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Photoshop CC: The Missing Manual Paperback – July 1, 2013

ISBN-13: 978-1449342418 ISBN-10: 1449342418 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Missing Manual
  • Paperback: 928 pages
  • Publisher: Pogue Press; 1 edition (July 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449342418
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449342418
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.5 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #324,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Lesa Snider is on a mission to teach the world to create—and use!—better graphics. She’s an internationally acclaimed speaker, a stock photographer, and the founder of the creative tutorial site PhotoLesa.com. Lesa is the author of many video-training workshops (www.lesa.in/clvideos) and the coauthor of iPhoto ’11: The Missing Manual. She writes a regular column for Photoshop User, Elements Techniques, and Macworld magazines, and contributes frequently to Design-Tools.com and PlanetPhotoshop.com. Lesa is also a long-time member of the Photoshop World Dream Team of instructors and can be spotted teaching at many other conferences around the globe. You can connect with her online on Facebook (www.facebook.com/PhotoLesa), YouTube (www.lesa.in/ytvideochannel), Twitter (@PhotoLesa), and www.PhotoLesa.com.

During her free time, you’ll find Lesa carving the twisties on her sportbike, dressed up in her Star Trek best at a sci-fi convention with her husband, or hanging with fellow Apple Mac enthusiasts. Lesa is a proud member of the BMWMOA and the First Lady of the Colorado Mac User Group (www.CoMUG.com) a.k.a. the Boulder Mac Maniacs. Email: lesa@photolesa.com.


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Lesa Snider is on a mission to teach the world to create -- and use! -- better graphics. She's an internationally acclaimed speaker, stock photographer and founder of the creative tutorial site, www.PhotoLesa.com. Lesa is the author of the Missing Manual series of Photoshop books, several video training workshops on Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Camera Raw, and iPhoto (www.lesa.in/clvideos) and she's the coauthor of iPhoto '11: The Missing Manual. She's the Advanced Photoshop professor for the international graphic design school, www.Sessions.edu, and writes a regular column for Photoshop User, Elements Techniques, and Macworld magazines. Lesa also contributes frequently to Design-Tools.com (get 3 free issues at www.design-tools.com/3freelesa) and records free training videos for PlanetPhotoshop.com (www.lesa.in/lesaplanet). She's a long-time member of the Photoshop World Dream Team of instructors and can be spotted teaching at many other conferences and workshops around the globe. You can connect with her online on Facebook (www.Facebook.com/PhotoLesa), YouTube (www.YouTube.com/thePhotoLesa), Twitter (@PhotoLesa), or on www.PhotoLesa.com.

During free time, you'll find her carving the twisties on her sportbike, dressed up in her Star Trek best at a sci-fi convention, or hanging with fellow Apple Mac enthusiasts. Lesa is a proud member of the BMWMOA, F800 Riders Club, the Colorado Mac User Group (CoMUG.com) and the North Coast Mac User Group (NCMUG.com). She lives in Boulder, CO with her husband and two beautiful kitties.

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It's well written, easy to follow, and very well illustrated.
Pamela Anders
Whether you are starting from scratch and read the book from cover-to-cover or just need a good reference, then this is a good book for you.
Wildness
Photoshop is full of amazing tools to help creatives get the most out of their images.
L. Wiggins

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By L. Wiggins VINE VOICE on September 22, 2013
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I was first introduced to Lesa Snider via her CreativeLIVE workshops. She is an excellent Photoshop teacher/guru. The time limits (and expense) of online workshops left me wanting more detailed instruction. I decided to get this book, and it did not disappoint.

Photoshop is the most complicated photo/design software; it is intimidating for a new user. Though I've been a daily Photoshop user for a few years now, the CC is new to me. In the MM, Lesa does a phenomenal job of writing detailed, easy-to-understand explanations/instructions in a conversational tone. The features I love most about the MM are the full-color examples and that Lesa explain the WHY behind the adjustments.

She begins with setting up your workspace and setting preferences (something I wish I had known to do before I jumped right into the deep-end and drowned myself in photoshop). Other manuals teach you how to set up your workspace so that you can use their specific tutorials. Then, they systematically teach you how to edit their photographs (provided on a disc that came with the book). They don't really go into detail about WHY to set up and edit one way as opposed to another. Lesa's book explains what to do, why to do it, and then she leaves the door open for your creativity.

Photoshop is full of amazing tools to help creatives get the most out of their images. For the past three years, I've just been clicking buttons and playing around in an effort to teach myself. And I may or may not have ruined a handful of files in the process. I thought I knew a lot about how to use this program, but having an expert like Lesa take me on a logical, thorough, step-by-step tour has proven invaluable.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Darwin's Bulldog VINE VOICE on August 20, 2013
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Very few software releases come with a manual anymore, and when they do they are often simple PDF documents. Personally. I prefer a printed book; something I can use to be more productive when waiting at the auto shop for repairs, and in which I can make notes. Since Photoshop no longer comes with a printed manual, just about ANY book on Photoshop with qualify as a Missing Manual.

However, I've been a fan of the O'Reilly Missing Manual series for quite a while. When software actually came with a printed manual, it was usually of the "Here's How to Do xxx " type and not the "When and Why You Why You Do xxx ". This is what the MM provided; what tasks are needed and when to use them. When you are just starting to use a piece of software as deep as Photoshop, this distinction is important.

The first thing that impressed me about this particular volume is the quality of the materials. In the past, many MM books were black and white and printed on a standard quality paper. If there was color involved, it was often a small set of pages bound together in the middle of the book. This volume is full color throughout, and printed on a coated paper. Looks and feels great!

I also like the order in which topics are covered. After the first two chapters, which orient you to the user interface, "Layers" is the first topic. This might be considered the power of PS; they allow non-destructive adjustments and should be your first choice. (A number of PS books start with the 'auto' adjustments, or the adjustments that are applied directly to the pixels. Really not the best approach.) There are whole books devoted to Layers, but this book covers the topic very well.

The next chapter is "Selections", arguably the second most important feature of PS.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brewster on March 4, 2014
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I read a review on amazon that said this was the best book on the subject of Photoshop, so I bought it. When I received it, I was shocked to find that it wasn't some small book, but about 900 pages long, weighing more than any other book I'd ever owned (including all my college textbooks.)
As for content, it is LOADED with easy-to-understand explanations of everything you'd want to know about PS, and some things you didn't know existed. There are plenty of advanced PS features that are mentioned in passing, but references by page number to locations in the book where more detail can be found make it easy for you to find more info on what you really want to learn.
The author assumes that you are a beginner and explains the basics in great detail. For those who are experienced, it is easy to find what you want, too. Numerous illustrations and tips can be found in every chapter.
It would be so easy easy for an experienced author to gloss over things, but it appears that nothing gets by without an explanation. If the writer says this procedure will work only if you have "xyz" in your computer, she then will explain what "xyz" means and how to tell whether or not your computer is so equipped.
PROS: LOTS of information; detailed explanations in plain English; a section where the author tells you which chapters you should jump to for specific needs; the "missing CD" can be downloaded for more information, updates, and to get the files used in the book so that you can practice on them.
CONS: 1. Some of the text in the illustrations is so small that some may have trouble reading it without a magnifying glass.
2. I would much prefer a book that I can lay flat on the desk next to my keyboard, but the binding and the size of this book will not allow that.
Overall... 5 stars because I don't think I will need any other book to learn all I want to know about PS, AND the price was VERY reasonable for all this content.
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