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The Adobe Photoshop CS5 Book for Digital Photographers (Voices That Matter) [Paperback]

by Scott Kelby
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August 8, 2010 0321703561 978-0321703569 1
Are you ready for an amazing new version of The Photoshop Book that breaks all the rules? Scott Kelby, Editor and Publisher of Photoshop User magazine—and the best-selling Photoshop author in the world today—once again takes this book to a whole new level as he uncovers more of the latest, most important, and most useful new Adobe Photoshop CS5 techniques for digital photographers.

This major update to his award-winning, record-breaking book does something for digital photographers that’s never been done before—it cuts through the bull and shows you exactly “how to do it.” It’s not a bunch of theory; it doesn’t challenge you to come up with your own settings or figure it out on your own. Instead, Scott shows you step by step the exact techniques used by today’s cutting-edge digital photographers, and best of all, he shows you flat-out exactly which settings to use, when to use them, and why. That’s why the previous editions of this book are widely used as the official study guide in photography courses at colleges and universities around the world.

Each year, Scott trains thousands of professional photographers how to use Photoshop, and almost without exception they have the same questions, the same problems, and the same challenges—and that’s exactly what he covers in this book. You’ll learn:
  • The sharpening techniques the pros really use.
  • The pros’ tricks for fixing the most common digital photo problems fast!
  • The step-by-step setup for getting what comes out of your printer to match exactly what you see onscreen.
  • A whole chapter on how to process HDR (High Dynamic Range) images using CS5’s new Merge to HDR Pro.
  • How to master CS5’s new Content-Aware Fill.
  • How to color correct any photo without breaking a sweat.
  • How to process RAW images like a pro (plus how to take advantage of all the new Camera Raw features in CS5!).
  • How to use the included gray card to make color correction just a matter of three clicks.
  • How to show your work like a pro!
  • A host of shortcuts, workarounds, and slick “insider” tricks to send your productivity through the roof!
Plus, Scott includes a special bonus chapter with his own CS5 workflow, from start to finish, and each chapter ends with a Photoshop Killer Tips section, packed with time-saving, job-saving tips that make all the difference. If you’re a digital photographer, and if you’re ready to learn all the “tricks of the trade”—the same ones that today’s leading pros use to correct, edit, sharpen, retouch, and present their work—then you’re holding the book that will do just that.

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About the Author

Scott Kelby is Editor and Publisher of Photoshop User magazine, President of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals, Training Director for the Adobe Photoshop Seminar Tour, and one of the leading seminar instructors in the country today. Scott is the author of the best-selling books The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 Book for Digital Photographers, Photoshop Down & Dirty Tricks, and The Digital Photography Book (volumes 1, 2 & 3), among others. His easygoing, plain-English style of teaching makes learning Photoshop fun. He trains thousands in his live seminars each year and knows firsthand which techniques are in hot demand, and now he shares them here in his latest book.

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  • Series: Voices That Matter
  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (August 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321703561
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321703569
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Photographer, author of "The Digital Photography Book" series & longtime Photoshop book author. Editor/Publisher of Photoshop User magazine, President of the National Assn. of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) co-host of the live weekly photography talk show "The Grid." Co-host of "Photoshop User TV" and Conference Technical Chair of the Photoshop World Conference & Expo. Sleep is over-rated. ;-)

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253 of 255 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Mother of all things Photoshop!!!!! August 12, 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I'm not new to photography, but I'm fairly new to Photoshop...CS5 in particular. In the interest of quickly getting up-to-speed, I signed up a few weeks ago with an Adobe Certified Instructor to provide personal Photoshop mentoring to me on a once-a-week basis. To supplement these sessions, I also joined NAPP and have watched dozens of their video tutorials; Adobe TV, etc. At the same time, I also picked up another highly respected author's book on CS5 (lets call it the "me" book) to try and put things together. The videos have helped, but I must candidly say that I quickly got lost in complexities of the writing in the "me" book and found it quite frustrating to say the least! Thats not to say that the "me" book isn't well done, but it is clearly written for someone that has had a fair amount of Photoshop experience in the past. IMHO, it's just way too detailed for the neophite user.
Then WOW...fast forward to Scott's new book which arrived at my home earlier this week. What an amazing book this is indeed. BANG...just open up to any Chapter and there you have a very straightforward, concise, step-by-step tutorial to guide and fast-track even the most inexperienced user through the process of getting the very best results out of his or her images. Photoshop frustration has been replaced with Photoshop fun. Trust me, using this book is like having Scott looking over you shoulder as you go through his easy-to-follow methodology. Even the complete novice can process some amazing images the very first time through.
Without reservation, I highly recommend you BUY THIS BOOK!!! Thanks, Scott, I'm having an absolute blast.
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74 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Photoshop Resource August 11, 2010
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Scott Kelby keeps writing great books about Photoshop and somehow he makes each new book about the newest release of Adobe Photoshop better than the last. This book is no exception. Whether you are brand new to Photoshop or have been using it since Photoshop 2.0, like I have, you can quickly pick up the book and in a matter of minutes put to use some new technique or learn a new and better (i.e. faster and simpler) way of doing things. If you are a Photoshop user this book is a must have reference to have by your side.

