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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 15, 2008
I've used both online and printed tutorials for Photoshop in the past, but French's Photoshop Unmasked is easily the easiest to understand and, most important, most helpful. Practical advice on real-world solutions, offered in clear, hands-on lessons with files stored on his personal website. After years of hobbyist use for amateur photography and web design, I finally feel like I'm unlocking the full power of Photoshop. The bibles are good for reference and some of the more arcane uses of Photoshop, but if you want a solid explanation of how to perform the actions you'll need to know regardless of how you use Photoshop personally, this is the only book you should need.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 26, 2007
Selections options often trip up the novice Photoshop user. Nigel make this look easy. His style is easy to follow for novices and masters alike. Knowing what to do when is the key to an efficient working environment. For imaging forensics, having the what to do when discussion of selection and masking techniques here in book form helps you prepare for an intense cross.

This one should be on everyone's shelf.

Jim Hoerricks
[...]
Author of Forensic Photoshop - a comprehensive imaging workflow for forensic professionals
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 9, 2008
This book is one of the most information-dense Photoshop books I've seen. It specifically addresses selecting, layers, masks and channels, and is loaded with examples that are very pertinent to the material.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 8, 2008
I consider myself an advanced amature with Photoshop CS2. I knew I needed to learn about Paths/Layers/Masks but was intimidated and confused (especially paths, masks, and channels).

This book is so well written that just into page 51, so many things just started clicking into place. Understanding what these things actually do, how and why made it seem much less confusing. I can hardly wait to sit down at my computer and start experimenting!

The only "negative" thing I can think of to say is the print in the book is just a tad on the small side ;).

I agree with the other reviewer in that this book tells you the how and the why not just a here is how you do it step by step with no explainations. I have several photoshop books; if I had to get rid of all but two, this is one of the two I would keep.
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on November 21, 2011
I liked this book as it explains the concepts of selections, masks, paths, channels etc. Also explains the tool settings which make selections easier.
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on August 20, 2014
This book finally helped me to understand masking. Love this book! Since I bought it, I am using masking every day. :-)
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 5, 2008
Though I havent finished yet it is i can say of a good value.
Easy to understand so i can recommend it for people who want to complete their existing knowledge with something else.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 4, 2012
I purchased this because it was recommended I enjoyed the many tips it has offered me in my digital corrections
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 29, 2013
I ordered this book to learn more about selections and paths. This book was very frustrating compared to the other books I have purchased about Photoshop. The book appears to be written based on PS2 and has never been updated. I am using PS5. Many of the examples required trying to resolve what had changed between PS2 and PS5, so I could follow the instructions. Chapter 6 has a section on the "Extract Tool" which was taken out of PS4 and is no longer available because other features have replaced it. I did learn a few things about selections that I did not already know, but I can not recommend this book to anyone who is not familiar with PS2 and the changes that have been made since then.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 4, 2009
The Book was an excellent teacher if knowing the internals of Photoshop are important to you. But it needed,IMHO, more hands on technique. The title was what I wanted. But, in my case, you don't learn if you don't do.
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