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The Photoshop CS2 Book for Digital Photographers [Paperback]

Scott Kelby
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April 28, 2005 0321330625 978-0321330628 1

Scott Kelby, the best-selling Photoshop author in the world today, once again takes this book to a whole new level as he uncovers the latest, most important and most exciting new Adobe Photoshop CS2 techniques for digital photographers.


This major update to this award-winning, record-breaking book does something for digital photographers that's never been done before--it  cuts through the bull and shows you exactly "how to do it." It's not a bunch of theory; it doesn't challenge you to come up with your own  settings or figure it out on your own. Instead, Scott shows you step-by-step the exact techniques used by today's cutting-edge digital  photographers and, best of all, he shows you, flat-out, exactly which settings to use, when to use them, and why. That's why the previous  version of this book took the digital photography world by storm.


But now, his new CS2, version is even bigger, even better, and exposes even more of the pros most closely guarded secrets, including a special chapter which shows, for the first time ever, step-by-step how to how to set-up Photoshop's color management. He does it by throwing out all the theory, all the techno-babble, and all the confusing charts and graphs and instead just shows you exactly what you need to do (and 

nothing more).



Each year Scott trains thousands of professional photographers how to use Photoshop, and almost without exception they have the same questions, the same problems, and the same challenges--and that's exactly what he covers in this book. You'll learn:


  • The sharpening techniques the pros really use (there's an entire chapter on, just this!)
  • The pros tricks for fixing the most common digital photo problems fast!
  • The step-by-step set-up for getting what comes out of your printer to match exactly what you saw on screen
  • The retouching secrets of how the pros retouch portraits
  • How to process raw digital camera images (plus how to take advantage of all the new Camera Raw features of CS2!)
  • How to color correct any photo without breaking a sweat (you'll be amazed at how easy it is–once you know the secret)
  • A whole chapter on the latest, most requested Photoshop special effects
    How to reduce noise, deal with lens problems, avoid halos, and more
  • How to show your work like a pro!
  • Plus a host of shortcuts, workarounds, and slick "insider" tricks to send your productivity through the roof!


If you're a digital photographer and you're ready to learn the "tricks of the trade"--the same ones that today's leading pros use to correct,  edit, sharpen, retouch, and present their work; then this is the book for you.

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--Jeff Kent, Special Hot1 Awards Editor / Editor at Large Professional Photographer magazine

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About the Author

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.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (April 28, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321330625
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321330628
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.9 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (206 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #494,692 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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115 of 117 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Kelby book compared to others 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, big improvement over last edition 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
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST for digital photography! 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly readable, truly useful 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Paid for itself the first day. March 13, 2006
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 6 days ago by JLC
5.0 out of 5 stars Well presented
What Scott Kelby doesn't know about CS2 (or any other version) isn't worth knowing.

His books are brilliant, well-presented and very easy to follow. Read more
Published 5 months ago by PictureLady
5.0 out of 5 stars Good way to learn Photoshop
Scott Kelby writes so I understand his technological explanations. The Photoshop series "...for Digital Photographers" has long been recognized as very helpful to those of... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Grex
5.0 out of 5 stars Kelby rocks (as always)
I'm sure he has some flops, but all of the Scott Kelby books that I've ever owned (5 and counting) have been well written and enormously helpful. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Joseph Scott Ellis
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive
Alas, I understand the basics of how the camera settings and the Photoshop program work together. This book show various ways of processing the photographic elements.
Published 16 months ago by Jerome Friedland
5.0 out of 5 stars It is what I was looking for and could not have asked for an easier...
It's just what I needed to get started and could not have asked for an easier book to explain things.
Published 16 months ago by Julie Proksel
3.0 out of 5 stars Not yet used enough
This book holds a wealth of information. It's not an easy read and it takes awhile to really understand all the capabilities of the Photoshop professional software... Read more
Published 18 months ago by KATE MUNNS
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT SERVICE, but ordered the wrong book.
The book arrived in a timely manner and in good condition, but I made the mistake of ordering the wrong book. I am interested in info for CS4, not the one I ordered. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Nana
5.0 out of 5 stars Photoshop CS2 Book
Easy to read and follow. Photos are useful. I am beginner and have had success with this book. Format similar to on-line classes for computer related subjects.
Published 19 months ago by connie
4.0 out of 5 stars A good book for newcomers to Photoshop
I must admit I didn't appreciate Scott's humour, and basing his chapter titles on movies, songs and band names was very unhelpful; I'd heard of very few of them. Read more
Published on July 30, 2011 by Laraine A. Barker
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Black and White?
I'd like to know the answer as well before I buy the book.
Aug 1, 2007 by GPFord |  See all 2 posts
Straightening a landscape picture
Hey Olga,
You can straighten out a landscape by using the transform command ( Ctrl + T ), then crop the image.
Sep 27, 2006 by Becca |  See all 2 posts
Images from film that are scanned
There is one big section of this book dedicated to processing RAW images, which can be produced only by digital cameras AFAIK.

Aside from that, this book contains a lot of tips using Photoshop features to make your photos, including scanned images, much better.
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