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Smashing Photoshop CS5: 100 Professional Techniques 1st Edition
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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.
I would recommend this book for people who are new to Photoshop and have a desire to learn some basic to intermediate techniques. I'm a web developer and starting to dabble in design so this book was a good purchase for me. I'll use it as a reference more than anything.
I found a few of the examples somewhat difficult to follow. One example in particular I couldn't figure out where the author made the leap between steps. But most of the examples are straight-forward enough. And you can find plenty of step-by-step examples on youtube if necessary.
Overall it was a good purchase.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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
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... Read morePublished on December 12, 2010 by K. Fry