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3.0 out of 5 stars Could be better if the mistakes were corrected, December 11, 2010
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This review is from: Layers: The Complete Guide to Photoshop's Most Powerful Feature (2nd Edition) (Paperback)
I'll admit I'm only on page 122 of the 286 pages but I stopped to write a review because of a couple of frustrations I have with this book. First the book is sprinkled with mistakes. Better editing should have been done. The mistakes are doubly frustrating because I'm completely new to Layers and Photoshop and I don't know enough to work around them. So a simple little slip in their book causes me tons of lost time trying to figure out where the author went wrong. Second complaint is that they don't include all the photos in their download section. Actually there are even tutorials where key photos within the tutorials are missing but for some reason the others are included. Not logical and should have been fixed before this. Last complaint is the style of the book where the steps are mixed into the rest of the text. It's impossible to catch each step forcing me to have to re-read to find small steps I missed during the first run through. Adding bullets for each step would have easily fixed this. All of these thingss are making it extremely time consuming to get through a book. Fixing them would make it so much easier so I hope the author reads this and includes in a third edition. I gave it three stars because its still a very valuable book on learning layers.
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Initial post: Dec 26, 2011 12:42:48 PM PST
I have to agree with your assessment. I was pulling my hair out in a few spots because of the mistakes; I had to do quite a bit of Google'ing to find his errors. I too am new to photoshop and find the book valuable but I would have been a lot happier if he had done a better job of editing.

Posted on Mar 8, 2012 1:20:06 PM PST
I'll remove this book from my cart and look for another, or I may wait for the corrected third edition.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 9, 2012 1:22:23 PM PDT
I would like to buy this book but since I will also be new to the layers concept, what pages are the errors in so that I can be prepared?

Thanks,
Susana

Posted on Sep 19, 2012 5:58:52 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 19, 2012 5:59:51 PM PDT
Like you I am working through Chapter Four page 116. I have suffered from the missing photos and omissions that cause me to waste lots of time trying to figure out what causes me to be in a different place than the text indicates I should be. I am skipping over parts of the book that are meaningful. Too bad....

Posted on Nov 11, 2012 8:59:45 AM PST
I wish I had read this review before buying the book. I have wasted so much time on exercises that are full of mistakes, and I'm only on page 112. This last exercise, with the basketball player, got me so frustated - having spent half a day on the previous exercise (also with mistake) - that I sent the book flying *#"&!!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 1, 2012 9:03:12 AM PST
Sabrina says:
I this from the Kindle vs. Print edition? I do hope the author is reading this and making adjustments.

Posted on Jan 15, 2013 2:13:23 AM PST
D. Hansford says:
why not make a CD to go along with the book?
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