- Paperback: 816 pages
- Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (June 4, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1449381685
- ISBN-13: 978-1449381684
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 72 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #677,273 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Photoshop CS5: The Missing Manual 1st Edition
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Lesa is on a mission to teach the world to create-and use! -better graphics. She's a stock photographer and chief evangelist for iStockphoto.com, and founder of the creative tutorial site GraphicReporter.com. Lesa is the author of many video training titles including "From Photo to Graphic Art," "Practical Photoshop Elements," and "Photoshop Elements 8 for Photographers" (all by KelbyTraining.com), as well as "Graphic Secrets for Business Professionals" (Lynda.com). She writes a regular column for Photoshop User, Elements Techniques, and Macworld magazines, and contributes frequently to CreativePro.com and Layers magazine. Lesa is also a long-time member of the Photoshop World Dream Team of instructors and can be spotted teaching at other conferences such as Macworld Expo, UCDA Design Conference, Geek Girl Boot Camp, Graphics of the Americas, the Santa Fe Workshops, and many more.
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So far, I think it's perfect for a beginning or intermediate (which I consider myself) user. I've got the book right next to my computer and I test every new thing I come across until I'm comfortable with it. On the iPad I highlight and make notes just as I would in a paper textbook, but they're so much easier to find later!
The book is definitely filling the few small gaps between my experience and my online class and infinitely more. I foresee using it as a reference manual for a long time to come.
The Missing Manual is easy to read, easy to understand and easy to use (at least in e format). The light tone and humor add a great deal to what could otherwise be very dry and difficult. When I'm at work I can't wait to get home and play/learn more.
Thank you, Lesa!
I felt the need to get this book mainly because, while reading those things on the web, I was thinking: 'hey, that's the kind of thing that would have been good to know two years ago' Simple stuff, like how layer blending modes really work.
This book delivers what it title promises. It really is the missing manual. I started reading on page 1 (even though you don't have to) and learned something on almost every page. It also works well as a reference manual. The level of detail about (comparitively) mundane stuff like layer management is amazing.
The only two gripes I have are, that the great level of detail is not consisent throughout. For example, 10 pages (or so) are spent on basic selection techniques, which is good but that's simple stuff, and then only about half a page on removing a color fringe from a selection, which is hard and a royal pain in the *** when replacing backgrounds, for example. I would have appreciated the same level of guidance on this difficult topic. The second and last minor criticism is that, for a reference manual, it would have been good to have things like an overview of shortcut keys and such.
All in all, good book though, and well worth the money in time saving alone.
This is NOT an in-depth tell-all. It's designed to make you comfortable enough, you won't be confused or intimidated by Photoshop.
Outstanding value for the price we paid!
I was looking for more instruction, less reference. However, it is a really fine reference text. It's big AND heavy and if you need information about a feature in Photoshop, you'll find it in here.