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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on July 8, 2012
This book is excellent. It is a very big book with many pages. It is also very heavy. Martin Evening's previous books, (seen by me) have seemed somewhat dull and slow reading. Not this book. Even though it is very detailed, I am finding it enjoyable to read and very helpful. It is not cheap, But I believe it is worth the price.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 17, 2012
In my opinion, if you need only one paper-based Photoshop reference (for photography purposes), it's not the Kelby books you should be buying or the Bibles or other books. It's this book. With color-coded pages, a very detailed TOC and Index, and a ton of good information from one of the best and most experienced Photoshop authors, you'd be hard-pressed to find something better.

That's not to say you shouldn't buy other books. Only that this one is the single best reference book that I have found over the years, and it keeps getting better. The sections on ACR / raw editing is great, as are the sections detailing the new interface options, preferences and other important settings. Lots of important details and hidden tips. Often overlooked by other authors or glossed over, Evening handles these types of topics the right way, making you more efficient / good at what you do.

The one downside is that if you like to carry your reference books around with you this thing is (by necessity because it only gets longer with each version, as new features are added) is pretty huge. Weighs in around 750 pages so it's bulky and heavy but hey, it's worth it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 24, 2012
I have been using Photoshop as an amateur ever since version 1.0, I upgrade ever few versions either via work or home. I have never taken any classes. Over the years as my photography has taken off and reached new levels, my skills with PS have increased. This book just took me to a new plane.

I also have Lightroom, but am not a fan, I guess I am just getting to old to learn new tricks. I believe PS can do everything Lightroom can, just via different actions. This book solidified it for me.

The book has clear instruction and examples that relate to real world photography, and not anything crazy. I am not building new worlds or making pro level magazine covers. This book simply took the skills I have already and expanded them.

I am not sure if this book would help as much if you have never touched PS before, if it was me I would go with a more basic approach and then progress to this book.

I am very happy with this purchase, it also will relate to older version as well a s newer version for the main aspects.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 29, 2012
The sheer size of this volume at first left me somewhat intimidated. Once I started on it, usually in front of my monitor with CS6 running, I have been unable to put it down. Evening picks up where Kelby leaves off, or as another reviewer aptly wrote, Kelby gives us the recipe while Evening teaches us to cook. Further, I have found the spine of the book to be strong and supple; the book can be held open one way or the other without having the book fall apart, as with Kelby's books. To sum, I thrive on detail and what makes things work; Evening's book comes very, very close to satisfying to answering all of my questions thus far about CS6. This book is a must have for photographers using CS6.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on May 30, 2012
This book is big, 742 pages and heavy. Loaded with lots of great info in a very well written presentation. It also contains password info to view their site that contains some great videos and PDF files. This "bible" is the only think you should need. I also have his book on LR4. The Amazon price was great compared to list price of $54.95!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I have Evenings CS 5 book, and it's a good reference volume. I have recently acquired CS 6, and I'd like to now what's new in CS 6. Evening does not give even a bare summary of what's new in CS 6. In another instance I wanted to make a selection. He does not tell the reader how after making the selection and adjustments, how to remove the selection tool. In general the read is cumbersome. With these comments in mind, I suggest it be used as a reference, but take a look at the CS 6 Bible.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 24, 2013
Mr. Evening will not teach you how to use Photoshop CS6, but if you have a problem or need to learn how to do something he is very good at explaining how and why. He is very thorough with step by step instructions that are easy to follow. However, I would not recommend this book for beginners, I think you need a basic understanding of Photoshop before jumping into this book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on July 20, 2012
Mr. Evening's books on Adobe products are extremely detailed and well organized. His style, to me at least, resembles that of a textbook wherein which the subject matter is treated comprehensively and in a straightforward, logical fashion. I've compared his works to the Adobe in a Classroom series and I find Evening's work to be easier to understand. Thank goodness for authors like him as slow learners like me would have much greater difficulty with complex programs such as CS6.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 27, 2013
A very comprehensive book that serves as an excellent reference. However if a beginner or if wanting guidance on what to use in a particular circumstance and how to use it for what effects, this book falls short. Written in a rather dry manner this book focuses too much on presenting plain facts and not enough on real life usage.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 23, 2014
This was the required text for a class I wanted to take. That was enough for me to decide to buy this book, and I'm glad I did. I'm going through it sequentially, and learn more every time I read. This book satisfies; it explains the what, why and how of Photoshop without just dumping you into a rote "Lesson" to "show" you how. [To me, that's as useful as a co-worker reaching over me, grabbing the mouse, and after a quick click click click, he says he "fixed" it.] That's not how I learn best.

Even if you think you know a lot about Photoshop, you owe it to yourself to look at every page, download the online book content, and tinker with whatever you feel might teach you something. I think, for most of us, after the introductory material, almost every page has something new, or at least not as well understood as it ought to be. It also follows a great sequence. Unless you're an old pro, at least SKIM the early chapters for anything new; you will soon be making notes about new things to try and web sites to visit.

There is nothing like a well-written, pleasingly organized, lushly illustrated book that is as useable to PC owners and Mac fans alike. I need to use both platforms regularly, and this book is exactly what I need to build my Photoshop skills. I expect it to also be a valuable reference for years to come.

And by the way, boring or not, if you SKIP the intro completely, you won't have the information you need for the online book content. This book was so good, I ordered one for a friend after I hit page thirty. What does that tell you?
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