Photoshop CS3 For Dummies Kindle Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0470111932
ISBN-10: 0470111933
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"…by the end you will know a lot more about Photoshop." (www.gadgetspeak.com, Monday 13th August)

From the Back Cover

Loaded with the latest Photoshop tips and techniques

The secrets of digital image editing — explained in plain English!

Photoshop CS3 is a powerhouse, and here's the fast and easy way to get up to speed on all the coolest features. This friendly guide helps you get images into Photoshop — and then turn them into dazzling works of art. You'll see how to work in the right file formats, master the Brushes palette, get creative with filters, convert color to grayscale, and more!

  • Adjust brightness, improve color, and fix flaws
  • Take advantage of the Raw file format

  • Composite images with layers and blending modes

  • Automate your tasks with scripts and Actions

  • Apply the new Smart Filters to Smart Objects


Product Details

  • File Size: 28650 KB
  • Print Length: 420 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0470111933
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (July 28, 2008)
  • Publication Date: July 28, 2008
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001EWOFHM
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By J. Martinez on July 19, 2007
Format: Paperback
Not sure why this booked is titled as it is. The author himself states that, "First, this is a reference book, not a step-by-step lesson-based text ..." and "If you're brand new to Photoshop, start with one of the beginner lesson-based books, " not with this one. Why then is the book entitled, "Photoshop CS3 For Dummies"? With a title like that you would think that this book is for beginners.

This book should be titled, "Photoshop CS3 Reference" or something similar.
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I bought the book because it was supposed to be for beginners and, as stated on the back of the book, full of tips, tricks and techniques. It IS NOT. Whoever wrote this must not have looked in the book at all. If you just want to know some of what program will do get this book. If you want to learn to auctually use the program and do something with it get another book. I personally like the ones with a CD-ROM.
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The author obviously knows his stuff, but I would never recommend this book if you are truly new to Photoshop. It was not at all helpful to me. Usually I can rely on the "Dummies" series for a good introduction to a topic. But in this case, the book was not the typical "Dummies" guide. Probably a good reference source if you have been using Photoshop for a long time.
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I wouldn't say it is terrible, but I'm sure there are much better books out there--in fact I've just ordered a different one. In general, I like the "Dummies" series. Although I don't care to be labeled a "dummy", sometimes you don't want to be buried in the details and fancy tricks, you just want a quick guide to getting the simple things done, and this series is very good for that sort of thing.

But by the end of the third chapter, all the author did was rehash some mind-numbing details about what is in the program, there was nary a fun project or step-by-step problem solving lesson provided. I finally accomplished a few of the things I was interested in by skipping ahead to the sections that had relevant content, but I was astonished that it didn't cover even those superficial issues very well. So I wound up using the program's native help screens, and I have to say those were far more useful than this book.

All the while, the author uses the trademark snide remarks of this series (I'm sure the series editor requires this through some sort of template or author's guide for how these books are supposed to work). When I'm learning what I need to learn, I don't care. But when I'm not, these unfunny remarks become insufferable.

So my advice is, buy one of the better rated books in the Photoshop area.
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I like the "dummies series" for the most part. Photoshop CS3 For Dummies is really not much different than a lot of the other book I have in the dummies series. It is good for starters, like myself, but at times I can't find exactly what I need to know, so I hit the web and generally there is some nice person that has posted an answer to that question. I print and save those how-to-do whatever answers in a three-ring-notebook and between those and my Photoshop CS3 For Dummies, I am learning. The only problem I have with these types of books is they aren't quite specific enough at times. It is worth the money, if you can find a used copy.
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This book covered Photoshop pretty good. There was very little info about CS-3 Bridge. Most people that are using Photoshop, have been using it for years. Bridge is new and you would think more information should be available. For example: CS-2 Bridge showed an open file icon next to the thumbnail that was open in Photoshop. So far I have not been able to do this in CS-3 Bridge. Even Adobe did not help with this. Maybe they need a separate book for Bridge and Version Cue.
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I've been working with digital images for almost twenty years, and can create amazing images using programs other than Photoshop. However, because Photshop is THE standard, when the time came for me to buy and learn Photoshop, I also got this book thinking that it could provide me with basic reference help on the fly.

I was wrong.

This is not a practical guide. You can't look up "Text, placing in image" and get step by step directions for adding text to an image. Instead, this book deals with the concepts of and the theory of of the topic.

My biggest fault with this book is that its title is misleading. This is more an introduction to digital image theory (and Photoshop program set ups) than it is a pratical guide to making photoshop work for the causal user. If you are looking for a book that you can use on the fly, when time counts, don't bother with this book.
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i know nothing about photoshop. well, that's not completely true. i know how to resize photos and change the contrast but that's pretty much it. i picked up this book because, like others, i assumed that it would start with the basics. most dummies books are for dummies and are great starting points for getting to know a certain subject. this one is different. i'm not saying that it's a bad book but it's title is definitely misleading. the book starts out assuming that you are already familiar with previous versions of photoshop which definitely isn't helpful if you're just getting started with the program. i was looking for something that would layout what all the buttons, icons, and functions do. something that would walk me through the very beginner basics of photoshop. this book doesn't quite do that. i would have given it two stars because it really wasn't what i had expected but i added a star because it does, however provide a nice little intro to the ins and outs of digital images, terminology, and some great useful tips in the chapter entitled: common problems and their cures. but it definitely look elsewhere if like me, you are a true beginner and don't know how to navigate your way through the dizzying myriad of buttons and drop down menu options.
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