- Series: Classroom in a Book
- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Adobe Press; 1 edition (June 1, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0321827333
- ISBN-13: 978-0321827333
- Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.9 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 401 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Not having a class to go to or other students to confer with makes this review a good one because it provides an account that is representative of one man’s experience working with the content provided by the team of authors. There are no outside influences to sway my learning abilities. No professor to guide me, no students to correct me, no other resources, just me and this book.
With all that said, I will state that this book is well written. It has been carefully thought out and edited. As a professional writer myself, there are a few things I could polish in terms of the editing, but that’s out of the scope of this review. I’ve learned a lot from this book and walked away from it having a much better understanding of the capabilities of CS6 and the things I can do with the software. It is extremely powerful software that can be an enormous asset to both a layperson and a seasoned professional.
It is not without its faults. There were many times I labored over some of the chapters because the authors make certain assumptions about the knowledge base of the reader. Not all menu options and features are clearly communicated and it can be rather daunting trying to figure out what menu button, feature, option drop down box, or items I need to access and where they’re located. Screen captures aren’t consistently supplied to help guide you through the lessons. A few times menu selections or features were not available at all, which I learned later is because certain plugins had not been installed on my computer (Zoomify, Flash, etc.). On more than one occasion, menu selections were named something a little different, which leads me to believe the book may have been written from an earlier release of CS6. On one occasion a screen selection wasn’t available at all. I was able to work around this by digging into other menu drop downs to locate it elsewhere.
The beginning of each chapter provides a time estimate for the chapter. “This chapter will take less than an hour to complete,” for example. I found these estimates to be very inaccurate. For me, if it said an hour, I’d estimate two hours, minimum. Add the frustrations described above, and this amounted to more time. In my experience, their estimates were not well determined for those inexperienced with the software, carefully trying to work through each lesson.
The book comes with a supplied disk that contains lessons for each chapter. These are extremely helpful and offer excellent opportunities for the user to learn and practice the lessons in the book. Each lesson provides a start and end file. The end file is the completed project. The start file is what you start with. Each chapter instructs you to save and rename this file to a working copy that you use as your sandbox for learning. You follow the chapter to complete the lesson and create exactly what you see in the end file.
This learning paradigm is an excellent platform to ingrain each lesson into the user’s mind and fingers. If you follow it faithfully, you will learn a wealth of features, tips, and tricks about CS6.
A previous reviewer criticized this book by stating it is really just the CS5 book renamed as CS6. I kept this in mind while working through the book. This is incorrect. I found a number of CS6-specific features discussed. I’m sure the publisher started with CS5 as a launching pad to develop, added CS6 features, and then ran it though a number of reviews to vet it for content accuracy.
Adobe Photoshop is an extremely rich and powerful product that can be used to do much more than this book instructs. The intent of this book is to acquaint a user with a broad cross section of its most powerful features. Don’t expect it to teach you everything about the product. It’s designed to get you to a very comfortable starting point from which to learn more.
If it weren’t for the many frustrations I bumped into while working through the various chapters, I’d give this book a solid 4 stars.
Shortly after my purchase I had a long chat with an Adobe rep about my concerns regarding this product and he promised "I will go ahead and escalate the case to our relevant team who would be able to review this chat and get back to you with an appropriate resolution." They never contacted me. And while I was waiting to hear back from them, the return window expired, so now I have a very expensive paperweight. I am extremely disappointed in Adobe.
Definitely be sure you get the CD of lessons included with your copy. You can use the book without the CD lessons, but it's more difficult, and you will not have as thorough an experience.