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Photoshop CS6: The Missing Manual 1st Edition

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Lesa Snider is on a mission to teach the world to create—and use!—better graphics. She’s an internationally acclaimed speaker; stock photographer and chief evangelist for ( ); as well as the founder of the creative tutorial site Lesa is the author of many video-training workshops ( and the coauthor of iPhoto ’11: The Missing Manual. She writes a regular column for Photoshop User, Elements Techniques, and Macworld magazines, and contributes frequently to and Lesa is also a long-time member of the Photoshop World Dream Team of instructors and can be spotted teaching at many other conferences around the globe. She also teaches Advanced Photoshop for the international graphic design school, You can connect with her online on Facebook (, YouTube (, Twitter (@PhotoLesa), and

During her free time, you’ll find Lesa carving the twisties on her sportbike, dressed up in her Star Trek best at a sci-fi convention, or hanging with fellow Apple Mac enthusiasts. Lesa is a proud member of the BMWMOA, F800 Riders Club, and the Colorado Mac User Group ( a.k.a. the Boulder Mac Maniacs. Email:


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Product Details

  • Series: Missing Manual
  • Paperback: 888 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (May 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449316158
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449316150
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lesa Snider, internationally acclaimed author and speaker, is on a mission to teach the world to create better imagery. She's the author of several books including the best-selling Photoshop: The Missing Manual series (Photoshop CC: The Missing Manual, 2nd edition, O'Reilly, 2014), Photos for Mac and iOS: The Missing Manual (O'Reilly, 2015), coauthor of iPhoto: The Missing Manual (O'Reilly, 2014 and 2011), and author of several ebooks including The Skinny on Photoshop Lightroom, The Skinny on Photoshop Elements, The Skinny on Shooting Royalty-Free Stock, and The Skinny on Taking Better Pictures with Any Camera ( Lesa has recorded over 40 video courses on image editing, graphic design, and shooting stock photography for a variety of training companies. She writes the weekly Creaticity column on, the Beginner's Workshop column for Photoshop User magazine, and contributes regularly to

Lesa also served as's chief evangelist from 2006-2011 (she's now one of their stock photographers) and she developed the Advanced Photoshop course for international online design school,, where she served as professor for two years. She has spoken at countless conferences including Digital Book World, HOW Design, Graphics of the Americas, Photoshop Soup to Nuts, Mac Design, NAB, Geek Girl TechCon, as well as numerous Photoshop World and Macworld events. Lesa is a founding instructor for CreativeLive and had the honor of handpicking instructors for their very first Photoshop Week event. She also enjoyed six years as creative assistant to Yahoo technology columnist, NOVA host, and Missing Manual book series founder, David Pogue.

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Ron DiGiovanni on September 20, 2013
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For every ten people knowledgeable on a subject, only one among them is fit to be a tutor. For every ten tutors, only one is fit to be a classroom teacher. And for every ten classroom teachers, only one is fit to write a treatise on the subject. This author certainly falls short of the last pinnacle.

Like most computer program books this text was obviously proofread by nodding Photoshop experts rather than tested on someone who actually had to learn the subject from the beginning.

Just about every example offered on any topic involves marginally explained or totally omitted steps. Anyone trying to learn Photoshop from square one will soon become annoyed by having to figure out these missing steps. For example, on page 277 the author tries to explain how to merge the two images of a baseball and a player in seven steps. To these, I wrote into the margin of the page three more crucial steps, without which the final results would be impossible to achieve.

She seems to give a higher priority to unnecessary explanations of the deep Zen theory behind the program, so by page 250 the reader comes to realize that very little hands-on practical knowledge has been gained. This becomes more obvious if you go to the YouTube tutorials as you read the book. You will quickly discover that you are learning three times as much online, for the same amount of time spent with this book.

Most frustrating is the fact that she will not repeat anything already stated. So, if she mentions something on page 30 which you are required to know for the lesson on page 300, you'd better have it tattooed to your wrist because she's not saying it again, and with a typically poor index, you'll be searching hard to find it back on page 30.
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50 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Hadden on May 26, 2012
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I have never reviewed a product on Amazon, and I buy stuff on here frequently, but I have to say, this is the BEST book on Photoshop that I have ever read. This is the only book you need for understanding the ins and outs of such an exciting program. Lesa does a masterful job at focusing on every detail of Photoshop CS6 and showing you exactly how every piece of it works. Don't want to read about every tiny detail of a program with tons of features? No problem, she's way ahead of you. She goes so far as to tell you what you should read if you are reading it for a certain reason (photography, design, etc).

This isn't some boring book as the word "manual" in the title might lead you to believe. No, Lesa is a pro at keeping the information she presents, insightful, detailed, interesting and she does it all in a very conversational and fun way. It's like having a super cool instructor right there telling you all about the best photo editing software ever made. I got the print version for my office and a digital copy so I can have it with me on the go. It's the only Photoshop reference book you need. Feel free to shop around like I did, you won't find a better book than this.
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52 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Nor'easter VINE VOICE on May 28, 2012
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A previous reviewer questioned if figures appeared in the e-book version because the sample doesn't show them. In the comments to this reviewer, it was noted by the publisher that figures do appear in the full book, just not the sample. I thought this was a bit odd, but being a Missing Manuals fan, I accepted this answer. I purchased the full book and there are have found some very bad issues with about half of the figures that I viewed. They are very small (often an inch high) and you can't enlarge them! I can't tell what in the world the figures are trying to show. I see red arrows going from here to there, but can't tell what is going on. This is extraordinarily sloppy and I wonder now if it is purposeful that figures aren't shown in the sample. I certainly would not have purchased this book if I would have seen this problem before purchase. Im on an iPad and about half the figures are tiny and unusable so I really feel for anyone trying to view these on a device with a smaller screen.

This problem is pure laziness on O'Reilly's part. They should have taken the time to make sure ALL of the figures were readable instead of enlarging only about half. I am so disappointed. With other Missing Manual books, The publisher has made certain all figures were easily viewable. It is so sloppy that they didnt do this here. My next stop is to call Amazon and get a refund for this book.

Word to the wise- forget the Kindle version of this book. From a Missing Manuals fan.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne Sniffen TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 3, 2012
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I have started to play around with Photoshop when I have time--it really takes a lot of time to learn how to use it. Many people learn via youtube--which has been highly recommended to me as a way of learning how to use Photoshop. My way of learning something is to use books. So, I requested two books for review on the new version of Photoshop--CS6.

The first book is this one by Lesa Snider. During college, one of my professors told me that I wrote reports that would win the "throw them down the stairs" contest. This contest said that the ones that went the farthest were the best. Of course, this was a joke, but what he meant was that my group was very thorough. That's exactly what I'd say about this book. It would definitely win that contest, because it's a thick, thorough book.

This book covers absolutely everything. I have to admit that after reading the first two chapters and having no experience with Photoshop, I set it down. I was completely overwhelmed and doubted if I could ever learn how to use this program. After a few months of simply playing around with the program once in a while and using another book, I opened it back up. Now, it makes a lot more sense to me. If I want to really get good at Photoshop, this book will help me do that. It starts from the ground up and builds skills on top of each other. The writer does make it as interesting she can--this is a computer manual after all. I chuckled at the first chapter and smiled. The illustrations are from a PC version, but she regularly makes notes about the differences for mac and pc users. Photoshop is a very complicated program that requires a lot of skill. My brother in law told me that you can never fully know how to use all of Photoshop. Would I recommend this book? Definitely. Take a look at it if you're looking for a book that will cover everything.
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