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Photoshop CS5 All-in-One For Dummies [Kindle Edition]

Barbara Obermeier
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A full-color, value-packed reference to Photoshop CS5

Photoshop is the world’s most popular image editing software, with more than four million users worldwide. Professional photographers, graphic designers, and web designers as well as photo hobbyists are eager to learn the newest features of Photoshop CS5. This complete reference makes it easy, with nine self-contained minibooks covering each aspect of Photoshop.

  • Photoshop is the image-editing software preferred by professional photographers and designers around the world; Photoshop CS5 is packed with new functionality and enhanced tools
  • This full-color guide includes nine self-contained minibooks: Photoshop Fundamentals; Image Essentials; Selections; Painting, Drawing, and Typing; Working with Layers; Channels and Masks; Filters and Distortions; Retouching and Restoration; and Photoshop and Print
  • Includes all the basics for beginners as well as how to manage color, modify and transform selections and paths, make corrections with filters, use the liquefy command, prepare graphics for print or the Web, create contact sheets and picture packages, and more

With bonus information on the companion website and coverage for both Windows and Mac, Photoshop CS5 All-in-One For Dummies is an all-purpose reference.

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From the Back Cover

Everything you need to know about Photoshop is right in these friendly pages!

Photoshop is so powerful and has so many features that a handy one-stop guide is exactly what you need. Each minibook covers a particular aspect of Photoshop, so whether you're new to Photoshop or wanting to learn more about a specific area like making selections, working with layers, creating type, or retouching and restoring photos, it's all here!

  • Beginners start here — get familiar with the Photoshop environment — the desktop, menus, panels, tools, and the Mini Bridge

  • Of pens, paths, and paintbrushes — discover all the things you can do with the Brush, Pencil, and Pen tools and the Paths panel

  • The magic of masks — explore the use of channels, alpha channels, various types of masks, layer styles, opacity settings, and other essentials

  • Making it perfect — find out how to lighten, darken, soften, or sharpen your images, fix flaws, and heal damage

  • Print it — learn how to get the right resolution, image mode, and file format, and set up color separations

Open the book and find:

  • Directions for customizing your workspace

  • How to crop and resize images

  • Advice on correcting contrast, color, and clarity

  • Instructions for compositing images with layers and blending modes

  • How to make adjustments with levels and curves

  • Steps for creating top-notch selections

  • Cool things to do with filters

  • Options for creating and editing type

9 books in 1

  • Photoshop Fundamentals

  • Image Essentials

  • Selections

  • Painting, Drawing, and Typing

  • Working with Layers

  • Channels and Masks

  • Filters and Distortions

  • Retouching and Restoration

  • Photoshop and Print


About the Author

Barbara Obermeier is principal of Obermeier Design, a graphic design studio in California. She is currently a faculty member in the School of Design at Brooks Institute. She has authored or coauthored dozens of software books including Photoshop Elements For Dummies and Digital Photography Just the Steps For Dummies.

Product Details

  • File Size: 23173 KB
  • Print Length: 776 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0470608218
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (May 13, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003NE6216
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #542,299 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book July 24, 2010
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I used this book in conjuction with a class I was taking for Photoshop. There is a lot of great information and it really helped me to find what I was looking for. It is easy to find information using the index. The chapters are easy to follow. I learned a lot by going through each chapter and trying out my new skills. The instructions are clear and easy to understand, with lots of photos to help you see what they are talking about. I would recomend this book for anyone who wants to learn Photoshop CS5
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Packed with info! April 3, 2011
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This book is loaded with info and for that reason alone, I give it 5 stars.

Pros: I found some information in this book that I could not find in Classroom in a Book.

Cons: Does not come with a DVD, and would prefer that it did.

