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The Adobe Photoshop CS6 Book for Digital Photographers (Voices That Matter) [Paperback]

by Scott Kelby
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Book Description

July 22, 2012 0321823745 978-0321823748 1

Scott Kelby, Editor and Publisher of Photoshop User magazineand the best-selling Photoshop author in the world todayonce again takes this book to a whole new level as he uncovers more of the latest, most important, and most useful Adobe Photoshop CS6 techniques for digital photographers.

This major update to his award-winning, record-breaking book does something for digital photographers that’s never been done beforeit 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 guides in photography courses at colleges and universities around the world.


Each year, Scott trains thousands of professional photographers on how to use Photoshop, and almost without exception they have the same questions, the same problems, and the same challengesand 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.
  • How to process HDR (High Dynamic Range) images using CS6’s Merge to HDR Pro.
  • How to master CS6’s Content-Aware features.
  • How to use Photoshop CS6’s new video editing features to make movies from your DSLR videos.
  • How to process RAW images like a pro (plus how to take advantage of all the new Camera Raw features in CS6!).
  • The latest Photoshop special effects for photographers (there’s a whole chapter just on these!).
  • 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 CS6 workflow, from start to finish, and each chapter ends with a Photoshop Killer Tips section, packed with timesaving, 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.

Note from the publisher:

August 9, 2012: All binding issues mentioned in our July 31, 2012 note below have been resolved. Thank you.

July 31, 2012: We have encountered issues with the binding in our initial print run of this book. If you have purchased a copy of the book you are not happy with, please return it to the store where you made your purchase to request a replacement copy right away. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience.

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Editorial Reviews


"He has a project-based approachgorgeous screenshots and illustrations. ¿Scott Kelby does a beautiful job. It is not an exhaustive book and the great thing about it is if you want to work on these projects, he's got it."
John Nemorovski, PIXIQ

"Anytime I know I’m going to be on a long flight I like to take the books from this series and re-read them because I always pick up great new things each time. While it’s more of a recipe book that you'll use as a reference, I find myself using this book at least once a month for some tricky challenge I face. I love it and can’t live without it!”

Skill Level : ALL - Beginner to Advanced
Value: Excellent (worth every penny)
Recommendation : Must Own for those who don’t have previous editions and worth the upgrade for those doing video or who want to pick up modern day skills. ¿

Ron Martinsen,

About the Author

Scott Kelby is Editor-in-Chief of Photoshop User magazine, President of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP), Training Director for the Adobe Photoshop Seminar Tour, and one of the leading seminar instructors in the industry today. Scott is author of the best-selling books The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 Book for Digital Photographers, Photoshop Down & Dirty Tricks, and The Digital Photography Book (parts 1, 2, 3 & 4), 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.

Product Details

  • Series: Voices That Matter
  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (July 22, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321823745
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321823748
  • Product Dimensions: 3.9 x 3.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (217 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Photoshop cookbook with too small type August 31, 2012
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Scott Kelby, I think, is an acquired taste. I find his approach to Photoshop difficult to deal with. I am sure he is a nice guy, but his comedy shtick falls flat with me as does his hodge-podge cookbook approach.

This book is also handicapped by a typeface that is simply too small for comfortable reading.

None of those criticisms detract from the fact that Kelby knows his stuff and writes well. This is not a book for beginners, nor is it it a thorough reference on Photoshop CS6. (The Martin Evening book is far superior in this regard.) The subject mix, putting it mildly, is diverse: Mini-Bridge, Camera Raw, resizing and cropping photos, creating black and white photos, creating HDR photos, fixing common problems, special effects, sharpening, color management and editing DSLR video.

The treatments are not exhaustive, but suffice to learn very specific tasks.

Example photos and some additional chapters are downloadable from a companion website.

Overall, this is a cookbook for users with prior Photoshop experience. The biggest drawback is the typeface: it is way too small for comfortable reading.

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
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A PRELIMINARY NOTE: As an instructor of over 20 beginning and intermediate Photoshop courses a year since 1994, I spend considerable time updating my skills and preparing new handouts. Part of that process involves reading Photoshop books. Having an M.A. in Education as well as counseling certification, I am also very attuned to the mental process by which students learn Photoshop skills.

My reviews of Photoshop books reflect this experience, and unfortunately also, my disappointment that no book I have discovered is exceptional for the beginning user. Each has its advantages and disadvantages. Probably the best, for the absolute beginner, are the VISUAL QUICKSTART books by Elaine Weinmann et al. and TEACH YOURSELF VISUALLY books by Mike Woolridge et al.

THE REVIEW: THE ADOBE PHOTOSHOP CS6 BOOK FOR DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHERS is actually one of the best, if not THE best, book available for advanced beginners and intermediate Photoshop users. I do NOT recommend it to newcomers to Photoshop. Although editions of this book for earlier versions of Photoshop were suitable for beginning learners, Kelby now neglects the basics, assuming that the reader is familiar with the interface, terminology, and most essential tools.

