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Smashing Photoshop CS5: 100 Professional Techniques 1st Edition
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More About the Author
Sue has written many "For Dummies" and other instructional books on design including "Smashing Photoshop: 100 Professional Techniques", "Web Design For Dummies All-in-One Desk Reference", "Tumblr For Dummies, Portable Edition", "Dreamweaver CS5 For Dummies All-in-One Desk Reference", and "How To Do Everything Illustrator".
She also appears as the software instructor in several Adobe Software Training programs at ClassOnDemand.com and Lynda.com. Titles include: "Designing Web Sites from Photoshop to Dreamweaver", "Design Aesthetics for Web Design", "Complete Training for Adobe Dreamweaver CS6", "Complete Training for Adobe Photoshop CS6", "Dreamweaver For Designers", "Designer's Guide to Illustrator", "Designer's Guide to Photoshop", and "Fundamentals of Photoshop Elements".
To learn more about Luckychair's design services, go to http://www.luckychair.com and to see a portfolio of Sue's fine art photography, visit: http://www.suejenkinsphotography.com
For questions, tips, and fun ideas, follow her on Facebook as "Luckychair" and on Twitter @LuckychairNews.
Top Customer Reviews
I have read a book by Sue Jenkins before and like my first experience, I found that she presents the material in easy-to-follow instructions and with lots of personality and encouragement. I highly recommend this book to all graphic designers or Photoshop enthusiasts who want to expand their range of abilities they can carry out with Photoshop to make their project look--well--smashing.
It should be noted that my main use of Photoshop is as an illustrator. While I do create personal web sites, that is not where the focus of my day-to-day creative endeavors lie. I do have an extensive background in Graphic Design, so most of the specifics to that profession are not alien to me.
The book subtitles itself 100 Professional Techniques. I think a better subtitle would be 100 Professional Graphic Design Techniques. Sadly, if you are not creating web or graphic design, this book is next to useless in smashing the new CS5 Photoshop tools.
However, if you do create web sites and need quick how-to instructions for special effects like grunge and retro halftones, this is the workbook for you. I tried several of the lessons myself. I learned new ways to do things with tools I had never explored, but the end products themselves are nothing "new." I've done similar things years ago.
My only complaint with the book is that the instructions were vague in where to find the tools required to create the effects in question. In one instance the reader is told to use the pencil tool to erase an area in a mask. I hopped right over to the pencil too, prepared it to the suggested 1 pixel and couldn't do anything after that.Read more ›
Highly recommend for the novice or expert. There's something new to learn for everyone in this book.
Excellent format, excellent delivery of content and overall very useful book.
The first part of this book is devoted to web layout and optimization and provides instructions on how to build a simple web page as well as export large images to "zoomify." For those of us who want to display our art or portfolios in the best possible "light," this technique alone is worth the price of the book. As the author states, "This hot little Flash-based viewer has been around since CS3, but hardly anyone knows about it because of where the tool is in Photoshop." I know I wasn't aware of this tool or its value.
As far as the writing style of the book, the author strikes just the right balance of detail in outlining the techniques. While I may enjoy "word painting" or historical background when I sit down to read a novel, when I'm learning a new software technique, I want the basics and appreciate an author who stays somewhat in the background and whose primary objective is to instruct. The techniques in this book are concise, easy to follow, and proceeded by a short synopsis of the potential application or in the case of the photographic effects, a description of what traditional impression is being simulated.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
All of these examples can be found online in various forms. But this book does a good job bringing the techniques together and presenting them step-by-step. Read morePublished on July 2, 2011 by Bubbers
Smashing Photoshop CS5 is an attractive, well-planned book of Photoshop fast techniques for website and commercial graphics designers. Read morePublished on April 14, 2011 by S. Marrugi
This is a wonderful reference book on "how to do it's" for the Photoshop CS5 user. It gives example after example of different Photoshop techniques (over 100 of them), running... Read morePublished on April 1, 2011 by BIGH
I've been using Photoshop for years, but didn't think of myself as a pro until now. This book has taken my skill level up by several notches, and shown me solid and easy ways to... Read morePublished on January 21, 2011 by Jordan
Smashing Photoshop is a great, easy to use, and fast reference with a ton of useful Photoshop CS5 techniques. Read morePublished on January 20, 2011 by Charles Norman
As a designer in the marketing profession, I use Photoshop daily - and until now, thought I was pretty well tapped into its potential. Read morePublished on January 19, 2011 by Kris
I've been monkeying with photoshop for 10 years. As a web developer I mostly use it to chop up a designer's layout into individual web graphics, so I'm very handy with the basics... Read morePublished on January 15, 2011 by cschooff
I have a few other books by Sue Jenkins and yet again she is able to illustrate concepts and walk readers through complicated tasks in a simple straightforward manner. Read morePublished on January 8, 2011 by Jeff Noble
The thing I love about Smashing Photoshop CS5: 100 Professional Techniques is that you can pick and choose which techniques you want to learn -- when you want to learn them. Read morePublished on December 13, 2010 by Tracy Goodpaster