- Paperback: 264 pages
- Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (February 22, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0321534166
- ISBN-13: 978-0321534163
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 327 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #259,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Layers: The Complete Guide to Photoshop's Most Powerful Feature 1st Edition
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When Photoshop guru Matt Kloskowski was asked why he wrote this book, he replied, "It's simple: I wanted to write the Photoshop book that I wished was around when I was learning Photoshop." You've always known that layers were the key to understanding Photoshop, and now you have a resource to show you exactly how. With Matt's clear, easy-to-follow, and concise writing style you'll learn about:
Working with and managing multiple layersBuilding multiple layered images
Blending layers togetherExactly which of the 25+ Blend Modes you need to worry about (there's just a few)Layer Masking and just how easy it is.Using layers to enhance and retouch your photosAll of the tips and tricks that make using layers a breeze.If you want to finally understand layers in Photoshop, this book is the one you've been waiting for.
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Publishers need to become more aware that if they charge a LOT for a thin book, they BETTER make the web complement outstanding! Buyers of this book DESERVE a good web experience to complement this expensive a purchase, and especially this important and specialized a title (there are over 1,000 books on Photoshop and hundreds of Lynda videos, but this is rare coverage of a key and difficult topic-- layers. If a publisher wants to compete with the thousands of videos on Youtube and other educational sites (for example, O'reilly and Pearson both do outstanding web additions to many of their software titles), they really have to do a better job of extending web tutorials to purchasers of books like this, and then doing them with enough quality that the reader can actually finish the video.
BTW, the parts of the videos that DID make it to Kelby's site are by the author and are outstanding!
A word about versions - this book was written for CS3, and I've found it works great with CS4. The next edition is for CS5, which I have not read. If you are on CS3 or CS4, this book should do very well.
There also two bonus videos that you can watch on some Photoshop basics which are not 'covered' in the book but are very helpful.
For me the explanation of the blending modes was one of the most helpful things. He goes beyond saying this mode does this, but how they work and why. The whole book is full of useful tips, tricks, hints and knowledge in general.
If you want to learn about layers in Photoshop this is a great place to start.
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