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Photoshop CS3 Bible 1st Edition

4.3 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews
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ISBN-10: 0470115416
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From the Back Cover

"This book makes using Photoshop easy. I can enhance old scans and new digital images without losing their authenticity. For that, I am grateful."
— Peter Simon, photojournalist (www.petersimon.com)

The bestselling Photoshop guide just got better

Photoshop CS3 has lots of new features, and this practical guide can help. You'll learn to work with the CS3 interface and many new and improved commands — including enhanced selection tools, a more powerful Clone Stamp, new Vanishing Point capabilities, and added Animation and Timeline features. You'll also discover how to create super special effects, build great composite images, and perform true miracles with your digital and 3D images, whether they're bound for print, the Web, or handheld devices.

  • Master the new workspace, from the toolbox to the palettes to the Bridge
  • Correct color and lighting, restore damaged images of all kinds

  • Take control of your images with selections, masks, and filters

  • Bring words into your pictures and make text flow along a path

  • Explore advanced topics, tricks, and specialized techniques

What's on the CD-ROM?

  • Full-color images used in the book, so you can experiment and explore
  • Tutorials covering some of Photoshop's hottest tools and features

System Requirements: See the CD appendix for details and complete system requirements.

16-page color insert
Filled with breathtaking, full-color images, this special section illustrates what you can achieve with Photoshop!

Express yourself with text

Achieve special effects with Smart Filters

Import and edit 3D images

About the Author

Laurie Ulrich Fuller. Drawing and writing since she could pick up a crayon, and telling people what to do (and how to do it) since she was able to speak, Laurie Ulrich Fuller is a graphic artist, computer trainer, and the author and co-author of more than 25 books on computers, software, and the Web. Laurie has written hundreds of training manuals for universities and corporate training centers, and in the past 16 years, she’s personally trained thousands of people to make more creative and effective use of their computers. Her classroom has expanded in recent years to include total strangers around the world — through CD-based training products and online courses.
In the early 1990s, after spending way too many years working for other people, Laurie started her own firm, Limehat & Company. This venture allowed her to put her experience, ideas, and contacts to good use, providing consulting, training, Web development, and Web hosting services with a focus on the special needs of growing companies and non-profit organizations. If you’re wondering where the name “Limehat” came from, it’s a long story, but suffice to say it goes back to a childhood taunt, regarding a plaid hat she involuntarily wore to school. She still gets flashbacks.
When not writing about or teaching people to use computers, Laurie can be found working for a variety of animal and environmental advocacy groups, including the League of Humane Voters (www.lohvpa.org). You can find out more about Laurie’s work, experiences, and both personal and professional interests at www.planetlaurie.com. You can find out more about Photoshop and the Photoshop Bibles and check out online Photoshop tutorials, tips, tricks, and expert advice at www.photoshopbible.com. Laurie welcomes reader mail at authors@photoshopbible.com. She can’t promise an immediate response, but all mail will be answered.

Robert C. Fuller. Another year, another Photoshop update. True to form, Mr. Fuller still shuns the daylight, but just like the last time around, it took only a shiny new iMac to bring him up from the basement. While the rejuvenating effects of last year’s run-in with the eMac did not have longstanding positive effects on his mental health, at least this year he’s been speaking in complete sentences. “I really like this iMac” is all we’ve heard out of him, but at least he’s smiling and the faceless apparitions don’t seem to plague him as much.
Robert is the author of the Dreamweaver 4 and HTML Virtual Classroom books (McGraw-Hill/Osborne), as well as HTML in 10 Steps or Less (Wiley Publishing, Inc.). He has contributed to The Photoshop 7 Complete Reference (McGraw-Hill/Osborne), The Photoshop 2 Elements Bible, and Restoration and Retouching with Photoshop Elements 2 (both Wiley Publishing, Inc.), as well as last year’s Photoshop CS2 Bible Professional Edition. Robert also teaches computer topics at colleges and through online courses. You can write to him at authors@photoshopbible.com.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1216 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (July 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470115416
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470115411
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 2.3 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,257,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My 3 star rate for this book is an average of the 4 points I found interesting. I will write a brief explanation of each of the 4 points and will mark the number of stars I think each point deserves.

