Adobe Photoshop CS6 on Demand Kindle Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0789749338
ISBN-10: 0789749335
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From the Back Cover

Need answers quickly? Adobe Photoshop CS6 on Demand provides those answers in a visual step-by-step format. We will show you exactly what to do through lots of full color illustrations and easy-to-follow instructions.

Numbered Steps guide you through each task

See Also points you to related information in the book

Did You Know alerts you to tips and techniques

Illustrations with matching steps

Tasks are presented on one or two pages

Inside the Book

• Improve productivity with the CS6 adjustable interface and templates
• Use automatic saving options for better efficiency and protection
• Use automatic layer alignment and blending to work with objects
• Use more precise color correction to enhance a photo
• Use content-aware options for scaling and fill
• Create eye-catching images with special effect filters
• Transform plain text into a showstopping image
• Create character and paragraph styles to manage and use text
• Transform video in Photoshop justlike an image
• Create and manipulate 3D models using presets and custom options

Bonus Online Content

Register your book at queondemand.com to gain access to:

• Workshops and related files
• Keyboard shortcuts

Visit the author site: perspection.com

About the Author

Steve Johnson has written more than 70 books on a variety of computer software, including Adobe Photoshop CS5, Adobe Dreamweaver CS5, Adobe Flash Professional CS5, Adobe InDesign CS5, Adobe Illustrator CS5, Microsoft Windows 7, Microsoft Office 2010 and 2007, Microsoft Office 2008 for the Macintosh, and Apple Mac OS X Lion. In 1991, after working for Apple Computer and Microsoft, Steve founded Perspection, Inc., which writes and produces software training. When he is not staying up late writing, he enjoys coaching baseball, playing golf, gardening, and spending time with his wife, Holly, and three children, JP, Brett, and Hannah. Steve and his family live in Northern California, but can also be found visiting family all over the western United States.


Product Details

  • File Size: 240203 KB
  • Print Length: 608 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0789749335
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Que Publishing; 1 edition (June 13, 2012)
  • Publication Date: June 13, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008AYKG9S
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Format: Paperback
This book is a good one for Adobe Photoshop CS6. I am a professional who works with Photoshop on a daily basis, and I also teach PS at a private college. Although another textbook that was provided for class was ok, I often find myself supplementing with tips from my OnDemand book. It is clearer, more concise, and most explanations are only one page, so you can grasp the concepts quickly. I do wish some of the items were more in-depth, such as using the index color mode. It can be used to reduce colors in an image and also for creating swatch palettes, but creating swatch palettes from your selected colors on the color table is not explained in the book. However, this book is thorough in that it covers every tool I've ever seen in Photoshop, albeit briefly. One must remember Photoshop is one of the biggest programs in the world for image manipulation, and as such, it would be nigh impossible to have a comprehensive look at every single thing one could do with the program. That being said, this book would be a good start for those new to the program, as well as those who just want to touch up their working knowledge.

I did see that exercise files are available online. That's good, and I plan on using them, but I still prefer an attached disk. Maybe I'm old fashioned.

I really like this book and I keep going back to it every time I have a question. (Yes, even pros get stuck sometimes!!) I like how I can flip to the part I need in the book and work on that tool directly. I find it helpful, and I don't have to wade through a full lesson when all I need is the specifics of that one tool. I also thought it was well illustrated with lots of photos and call-outs for most steps, and if you've worked with PS awhile, you'll appreciate how they note all the new stuff for CS6.

Overall - RECOMMENDED.
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This resource is a helpful companion to Photoshop's included software help index and probably easier to navigate, which if you've used the software help index, you'll know that isn't saying much. The problem with trying to create a help tome for a program that can do so much is organizing the information in a way that is clear and easy to access. I find this volume to be overwhelming in its organization, the information I need is difficult to find, and therefore as a resource this book isn't very useful.

Please don't make the mistake of thinking this is a tutorial of any kind. This is not for novice or beginning users of Photoshop. There is no useful "Getting Started" section. You need to know what you need before opening this book.

If you know what you're looking for (which in itself can be half the problem), the instructions included here will be helpful. There are illustrations and accompanying explanations to guide you through your query. Its written in very technical fashion with an expert bent.

If you're an experienced user of Photoshop, you may find this to be useful to put finishing touches on your work. If you're a beginner, please look elsewhere.
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This is a very well organized reference book on Photoshop CS6. I love the 2-column format and the way each task is explained on two facing pages. The screenshots that are provided for the steps in each tutorial are most helpful. While a black and white book could convey the same information, the fact that this book is in color adds both to its appeal and to its readability. Features that are new to CS6 are clearly noted.

This book is ideal for someone who has used Photoshop in the past and needs to learn how to perform a specific task. However, I do not believe that it is the perfect book for someone who is learning the software for the first time. If you are a brand new user of Photoshop, you may want to get grounded in the program first with a more basic book. Then, come to this On Demand book with your questions. You will certainly find the answers here.

In most situations, this book provides very helpful, detailed information about a feature. For example, there is an explanation of when one would use which Resample Image Size option. Look for the For Your Information and the Did You Know? boxes for detailed explanations throughout the book. However, in some situations, the book describes the "how" to do something without addressing the "why" you would choose which options. This is what may be confusing to the new user of Photoshop.

Many tasks involve manipulating or modifying files. While you can certainly use your own files for these tasks, example files can be downloaded from the publisher's website. For me, this was a huge timesaver. Although you can order the files on CD for a nominal charge, the files download very quickly on a fast Internet connection ... almost instant gratification!
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If you are using Photoshop to work with photographs, then I wouldn't recommend this book. Although the book does introduce topics that I have not seen in other training guides, the heavy emphasis on graphic design instead of photo editing may not be appealing or helpful to you. I would also not recommend this book if you are new to Photoshop due to what I perceived was an expectation by the author that the reader already had some experience with Photoshop. There is also a lack of depth to the description of the features. I would recommend the books by Kelby, Evening and Schewe and the training videos by Lydna.com as far better resources.

I am a keen photographer and I have been using Photoshop for over a decade. Each time I purchase a new version of Photoshop, I also purchase new training guides so that I can understand and therefore take advantage of the new features in each release. Most resources that I have used such as that by Evening and Schewe clearly indicate that they are intended for photographers. However, the target audience for Photoshop CS6 on Demand appears to be people who are already familiar with earlier versions of Photoshop because there is an expectation in the book that the reader is already familiar with the terms used and the locations of most of the Photoshop menus. Furthermore, the presentation of Photoshop in the book follows a top level approach of introducing a lot of different tools, but without going into a lot of depth.

Thorough most of the book, different Photoshop tools are introduced, generally one per page. The steps for the application of the tool are shown both in text and as notes on an screen shot of the Photoshop menus. An example image may also be shown.
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