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Inside Photoshop CS

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ISBN-13: 075-2063326442
ISBN-10: 0672326442
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About the Authors

Gary David Bouton is an illustrator/writer/all-around-nice guy who lives with his wife in a cozy hamlet in upstate New York. Mr. Bouton has authored 14 books on Photoshop; several other books on the Internet, CorelDRAW, and modeling applications; and some freelance columns relating to computer graphics for photography and digital art publications. Gary holds four international awards in DTP and graphics. He is also moderator of the 3D forum at and a moderator of the (Photoshop) "Inside Track" at Gary can usually be reached at

Mara Zebest is a graphic artist who lives with her family in Folsom, California. Besides satisfying the needs of numerous commercial clients by designing brochures, newspaper and magazine ads, and a variety of other graphics, Mara also spends part of her schedule supplying people in her area with computer training and technical support for software and troubleshooting issues. Mara also occasionally donates her time to a local school by designing T-shirts and offering consultation on image-related areas. This is Mara's third time as a contributing author and technical editor for the Inside Photoshop series.

Gary Kubicek has been a contributing author for 8 books on Photoshop; he has also been a technical editor for 12 books. A professional photographer for more than 20 years, Gary was an early adopter of Photoshop and the "digital darkroom" as an extension of the self-expression he finds in his traditional photographic work. Gary is also a digital imaging consultant. And when he's not pushing pixels, he is playing his Strat and trying to learn how to play some of his favorite Stevie Ray Vaughan tunes.

Gary can be reached at His Web site address is

Dave Huss has authored 15 books on all aspects of digital imagery that have been translated into six languages. A popular conference speaker, Dave has taught classes throughout the U.S. and Europe. His digital montages have won awards at national competitions, and he has been interviewed on both CNN and TechTV.

Christian Verhoeven is a Belgian freelance artist, photographer, and painter who is passionate about Photoshop, which opened for him new doors of creativity and new fields of experience in graphic arts. Christian is currently living in East Asia.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1128 pages
  • Publisher: Sams (June 5, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0672326442
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672326448
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 2 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,140,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Welles on August 26, 2004
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Gary's has written a text which is an educational experience based on doing. This doesn't mean that the theoretical basis of image manipulation is shorted but rather that it is offered during practical lessons so the intellectual component has a contextual grounding. "Inside Photoshop CS" takes one through a course which touches and applies vitrually aspect of the most complex and popular software programs in the world including all the new and upgraded tools. While I wouldn't necessarily recommend it for an absolute beginner, if someone is self-motivated and serious about studying Photoshop CS with the goal of progressing toward expertise, working through this one book would be more valuable than several semesters of college classes. Cheaper too!

This will be my only Photoshop CS book purchase.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 3, 2004
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I have another book by Gary Bouton and it is quite well written. Unfortunately, this one is not, at least not in the beginning chapters. I have gotten through the first few chapters but not without considerable difficulty. I can only assume that Gary was working with a prerelease version of CS since the steps he lists simply do not work as indicated much of the time and I know his quality standard is generally high. This is so frustrating that I just wanted to put down the book and find another. Chapter one is CS basics, and if you don't get the basics, it is difficult to go any farther. I tried the SAMS Publishing website for errata but found none. If you already have a good understanding of Photoshop, the book should be much easier to follow and offer some excellent tips and procedures,however, I would not recommend it for a beginner.
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I highly recommend this book for any serious user of Photoshop. What's great about the Bouton style of writing is that you actually come away learning something about the software that you can apply in practical terms to your own projects, rather than being bogged down with technical details and examples.
With each new upgrade of Photoshop, Gary explores "under the hood" to find the new uses for the software. Photoshop CS represents a pretty significant upgrade for the Mac and Windows user alike since Photoshop is now part of Adobe's "Creative Suite" integrating it with other core software to make up powerful solutions for personal and business use. Gary will break down some of the inherent barriers in this complex set, so you can see how it can apply toward your goals.
Gary also briefly explains some of the technical jargon, so you get a better handle on how PhotoshopCS actually manipulates your images. He explanations are clear and illustrated well, so you come away better equiped to handle the lessons down the road.
His book is primarily aimed toward the intermediate skill level, but a beginner who applies him or herself will find it easy going since each lesson builds upon itself.
There are plenty of easter eggs and nuggets of wisdom in every Bouton book. You will want to keep this one handy or share with a friend as your skill with Photoshop progresses. This is an exciting time to own Photoshop and Gary Bouton keeps that excitement alive with this edition of Inside PhotoshopCS.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. E. Dowdle on January 12, 2005
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This is the worst kind of manual - a tutorial. Everything is turotials. You can't get a simple answer to a simple question. For example. Have a question about selection markees? All you can do is follow a tutorial for page after page looking for something that might be applicable to your actual question. There is no simple explanation of the various markees. It's the same with any question you might want an answer to. Go to their CD, open their files and follow a tutorial that might eventually get you where you need to go and might not. Can you tell I'm hot? I just wasted $50 on this book.

Also, this is a PC book, which gives bare lipservice to the Mac world. If you work on a Mac, don't buy this book
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