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ISBN-13: 978-0240522142 ISBN-10: 0240522141 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Essential Skills
  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (July 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240522141
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240522142
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #734,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"After years of badly designed software manuals we are now starting to see books come to life, and we'd put this on a pedestal above the best. Superb design, really clear illustrations, great photography and clean navigation." ephotozine.com

"[A] fine project-orientated approach to mastering CS5 skills. Three parts are presented in a  series of stepped-up lessons that lead learners from beginning to advanced techniques, providing a software package of guided lessons based on real-world applications and problems. Over ten hours of accompanying movie tutorials reinforces the lesson plans, making this a top 'must' for any Photoshop learner who would self-study or supplement classroom studies."---BookWatch

"For the Photoshop CS5 user, Photoshop CS5: Essential Skills is necessary reference book for your software library. If you are new to Photoshop CS5, you'll truly find the real-life examples and step-by-step projects that the authors have so expertly structured in this self-study guide to be incredibly valuable. the perfect addition to the digital photographer's library."--Sacramento Book Review

From the Back Cover

Master Photoshop CS5 project-by-project! Using a celebrated combination of real world examples, step-by-step projects and professional advice, two internationally recognized authors and Adobe Photoshop Ambassadors guide you through this powerful software package so you can start creating your own works of art in no time.

Broken into three parts to form a structured, self-study guide, Photoshop CS5: Essential Skills covers all the foundation skills to get you going, and then more advanced techniques to truly hone your image editing skills. A complete section of step-by-step imaging projects helps you practice your skills and learn how to create professional quality images.

. Over 12 hours of high-definition movie tutorials

. Full resolution project images in Raw, TIFF and JPEG file formats

. Multilayered Image Files

. More than 100 royalty-free stock images

. Presets and Actions to fast-track your workflow


More About the Author

Mark Galer is a Senior Lecturer in photography at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. He has lectured in photography in the UK and Australia and has worked commercially as a freelance photographer on corporate and editorial assignments. He has written numerous top-selling photography books, including Photoshop CS5 Essential Skills, Digital Photography Essential Skills, Adobe Photoshop Elements 9.0 Maximum Performance and Photographic Lighting Essential Skills. He is an official Adobe Ambassador for Photoshop.

http://www.markgaler.com

Customer Reviews

The book is logical, thorough, and well written.
BrianB
The book comes with a DVD that contains over 12 hours of videos, as well as royalty-free high-resolution images.
Dr. Bojan Tunguz
I find this book very helpful in learning the workings of Photoshop CS5.
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If you are interested in mastering digital imaging, the best way to hone your skills is not by picking up a few hints here and there on the Internet, but rather by having a book in hand and a tutorial DVD that will help you with digital basics. Before you purchase this book you'll need the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader in order to be able to read the PDF content and QuickTime 7 version or later in order to watch the movie tutorials. There are links to these resources on the DVD if you haven't already updated. Most people like to know what they are getting for their money so I'll try to be as detailed as I can in explaining what you'll get on the DVD as you cannot skim that if you pick up a copy in a bookstore. If you are confident PhotoshopCS5 is what you'll need, you simply can scan this review or bypass it completely.

What is on the DVD:

FOUNDATION MODULE

Digital Basics (DVD Chapter)

Channels palette

RGB* (Red, Green, Blue)
CMY* (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow)
HSB (Hue Saturation Brightness)

Perception

Titles of movie tutorials include Refine Edge, Mixer Brush, Content Aware Fill, Puppet Warp, Merge to HDR Pro, Repousse, ACR6, 3D Images, 3D, Foundation-l a.dng, Foundation-l b dng, Foundation-l c.dng, Project-l.mov, Foundation-2.dng*, Foundation-3.dng*, Vibrance.dng*, Foundation-4.dng*, Spot-l.dng*, and Spot-2.dng*. You can test print in JPEG or TIFF and your record sheets are available in JPEG OR PSD. Instructions are given for the PC or MAC.

* Note: Raw images cannot be displayed on some browser interfaces. Some of the movies take a while to load so you will need to be patient or press on the spacebar to load if they don't play automatically.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By citykid_1 on April 17, 2011
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I purchased this book primarily for the 12 hours of videos that are advertised as accompanying the book.

1) The videos I have viewed so far feature Photoshop CS3 although the DVD is entitled "Photoshop CS5 Essential Skills" Many of the menus and functions featured are different or unavailable in Photoshop CS5. Very disappointing, much of the information presented in the videos is completely outdated.

2) The DVD is also defective, can't play several of the videos. Tried the DVD on 4 PCs with no luck.

3) Screen images in the book are also from CS3, for example, the filter menu shows an Extract Filter. CS5 has no such menu option!

Returning this book.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Dr. John, Ph.D. on November 22, 2010
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Galer and Andrews' book promises "essential skills" in the subtitle. I bought this book hoping that I could get a real foundation in all of the new features of CS5, since I was several generations of CS behind. Instead, I found very short coverage of many of the tools, with some skipped entirely. They spend about half of the book going over what I consider rather advanced skills in their "Projects". I am sure that these exercises are useful for the advanced user, but they were not what I was looking for.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. Coral TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 23, 2010
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Photographers will especially like this book since many of the tips are oriented toward photo retouching and manipulation, rather than for the canvas artist. I like it that the book goes beyond using the photoshop application - for example there is an excellent section on calibrating the monitor and printer color profile. In another example the Extracting Hair Project advises: "Your number one essential step for success is to first shoot your model against a featureless background that is either very dark or very light. The background must be sufficiently illuminated so that it is captured as white rather than gray or the light must be shielded from a dark backdrop so that it records as black. This important aspect of the initial image capture ensures that the resulting hair transplant is seamless and undetectable." I've been using Photoshop on occasion since the very first version 3 was released for Windows, but I've always had a short attention span to go through the lengthy Photoshop books so I relied on trial & error until now. This book contains a lot of the most interesting essential projects broken into concise tutorials and I feel like I'm gaining useful info without getting lost as happens to me in some of the other more abstract books that tend to focus more on the theory. This one is practical oriented and contains a lot of beautiful example screenshots to guide the way.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By BrianB VINE VOICE on November 26, 2010
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This is a book that guides you through Adobe Photoshop CS5, a program that needs lots of explaining, in my view. The book is logical, thorough, and well written. I recommend it for anyone who wants to use this program to get more out of their digital photographs. It is written at the level of an advanced amateur. If you don't understand the basics about photo software, this is not a book for you, nor is CS5 the best program. I recommend that you learn to use a beginner level program like Photoshop Elements, before you upgrade to CS5. The basic program may have everything you need, so you can save yourself a lot of money.

The simple act of choosing a photo editing program, even if you settle on Adobe, can be overwhelming. A visit to the Adobe website reveals lots of expensive choices. CS5 will set you back by over $1000 if you buy it alone. It makes more sense to buy Photoshop Elements, the entry level product. After learning how to use Elements, if you want a program with more capabilities, buy an upgrade to CS5 for about $140. Get this book along with it, and you will be able to perform advanced photo editing.

If you already have a copy of CS5, Essential Skills will teach you how to use it in a fairly concise and understandable fashion. It is an attractive book with lots of the high quality graphics and photos that Elsevier Press is known for. I recommend it to all CS5 users. It includes a dvd with instructional videos and sample pictures that you can practice on.
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