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Adobe Photoshop CS4: Up to Speed 1st Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
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."
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
In past years I had ordered the complete books and their updates but I found it was a waste of time redoing everything I had done before. Read morePublished on May 18, 2009 by Cheryl A. Kindschy
This little book is filled with valuable information, and is easy to understand. It is well written and organized. I would expect nothing less from Ben Wilmore. Read morePublished on April 15, 2009 by BlueSkyDoor
Very difficult read. The book lives up to its description but it doesn't flow very well. Don't even think about trying to read it without having PhotoShop open and ready to refer... Read morePublished on January 26, 2009 by Daniel R. Jordan
Ben always leads the way in getting started in learning what you need to know about the changes in Photoshop. Read morePublished on January 18, 2009 by Lou Adzima
Excellent idea for habitual P.S. users - A book describing, primarily, the changes in CS4
is enabling me to get back up to speed using the new tools, easily and quickly. Read more
This is a book for those who want to skip all the promotional clutter and get to know exactly what is new in CS4 and how to use it...Published on January 6, 2009 by Mark Beveridge
Ben Willmore is the last word on Photoshop. His books are clear, concise and thorough. You can't go wrong with Bill Willmore when it comes to Photoshop books.Published on December 29, 2008 by John R. Norton
If you are looking for an update to what is new in Photoshop CS4 this book is for you. At 123 pages it is a quick read and easily understood book. Read morePublished on December 23, 2008 by D. McGee