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Photoshop CS5: Top 100 Simplified Tips and Tricks 1st Edition

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You already know Photoshop CS5 basics. Now you'd like to go beyond with shortcuts, tricks, and tips that let you work smarter and faster. And because you learn more easily when someone shows you how, this is the book for you. Inside, you'll find clear, illustrated instructions for 100 tasks that reveal cool secrets, teach timesaving tricks, and explain great tips guaranteed to make you more productive with Photoshop CS5.

  1. Minimal text and maximum illustrations

  2. Task-oriented, step-by-step approach

  3. Navigational aids connect instructions to illustrations

  4. Self-contained, two-page lessons

  5. Uniform layout makes it easy to read less, learn more

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  • Combines multiple skills requiring in-depth knowledge

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About the Author

Lynette Kent (Huntington Beach, CA) studied art and French at Stanford University, where she received a Master's degree. She taught at the high school and community college level before becoming an unconventional computer guru when she adopted the Mac in 1987. As a photographer and artist, Lynette writes books and magazine articles on digital imaging and photography. She also teaches and presents graphics-related hardware and software for technology companies, including Wacom, Adobe, G-Technology, and Digital Foci. Lynette enjoys traditional and digital painting and often blends these techniques with her photographs to create images. Lynette has written the Top 100 Simplified Tips & Tricks titles for Photoshop CS2, CS3, and CS4, Teach Yourself VISUALLY Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2, Teach Yourself VISUALLY Mac OS X Leopard, and Teach Yourself VISUALLY Digital Photography, 3rd Edition. In her non-existent spare time, Lynette helps run the Adobe Technology Exchange of Southern California, a professional organization for photographers, graphic designers, and fine artists.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Visual; 1 edition (June 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470612657
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470612651
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #260,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am an unconventional geek. I like learning to use computers and software to get projects done, not for the pleasure of playing with a keyboard or knowing all there is to know about an application. The books I write are intended to get people started. They do not cover every possible option, but rather step the reader through the basics in simplified projects so he or she can understand how the software works. People learn by doing not by reading about software. Once the reader has these steps figured out, learning more for a specific project becomes a matter of trial and error or finding a video or another book showing that specific project. As an artist and photographer, I just love Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom because I can create so many different images just by experimenting.

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Winter on July 16, 2010
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I have been using Photoshop since version 3 and CS5 (version 12) has a few new bells and whistles and this book is excellent at revealing them to experienced Photoshop users. There are always the 3 inch thick PS "bibles" that get published that provide broad coverage of everything in Photoshop but as a whole they are a lot less useful than the more focused guides such as this one.

I much prefer to use a book for learning about Photoshop features and how to best use them. That way I can refer to the book while working on an actual image on the computer. Many of the books on Photoshop are so deficient in clear illustrations as to make this process useless. Not so with this book where the steps are clearly illustrated with screen captures which include the dialog boxes as well. Basic stuff you might think, but something that is absent from 90% of the books on Photoshop.

Probably about a third is pretty basic and will be of little use to experienced Photoshop users but the remaining two-thirds is well worth the cost of this book. I looked around quite a while at different books on CS5 and this was the best I could find at providing an introduction into the use of the new capabilities of this latest edition from Adobe.

This book is clearly enough written and illustrated for even a novice to use and benefit and at the same time it is a very fast way for an experienced Photoshop user to get up to speed quickly and for general use as a reference when you cannot remember how to exactly do something with Photoshop.

What anyone who has slogged through the Kirby books will appreciate is that the authors put their egos aside and provide only relevant information in a very concise manner.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Brett Merkey on October 10, 2010
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I usually quickly pass over books on the store shelf with titles that include words like "visual" or "simplified" or "in 24 hours" or "for dummies". Despite experiences to the contrary, I am reluctant to voluntarily toss myself into the dummy demographic bin. If I shell out money for a book, it is because I am serious about the subject -- and the book, with all its distilled knowledge, should serve as a reachable resource on the shelf next to the computer.

This is one of those shelfable books.

Keeping text to a minimum, the author provides step-by-step instructions for dealing with a large array of problems most commonly encountered by the type of people who enter the Photoshop swamp. I have some other, very nice, Photoshop books but the tightly organized and compact format of this one means that the guidance I want is close at hand and presented far more professionally than available in an internet search.

My main critcism of the book is the same I have for most Photoshop books: it has a bias toward photographers. We unwashed Web and UI designers are forced to pick up valuable scraps where we can find them.

Recommended for no-nonsense, non-dummy types.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By T. Breslin on July 10, 2011
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At least the Kindle version was cheap. I found very little in this book that isn't covered in every other very basic Photoshop book. It was definitely simplified. If you are a beginner and want some basic PS instruction in small bites, you might like this. Personally, I was hoping for more intermediate or advanced lessons simplified. This is just the basics made brief.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Susan Mazur on March 26, 2011
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I've been using Photoshop since 1992, but I was surprised at all the cool stuff I didn't know about in this program. I had actually started getting into it and was so impressed with what I was learning that I thought it would be a good resource for my niece, who is currently taking photoshop courses in college with instructors who leave much to be desired. She loved the book so much that I purchased a second copy for her to keep as a reference.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brad Butler on July 12, 2011
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Just wanted let everyone know and to say thank you to Lynette for producing an easy to follow, understand, extremely well organized and content filled book. Further I was super excited to see it already available for Kindle. Although I have had CS5 Master Suite for over a year now (*those who have learned this in the past know the curve)...I am just starting to finally rap my head around some of the finer points of CS5 Photoshop, Bridge (*of course mini bridge) and Lightroom 3. However I am still trying like a bald tired monster motored hot rod in the mud, to get moving on learning most of the rest of CS5 still (did I mention I have master suite), but Photoshop along with OnOne's Perfect Photo Suite, Topaz Labs Suite and Unified Colors Suites have been my primary focus.

Lynette, Your book will aid in my learning more than you may ever know. I was a top IT OP's/Deployment manager until a torn retina cost me most of my vision. That, coupled with other heath issues left me with little more than the taking/playing with a photo here & there and that is all I have left (yep - blind photographer, what a concept!). So this really has so far been and no doubt will continue to be a fun read, Again Thank You and as always - Cheers! Brad
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rye on January 10, 2014
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It's so good it's almost interactive! Easy to understand & follow along with as well as a ton of tips & tools to learn with. The only thing I haven't seen yet is a section on creating seamless textures which is fairly easy to learn anyway. I purchased this book, being at an intermediate level in Photoshop, but it teaches so much more than that. Buy it, you won't be sorry!
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