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Good Tips, but missing a few things,
This review is from: Photoshop CS2 Killer Tips (Paperback)
This book is for someone who is experienced at PhotoShop, but wants to work a little faster and get more familiar with navigation. It is also slanted toward new features in CS2, though it still contains many older tips. Scott devides the book into about 9 sections: The Bridge, Essential Tips, Production Tips, Way Cool Tips (?), Camera Raw Tips, Layer Tips, Text Tips, Image Correction Tips and Advanced Tips. Curiously missing is a section on Selection Tips, or any mention of Web tips. The book is very heavy on pointing out the shortcuts in PhotoShop. All but a few shortcuts are well documented in the software, so if you throw out these "tips" you are left with about 50% of the remaining book - which does still leave some cool stuff.
If you are interested in these types of things, you may want to get this book:
- Finding the Center of a Document or object quickly
- Creating a flattened copy of your layers
- Changing brush sizes and types quickly
- Using Photo Filter Adjustment Layers
- Drawing Lines with Arrowheads on them
- Putting Photos into Type
- Typing within (or on) a Perfect Circle
The biggest disappointment is the lack of tips around creating better selections - which tools to use and when, how to configure them when making different selections, etc.
Almost anyone who buys this book will find a couple of "I didn't know you could do that" items here. However, if you are relatively new to PS, you'll want a more complete book and if you are really experienced with PS, there may only be a few great tips here. Thus, the audience is a bit limited and if you fall into either of these groups, there may be better books out there for you.
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Initial post: Jun 13, 2011 2:19:59 PM PDT
D.B. Spalding says:
The book that gave me weeks and weeks great instruction and help upgrading from Photoshop 5.5 to CS2 was Deke McClelland's One On One book (with about an hour or more of video lessons that intro each section). For those searching for great instruction, Deke is the king.
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