressive learning environment or referred to as a reference by skipping around: either way, students seeking an at-home course will find this a winner!
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Binder on August 30, 2010
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Speaking as an Adobe Certified Photoshop Instructor, I think the Photoshop CS5 book is terrific. If you don't understand workspaces, selections and layers, you will not get very far in Photoshop. This book does an excellent job of teaching the basics, and then allows you to continue on to learn masking, working with type, compositing and more. Sure, there are some areas that could use a little more explanation, but that's why we choose to use them in our online Photoshop classes. When you combine this book (or any of the Classroom in a Book titles) with an experienced instructor, there are simply no better materials out there. I've been using the series since I started teaching Photoshop version 3, and my students have always loved the exercises and given very high ratings to the books. So far, Adobe Photoshop CS5 Classroom in a Book has been very well received by our students at Rocky Mountain Training.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By LagoDiLecco on March 9, 2011
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I was arrogant when I looked at this book and thought that it might be too simple. After all, I'd been using Photoshop for a few years and was only upgrading versions, wasn't I? Well, when I actually sat down and started working through it patiently, I found that I was wrong to be so arrogant. The book may look simple aty first glance, but it is quite carefully constructed to build up a nice balance of information in an easy way. From the start, I was finding myself learning little tricks and new shortcuts.

For me, there were two gains to be had from this book. The first is that I was several Photoshop versions behind and it was truly helping me to learn new features. The second is that I was nevertheless getting set in my ways and was overlooking shortcuts which would make my life easier. For example, I thought that I knew all about selections. Yet I had never used the spacebar to move the selection around at the same time as I was making it (don't laugh at me!).

So, unless you're an absolute super guru, I think that if you are patient enough to work through the lessons in this book then you will get a lot out of it.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Christopher J. Benz on January 25, 2011
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The content of this book is excellent and it's a superb introduction to Photoshop CS5. It employs a 'learn by do' method mostly, which is staple across the CIAB series. The idea is to whet the appetite to learn more by actually applying the program in practical examples rather than explaining the every function and feature of Photoshop (after all, that's what the manual that ships with the program is for right?).

So anyway, on to the eBook lesson file issue that is causing such controversy on Amazon. This solution holds at least for all Classroom in a Book editions of CS5 programs.

Buy the eBook. Then, on your chosen reader, scroll to the END of the eBook and scroll back page by page. Very close to the end you will find a section in caps titled WHERE ARE THE LESSON FILES?

Very clear instructions follow about how to go to the publishers website (PeachPit) and download the full files associated with that particular text.

Granted, it would've been smarter to list these instructions at the beginning of the book rather than the end, but the good thing is they are there and fully included with each Classroom in a Book eBook for CS5.

Enjoy.

EDIT 26-1-11: My guess is that given that the files are not to be given away freely until purchase, they are placed at the back of the eBook so that they are not included with the sample first pages that are given away freely as incentive to buy.
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