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Photoshop CS5 For Dummies 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 0470610786
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'... written so that even beginners to the software can be up and running in no time at all'. (Photoshopdaily.co.uk, August 2010). ' This book does a sterling job of breaking everything down into small nuggets of information.' (Digital SLR, October, 2010).

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Learn the ins and outs of Photoshop — the fast and easy way!

Whether you're just learning Photoshop or want to take your skills up a notch, you've come to the right place. Photoshop expert Pete Bauer shows you how, using the latest features of Photoshop CS5. Whether you want to remove a background from a photo, adjust brightness, improve color, or fix flaws — just for starters — this book gives you the tools.

  • Breeze through the basics — if you're a beginner, check this section for details on how to get started, get around, and get comfortable

  • Enhancements made easy — learn about Levels and Curves, make color look natural, work with Camera Raw, create selections, and more

  • Walk on the creative side — learn how to build composite images and add layer styles to turn your photo into a work of art

  • Make your images pop — use Photoshop's tools to adjust the tonality and create sharper, more colorful images

  • Power Photoshop — unleash the capabilities of Photoshop's advanced features

Open the book and find:

  • How to get images into Photoshop and keep them organized

  • What you can do to take advantage of Camera Raw

  • Tips for designing composite images by using layers and blending modes

  • Techniques for curing red-eye, wrinkles, and more

  • How to use vector paths and layer styles

  • Steps for automating tasks by using the Adobe Bridge Tools menu

  • Advice on what you need to know about HDR (High Dynamic Range) images

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (May 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470610786
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470610787
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #522,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By tachi1 VINE VOICE on May 19, 2010
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This book is a very good introductory overview of the CS5 version of Photoshop. It is a wide overview of the program, aimed at a wide audience of users who are familiar with the program (or not); users who are photographers of different levels and/or designers (professional or otherwise). With a spectrum such as this, there is little choice but to only touch the surface of each program tool, feature, menu item, filter, procedure, technique, and so on. This book does so admirably.

It touches on almost every subject you might like to get an introductory explanation about, gives you the basic guidelines for use, what to do (and not), options, applicable settings and choices, and helpful illustrations or screen shots on every single page. It is a manual, not a review. It doesn't evaluate the features, only tells you how to use them.

The book probably assumes this is the first time you use Photoshop and that CS 5 is your first version. It doesn't treat "new CS 5" features separately, it simply takes you on a thorough and detailed tour of the current incarnation of Photoshop and, where something is new or changed, a yellow "new in CS 5" icon appears on the margin of the general narrative. This icon, is in addition to the usual iconography of the "for dummies" book like "warning," "tips," etc.

As a fairly competent Photoshop user for just over ten years but a first-time owner of the "Extended" version, I found his introduction to the features and capabilities of this version to be very helpful. The book is well indexed, so I had no difficulty in locating the particular new features I wanted to learn more about. In the process, I ended up reading and learning new things about old features.
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Poorly written and skips many steps when describing how to do various things. You will quickly get lost trying to do what the book suggests. The author is apparently tired and did not take the time to actually work through each step. This book IS NOT FOR ANYONE WHO IS A NOVICE OR BEGINNER. In fact it is so poorly written I would not recommend it to anyone. A MUCH BETTER book is by Jennifer Smith and the AGI Creative Team Adobe Photoshop CS5 Digital Classroom. That may one of the best books written on this issue as you can watch the video for each chapter and then go through the chapter trying everything. In the end you will completely understand each thing that she is teaching you. Turned out to be a good review and I learned a few better workflow steps. For more advanced issues I utilize Martin Evening Adobe Photoshop CS5 for Photographers. Don't waste your money on this Dummies book or you will be one.
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I am a fan of the "For Dummies" books. I like how this book gives the "recipes" and explains the processes for various PS projects. The pictures are in color, which is something I appreciate. I don't get it when photography instruction books illustrate or use black and white, coped photos. The layout and progression of subjects makes sense in this book. I would recommend it.
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A Kid's Review on July 21, 2010
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I am new to photoshop and i was hoping a dummies book would treat me like a dummy. There are some chapters that are pretty advanced for a beginner and i'm finding that the book does not help you with understanding concepts to give you a foundation to work with. The way the book is set up is pretty poor also, it will reference a diagram on one page and the diagram in on another page so you have to flip back and forth to look and read about it. Enjoying photography, just looking for more help in photoshop.
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Would not recommend as the Adobe book is just as detailed. If I wanted an easy book to understand Photoshop, this was not it. There is not way to easily learn Photoshop, but I do recommend taking a class.
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This book covers a considerable array of topics, perhaps too many given the size of the book. It never really seems to go into enough depth to be useful for me. Perhaps I need the "Total Dummies" version. I am completely new to using Photoshop and assumed this would be a good place to start. Unfortunately for me, I feel like I'm being left to jump the chasm between what information is presented and how much one needs to know in order for this stuff to make sense. I've read, re-read, and read again the parts on alpha channels and masks, and for the life of me still can't figure it out. I've managed to make a few masks, but can't understand how they work in PS and the book fails to explain this very necessary info. Masking and alphas are pretty straightforward in other compositing software I've used (Shake, Motion), but seem to require an inordinate amount of hoops be jumped through in a very specific order in PS and this book doesn't even give a decent step-by-step to help one along. It gives several paragraphs to masks and alphas, but doesn't go about explaining the procedure for using them in PS. Very frustrating.

This might be a useful reference book to explain concepts, but as a learning guide it comes up short. Quite disappointed.
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I bought this and I am well versed in computers but have no experience with photoshop. It certainly is comprehensive but it is not written in a "for dummies" manner. There have been multiple times where he just skips steps or expects you to know something, or just a poor explanation in general. I have found myself going to the internet to clarify several that aren't properly layed out in the book. I am about halfway through and looking for another book because this one has run its course and I am too far lost from it.

I realize Photoshop is an immensely complicated program, but this book is just poorly planned. I would probably recommend this for someone who already has some photoshop skills and is looking to expand, not for a beginner though.
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