- Series: Photography Essential Skills
- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (December 8, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0240521242
- ISBN-13: 978-0240521244
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 32 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,340,901 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for Photoshop CS3: Essential Skills: "This book is a must for anyone new to CS3." "Amazon.com reviewer" "Galer presents a really useful set of teaching tools: A fine set of DVD movie tutorials and exercise images accompany a well-written book...I have several CS3 books, and I like this one best." "Amazon.com reviewer" "This book is worth purchasing for the DVD alone - it is an excellent way to learn CS3." "Amazon.co.uk reviewer" "I would strongly recommend this book because the content is excellent and the supporting DVD, totally brilliant." "Amazon.co.uk reviewer" "After years of badly designed software manuals we are now starting to see books come to life, and we'd put this on a pedestal above the best. Superb design, really clear illustrations, great photography and clean navigation. Mark's put his lecturing skills into practice to deliver a solid structure so you can't fail to find the area of Photoshop you're struggling with and then get the answers quickly. Hundreds of illustrations, sound advice. Lots of projects with quality photos so you really see how to convert to black and white, how to retouch and how to make quality cut outs, including one of the best guides to using the complex pen tool. If you only want to buy one Photoshop book...this is it!" "ephotozine.com"
From the Back Cover
Written by two internationally recognised authors and Adobe Photoshop Ambassadors, this inspirational book and DVD guide to creative image editing will help you master the essential features and tools of Adobe Photoshop CS4. Split in into three parts to form a structured, self-study guide, Photoshop CS4: Essential Skills teaches you the foundation skills and more advanced techniques you need to enhance photographs creatively and professionally using practical, step-by-step imaging projects that give you the chance to practice your skills and see just how much you can achieve with the right tools and knowledge.
*Fully updated with the latest CS4 features, it also contains vital information on how to optimize your photography and digital imaging workflow.
*Enhance your photos, retouch the blemishes or get creative with montages - however you use Photoshop, this book will build your skills
*Unique Book and DVD package - don't just read how to do it, but watch and practice too!
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I have given Essential Skills five stars due to the quality of the written and video tutorials. The target audience would be someone with preexisting basic skills who can jump over the mediocre introductory materials and get right into the tutorials. For example, there is a tutorial on HDR technique that is far more advanced than anything I have seen online or in any other book. And, believe me, I have spent a lot of hours looking.
I'll grow into this book in a few months and will be very glad I bought it. However, it is not the best choice for someone in my present circumstances. I have since been able to spend an hour or more with Martin Evening's book, Adobe Photoshop CS4 for Photographers, at the brick and mortar store. Evening's book is more readable and stronger on the basics. I would not hesitate to recommend Evening's book as the default choice for a newbie struggling to get started with CS4. The "missing manual" for CS4 hasn't hit the shelves yet, but Evening's book is far superior to any of the prior missing manual volumes.
Update 9-23-2009: Ten months later, I'd give this book (really, the CD) six stars if I could.
First, I regret the snide remark about the "mediocre introductory materials." Flame in haste, repent at leisure. Still, the gist of the thought was correct. The point of this publication isn't to read about color theory, it's to be able to stand over the shoulders of a real professional while he works. For digital photography theory (histograms, diffraction limit, out of gamut colors, etc., etc., etc.), google "Cambridge in Colour." Don't forget the "u" in colour. You'll be impressed by the quality and quantity of the free tutorials, not to mention the artist's gallery.
Second, my title was a bit off. The range is more like beginner to advanced intermediate, with the understanding that "beginner" doesn't include newbie. I recommend The Photoshop CS4 Companion for Photographers by Derrick Story for people who are just starting out from ground zero. Story's book is a good quick start guide, although you'll outgrow it quickly.
Third, I continue to recommend Martin Evening's book Adobe Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: A Professional Image Editor's Guide to the Creative use of Photoshop for the Macintosh and PC, which I now own. Evening's book doesn't duplicate this one at all, being more like an owner's manual or reference publication. You don't sit down to read Evening's book from cover to cover; you consult it as needed. However, I was wrong to recommend Evening's book as "the default choice for a newbie struggling to get started with CS4." Story's book works as a quick start guide; Evening's doesn't.
Finally, I really can't say enough good things about the video tutorials. You'd pay at least five times the price of this publication to take a CS4 class. Galer's lessons are good enough on the first viewing, but where they really begin to shine is when you start to work on some prize photo of your own and remember that a photograph he worked over had the same problems that you're now facing. Unlike a class, you can go back and find that lesson, and go over it as many times as you need to figure out the details of his technique. As much as I enjoy what Photoshop can do, it has to be understood that the interface is truly wretched and in need of a top to bottom overhaul. No one, no matter how bright, can learn to use CS4 effectively just by reading from text.
i'm not new to photoshop at all i was just checking out some books to pick up some extra skills that i've been avoiding for some time and this book just left me with a big question mark over my head. i knew a lot of the techniques that were being taught but the ones that i didn't know didn't explain why i was being taught this technique. it was a big disappointment to me. based on the good reviews i figured i'd give it a try... i'll be more careful next time.
I found links from the book to some online pages but it doesn't have all the photos from the book and it wasn't until chapter 12 that i was able to actually find something useful. also his techniques seem more complex than they need to be.
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