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Adobe Photoshop CS4: Up to Speed 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0321580054
ISBN-10: 0321580052
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"Ben Wilmore is the clearest and most concise Photoshop teacher I know. His book is on the top ten list of Photoshop books I recommend to every beginning Photoshop student."--George DeWolfe Senior Editor: ViewCamera and Camera Art Magazines (www.georgedewolfe.com) "Ben's sessions at PhotoshopWorld are always standing room only. His latest book provides ample reason as to why he's so popular. He breaks down the complex and arcane side of Photoshop into something that is understandable. And few things are more fun than becoming better at Photoshop. It's a great book."-Jim Workman Publisher, PhotoshopUser Magazine (www.photoshopuser.com) "Thanks to Ben Willmore's Up to Speed, the journey from one Photoshop version to another has never been faster or easier. Adobe should give this book to every user who buys a copy of Photoshop."-George LeppColumnist Outdoor Photographer MagazineOwner The Lepp Institute (www.theleppinstitute.com) "Ben has a real gift for teaching Photoshop, and the uncanny ability to make difficult concepts seems absolutely simple. I have every book Ben's ever written, and when he comes out with a book, I buy it! Ben has a way of cutting to the chase and explaining things in a way that just make sense. His approach to training has won him legions of fans, and this book continues his tradition of making Photoshop easy and understandable. If you want to really dig under the skin of Photoshop's amazing new features, this is the book to buy! Highly recommended!"--Scott KelbyPresident, National Association of Photoshop Professionals (www.photoshopuser.com)

About the Author

Ben Willmore is the author of Adobe Photoshop Studio Techniques, and a columnist for Photoshop User magazine. His hit seminar, Photoshop for Photographers, combined with his standing-room only sessions at PhotoshopWorld, and appearances at major publishing and photography conferences in the U.S. and abroad have established Ben as one of the world's most respected and sought after Photoshop instructors. His reputation as the expert's expert prompted Scott Kelby (President, National Association of Photoshop Professionals) to say, When we get stuck, we call Ben!
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (November 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321580052
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321580054
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,379,005 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Conrad J. Obregon VINE VOICE on November 10, 2008
Format: Paperback
Every 18 months Adobe issues a new version of Photoshop. Every 18 months Ben Willmore produces a new version of "Up to Speed", describing the new features of the newest version of Photoshop. Every 18 months I write a review saying that, for experienced Photoshop users, upgrading from the prior version to the newest version, this book is the quickest way to learn the new features. It's that time again.

As usual Willmore describes all the new features in clear precise language. If the function of the feature is obvious, he tells you how to set it up. If its application is not apparent, he explains the feature in enough detail to make it apparent. If it's really complex, he delves into the complexity. It's all there and there is not a superfluous word.

Typical was his instruction concerning Camera Raw 5.0. The new plug-in includes the Adjustment Brush, a tool that was brought over from Lightroom 2 that allows for local adjustments in Camera Raw. In 5 pages he provides the most clear and concise explanation of this tool that I've read anywhere. In fact I'd recommend to Lightroom users who may be a bit confused by the Adjustment Brush that they read this explanation. (Unfortunately, Willmore can't explain why the Adjustment Brush works so much better in Camera Raw then Lightroom, but then, neither can Adobe's engineers.)

I do have a single complaint. Willmore notes that some of the new features of the tools, like Bird's Eye View, may not work without the proper video card. What he didn't say was to go to the Adobe web page, where there's a list of the cards that work, and advice that you may need to download new drivers from the video card's manufacturer, and even links. I installed the new drivers and now all the features are available.

Why waste time reading a Photoshop CS4 book that tells you about features that are carried over from CS3? Spend an evening with this short book and you will be "Up to Speed."
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... you've already read at least one of the other 'full featured' books from Deke, Martin, Katrin, Scott, and others, even Ben's 'Studio' book. And any of those authors are good choices if you're just starting out. But if you just want to get up-to-speed on the laterst version of PS, then this is the book to get.

And Ben adds the 'why' as well as the 'how' on the new features, so you'll have a deeper understanding of what has been added. While this book comes with no cd/dvd - there are many tutorials already on the web - I find myself using it as a reference after the first read-through and that is more handy than running and searching through a video to answer a specific question.

If I could give more stars than 5, I would.
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... and get this book if you're upgrading to Adobe Photoshop CS4! Ben Willmore covers ONLY the "new stuff" in his Up To Speed series and this book is well worth its price. It's not a general Photoshop book - there are certainly plenty of those. Rather, this one is for learning how to make the best use of Adobe's latest "enhancements". Highly recommended!
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Ben Wilmore is one of the Photoshop gurus along with Scott Kelby and several others. This book is a great overview of the changes and differences between CS3 and CS4. It is really not for beginners, but rather for those who are familiar with Photoshop's basic functions and how the new CS4 performs those. It essence Ben brings the reader up to date on where to find the tools and procedures in CS4 that we were so familiar with in CS3 and earlier versions. It is a no nonsense type of book and one that you will use as reference for the life of CS4. I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 in that there are not that many screen shots and photos as in Scott Kelby's books. Those would have been helpful. CS4 made a lot of cosmetic changes that a Photoshop user really needs to know about and has moved some of the functions around. You'll be lost for a while without Ben's help in this book. Recommended for all previous users of Photoshop.
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As always - Ben Willmore does a great job of explaining Adobe Photoshop and in this case, what's new in CS4. If you already know Photoshop CS3 but you just want to learn the new features in CS4 (including Camera Raw)- this is the book for you. He gives great explanations of what's new and detailed instructions (with examples) of how to use the new features. I highly recommend this book!
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I have used "uptospeed CS3" and now "uptospeed CS4" to upgrade my skills in Photoshop. In each case the information contained and the insightful presentation of that information has been excellent. With my relatively advanced experience with the Photoshop software it has been sufficiently comprehensive, allowing me to use the upgrades effectively and relatively seamlessly, i.e. to take advantage of the improvements and changes in the upgrades with confidence. The only criticism I have of the book is that it is poorly bound and falls apart with use. The publishers should be ashamed of themselves.
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This is a wonderful book with all the new features of Photoshop CS4. He compares the features or changes to CS3 with a complete description of their function. This is not a "1-2-3 how to" accomplish something book, but an explanation of the functions within the various panels so you can understand the different icon choices.
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