Content: 5 stars
This is probably the best reference book about P CS3 on the market today. However, anyone who buys this book must have this in mind: This is a reference book, it's not a handbook, manual, nor a tutorial. Therefore you won't find many step by step examples. What you will find is a very comprehensive, easy to read (for begginers and experts), explanantion of every single menu, tool and variantion of tools that phosohop has. Probably you won't need to read the entire book or will need all the topics at once, but you will need the book from time to time to review whatever is importat for you at that particular moment.
It's amazing how deep it goes around every single topic, nothing is left behind. The book has 1,164 pages, has 20 chapters plus appendixes. The book is divided in six parts: I) welcome to photoshop; II)Painting and retouching; III) Selection, masks and filters; IV) Layers, Objects and text; V) Color and output; VI) Appendixes
Size: 4 stars
It's huge, however not heavy, probably less than a pound. Nothing you wouldn't expect for a book like this. The buyer will read it better if the book is over a table not when he is in his bed.
Presentation: 0 stars
One of the thing that impressed me the most (and I mean negatively) was the poor quality of the paper and the pictures. Yes I know this is a paperback copy, but I was never expecting that this book was going to have black and white photographs, I mean all of them but those in 16 pages.
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I bought this book based on my memorable experience with the Filemaker Bible. I still have a nice warm fuzzy for that book. As a complete neophyte, I jumped into the FM book, and soon found myself creating some fairly complex and useful databases to manage client data for my business. Not exactly the same experience with the CS3 bible.

The best approach, for a newbie, would be to buy a different book with more step-by-step examples, and then reference this book, as needed. I'll definitely be keeping this book, and remain confident that it will rise to the occasion of answering nearly any future question I can concoct.


- The authors obviously know their stuff.

- The book has a kazillion pages, and it totally packed with information. For me, it will serve as a great reference guide for years to come.

- Seems to be indexed pretty well.

- I like that it comes with a hands-on CD, but frankly, I have not used it yet.

- I have to hand it to the authors, for tackling such a difficult subject to write about.


- Organization. As you read a chapter, it touches on a subject and then sometimes again on the same subject later. It can be hard to correlate how this fits into the big picture. I found myself turning to the table of contents to figure out what the current paragraph was addressing. The sub-headings in the chapter are not always helpful, and sometimes I found myself having to read a paragraph or two to find out what was being discussed. Paragraphs do not often start with a a transitional sentence, forcing the reader to follow the course of discussion.

- I'm not a big fan of the authors' writing style. In order to comprehend many sentences, I had to read them 2-3x.
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I have been using Photoshop in my work for years, and recently acquired the new CS3 software. Photoshop CS3 Bible is a logical and concise reference. The beauty of this book is that it walks you through the many features of CS3, unlocking all of the power for which you have paid! Although this is a technical book, it is fun and easy to read. The book has added to my use of Photoshop in that I have found many more creative avenues with less experimentation. The authors have saved me time and frustration in my transition to CS3. Many thanks for a well written book!
This may be the best CS3 plug-in you can buy. It wakes up your creativity!
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This one really is the Bible. As a beginner trying to teach myself Photoshop, I find it indispensable. The authors have a refreshingly direct, accessible, easy to understand style -- A permanent volume on my shelf.
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I found the Photoshop CS3 Bible to be both enjoyable to read and really informative. It has helped me improve my photos, and I've learned a lot about features I'd never used before and I've found better ways to use the tools I thought I understood! Photoshop's such a big program, you can never know everything, but this book has gotten me closer to that goal than any other book I've read or seen. The tutorials on CD are a great addition to the book, for people like me who need to see something done in addition to reading about a procedure. Unlike the other reviewer, I prefer the lack of a voiceover in the tutorials - any instructions someone might say out loud appear onscreen, so you can follow the tutorials anywhere, anytime - and not need sound to use them - and we're spared any jokes or unnecessary comments that most voiced tutorials seem to include. I'm using the sample images (and there are plenty of them) from the CD for practice, and they're really helpful. All in all, it's a great book, and I highly recommend it!
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