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Smashing Photoshop CS5: 100 Professional Techniques 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0470661536
ISBN-10: 0470661534
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'Suitable for anyone fairly new to Photoshop...great for learning lots of relevant techniques quickly.' (.net, January 2011).

About the Author

Sue Jenkins is a web designer, graphic designer, illustrator, fi ne art photographer (www.suejenkinsphotography.com), soft ware instructor, writer, and the owner of the Luckychair (www.luckychair.com), a professional design studio serving companies across the U.S.A. since 1997. Sue is the author of several books on Adobe soft ware and design including Dreamweaver All-in-One For Dummies, Web Design All-in-One For Dummies, Web Design: The L-Line, Th e Express Line to Learning, and How To Do Everything Illustrator. She is also the award-winning soft ware instructor in six of ClassOnDemand's (www.classondemand.com) Adobe Training DVDs: Dreamweaver for Designers (winner of a 2007 Bronze Telly Award), Designer's Guide to Photoshop, Designer's Guide to Illustrator (winner of a 2009 Annual Communicator Award of Distinction), Fundamentals of Photoshop Elements (winner of a 2009 DV Magazine Award of Excellence), Complete Training for Adobe Dreamweaver CS5, and Complete Training for Adobe Photoshop CS5. In addition, Sue is an Adobe Certifi ed Expert/Adobe Certifi ed Instructor teaching three-day courses in Dreamweaver, Illustrator, and Photoshop at Noble Desktop (www.nobledesktop.com) in New York City, and is currently working toward her MFA in Photography. Sue lives with her husband and son in Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (September 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470661534
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470661536
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #562,016 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sue Jenkins is a web and graphic designer, illustrator, and fine art photographer. She is the owner and creative director of Luckychair.com, a full-service web and graphic design studio serving businesses across the U.S. since 1997. In addition, Sue is an award-winning Adobe Certified Instructor, an Adobe Certified Expert, and an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at a small liberal arts university in Pennsylvania.

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.

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As a graphic designer, Smashing Photoshop CS5: 100 Professional Techniques has proven invaluable at increasing my Photoshop skills at a rapid rate as well as increasing my knowledge about the breadth and depth of what Photoshop can do. Each time I finish my newly created image by following the detailed instructions, I think, "Wow, I made that!" An unexpected surprise is the copious hints, resources, and freebies contained within the book, such as where to go for free downloadable textures and suggested tutorials to further expand my knowledge.

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.
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I looked forward to receiving this book because I just recently started using CS5. This is a major upgrade leap for me since the last version I had of Photoshop was CS2, and I never actually learned the newer tools in that upgrade. I have been using Photoshop since it first came out in the 90s, before it even had a version number. I expected in depth discussions in the book about the new capabilities of CS5.
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.
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There are many Photoshop books available for digital photographers, but few that will walk you through the way Photoshop is used by top web designers. I'd give it five stars, but I purchased the Kindle version and I'm not able to find where to download walk-through tutorial files. If the book really doesn't make files available, then it's usefulness is limited for several of the tutorials. I'd look at the table of contents before purchasing to see the specific techniques taught, but even if you're familiar with all but 20 of the 100 or so, you'd be justified in purchasing the book for its price. Many of these techniques are ones you'll use over and over again in creating web page designs in Photoshop and they are taught directly rather than concealed within more advanced tutorials available on the web... Great job!
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I'm sort of in love with this book. I mean I've been a graphic designer, art director for, well, forever. I've owned practically every version of Photoshop, yet I've still considered myself somewhat of a novice. I've never been good at 'linear' learning, going in a straight line from start to finish. That's what's so nice about this book, that I could pick and choose what I wanted to learn. I had a lot of fun experimenting and trying out new techniques. I had quite a few of those "AHA" moments--you know the ones, when you discover how to do something you've always wondered about, and realize it wasn't even that complex.

Highly recommend for the novice or expert. There's something new to learn for everyone in this book.
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I ordered this book to enhance my PhotoShop knowledge and skills and when it arrived I found myself flipping through the pages as if I was getting into a new novel. Many of the chapters caught my attention as to what CS5 has to offer versus the version I had. I found myself creating designs just to test out the content in the book.

Excellent format, excellent delivery of content and overall very useful book.
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Smashing Photoshop CS5 is a good reference for any beginning or intermediate Photoshop user. There are step-by-step instructions on how to fake high dynamic range, editing images with perspective planes, and even the most difficult of all photographic skills--making your human subjects more "beautiful." However, this book would be of particular interest to web designers. As a part-time freelance graphic designer who has not yet made the move to web design, I am glad to have this book in my reference library as I work to move in that direction--if only to develop a personal web page that draws people to my site.

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.
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