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A Model for ALL Software Manuals,
This review is from: The Photoshop Book for Digital Photographers (Paperback)
I've purchased several other Photoshop manuals over the years before discovering this one. Photoshop is a wonderful product, but the tech manuals associated with it leave a lot to be desired, in terms of what I've been able to get out of them. Some are author-oriented, showing off all stupendous things the author has done with the product. Some are product-oriented, describing all its features. Some are encyclopedic-oriented--expanded glossaries of all the terms and phrases related to the product. Each of these orientations make it tough-going for the user.
This manual is different. It's "you" oriented. It simply lists all the things you might want to do with your original photos--individually and collectively--to "make things better," dealing with the tasks in the sequence they would typically be performed. For each task Kelby then describes step-by-step exactly and precisely what to do to accomplish the intended outcome. In short, he provides all you need to know, nothing more, nothing less, in a reasonable sequence. What more could you ask other sprinkles on your ice cream?
If all tech manuals were to follow this template, we'd need many fewer manuals, but we'd be much better served.