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A horizontal format paperback with blue and white graphics throughout. The book does little more than replace the Adobe guide that comes with Photoshop. If you have that you don't need this book. If, on the other hand, you're one of the many who doesn't have the book (I can't think why!) then it will help you get to grips. The information is laid out well, easy to read and covers most elements of Photoshop, but it's dull visually and lacks creative ideas. It's low price is a bonus!
Photoshop Wow 4 was my first experience of Jack Davis' work. He's a designer and this is clear when you see the innovative layout, and amount of design style tricks that are explained in the book. Youll learn how to bevel and shape graphics like no other book has demonstrated. Print quality is good and picture illustrations are excellent. Version 7.0 incorporates all the news features added since 6.0 but most of the book's illustrations the same as the earlier version and there's still that same...
Elements is the program bought by newcomers to digital manipulation and the book it comes with is fine for those, but there's also a large group of photographers who can't justify the cost of Photoshop and buy Elements as the low cost alternative. This book will satisfy their needs but also anyone else with a thirst for knowledge. It goes way beyond the normal greeting card, red eye removal, and simple colour correction techniques and has some excellent descriptions of image problems with remedi...
A logically laid out book that takes you beyond the Adobe instruction manual, explaining every tool bar and palette in great detail. Being black and white throughout with just a small colour section means it lacks visual appeal but the navigation is good and the side panel tips quick to find. Not the first book I'd recommend for the knowledge thirsty Photoshop user, but a good alternative to the Adobe guide.
Like the Complete Photoshop book this is a heavy 768 page reference guide, showing that A) it's potentially going to be thorough and b) Elements is actually one heluva program if it needs a book this thick to cover it. To help you wade through the book it's split into five sections each with loads of sub headings. The sections are: Part I: Photoshop Elements Orientation Part II: Managing the Digital Darkroom Workflow Part III: Adding Special Effects to Your Images Part IV: Preparing Your Pho...
Untitled Document A typical computer style manual that's 730+ pages make it heavy to hold and there's a complete absence of colour. The information however is thorough with the following covered: Part I: Getting to Know Photoshop 1: Getting to Know Photoshop: What It Does Best and What's New in Photoshop 7 2: Understanding the Photoshop Interface 3: Customizing Photoshop's Preferences 4: Importing Existing Images Part II: Editing and Retouching Images ...
Over 630 pages and, yes, another of those too heavy to hold books. The content is thorough with the writing style fairly much to the point, making it easy to work through. Again photographs are all in greyscale (as most of the US books appear to be). The centre section duplicates many of the greyscale images so you can flick to these to see exactly what the pages are referring to but it would be better if the colour ilustrations were with the relevant text. Overall worth considering, but the Vi...
Here's one of the best laid out books covering Photoshop. Shortcuts are with tutorials, pages are full of material and illustrations are sharp and reproduced clearly. The areas covered are thorough, with good visual explanations and there's no waffle in the text. The only flaw si that everything is greyscale so you can't see what's going on well enough when it comes to colour adjustments, blend modes etc. I'm not sure how much the book would have to be if printed in colour but I'm sure it owuld ...
Eighteen lessons writen by Adobe as part of their official training series. As it's writen by the team who produce the program you can expect an insiders knowledge. The book is greyscale throughout with a small colour section up front and a CD. It looks very much like the official handbook that comes with the program but has a different structure with review questions and answers at the end. If you already own the User Guide you won't really get great value from this. If you have a trial version...
A popular format of computer program studies makes learning Photoshop a breeze. It's split into 24 chapters each with a suggested time frame of one hour. You read through the chapter and at the end you are asked a few multiple choice questions and are given a couple of projects to try using techniques you have just learned. The style is very easy to read, but some of the illustrations are let down because it's all greyscale. There's a small section in the middle of colour plates but nothing beat...