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Adobe Photoshop CS5 on Demand 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 002-9236744472
ISBN-10: 0789744473
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Need answers quickly? "Adobe ""Photoshop"" CS5 on Demand" provides those answers in a visual step-by-step format. We will show you exactly what to do through lots of full color illustrations and easy-to-follow instructions. IncludesWorkshopsACE Exam ObjectivesMore than 600 Essential Photoshop CS5 Tasks Inside the Book- Improve productivity with the CS5 interface and templates- Use automatic layer alignment and blending to work with objects- Use live filters to view and modify the results of opening files- Use more precise color correction to enhance a photo- Use content-aware options for scaling and fill- Use image trickery to change or enhance an image- Create eye-catching bevels and special effects- Transform plain text into a show-stopping image- Create and manipulate 3D models using presets and custom options- Use tool presets to construct the right tool for the right job- Test content on different target devices Bonus Online ContentRegister your book at queondemand.com to gain access to: - Workshops and related files- Keyboard shortcuts

About the Author

Steve Johnson has written more than 20 books on a variety of computer software, including Microsoft Office XP, Windows XP, and Macromedia Director MX and Fireworks. In 1991, after working for Apple Computer and Microsoft, Steve founded Perspection, Inc., a software training company committed to providing performance-based training to help people effectively and efficiently use computer technology. Since 1991, Perspection has written more than 100 computer books that have sold more than five million copies.

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Product Details

  • Series: On Demand
  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Que Publishing; 1 edition (May 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789744473
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789744470
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,297,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By tachi1 VINE VOICE on July 3, 2010
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This book has some excellent features to recommend it:

* Excellent organizational structure: a clean and logical grouping of common and related task tutorials in increasing order of complexity.
* An excellent table of contents, tabbed and color-coded to the book's side for quick content location and an excellent and descriptive index that helps you find what you're looking for.
* Good and descriptive section headings and introductions to give you an overview of what will be covered in that section and some idea of key concepts.
* A methodology that is consistent throughout: sequentially number-coded instructions on the left and illustrated and number coded demonstrations on the right, with frequent highlighted text boxes with additional information.
* A good and logical selection of the tasks that most people will need to perform most often.
* Aimed at all of Photoshop's constituencies: the photographer, the print media designer, and the web designer, and all the sub-categories (such as the photographer who doesn't print, just saves for monitor viewing or web).

I would assume the target audience to be current Photoshop users who want to quickly perform certain tasks or make a certain type of adjustment. Since terms are used that would baffle a new user, a certain degree of familiarity is assumed. Another target audience might be people who, like me, are migrating to the CS5 version from a previous version and want to become familiar with newer features.

However, I think that the new, entry level Photoshop user is going to find himself very attracted to the concept of a collection of task-oriented tutorials (which is, basically, what this book is).
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As an instructor of over a dozen photoshop courses per year, I've had considerable opportunity to observe my students' learning process, as well as my own as I upgrade to each new version, use the program myself, and create new class handouts. In spite of having read many books in the field, I remain frustrated that none really enter the thinking process of Photoshop learners in regard to: What do I need to do to improve/alter this photo? Which tool would best do the job? Why one instead of another? In what order should I undertake each step?

Unfortunately, Photoshop CS5 on Demand also fails to address or answer these questions.

But as Photoshop books go, and in regard to clearly presenting and delineating the tasks a Photoshop user might want to do, this book is at least as good as its competition. I do, however, most recommend Kelby's Photoshop for Digital Photographers to beginners, and Martin Evening's Photoshop books to more advanced students. Photoshop for Nature Photographers is the best book I've read (although still inadequate) in regard to explaining the WHY of Photoshop tools and tasks.

Johnson's Photoshop CS5 on Demand does have many virtues. It is clearly laid out in two columns - a colored column with step by step instructions for a task, and a larger column with overview information and screenshots. Features new to CS5 are well-marked and easily located. The book covers in a fair amount of detail most of the major facets of Photoshop, including some features that other basic Photoshop books neglect. We learn not only about selection, layers, color correction, painting, and type; we also are introduced to such features as liquify, the preset manager, and lab color.
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A book on learning to use photoshop could be really boring. This one isn't. Think of it like an encyclopedia of "how to do things in photoshop CS5", with each set of facing pages a different entry, teaching a different skill. Not intended to be read cover-to-cover, but rather as a quick reference for how to do something once you realize what it is you need to do. In this, the book is really good. I'm not sure I'd recommend it for someone with absolutely NO experience with photoshop, as there's not a great deal of continuity from one section to the next (since each is intended to stand alone), and you'd need to read a good bit of the book before really getting started. For anyone comfortable opening an image in the program and doing at least a few basic things, this guide will probably get you the rest of the way, and teach you all the other cool things CS5 can do. It doesn't include a DVD as some other books do, but files are available online if you'd like to "work along" with the examples in the book.

Note for photographers: this book is kind of generic, and covers all of photoshop's functions without a special emphasis on photo retouching and enhancement. If you're just looking to learn about photo editing, a better choice might be The Adobe Photoshop CS5 Book for Digital Photographers (Voices That Matter) or Adobe Photoshop CS5 for Photographers: a professional image editor's guide to the creative use of Photoshop for the Macintosh and PC. Those two are both excellent.
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