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The Adobe Photoshop CS5 Book for Digital Photographers (Voices That Matter) 1st Edition

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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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Product Details

  • Series: Voices That Matter
  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: New Riders; 1 edition (August 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321703561
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321703569
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.8 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (172 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,525 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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255 of 258 people found the following review helpful By Eldonaldo on August 12, 2010
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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 By Thom Mitchell VINE VOICE on 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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77 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Jackustus on August 13, 2010
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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 By tikcuf on December 14, 2010
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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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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By H. Yves on April 29, 2011
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I've been using Photoshop since 1996 and back then, the Photoshop tools were rather basic so you had to know your craft. Nowadays, there's tools for everything - and that's what this book is showing - how to use the tools - there is not a single advance tip in here - it's all for beginners only.

Having said that, for this audience, it's a good book that is very easy to understand - however: if you want professional looking pictures, if you're into portrait retouching, professional masking, proficient use of colors etc. etc. this book doesn't deliver. In many examples, i.e. masking or retouching is says "just go on like that until you're happy" - this is where the pro's use their very own techniques (that will save you hours) that go beyond the basic tools, i.e. using different color channels for masking etc.

So this books hides very important steps and hints towards even advanced users (not to speak of pro users).

Also, if you've bought any other photoshop book in the last 4-5 years, you don't need this book, as the few new features can be easily looked up at adobe's website where they have videos for it.

All-in-all: this book is only and really only for beginners as it covers the very basic techniques and tools - for that it's as good as any other photoshop book out there. However, if you're even a tiny bit interested i.e. in producing realistic looking hdr pictures from a single raw, masking and rearranging a complex scene, eliminating noise without losing sharpness, you've got no chance with this book as other tools, plugins and workflows are involved and the author doesn't seem to be willing to tell us his real tricks.

Just look at any professional magazine cover and ask yourself: with the information given in this book, would you be able to produce such an image? If your answer is no, it's simply because the book doesn't tell the real tricks (and there are hundreds of them!); sadly the author mentions zero.
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