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Photoshop CS6: The Missing Manual 1st Edition

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Lesa Snider is on a mission to teach the world to create—and use!—better graphics. She’s an internationally acclaimed speaker; stock photographer and chief evangelist for iStockphoto.com (www.lesa.in/istockdeal ); as well as the founder of the creative tutorial site PhotoLesa.com. Lesa is the author of many video-training workshops (www.lesa.in/clvideos) and the coauthor of iPhoto ’11: The Missing Manual. She writes a regular column for Photoshop User, Elements Techniques, and Macworld magazines, and contributes frequently to Design-Tools.com and PlanetPhotoshop.com. Lesa is also a long-time member of the Photoshop World Dream Team of instructors and can be spotted teaching at many other conferences around the globe. She also teaches Advanced Photoshop for the international graphic design school, Sessions.edu. You can connect with her online on Facebook (www.facebook.com/PhotoLesa), YouTube (www.lesa.in/ytvideochannel), Twitter (@PhotoLesa), and www.PhotoLesa.com.

During her free time, you’ll find Lesa carving the twisties on her sportbike, dressed up in her Star Trek best at a sci-fi convention, or hanging with fellow Apple Mac enthusiasts. Lesa is a proud member of the BMWMOA, F800 Riders Club, and the Colorado Mac User Group (www.CoMUG.com) a.k.a. the Boulder Mac Maniacs. Email: lesa@photolesa.com.

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Product Details

  • Series: Missing Manual
  • Paperback: 888 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (May 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449316158
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449316150
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #255,964 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For every ten people knowledgeable on a subject, only one among them is fit to be a tutor. For every ten tutors, only one is fit to be a classroom teacher. And for every ten classroom teachers, only one is fit to write a treatise on the subject. This author certainly falls short of the last pinnacle.

Like most computer program books this text was obviously proofread by nodding Photoshop experts rather than tested on someone who actually had to learn the subject from the beginning.

Just about every example offered on any topic involves marginally explained or totally omitted steps. Anyone trying to learn Photoshop from square one will soon become annoyed by having to figure out these missing steps. For example, on page 277 the author tries to explain how to merge the two images of a baseball and a player in seven steps. To these, I wrote into the margin of the page three more crucial steps, without which the final results would be impossible to achieve.

She seems to give a higher priority to unnecessary explanations of the deep Zen theory behind the program, so by page 250 the reader comes to realize that very little hands-on practical knowledge has been gained. This becomes more obvious if you go to the YouTube tutorials as you read the book. You will quickly discover that you are learning three times as much online, for the same amount of time spent with this book.

Most frustrating is the fact that she will not repeat anything already stated. So, if she mentions something on page 30 which you are required to know for the lesson on page 300, you'd better have it tattooed to your wrist because she's not saying it again, and with a typically poor index, you'll be searching hard to find it back on page 30.
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I have never reviewed a product on Amazon, and I buy stuff on here frequently, but I have to say, this is the BEST book on Photoshop that I have ever read. This is the only book you need for understanding the ins and outs of such an exciting program. Lesa does a masterful job at focusing on every detail of Photoshop CS6 and showing you exactly how every piece of it works. Don't want to read about every tiny detail of a program with tons of features? No problem, she's way ahead of you. She goes so far as to tell you what you should read if you are reading it for a certain reason (photography, design, etc).

This isn't some boring book as the word "manual" in the title might lead you to believe. No, Lesa is a pro at keeping the information she presents, insightful, detailed, interesting and she does it all in a very conversational and fun way. It's like having a super cool instructor right there telling you all about the best photo editing software ever made. I got the print version for my office and a digital copy so I can have it with me on the go. It's the only Photoshop reference book you need. Feel free to shop around like I did, you won't find a better book than this.
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A previous reviewer questioned if figures appeared in the e-book version because the sample doesn't show them. In the comments to this reviewer, it was noted by the publisher that figures do appear in the full book, just not the sample. I thought this was a bit odd, but being a Missing Manuals fan, I accepted this answer. I purchased the full book and there are have found some very bad issues with about half of the figures that I viewed. They are very small (often an inch high) and you can't enlarge them! I can't tell what in the world the figures are trying to show. I see red arrows going from here to there, but can't tell what is going on. This is extraordinarily sloppy and I wonder now if it is purposeful that figures aren't shown in the sample. I certainly would not have purchased this book if I would have seen this problem before purchase. Im on an iPad and about half the figures are tiny and unusable so I really feel for anyone trying to view these on a device with a smaller screen.

This problem is pure laziness on O'Reilly's part. They should have taken the time to make sure ALL of the figures were readable instead of enlarging only about half. I am so disappointed. With other Missing Manual books, The publisher has made certain all figures were easily viewable. It is so sloppy that they didnt do this here. My next stop is to call Amazon and get a refund for this book.

Word to the wise- forget the Kindle version of this book. From a Missing Manuals fan.
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For the life of me I can't understand negative reviews of this book. I've had my copy for just a few days, and after sitting down with it as though it were a personal instructor, I feel as though I'm attending an excellent class at a good school.

I have been using Photoshop Elements for years. It is a wonderful program, but as I have become more and more serious about photography I have also become more and more serious about post-production. I can honestly say that I wouldn't like photography as much as I do if I couldn't manipulate my images in creative ways, so after investing in a serious camera and using it for a couple of years, I decided to learn the ins and outs of Photoshop Elements' big daddy, Photoshop CS6.

Having used Elements, I am familiar with Adobe's approach to photo editing, but I've been astounded by the depth of Photoshop. Every Elements tool is the tip of Photoshop's iceberg. This book is something of a wonder: it navigates the deep waters of this monster program with grace, friendliness and the depth required by the iceberg. So far I've used it like a class, moving through each chapter with my hands on my computer. (If you like, you can download the images that Lesa uses in her illustrations by going to the website printed in the book.) I can see, though, that the book will be just as useful when I've forgotten how to do something or need to brush up on a skill; it is also an excellent Photoshop reference book. The author has organized and explained things in such a way that the information in the book can speak to people at nearly any point on the Photoshop learning curve; her style is friendly and conversational and she explains when and how to use each tool and technique from the 101 level.
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