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Teach Yourself VISUALLY Photoshop CS2 Paperback – June 24, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0764588402 ISBN-10: 0764588400 Edition: 1st

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Are you a visual learner? Do you prefer instructions that show you how to do something — and skip the long-winded explanations? If so, then this book is for you. Open it up and you'll find clear, step-by-step screen shots that show you how to tackle more than 150 Photoshop CS tasks. Each task-based spread includes these great features to get you up and running on Photoshop CS2 in no time:
  • Helpful sidebars that offer practical tips and tricks
  • Succinct explanations that walk you through step by step
  • Full-color screen shots that demonstrate each task
  • Two-page lessons that break big topics into bite-sized modules

Learn how to

  • Browse and sort images in Bridge
  • Change image size and resolution
  • Paint and draw with color
  • Create duotone images
  • Apply layer and filter effects

About the Author

Mike Wooldridge is a technology writer, Web developer, and graduate student at UC Berkeley. This is his fourteenth book in the Visual series.

Linda Wooldridge is a former senior editor at Macworld. This is her first book.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Visual; 1 edition (June 24, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764588400
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764588402
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,178,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Mike Wooldridge is a user-interface designer and Web developer. He has authored more than 30 books for Wiley's Visual series. Mike's recent titles teach you how to edit images with Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Photoshop Elements and build websites with HTML and CSS.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Brad on December 8, 2005
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This book was great for me. I am a web application developer (database and code not graphics) and all I need to know is basics and I don't want to spend hours, days, years to learn it. This book is quick and concise and gets you going without having to wade through exhaustive text. If you are a graphics artist that does photoshop all day, every day, then get a book that is intended for learning that depth of knowledge. If you are a typical person that just needs to create or edit stuff for occasional professional use or just at home, this is a great book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey B. Meade on January 9, 2007
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Instantly, I was able to use photoshop. Get this book. It will be a quick read. It explains on one or two pages, each task you wish to perform. Once you master the material in this book, you can progress to more elaborate procedures and more technical books. The perfect beginners book.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mary Roach on December 9, 2005
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If you already know how to use another photo-editing program and you're transitioning to PhotoShop, this might just be the book for you. It has a rather clever and innovative way to show exactly where on a cluttered screen the item under discussion is, and it also has some decent "quick tips". The examples are also pretty good. However, I don't see how anyone can claim to write a book that will "teach" you a software program if it doesn't give you exercises to work your way through; Photoshop is way too powerful and complex to learn without also practicing. It also doesn't explain why you might want to use any of its myriad features/effects/filters. But as I said, if you're transitioning from another program and you already know what any photo-editing program should do, this could be an excellent choice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sewingsuzy on October 18, 2010
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Another great book from this range. Easy to follow format which allows you to achieve the results you need quickly.
Highly recommended AAA++++++
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I'll keep this focused on what I learned since there are some in-depth reviews already. All I can say is AMAZING! I knew absolutely NOTHING about Photoshop - Zero. I opened this book beside my computer and went through each tutorial in the 300+ pages. By the time I finished the last tutorial, I was proficient enough to create some amazing photos to use on my websites - One has 58 layers, special effects, incredible lighting effects, color matching, perfecting blending of three totally different photos into one, even the header for our website was created using Photoshop CS2. My pride and joy is a photo I created of a lonely teenager walking down a desolate road for our film production website - Actually it is so amazing that we are also using it for the large movie poster - The lonely road was an old photo I took years ago on family property in northern Arizona. It was crooked and poorly shot with a cheap camera. I totally changed it using Photoshop CS2. I removed the drab sky and replaced it with a sky that was dark where it needed to be, but also has multiple layers of semi-transparent light puffy clouds that allowed light to shine through and be cast on the boy, creating a shadow that perfectly matched actual shadows cast by the surrounding trees. in the original photo I added very intricate twigs to the trees to give them the shape and character they needed to portray, perfectly matching each individual tree. The lonely teen was created 100% in Photoshop CS2, including his shadow that fell on the road. Because I wanted him in dirty sneakers, I shot a photo of an old pair I had by placing them in a 'walking' position, then added them to the teenager All of this was done by using the knowledge I gained by going through this book.Read more ›
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To do this, you do that. To do that you do this. I have always thought a software instruction manual should always have fewer words then keystrokes for each action. Very hard to do but this one comes close. Excellent illustrations. But if you want all the subtleties explained to you, as you go through it this is probably not for you.

I am using this book at present, and I am a relative beginner, so keep that in mind as you weigh my comments, but this seems to be working for me.

Also if you are like me doing CS2 because adobe has made the software license virtually free, this is for you.
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