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The Photoshop CS2 Book for Digital Photographers 1st Edition

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Scott Kelby is President of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP), the trade organization for Adobe Photoshop users, with thousands of members in the US and 63 countries. Scott is Editor-in-Chief of both Photoshop User magazine and Mac Design Magazine. He serves as training director for the Adobe Photoshop Seminar Tour and is the technical chair of the largest Photoshop gathering, Photoshop World. Scott is one of the leading Photoshop trainers in the country today and trains thousands of Photoshop users across the country each year, and is featured in a series of Photoshop training videos.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: New Riders; 1 edition (April 28, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321330625
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321330628
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.9 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (209 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #255,659 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Photographer, author of "The Digital Photography Book" series & longtime Photoshop book author. Editor/Publisher of Photoshop User magazine, President of the National Assn. of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) co-host of the live weekly photography talk show "The Grid." Co-host of "Photoshop User TV" and Conference Technical Chair of the Photoshop World Conference & Expo. Sleep is over-rated. ;-)

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116 of 118 people found the following review helpful By R. Matson on February 20, 2006
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In my recent effort to educate myself in matters of Photoshop CS2 I read in detail three books - Adobe Photoshop CS2 for Photographers by Martin Evening, Photoshop CS2 by Fraser & Blatner, and The Photoshop CS2 book for Digital Photographers by Scott Kelby. Of the three, I would rank the Evening and the Fraser & Blatner books as comprehensive books that, if the reader would fully understand all that was discussed, they would be considered a Photoshop Pro. The Kelby book I considered to be quite basic in that it covered only some of the principal topics and did so in an elementary fashion (it would take Kelby four pages with all his illustrations and stepwise instructions to cover what the other books might cover in one). I would recommend the Kelby book for a hobbyist that doesn't want to devote a lot of learning time and who wishes only a basic knowledge of Photoshop CS2 in order to occasionally turn out a nice image. I would recommend either of the other two books if one wants a mastery of what CS2 can really do. But, be warned that the subject is complex and will take a lot of time to learn. Of the two, Evening's book has the advantage in that it is a little less expensive, he includes a disk containing the images used in many of his tutorials so the reader can follow along with the same exercises, and because he is a fashion photographer many of his images are fashion shots of pretty women. The Fraser & Blatner book has the advantage of being somewhat larger and more complete and goes into deeper detail on some aspects of CS2. Both of these books have a high orientation to producing images for commercial press publication. I would recommend that if one wants to really learn CS2 they read both books, even though the same topics are covered in both, the subject is sufficiently complex it pays to learn it twice from perhaps somewhat different angles.
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151 of 156 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on May 4, 2005
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I gave this book 4 stars because it covers all the new features in Photoshop cs2 very well. I don't agree with the authors avoidance of 16 bit process so that is why it doesn't get 5 stars. I bought this mainly to learn all the new feature in photoshop cs2 and the book covers those features very well. Especially the new smart sharpening feature and the enhanced camera raw, and all the other new features. Also it includes a multi-tone grey card to help with color balancing. This books covers in a much more intresting fashion- the material in the new cs2 manual included with the cd. The nice thing here is that the author offers example settings that probably can be applied to 85% of your images as is and give you good results.
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96 of 104 people found the following review helpful By J. Chambers HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on July 2, 2005
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If you use Photoshop CS2 to edit digital images, this book is a must-have. Scott Kelby doesn't waste your time showing you how to do artwork with Photoshop. This book is about digital photography, and it's by far the best book in my library for that.

Even if you have Kelby's earlier book on Photoshop CS, there's a lot of new and added material in this book. It's well worth the price to upgrade.

In one word: Indispensable.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By B. J. Carlton on June 28, 2006
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I did traditional darkroom photography for years before stepping into the digital world several years ago. This is the first truly useful book I've found about Photoshop. Instead of trying to describe individual functions in Photoshop (about as useful as painstakingly describing a fork while leaving it to you to figure out how to actually eat with it), it tells you how to actually do all sorts of common things that experienced photographers want to do, and know that there must be some way of doing, but just can't figure out. It is laid out like a cookbook. If you want to remove dark circles under the eyes, there's an entry for that in the table of contents. If you want to colorize hair, there's another entry, and on and on. Once you get to the actual discussion, the book tells you step-by-step, with lots of illustrations, how to do it. The book assumes you already know your way around photography, but that you don't know anything about Photoshop. The writing is engaging and often funny. The best chapter title (and it sums up my feelings exactly) is "Anger Management: Color Management Step by Step." Although I've now had a fair amount of Photoshop training from actual people, I think this book is clear enough that a Photoshop novice could use it alone and achieve competence.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By William G. Evans on March 13, 2006
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The problem with Photoshop CS2, or any software this extensive, is the enormous amount of time it takes to cull out the overwhelming number of functions it offers to arrive at a working list of the 2 to 3 dozen the serious photographer will actually end up using based on their specific needs. Scott Kelby's book already did that for me saving scores of hours and mental anguish.

Problem number two with software like CS2 is the time it takes to learn how to use the short list of features you'll be using. Now you have 2 choices. The manual or Kelby's book. The manual takes you through the process verbally which is very time consuming. While the CS2 book does it graphically, using photo before and afters to illustrate the enhancement, and, most important, walks you through the menus the way they appear on your computer screen. Time expended - Manual vs Kelby book - it's no contest. Say your time is worth $100, $50 or even $25 per hour, you'll probably save more than the price of the book learning just one function.

And to those who complained about Scott's little humorous asides I say, "Get a life!" I'll take a photographer with a sense of humor over a software geek anytime.

Bill Evans
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