- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Visual; 1 edition (May 24, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0470612630
- ISBN-13: 978-0470612637
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 51 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #670,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Teach Yourself VISUALLY Photoshop CS5 1st Edition
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designed to appeal to those who prefer to read less and do more . (Photoshop Daily, August 2010).
From the Back Cover
Are you a visual learner? Do you prefer instructions that show you how to do something and skip the long-winded explanations? If so, then this book is for you. Open it up and you'll find clear, step-by-step screen shots that show you how to tackle more than 165 Photoshop CS5 tasks. Each task-based spread covers a single technique sure to help you get up and running on Photoshop CS5 in no time.
You'll learn to:
Crop, straighten, and trim images
Change brightness and contrast
Edit by using layers and filters
Save images in different formats
Practice your skills using the sample images on the Web site
Helpful sidebars offer practical tips and tricks
Full-color screen shots demonstrate each task
Succinct explanations walk you through step by step
Two-page lessons break big topics into bite-sized modules
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The style is very straight-forward and outside of a one or two sentence synopsis at the start of every task, it's all about doing, not reading. The steps for any given task are clear and the illustrations are helpful. This book is not going to make you a Photoshop professional but it quickly shows you how to use all of the tools. I highly recommend it for the beginner.
All in all though, it is an easy to follow, richly illustrated (color all the way through), and great way to learn the basics of Photoshop. Do not forget to consider the companion book: Photoshop CS5: Top 100 Simplified Tips & Tricks (also a "Visually" style book). I just wish the files were on CD or DVD. It would be 5 stars easily then.
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PC version are unreadable. The only alternative is to guess what the screenshots show by bringing up the Photoshop application on your PC and doing a little matching and guessing. (Update) I got a paper copy of this book for Christmas-I'll give that one a 4 1/2 star rating!