Kelby does not effectively introduce the Photoshop beginner to selection and layers. He focuses throughout nearly half of the book on Adobe Camera Raw. Often, he briefly refers to techniques involving, for example, smart objects, blending modes, curves, channels or lab color without defining what these are or why you would choose to use them. This problem could have easily been alleviated if he had included inserts labeled FOR NEW USERS and FOR PREVIOUS USERS, and organized some of his tips accordingly.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Photoshop CS6 Must Have Book. July 25, 2012
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If you're new to Photoshop CS6 then you should probably start with this book. It works for the beginner and seasoned users too. I have the same book for CS5 and CS4. I refer to them all the time. Great stuff. Cheers!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great addition to the series July 25, 2012
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As with the previous books in the series, to me, it's great. I haven't used everything in it as of yet, but if there's something that I'm looking for I'm pretty sure that I will find it. And if not in this one, I can go back an issue or two to make whatever I need to I've only found one issue thus far. It's falling apart. Amazon has provided me with options to "right the wrong"...I keep the book and get 40% back, or return it for a full refund. Decisions. Decisions.
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Amazon Books Team saysAugust 9, 2012
This review is related to an issue with the binding used in the first printing of this book. The publisher has resolved that issue and is now only shipping copies with the improved binding.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A regurgitation from his previous book September 26, 2012
My suggestion, pick up a copy of Adobe Photoshop CS6 for Photographers by Martin Evening. I have read Scott Kelby's books and they are great intro books - but they will not teach you the technical skills you need to succeed in today's market. Martin breaks down the new release of Photoshop and delivers a robust and meaningful dialog that will take you much further than Kelby's books. Kelby, rather than exploring and moving you past the basics, seems to regurgitate old techniques that are meaningful only if you are just starting out learning the software. Martin, on the other hand, takes you from the basics and takes you well into the advanced topics that will keep you digging deep and exploring new ideas and constructs.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars should be titled Adobe Camera Raw, NOT Photoshop March 6, 2013
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As a dedicated user of Kelby's earlier Photoshop editions, I found this book extremely disappointing. To call it a "Photoshop" book is ridiculous.


- He removed all portrait retouching content that was present in earlier Photoshop books

- The majority of this book is dedicated to editing in Camera RAW, not editing in Photoshop and how to use Photoshop tools and techniques. It took me a (very frustrating) while to realize why I could not find the workspaces, tools, palettes, etc... that he uses in the book. It's because he spends the majority of the book showing you how to edit photos in Camera RAW and the Camera RAW interface, not Photoshop. He doesn't bother to tell you (unless you dig deeply though the book) that most of what he's instructing you to do is in the ACR workspace, not Photoshop. It's extraordinarily, frustratingly ridiculous.

- Camera RAW is a module that is used in Bridge as a tool for fine tuning images prior to opening them in Photoshop. If Kelby wants to train people how to use the Camera RAW module, he should write a book titled Camera RAW, not Photoshop. To call this a Photoshop book merely because Camera RAW can be remotely accessed through PS is extraordinarily tenuous, at best. Used-car salesman sleazy at worst.

- By committing the majority of edits (as Kelby tells you to in this book) in Camera Raw before even opening them in PS one of the greatest features of PS--layers- is completely negated. By following Kelby's instruction in this book, there's no way to perform edits on layers and retain the ability to turn them on and off or adjust their intensity.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great photo shop resource.
A very useful and easy to use guide to a less than first time user friendly program. Scott Kelby books are spot on how to manuals.
Published 3 days ago by T. Driver
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I really like this book. It is written in a way that is easy to understand. I have a book where it is like a textbook and I don't find it helpful at all. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Ktina
1.0 out of 5 stars Preference for easy reference amterial
Have received two copies. One replaced original purchase because it fell apart and now the second one has also. Difficult to reference when you get a handful of loose pages! Read more
Published 22 days ago by Doug
5.0 out of 5 stars CS6 Helper
I have found a number of good recommendations and processes in this book. It is easy to read and the instructions are easy to follow with the results being excellent. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ralph J. Marshall
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent--Now I Edit Much More in Camera RAW
Editing my digital images is so much better now. This book opened my eyes: Now I do almost all my editing in Bridge (Camera RAW), with only some adjustments in Photoshop itself. Read more
Published 1 month ago by William N. LeVee
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I have other Photoshop CS books by Scott Kelby, but this one is by far the most useful. Extremely useful.
Published 1 month ago by Rolland Krueger
5.0 out of 5 stars Great program
Great for doing layers. for example, if you want to take beautiful sky from one photo and put into sky of another photo. Read more
Published 1 month ago by J. Childs
5.0 out of 5 stars Adobe Photoshop for Digital Photographers
This book has practically all the bells and whistles to help you to work with Photoshop if you are a photographer. It is a great reference work to Photoshop workings. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dennis J. Marko
5.0 out of 5 stars photoshop book
I have not had a chance to 'use' the book yet, but I have looked it over & it looks like it will be a very good photoshop tool
Published 2 months ago by becky woodell
5.0 out of 5 stars The best that I have read so far
Photoshop has its manuals and they are useful in there own way. However, this book gives you an overview. Once you read this book, you can work out a lot of the details yourself.
Published 2 months ago by Lance Hermes
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