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Product Details

  • Series: Bible
  • Paperback: 1112 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (July 22, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764589725
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764589720
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #837,435 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

If Photoshop CS2 can do it, you can do it too ...

The Photoshop Bible has been completely overhauled to provide up-to-the-minute coverage of everything that's new with CS2. Here's essential information about the new Bridge for file organization, printing, and publishing; new tools, including the Spot Healing Brush and enhanced blur, sharpen, and distortion filters; support for 32-bit/channel images; and so much more. It's the one Photoshop CS2 book you can't do without.

Inside, you'll find complete coverage of Photoshop CS2

  • Get an overview of image editing theory and Photoshop application
  • Learn how each new tool works and what it offers
  • Manage files with the Bridge
  • Explore definitions, preference settings, and techniques for using Camera Raw
  • Retouch, restore, or completely redo photos with CS2's expanded toolbox
  • Understand color mapping and adjustment
  • Optimize images for the Web

About the Author

Deke McClelland. Born near Verona in 1511, he was once the most popular portrait painter in all of Florence. His career came to a grinding halt a few centuries later with the advent of photography. Broken, penniless, and deeply resentful, Deke dedicated his energies to the development of a pathogen so insidious that it would one day contaminate each and every photograph on the planet. Code named the Pernicious Instrument of eXtreme EviL (or “pixel” for short), Deke smuggled his terrible creation into The New World and set it free. When his invention turned out to help rather than hurt photography, he went quite mad. He now inflicts his revenge by writing educational books and hosting training videos.
His most sinister books are the award-winning Photoshop CS2 Bible and Photoshop CS2 Bible, Professional Edition, now in their 12th year with more copies in print than any other guides on computer graphics. Other subversive titles include Photoshop CS For Dummies and Photoshop Elements For Dummies (both Wiley Publishing, Inc.).

Laurie Ulrich Fuller. An artist through heredity and education, a teacher by nature, and a writer since she was old enough to pick up a crayon, Laurie Ulrich Fuller is a graphic artist, computer trainer, and the author and co-author of more than 25 books on computers, software, and the Web. Laurie has written hundreds of training manuals for universities and corporate training centers, and in the past 15 years, she’s personally trained thousands of people to make more creative and effective use of their computers. Her classroom has recently expanded to include total strangers she’ll never lay eyes on — through CD-based training products available from both Total Training and VTC.


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Very thorough and coherent presentation of topics, clear and easy to grasp even for somebody erratic like me.
Adela Srinivasan
This is a very good book, I learned a lot from it, if you use adobe photoshop, or any software, you know the value of a good manual.
Farid M. Khattab
I recommend this book to anyone who uses Photoshop, from newbies to experienced photographers and graphic artists.
William James Fremont

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

75 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Jacob W. on July 21, 2006
Format: Paperback
I couldn't tell which book was going to be the most useful, so I got 3 different books on Photoshop. After looking through each of them and doing some "tests" where I looked up the same subjects in all 3 books to see which author/s explained things better, it was a no-brainer -- the Photoshop Bible for CS2 is the best book on Photoshop out there. The other 2 went back, next day.

If you're someone who has to learn by doing, there are great examples you can follow. If you need step-by-step hand holding, there are procedures to follow. If you need to understand the concept in general before doing something, there's plenty of discussion of ideas and approaches. So any type of learner is covered here. The authors know their stuff and don't joke around forever and tell you all about how wonderful they are, they just tell you what's great (and even what's not so great) about Photoshop and how to make it do what you need it to do. I really recommend this book.
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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Hal Miller on May 22, 2006
Format: Paperback
I looked into several Photoshop books before buying this one. I read the reviews, used the "search inside" stuff to read exerpts, and made my choice. Even with all that, buying books online can be a crapshoot - but this one paid off! This is a great book on Photoshop CS2. I've learned a lot already and keep this book right next to the computer so it's there when I need it. I like the style - not too jokey, not condescending - and the authors obviously know Photoshop like the back of their hands, including little things that you never even knew were there. The examples are practical but not oversimplified and the coverage of special effects, web graphics, and restoring photos is great. I'm sold, and recommend this book highly.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Marilyn V on January 24, 2006
Format: Paperback
My copy must be from the second printing (if there really was a problem with the first run, as another reviewer indicates) because there's no problem with any of the images in my copy. Not only do the images match the text, but the text is thoroughly understandable and enjoyable to read. I haven't bought a Photoshop Bible in a few versions, but I'm glad I got this one. The authors know their stuff and really seem to enjoy sharing it with their readers. It's not all "Wow Photoshop's great!", though, because if a feature isn't what you'd expect or doesn't do what you want easily, the authors tell you and give you good workarounds. Unlike some books on Photoshop, the authors don't seem to be on Adobe's payroll. I recommend this book to all users, because in the 1000+ pages, there's something for everyone. There's foundation stuff for new or self-taught users and plenty of depth for experienced users. Great book.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By H.Owens Byrd on June 28, 2006
Format: Paperback
Between the thorough coverage and the authors' insights, this book can't be beat. I'm a photographer and graphic designer, and I wouldn't consider living without this book by my side in the studio. I don't want to have to take a class, watch a video, or wade through lots of personal commentary. I want to know what something does, how it works, why it's a useful tool/feature (or not, and if not, what to do), and then get back to work. This book is filled with great tips, useful tricks, honest, clear instructions, and great examples. If you can't tell, I recommend this book!!
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Shadow Raven on August 26, 2005
Format: Paperback
Overall the PS Bible books have been very good. This one is also.

HOWEVER...There was a problem with the 1st printing of this book. Some of the examples do not entirely or accurately portray what the accompaning text is saying. For instance, a figure that is supposed to show transparency/opacity shows just as a solid color. So you may be scratching your head reading some text and looking at the figure it is referring too and wondering what the heck they are saying.

I contacted the publisher and they conducted an investigation. They deterimined that there was indeed an 'issue' with the printing and they will note this for further printings of it.

If you follow the text as described you will have the results as intended. I still recommened the book. Just keep in mind you may have to rely more on what your reading in some cases then what you are seeing...or wait for the next printing and hope it comes our right.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Dale Rickert on November 6, 2005
Format: Paperback
You won't be disappointed if you purchase this great reference!

Not only did the book impress me, but so did the help that I received from Laurie Ulrich Fuller, one of the authors. When I had a couple of questions, I sent her an email. Usually one has to wait for quite a while to receive a reply if they even do receive a reply. With Laurie I received a reply in less than 24 hours! She was friendly and didn't seem to mind answering my questions. How wonderful it is to find someone willing to help you. No matter how good a book is, it really makes a book outstanding when you can get responses to any questions that that may come up. It keeps one from feeling frustrated.

I rate the book TOPS!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Keefe VINE VOICE on March 12, 2007
Format: Paperback
The Photoshop CS2 bible basically harnesses all there is to know about Photoshop. Both Deke and Laurie explain each aspect in a very quick and easy to understand manner. Where this book starts off is where most Photoshop books ignore, this is of course "What Photoshop is". For most it may seem like an old theory, but there really is a lot of valuable info packed in that chapter.

The book is broken in to sections that focus on a specific use "Colors, Brushes, etc..". Having the book in this format allows the reader to jump in at a certain point instead of forcing them to hunt for the information they require. A smaller portion is the fact they even added the keyboard shortcuts for both Mac and PC. Rounding out this book the reader will understand the process of customizing Photoshop which includes combos and menus.

Overall this book is for a beginner to Photoshop or an advanced user that is looking to get up to speed on how the "Pro's" are doing things.

I highly recommend this book to anyone that has even a marginal interest in how to get things done in Photoshop.
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