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About the Author

In 1985, Deke McClelland oversaw the implementation of the first Macintosh-based production department in Boulder, Colorado. He later graduated to be artistic director for Publishing Resources, one of the earliest all-PostScript service bureaus in the United States.
These days, Deke is the author of the best-selling computer titles Macworld Photoshop 5 Bible and Photoshop 3 For Windows 95 Bible (both published by IDG Books Worldwide), which have combined sales worldwide of more than 500,000 copies, making them the best-selling guides of any kind on computer graphics. Other best-selling titles include CorelDraw 8 For Dummies, PageMill 2 For Dummies (both IDG Books), and Real World Illustrator 7 (Peachpit Press). His newest title, Photoshop 4 Studio Secrets(IDG Books), chronicles the work of 16 of the world's most prominent computer artists.
When not writing books, Deke serves as contributing editor for Macworld and Publish magazines and hosts the cable TV computer series Digital Gurus (now in its fourth season). Deke has written more than 40 books and hundreds of magazine articles about graphics, electronic publishing, and multimedia. His work has been translated into more than 20 languages, including Portuguese, Slovenian, and Thai.
In 1989, Deke won the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Computer Book. Since then, he has received honors from the Society for Technical Communication (1994), the American Society of Business Press Editors (1995), and the Computer Press Association (1990, 1992, 1994, and 1995). Other recent titles include FreeHand 8 Bible, Photoshop 5 For Macs For Dummies, and Web Design Studio Secrets (all published by IDG Books).
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 452 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (November 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764507044
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764507045
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,236,278 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Well P6 is an expensive program but well worth the price if you do web work. P6 for Dummies does a good job of breaking down the intracies and making sure you know how to use the programs.
I will say this though. If you are familiar with web graphics then you may find most of this somewhat tedious but it will help you get a hand on the newly included vector drawing tools. But if you are new to photoshop and web graphcs then this book will be a good starting point for you, especially if you want a good solid grasp of Photoshop.
It may seem overwhelming at first but the Dummy series does a good job of keeping technical things simple and this book is no different from the others in the series. While geared more towards the beginning user of photoshop it will still provide enough new information for more advanced users as well. Because of this I can recommend this book for both beginner and advanced users of the Photoshop program.
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This book was very useful for me. I have not used any previous versions of PhotoShop. As a beginner I find this book very easy to follow, with step-by-step learning. I think most mid and advanced PhotoShop users will have little or no benefit of reading this book... But, I recommend it strongly if you haven't worked with PhotoShop before. You'll be able to do most common techniques and a bit more... Just what you need to get started...
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Look out folks!! Bad book alert!
Not only is most of this book a regurgitation of the Dummies book for PS 5.0, but that was bad to begin with. Considering the myriad of other PS 6 books out there, this one is plain old bad. Confusing examples and chapters, some wrong information every so often, and pages that leave you wondering how th eheck to do some functions. Skip this and get "Adobe Classroom in a Book for PS 6."
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This book purports to be about "photoshop 6 for dummies," but it really isn't much help for real dummies. If you assume that most photoshop beginners, dummies if you will, are most interested in working with their own photographs, this book is of limited utility. It's terrific in discussing graphics and technical points; none of which has anything to do with working with photographs that may have red eye, have faded, need touching up in a variety of ways or even more basic information, like how a "dummy" should take advantage of Photoshop's organizational features. It's not that this is a bad book--indeed, the reverse is true. It's just not much help for the group its supposedly targeted.
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I'd rather eat the pages of this book for lunch and swallow them without a glass of water than read any further from this bone-dry book. I found the humor in the book more iritating than helpful, and the expanse of long drawn-out paragraphs with very few visual aids proved this to be the worst Photoshop book I've laid my hands on.
I strongly reccomend the Photoshop WOW! series, as well as Down and Dirty Tricks.... great for beginners who would appreciate tons of full-color visual tutorials and examples. Glass of drinking water optional :)
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Photoshop is an incredibly powerful tool. It is industry standard for imaging professionals, and is by far the best image-manipulation software out there. But, all that power comes with a pitfall: if you don't know what you're doing, it is pretty much impossible to get Photoshop to do anything worthwhile. This book is the solution.
I've always been a big fan of learning to do something by fiddling with it, not reading about it. I'm the sort of person who throws manuals away (I suspect a lot of us are). For me, this book allowed me to very quickly (4 hours of reading) reach a level of understanding where I could use Photoshop to produce results. But months later, when I got puzzled by something (like histograms, or color manipulation, or printing), I'd crack out this book and find an explanation. Quickly, easily, without hassle.
And that may be the motto of this line of books. Quick, easy, without hassle. If you got a copy of Photoshop with your printer, or you've got access to a copy but don't know how to use it, buy this book. You'll be fixing red-eye, cropping, and saving for web in an evenings easy reading.
That said, if you already use photoshop, go browse the magazine aisle. You don't need this book (stay away from the photoshop bibles, too. If you needed them, you would already know).
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I found this Dummies book disappointing. It just rehashes the older Dummies book for Photoshop 5 with additional writing by Barbara Obermeier and now includes only Windoze screen shots. I used to use this book in the PS 5 incarnation for my PS classes. I really liked its sense of humor and how it was targeted in a no nonsense way for beginners. I will be switching to Peachpit Press's Classroom in A Book, not as much fun but certainly not a retread such as this book. Deke, where are you?
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I do not care for this Dummies' approach to Photoshop at all. It is very non-visual and it is laced heavily throughout with attempts at humor, all of which should have been editied out of the book. However, I've discovered that this author's, McClelland's, strength is not here but in the videotape series he does for Adobe, some of which can be seen online at Adobe's main site. I've taken some of his tutorials there and they are excellent and extremely visual. My guess is that he got locked into this Dummies' book format, which may have worked for another topic, but does not work for learning the most visual graphics program in the computer world. Bypass this product and investigate this author in other, visual media he uses for teaching you Photoshop instead.
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