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I learned something on almost every page
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.