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The Photoshop Users A to Z
Rating:3.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 5
Author:Peter Cope
Publisher:Thames & Hudson
ISBN:0-500-51061-X
RRP:14.95
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A book with over 3000 terms, each explained in paragraph or two and organized in an A to Z structure that are grouped within 10 chapters each with sub categories where do we begin! Well let's start at the beginning, because finding a word from anywhere else is as about as confusing as it's possible to be. The book is designed to be used by first looking up the word you want to find in Part 1 the word finder. You then look up the number alongside the word, for example 1.228 for Marching Ants, and then proceed to chapter 1 item 228. By the time you find what you are looking for you've probably worked out what the word means anyway! It even devotes a couple of pages showing you how to use it. Okay that's the downside to this book. The upside is you can find just about anything you ever wanted to know about Photoshop and related jargon, and a load more besides. There's a whole section on photography terms so the Photoshop user who's new to photography will learn what, amongst many others, a catadioptric lens is.
It won't make interesting bedtime reading, but you shouldn't get stuck for a word and once you become familiar with the structure finding words shouldn't be too much of a chore. With so many words you would think there wouldn't be room for pictures in this A5 size book but the designer has managed to cram loads in and helpful they are too.
Verdict
Overall I like the content of this book it's just the way you access it that is a problem. If you have plenty of time on your hands and want to know what the difference is between a floating palette and a high sierra standard you'll no doubt love this book. If you just want a quick fix you may get an overdose.

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