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Photoshop CS3 For Dummies 1st Edition

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"…by the end you will know a lot more about Photoshop." (www.gadgetspeak.com, Monday 13th August)

From the Back Cover

Loaded with the latest Photoshop tips and techniques

The secrets of digital image editing — explained in plain English!

Photoshop CS3 is a powerhouse, and here's the fast and easy way to get up to speed on all the coolest features. This friendly guide helps you get images into Photoshop — and then turn them into dazzling works of art. You'll see how to work in the right file formats, master the Brushes palette, get creative with filters, convert color to grayscale, and more!

  • Adjust brightness, improve color, and fix flaws
  • Take advantage of the Raw file format

  • Composite images with layers and blending modes

  • Automate your tasks with scripts and Actions

  • Apply the new Smart Filters to Smart Objects

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (April 23, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470111933
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470111932
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #334,876 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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Not sure why this booked is titled as it is. The author himself states that, "First, this is a reference book, not a step-by-step lesson-based text ..." and "If you're brand new to Photoshop, start with one of the beginner lesson-based books, " not with this one. Why then is the book entitled, "Photoshop CS3 For Dummies"? With a title like that you would think that this book is for beginners.

This book should be titled, "Photoshop CS3 Reference" or something similar.
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I bought the book because it was supposed to be for beginners and, as stated on the back of the book, full of tips, tricks and techniques. It IS NOT. Whoever wrote this must not have looked in the book at all. If you just want to know some of what program will do get this book. If you want to learn to auctually use the program and do something with it get another book. I personally like the ones with a CD-ROM.
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The author obviously knows his stuff, but I would never recommend this book if you are truly new to Photoshop. It was not at all helpful to me. Usually I can rely on the "Dummies" series for a good introduction to a topic. But in this case, the book was not the typical "Dummies" guide. Probably a good reference source if you have been using Photoshop for a long time.
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I wouldn't say it is terrible, but I'm sure there are much better books out there--in fact I've just ordered a different one. In general, I like the "Dummies" series. Although I don't care to be labeled a "dummy", sometimes you don't want to be buried in the details and fancy tricks, you just want a quick guide to getting the simple things done, and this series is very good for that sort of thing.

But by the end of the third chapter, all the author did was rehash some mind-numbing details about what is in the program, there was nary a fun project or step-by-step problem solving lesson provided. I finally accomplished a few of the things I was interested in by skipping ahead to the sections that had relevant content, but I was astonished that it didn't cover even those superficial issues very well. So I wound up using the program's native help screens, and I have to say those were far more useful than this book.

All the while, the author uses the trademark snide remarks of this series (I'm sure the series editor requires this through some sort of template or author's guide for how these books are supposed to work). When I'm learning what I need to learn, I don't care. But when I'm not, these unfunny remarks become insufferable.

So my advice is, buy one of the better rated books in the Photoshop area.
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This book covered Photoshop pretty good. There was very little info about CS-3 Bridge. Most people that are using Photoshop, have been using it for years. Bridge is new and you would think more information should be available. For example: CS-2 Bridge showed an open file icon next to the thumbnail that was open in Photoshop. So far I have not been able to do this in CS-3 Bridge. Even Adobe did not help with this. Maybe they need a separate book for Bridge and Version Cue.
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I've been working with digital images for almost twenty years, and can create amazing images using programs other than Photoshop. However, because Photshop is THE standard, when the time came for me to buy and learn Photoshop, I also got this book thinking that it could provide me with basic reference help on the fly.

I was wrong.

This is not a practical guide. You can't look up "Text, placing in image" and get step by step directions for adding text to an image. Instead, this book deals with the concepts of and the theory of of the topic.

My biggest fault with this book is that its title is misleading. This is more an introduction to digital image theory (and Photoshop program set ups) than it is a pratical guide to making photoshop work for the causal user. If you are looking for a book that you can use on the fly, when time counts, don't bother with this book.
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Reading this book is so painful. The author jumps from one subject to the next. I am in chapter two, and I still do not know how to load a picture in the software.
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It was great to be reminded of many of the features I had not used in Photoshop for a while. Now I am back on track to be more creative in what tools I should be using for any number of photo problems.
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