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Teach Yourself VISUALLY Photoshop CS5 Paperback – May 24, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0470612637 ISBN-10: 0470612630 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Visual; 1 edition (May 24, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470612630
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470612637
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #259,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘…designed to appeal to those who prefer to read less and do more'. (Photoshop Daily, August 2010).

From the Back Cover

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 165 Photoshop CS5 tasks. Each task-based spread covers a single technique — sure to help you get up and running on Photoshop CS5 in no time.

You'll learn to:

  • Crop, straighten, and trim images

  • Change brightness and contrast

  • Edit by using layers and filters

  • Save images in different formats

  • Practice your skills using the sample images on the Web site

  • Helpful sidebars offer practical tips and tricks

  • Full-color screen shots demonstrate each task

  • Succinct explanations walk you through step by step

  • Two-page lessons break big topics into bite-sized modules


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.

Customer Reviews

This is very easy to understand and would make a wonderful gift.
Carol
Knowing little about photoshop at the time, this book was a great help in my learning process.
L. Reville
The steps for any given task are clear and the illustrations are helpful.
B. Scott

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64 of 65 people found the following review helpful By B. Scott on November 11, 2010
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I had looked at several books on learning CS5 and most of them seemed to be suited for people who had used previous versions of Photoshop and now wanted to learn CS5. Well, I wasn't in that boat. I had never used Photoshop at all, so I needed to learn from the ground up. If you are in the same spot I was, this is the book for you. It assumes you know nothing about the program and even goes so far as to show you how to launch it from the Programs menu, which I got a good chuckle out of, thinking "Hey! Even my dad could follow this!"

The style is very straight-forward and outside of a one or two sentence synopsis at the start of every task, it's all about doing, not reading. The steps for any given task are clear and the illustrations are helpful. This book is not going to make you a Photoshop professional but it quickly shows you how to use all of the tools. I highly recommend it for the beginner.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Rosie VINE VOICE on July 16, 2010
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I have to jump from Photoshop 5 to CS5, a monumental change! This is simply the BEST guide I have ever read.
I am computer-challenged to begin with and only used Photoshop in a minimal way, mainly due to lack of understandable instructions. These instructions make it so easy. They are easy on the eyes and visually appealing. The text is well organized. Enjoy!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By HTK on February 4, 2011
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If you are a visual learner, or need a well presented book about Photoshop CS5, then look no further. This book was recommended (but not required) for a digital photography class and it has been a helpful guide to keep track of all the things you can do in Photoshop (which can be overwhelming at times!) If you can't decide which Photoshop book to go with, I suggest this one so that you can actually see what you need to do within each step!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Paul D. Tople on September 7, 2011
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I wish that I had bought this book first. It shows you step by step how to use the program in a fast and logical manner.
I will purchase other Teach Yourself Visually books.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Justice on February 7, 2011
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This book is so helpful for those of us who have not used Photoshop in a long time. I needed a refresher and this was the perfect book.

LOVE IT!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Hmph on December 18, 2011
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This book won't make as much sense to you if you just sit down and try to remember all the tricks. You have to get on PhotoShop CS 5, have this by your side as you're working on a project, and refer to this whenever you need help.

I needed this to become familiar with Creative Suite for a business I work for, because my skills with that program were pretty embarrassing. I thought I could learn it on my own if I play around with the software, but that didn't really get me anywhere. Then I started a project, and looked up tips in this book whenever there was a feature of CS5 I didn't know how to use...everything from starting a new document to selecting parts of images and changing colors and other aspects of it, for both Windows and Mac computers. Every "how to" is explained step-by-step, with accompanying images so you know exactly where to click to use the feature you want. I now feel very confident working with Creative Suite, whether for business, school, or personal projects!

I also tried to read Photoshop CS5: The Missing Manual before this one, and while that book is okay, Teach Yourself Visually is much better.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Paul Buckner on March 7, 2011
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If you are jumping from one version to another, or like me, had never touched Photoshop before, this covers the basics and is a quick read, you can jump from topic to topic, or skim it if you just need to brush up.

Paul Buckner,

Author of from "Broke to Broker, and other stories of finding financial freedom."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Horton on August 8, 2012
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I couldn't wait to get this book in after reading the reviews and was thrilled when it finally came in because i was ready to tackle some CS5 techniques that I hadn't quite been able to figure out, however, when I sat down with the book and the program itself, i found myself just as confused as before i started. The book basically is a dictionary for all the functions telling you about & how to do a certain function, but, we all know CS5 is about a *series* of functions and this book doesn't help with that at all. I found myself flipping back and forth between several chapters before realizing it wasn't anymore help than the actual "help button" on my screen.
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