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ISBN-13: 860-1300478838 ISBN-10: 0764595717 Edition: 1st

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From the Back Cover

Tame the Photoshop toolkit and get dazzling results

Grasp the basics, correct color and tonality, work with Raw files, and more

Wait till you see what you can do with Photoshop CS2! You'll start with the nitty-gritty stuff, like how to get images out of your digital camera and into Photoshop, and go all the way to creating works of art with twisted type and the Photoshop Brush tool. Feeling even more adventurous? Check out Part IV for power-user tricks!

Discover how to:

  • Download, scan, crop, and print photos
  • Adjust brightness, correct color, and fix flaws
  • Choose the right file format for your images
  • Understand the Raw file format
  • Turn photos into works of art

About the Author

Peter Bauer: Best known as the Help Desk Director for the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP), Pete is also the author of a half-dozen books on Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, a contributing writer for Photoshop User and Mac Design magazines, featured columnist for PlanetPhotoshop.com, and software documentation writer for a variety of Photoshop- and Illustrator-related products. An Adobe Certified Expert, he also appears regularly as a member of the Photoshop World Instructor Dream Team. As NAPP Help Desk Director, Pete personally answers tens of thousands of e-mail questions annually about Photoshop and computer graphics. He has contributed to and assisted on such projects as feature film special effects, major book and magazine publications, award-winning Web sites, and fine art exhibitions. He has taught computer graphics at the university level and serves as a computer graphics efficiency consultant for a select corporate clientele.
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Product Details

  • Series: For Dummies (Computer/Tech)
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (June 14, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764595717
  • ASIN: B003D7JSP0
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,874,130 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Peter Bauer is an award-winning photographer, medaling in numerous international competitions, a member of the Photoshop Hall of Fame, and the author or co-author of more than a dozen major titles on Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and digital photography. (Watch for the forthcoming update to his Photoshop for Dummies.) As the Help Desk Director for KelbyOne (formerly the National Association of Photoshop Professionals --NAPP), he and his staff answer tens of thousands of e-mail questions annually about Photoshop and computer graphics. In his role as Help Desk Director, Pete has contributed to and assisted on such projects as feature film and television special effects, major book and magazine publications, award-winning Web sites, and fine-art exhibitions. Pete received the NAPP Pioneer of Photoshop award in September 2005, and entered the Photoshop Hall of Fame in 2010. He is a regular contributor to Photoshop User magazine, hosts video training titles for Lynda.com, and produces on-line tutorials for both InformIt.com and PlanetPhotoshop.com. He has taught computer graphics at the university level and produces portraiture and fine art prints for a select clientele. Pete appears regularly as a member of the Photoshop World Instructor Dream Team and has been a featured speaker at Professional Photographers' and Photoshop conventions in the US, Canada, and Europe. He can be contacted at peterbauer@indypixes.com. (If you have specific questions about Photoshop or photography please join KelbyOne.com and submit your questions through the 1-on1 Help Desk.)

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Blackjack Davy on August 27, 2006
Format: Paperback
Judging by the number of people who don't find negative reviews helpful people don't like to hear the truth - that this book is not for beginners. Its a reference book for intemediate users and above and possibly a reference for beginners who are receiving tuition elsewhere - because theres none to be found here.

Despite the sneering tone of at least one other revewer here it *is* possible to be a newbie and be serious about learning Photoshop - but not with this book. Do yourself a favor and buy Sams' "Teach yourself Photoshop CS2 in 24 Hours" because that *will* teach you how to get to grips with the basics - and avoid this book.
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful By John Matlock on June 24, 2005
Format: Paperback
Except for the yellow cover, this just doesn't look like a For Dummies book. As soon as you open it you start to see color printing everywhere. There must be dozens, if not hundreds of four color images, and they are scattered throughout the book. This isn't at all like a lot of books that only have a few color plates. It also appears to be a higher quality paper that looks brighter than the other books in the series. This makes sense because Photoshop is a highly color oriented software package. The really nice thing about all this is that they didn't raise the cost significantly. A lot of books printed like this one are twice the price.

Of course the real test of a book is not its appearance, but its content. This book is aimed at the beginner to intermediate level user. It kind of combines a tutorial and a reference approach. The first few chapters are really introductory. It doesn't make much sense to jump around in them. But after that the chapters are pretty much stand alone. You can use the index or the general chapter heading to find the particular area that interests you and get the information you need.

This is a welcome addition to photoshop literature. While it's aimed at the beginner, even an expert will find a few points that will help him on his next project. The author runs a help desk in real life. That means he knows what people are going to ask and he included it in his book. Very well done.
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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Sosia on December 27, 2005
Format: Paperback
I am 100 pages and 5 chapters into the book which I purchased a week ago, mainly based on the glowing reviews that people have left here as well as the esteemed credentials of the author. I have essentially zero Photoshop experience, having only used the photo editing program iPhoto (Mac)--but I have used that to its full extent, including histograms, lighting adjustment and correction, and more.

I was really excited to start learning Photoshop, and only mildly disappointed when I opened the introduction and it said that this was a REFERENCE book and not a step-by-step how-to book. How can you learn Photoshop without a step-by-step? If I had wanted the reference book I would have bought the Dummies Photoshop Reference book.

I was up to the 4th chapter in the book when I realized that I hadn't even needed to pull out my computer yet to follow along. I was literally learning nothing. Not having experience with Photoshop, I didn't need any of the keyboard shortcutting tips and palette preference setting that he went over in the first three chapters because I still don't know what any of those functions even do! And he calls that "Breezing through Basic Training". I don't see what's so basic about any of the tips in there. If you don't know Photoshop, you won't need anything he writes in the first 4 chapters.

With chapter 5, I officially give up. I'm returning the book. It has been a total waste of time. I started to regain hope with chapter 5, as it started out seeming to be just about the first chapter you could use as hands-on to actually learn functions.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ronald E. Moravec on January 20, 2007
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I purchased this book after using my local libraries` copy. It is full of information on the basic operational details and procedures of photoshop CS2. It is written in as plain an English as one could expect.

All the "secret" procedures to do various things are explained, things that would take decades of use if you were to try to figure them out without help.

It does not go into the aesthetics of photo editing at all. It only explains the basic procedures of how the various functions work, but it does this well.

It does nothing with the other graphic arts programs that come with CS2 such as In Design, Illustrator, and others. Photo editing is only a small part of the CS2 program.

If you want instruction on how to improve photos, this is not the book. If you want to learn the functions of how photo editing works within CS2, this book does a superb job in easily understood language.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By David M. Loucas on August 7, 2005
Format: Paperback
I too have no less than 1/2 dozen Dummies book. Most of which I've never finished. But this one is the best of the best Photoshop CS2 manuals. It's easy to read, instructions are clear, and concise, though a few times he forgets to tell you how to access certain menu options. But overall this is a total winner. I love that it is in color, and none of the sometimes lame attempts at humor like some of the other Dummie books where the authors seemed to be more interested in entertaining you than educating you. I read five chapters in one sitting while doing hands on exercises at the same time. Great Book!!!!
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