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June 6, 2010 0321701763 978-0321701763 1
Creative professionals seeking the fastest, easiest, most comprehensive way to learn Adobe Photoshop CS5 choose Adobe Photoshop CS5 Classroom in a Book from the Adobe Creative Team at Adobe Press. The 14 project-based lessons in this book show readers step-by-step the key techniques for working in Photoshop CS5.

In addition to learning the key elements of the Photoshop interface, this completely revised CS5 edition shows readers how to edit images with precise selection control, correct a wide range of lens-based errors, interactively transform their images with the new Puppet Warp tool, and easily remove or replace image elements with the new Content-Aware Fill mode. The book also covers new powerful painting effects to artistically enhance images and shows how to combine multiple exposures into a single HDR image.

For the first time, the companion DVD will feature, in addition to the lesson files, 2 hours of free video tutorials from Learn Adobe Photoshop CS5 by Video by Adobe Press and video2brain, a great added value!

“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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The Adobe Creative Team of designers, writers, and editors has extensive, real world knowledge of 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 experienced users get up to speed quickly on Adobe software products.

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: 6.3 x 8.3 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,811 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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129 of 132 people found the following review helpful
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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 99 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Adobe should be ashamed to put their name on this book 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
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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Digital Files - Calm Down Everybody! 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.


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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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Adobe Certified Instructor, Rocky Mountain Training August 30, 2010
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars I like it
It is an excellent book.
It is very easy to read and comprehensive.
I like it, I recommend this book.
Published 2 days ago by Motrin
2.0 out of 5 stars This doesn't help you learn, just got it for school
This book was not helpful for me. As a artist I am more of a visual learning, I learned Photoshop by watching video tutorials and experimenting hands on and in my opinion that is... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Rebecca
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Tool to Teach Yourself
This book is great! I already knew how to use Photoshop, but had to purchase it for a class.

It's step-by-step instructions and included CD with all the images you need... Read more
Published 25 days ago by Jamie Botzer
3.0 out of 5 stars just OK
It arrived as the date of eta of the shipment. But the book was not as it was stated on the seller's post. It didn't look as it was like a new book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jaydee D Dizon
5.0 out of 5 stars used for college course
The book was use for a college course. Most of the material covered was from this book. Very useful book
Published 1 month ago by Luis G. Rodriguez
5.0 out of 5 stars Photoshop CS5 Classroom in a Book
The title pretty much describes this book. It is a gentle, well-conceived and written introduction to Photoshop CS5. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Karl Tipple
5.0 out of 5 stars Why I liked this product.
The explanation and examples are simple and clear for a beginner. I'm content with my purchase of this book. I recommended it to others. Thank you.
Published 1 month ago by RAQUEL ROJAS
4.0 out of 5 stars Good coverage of program information!
This book was very Informative,well delivered, a solid tech manual. The DVD was an awesome addition and well received by students in my classroom.
Published 2 months ago by Amos Peterson
5.0 out of 5 stars Good condition
Easy to follow lessons and comes with a DVD tutorial. Book was in good condition for a used book. I liked it.
Published 2 months ago by Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars good book for people working in photoshop
I bought this book as a gift for my husband who does a lot of Photoshop work, he really likes it, and I will get another for my niece.
Published 3 months ago by Anne Winston
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