Though the book requires that you obtain more information about a subject by referring to another chapter, I did not find this annoying.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good book July 7, 2010
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Lots of information, but you have to jump around in the book to get what you need. The info is very sporadic, you might find part of what you need in Chapter one, and then have to go to Chapter seven to get the rest of the story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for Photoshop learners February 7, 2013
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Fast shipping! Great price. Great book! Awesome illustrations! and tutorials. A LOT of information. This is not a little book. Very useful. I love it. I would buy again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book February 24, 2013
By Christy
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I have photo shop and needed help to use it. This book is a great source of instruction and is easy to understand.
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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor August 18, 2011
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After buying this book 5 months ago, I haven't gained any new knowledge in Photoshop. I didn't know much about the program and this book didn't help at all. The information is weird and confusing. One reviewer said the info is "sporadic" which nailed it. One has to search different chapters to try and get an answer. Terrible, terrible investment!! LOOK FOR A BETTER PHOTOSHOP BOOK.
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lots of words but not very usable May 26, 2011
You could cut the size of this book in half just by taking out all of the times that the author refers you back and forth from one chapter to another. Also, it's clear that the author is a strong Photoshop user but not particularly knowledgeable about the image processing technology behind it. That is not a problem except when she tries to explain a concept that she obviously doesn't really understand. She should not try to explain color gamuts or compression at all because she does not seem to even know what they are. Another thing that really bothers me is that the book is very light on the details of a few key CS5 features. The puppet warp example is trite and there is a whopping ONE PAGE on HDR Pro. Obviously, lots of people like this book. But, for me, it's like someone who knows less than I do trying to explain things in a silly, flippant way that I find really annoying. I just returned this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Photoshop for Dummies December 7, 2013
By Denise
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Love this book it is so much easier to understand than the book that came with my photoshop software. It has made my computer the best machine in my office. I can now save money on letter head, brochures, news letters, act. Thank you.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great product !!
Published 2 months ago by Paul W.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very clear instructions on how to successfully navigate some of the thousands of things CS5 can do.
Published 7 months ago by Mark
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend for beginners
I went from complete beginner to making my own graphics in a couple of weeks thanks to this book!
Published 7 months ago by Justin Woitena
2.0 out of 5 stars too big a dummy for me
I've never been last in my class, but this one is WAAY OVER MY HEAD. I should have suspected it it when the "For Dummies" book turned out to be more more than 1000 pages in... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mack1942
3.0 out of 5 stars how to....
it was bought as a present. the recipient has not complained. so i guess the book has served its purpose.
Published 18 months ago by Peter Gaskin
3.0 out of 5 stars wordy at times
often uses 10 words when 2 will do. It is simplified and easier than most guides to understand, but I just need to know how to do it, not why whys and wherefores.
Published 21 months ago by Desert Dave
2.0 out of 5 stars I know its supposed to be easy --it isn't!
I don't think this is helpful perhaps if there were software instructions along with the book but just
the book didn't work.
Published on January 20, 2013 by Elizabeth Barwegen
4.0 out of 5 stars Haven't really read it yet
Had for a while but haven't had the time to "play" with any things Photoshop yet. All the Dummies books are good, so will assume this is also, therefore the 4 stars.
Published on December 20, 2012 by Mstery16
4.0 out of 5 stars Early review
Based on what I've seen so far, I'm about 20% into the book, I am very happy. The book seems well written and easy to follow. Read more
Published on September 17, 2012 by R. Phelps
5.0 out of 5 stars CS5 for Dummies
AWESOME book. SO much help with CS5 I can't believe it. No formal training with CS5 but I get an idea in my head, and go to the book and it tells me succintley how to do it.
Published on June 4, 2012 by Robert D. Hayes, D.O.
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More About the Author

Barbara Obermeier is the principal of Obermeier Design, a graphic design studio in California specializing in print and web design. She is currently a faculty member in the School of Design at Brooks Institute. She is the author of Photoshop CS5 All-in-One For Dummies and co-author of Photoshop Elements 9 for Dummies (Wiley). Barb has contributed as author or coauthor to over two dozen books on Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Illustrator, PowerPoint, and digital photography.

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