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5.0 out of 5 stars In my eyes, the gold standard of Photoshop books, October 19, 2010
This review is from: Adobe Photoshop CS5 for Photographers: A professional image editor's guide to the creative use of Photoshop for the Macintosh and PC (Paperback)
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This is not a beginner's book. On the cover, this is described as "a PROFESSIONAL image editor's guide to the creative use of Photoshop". (Emphasis supplied.) While you don't have to be a master Photoshop user, you definitely have to have a prior understanding of what Photoshop is and a good comprehension of its incredible (and seemingly endlessly expanding) capabilities. Yes, Martin Evening makes some concessions to neophytes, but this is really a book for power users and those who want to become masters of Photoshop.

You can use this book as a reference, if you like, cherry picking the many chapters, each on a specific aspect of Photoshop. For a thorough education, read it from beginning to end, which ought to take several months.

Evening, thankfully, is not a comedian. The pages are not littered with silly attempted jokes.

This is a no-nonsense book. The chapter on configuring Photoshop is a must-read, even for pros because it brings you up to date on new requirements for CS5. Image Editing Essentials, with its 87 pages, is an exhausting tour of just the essentials of image editing - and this is in addition to a separate chapter on Camera Raw that runs 125 pages. The text is well-written and copiously illustrated.

Evening presents Photoshop from the perspective of a working photographer who wants to produce the best results possible and as someone who understands the technology powering Photoshop. He does well. In sidebars, Evening occasionally sheds light on his thinking. For example, Evening has been criticized for his obvious affections for Curves adjustment. He explains this by saying that of the 22 (!) image adjustments available, Curves can generally accomplish whatever you want. In fact, in a single paragraph, Evening explains a very profound Photoshop issue.

The chapters on color management and output for web and print are better than some single volumes I've seen devoted to these subjects. The chapter on automating Photoshop, while introductory in scope, is useful.

Finally, the DVD has useful content and includes a help guided with many of the examples from the book. It also hs many other goodies in the form of a Help guide.

Overall, this is a book for those interested in developing a deep understanding of Photoshop. Beginners will find it tough sledding unless they are highly motivated. Those with some experience will find it a wonderfully thorough and educational experience.

Jerry
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Initial post: May 15, 2011 12:20:18 PM PDT
JD says:
Jerry I do not know if you will respond to this but after 1/2 hour with an adobe support person I am still not clear/convinced that PS C5 win 7 will support both 32 bit and 64 bit operating systems. I need the 64 bit power since I have an expensive Win 64 bit computer waiting to take this on. Do both OS 32/64 bit come in the same package?

In reply to an earlier post on May 15, 2011 1:50:55 PM PDT
Good question. I've switched to Win 7 64-bit, installed CS5 and have no problems. Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 requires 64-bit. Adobe has included the 32-bite for CS4 for those running 32-bit systems. There is nothing I've seen to indicated that Photoshop CS5 won't run on 32-bit.

In reply to an earlier post on May 15, 2011 2:41:01 PM PDT
JD says:
Thank you for answering. I have spent another hour with Adobe "support" to make sure if I get the PSCS5 software it will work with 32 and most importantly 64 bit OS win 7 as I have a new computer (64 bit win 7)with lots of RAM and power to go with this app but I surely do not want to do it at 32 bit! They assure me it will run under 64 bit os win 7.
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