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on December 9, 2011
I consider myself reasonably experienced at Photoshop, but I never picked up a book before. I get most of my knowledge from the online help, info on the web and stumbling upon things by accident (perhaps the most effective method).
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.
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on February 1, 2012
I'm really loving this book. I've been stumbling through teaching myself how to use Photoshop for years. Photoshop is like the human brain; most people only use about 10% of it. Now that I'm empty-nesting I decided to get serious. I'm taking a level II online class and was a little worried I might be somewhat behind in some areas. The instructor has this book on her list of recommended books so I bought it on my Kindle. I also bought an upgrade for $4.99 which allows me access to a website where I can get updates and download the photos used in the book for practice. The upgrade also allowed me to download a PDF version to my iPad which can be read in iBooks. Jumping around is NO problem! If I choose to check a reference I click a live link and I'm there. When I want to go back I click "Back to page xxx" and I'm right back where I want to be.

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!
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on May 27, 2015
Not much detail here since my wife uses the book, but she loves it. This was supposedly "used" but it came in in perfect condition. We've always loved the "Missing Manual" series and this doesn't disappoint either. Follow the chapters and you'll be comfortable in no time.
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!
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on October 31, 2012
This is the third "Missing Manual" that I have bought. This, like the others, is very helpful, in that things are usually explained in a clear and logical manner. The only addition that I would like to see in future manuals is the incorporation of tutorials. Learning software programs is a lot like learning to ride a can read a lot of books telling you how to do it....but you don't really learn until someone puts you on a bike and lets go...
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on September 28, 2011
it wasn't what i wanted but it turned out to be what i needed.

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.
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on September 10, 2010
Excellent manual. Takes you step by step through the overwhelming number of functions in CS5. As a relatively newcomer to CS5, I was totally confused regarding the capabilities of the program. This manual starts at the very beginning and takes you step by step through the major
elements +. I still have a very long way to go to become proficient but going slowly and following the recommended sequences, the vast potentials of the program are beginning to make sense. I am sure that by the time I complete the lessons a few times I will be able to use the program at an acceptable level.

I strongly recommend this to all CS5 users.
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on March 2, 2014
I have searched high and low trying to find out how to import photos from ext. drives/camera card to NO SUCCESS !!!
The book should have started out with that VERY BASIC STEP AS DO BOOKS FROM SCOTT KELBY. !!
Once a person learns how to use CS5 it will probably be ok. There are several others parts of book that are good.
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on April 6, 2015
Absolutely essential if you want to understand CS5. I couldn't have done nearly as well in my class without it to refer to and understand more fully. I recommend it to anyone with the program. Very well named "The Missing Manual"!
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on June 6, 2011
Explains in detail how to acomplish each task. I owned The Missing Manual for Emements 8 before I purchased CS5. I looked for a book in this series and could not find one when I first purchased CS5, yet all the other books out there seemed geared towards more experienced users. This came out about 5 months after I purchased CS5. Best beginner book out there!
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on January 2, 2013
useful and informative. A nice reference manual to have handy with helpful tips and tricks. No single book will provide you complete mastery of Photoshop CS5 . Each gives you unique insights that the others don't. This one is most informative and entertaining and serves as a handy reference. Worth the investment.
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