What make Kelby's writing so effective is that he clearly walks you through each step of the process with photos, menus and directions - including before and after photos. His discussion of Camera Raw both basic and advanced is especially useful. His chapter on B&W is awesome. (I'm a former photojournalist with a predilection for Black & White images). But the chapter I refer to over and over, is the common problems chapter. He covers all of the ways to help you improve common image problems - backlit, removing reflections, group photos, and many more. Also not to be missed is his Photoshop Killer Tips section at the end of each chapter. If you are a photographer and a Photoshop user you won't be disappointed with this book.
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76 of 78 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great--but not if you have the last edition August 13, 2010
Format:Paperback
I'm a big fan of Scott's books--so clear, practical, and fun to look at. I loved his previous version for CS4. However, this book is virtually identical, with the exception of some material on CS5's excellent new features, such Content Aware Fill. But these are easy to learn from Adobe's online video tutorials. If you already have this book for CS4, there's no reason to get this version. But if you don't have the last edition, you're in for a treat. I heartily recommend it!
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60 of 64 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars lacking in detail December 14, 2010
By tikcuf
Format:Paperback
If you are a novice or relatively inexperienced Photoshop CS user, you will likely find this book to be quite informative and helpful. Unlike many programs, Photoshop CS is extremely complex and non-intuitive. Many Photoshop CS users feel they can educate themselves by simply exploring the program but this approach has limited upside potential for most. You will derive much more benefit and enjoyment from the Photoshop CS program with a formal tutorial approach such as in this book. There are frustrations, however: I found some of the diagrams lacking in detail. For example, the author will occasionally refer to icons or functions in the drop down menus without specifying their location. Some of the more complex tasks, such as smart object layering are grossly lacking in precise step-by-step details, or simply didn't work, even when followed exactly as specified in the book.
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52 of 58 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
I love what is in this book, but I have marked it down significantly for what is NOT in this edition: Scott Kelby removed virtually all his tutorials on retouching portrait (people) photos - basically an entire chapter included in the last 3 editions of this book. Three years ago, this book included voluminous tips on portrait retouching like lessening acne, eye and skin retouching, wrinkle removal, and slimming down subjects. In his CS3 Book, this content was an entire Chapter - Chapter 9 with 41 pages of tutorials. ALL of this content is missing from the "new" edition. Why would Kelby do this? For the $$$: Kelby just published a new $49.99 book devoted to portrait retouching. I have no problem with the new book, I just think purchasers of this book got cheated out of a lot of useful content included in the last 3 editions of this book which were deleted to create demand for the new offering. Not cool.
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I have not had time to read all of this book. I like the book because, it is easy to read and understand.
Published 1 month ago by Sandra Lee Hartsell
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
I was struggling to understand Photoshop CS5 and a friend recommended this book. It was so easy to understand and within one day of reading the book I was using CS5 with ease! Read more
Published 2 months ago by momtoonlyone
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!!!!
I borrowed this book from a friend but when I had to give it back, reluctantly, I had to buy my own copy. Great book!!
Published 3 months ago by Shawn DeLorme
4.0 out of 5 stars Thorough, but not a bear to get through
The book is layed out well with sequential steps to perform a large amount of editing options. Even for a beginner, the book is easy to read and understand, and apply to your... Read more
Published 3 months ago by citadel1980
5.0 out of 5 stars This book get you through photoshop fast and running.
Great book on getting up running at high speed. Well written, easy to understand. If you seem to be lost with Photoshop get this book, it will get you there fast on your way to... Read more
Published 3 months ago by James Russell
3.0 out of 5 stars So so....
Someone new to Photoshop might find this of great value, but I was a little disappointed with this volume. I bought his CS3 version and it seemed more complete. Read more
Published 5 months ago by ritewinger
4.0 out of 5 stars Thanks Scotty
This is not my first Scott Kelby publication, they have always been informative and enjoyable. Thanks for " beaming" us the information.
Published 6 months ago by Ray Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good usufull book
A very good useful book,recommended even for experienced Photoshop users. Worth it's price.
Simple language, good illustrations, concrete and clear information
Published 7 months ago by Boris Aron
2.0 out of 5 stars Overrated
This is one example of overrated reviews in Amazons. com. Very general, deals only with some issued in Photoshop CS5. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Pat
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good for Photographers
I'm not quite sure how to summarize this book, but will give it a try of course. Kelby knows his stuff, no question, and he does a pretty good job of filling you in on what you... Read more
Published 7 months ago by DBChas
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