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Adobe Photoshop CS2 Classroom in a Book [Paperback]

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24 May 2005 0321321847 978-0321321848 1
Photoshop is one of those programs that's so cool you just want to dive right in and start creating–but by plunging in head-first, without any guidance, you're likely to miss a lot. There's a solution: With this book, you learn by doing, getting your feet wet immediately as you progress through a series of hands-on projects that build on your growing Photoshop knowledge. Simple step-by-step instructions, review questions at the end of each chapter, and a companion CD with all of the book's project files make learning a breeze as the Adobe Creative Team takes you on a self-paced tour of the image-editing powerhouse. This bestselling guide has been completely revised to cover all of Photoshop CS2's new features, which include advanced tools for digital photographers, such as a new Spot Healing Brush for correcting scratches or blemishes, and Smart Sharpen for fixing photo blurring. Photoshop CS2 also includes loads of new creative tools, such as Vanishing Point and Image Warp. This comprehensive guide starts with an introductory tour of the software and then progresses on through lessons on everything from Photoshop's interface to more complex topics like color management, Web graphics, and photo retouching.

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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Adobe; 1 edition (24 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321321847
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321321848
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 19 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 176,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Photoshop is one of those programs that's so cool you just want to dive right in and start creating–but by plunging in head-first, without any guidance, you're likely to miss a lot. There's a solution: With this book, you learn by doing, getting your feet wet immediately as you progress through a series of hands-on projects that build on your growing Photoshop knowledge. Simple step-by-step instructions, review questions at the end of each chapter, and a companion CD with all of the book's project files make learning a breeze as the Adobe Creative Team takes you on a self-paced tour of the image-editing powerhouse. This bestselling guide has been completely revised to cover all of Photoshop CS2's new features, which include advanced tools for digital photographers, such as a new Spot Healing Brush for correcting scratches or blemishes, and Smart Sharpen for fixing photo blurring. Photoshop CS2 also includes loads of new creative tools, such as Vanishing Point and Image Warp. This comprehensive guide starts with an introductory tour of the software and then progresses on through lessons on everything from Photoshop's interface to more complex topics like color management, Web graphics, and photo retouching.

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The Adobe Creative Team is made up of designers, writers, and editors who have extensive, real-world knowledge of and expertise in using Adobe products. They work closely with the Adobe product development teams and Adobe's Instructional Communications team to come up with creative, challenging, and visually appealing projects to help both new and more experienced users get up to speed quickly on Adobe software products.


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64 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have book for your desk 29 Jan 2006
Format:Paperback
If you are using Adobe Photoshop, and not an expert user (or even if you think you are), then buy this excellent book.
A complete beginner would be advised to read this book from cover to cover (although this tends to bore me to tears) and the more experienced user could always learn something new from this book. I've been using Photoshop for many years now, but it seems that I can open the book at a random page and learn something new everytime.
If you already own a previous version of this title, then you will find little new in this version apart from the updates that have been made to the previous versions of the software itself.
I find that a good companion to this book on the shelf is 'Photoshop CS for Dummies'. The two titles complement each other on the various technical details of Photoshop.
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for all levels of ability 12 Jan 2006
Format:Paperback
I am a reasonably confident user of photoshop but felt that I needed to update my skills now I have upgraded to CS2. I found this book to be very helpful, giving me lots to try, the chapters were structured so that you could dip in and out of the book, so if you needed to learn about a particular function you could. The excercises were useful, giving me the opportunity to actually work on a live file rather than just read instructions from a book.
The excercises at the start of the book are fairly basic, allowing even new users to Photoshop to pick up necessary skills for creating their masterpieces. This book would also be useful for anyone who enjoys digital photography and wants to learn how to "tweek" their images, remove red eye and take out imperfections.
I shall be investing in the Illustrator and InDesign books now too!
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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I thought I knew a lot 5 Jun 2006
By Anon
Format:Paperback
I thought I'd give this a go, cause it was 50% off. I've been using photoshop for work and pleasure since '98, and am proud to be self-taught. I've pretty much got the hang of doing anything I want to do, and like all photoshop users I know, have my own particular way of doing things. After only completing the first couple of lessons, I have learned masses of stuff. Nothing ground-breaking, nothing new, just better ways of doing what I already knew.

I once had a maths teacher who explained things in three different ways. The first time half the people got it, the second time 98% of the class understood, and the third time meant that everybody could go away having learned something. This book is like that - it teaches you how to do things in different ways - of course this may seem long-winded, but in the end it makes for much more effecient work.

I've ordered a couple of others from the series now, because I can see that just by reading through them I will work much better. Oh, and the pictures are so good, that I can read and understand it without being anywhere near the computer (although that's cause I'm familiar with the workspace - if you were new to photoshop you'd have to sit at the computer).

The information is heavy and serious, but it is broken up into managable bits, and instead of going away feeling like I've slaved away, I put the book down feeling that I have achieved something. It's also part of the official training for becoming an Adobe Certified Expert - which can't be a bad thing...
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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect companion book 24 Jan 2006
Format:Paperback
When i started using this book i knew nothing about photoshop. i had tried online tutorials but most were confusing and not very well explained.
This book goes at a very nice pace, after each lesson you feel you have learned something. It doesn't go into every effect, what it gives you is a complete overview of how to do things. Once you put the book down you feel you can do anything you want to photoshop.
Since buying this book edited many photo's, created some banners for webpages i have been building and i have been having fun turning my male friends into females.
Its a great book, I strongly recommend this for people with no knowledge of photoshop and people for who feel like they could get better aquinted with photoshop.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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Being a frequent user of Photoshop, Indesign, and Illustrator I wanted a book to tell me things I may not of yet discovered about the programmes. This book is really helpful, I have found out a lot of new tips and tricks and other ways around problems I have come accross previously with photoshop. The tutorials are generally very good although there are some that focus on very basic skills. If your not that hot on retouching images properly i'd buy this book as it has really helped me to learn and develop an undertanding of the healing brush, patch tool and even the magic erazer that i have never bothered to use before.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Photoshop for the Artistically Challenged 24 Nov 2006
By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE
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This book is brilliant! It got me up and running in no time at all, and has even proved a great source of inspiration. Not bad for a completely artistically challenged artphobic!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By J. Potter TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Although familier with photo editing and graphics packages Photoshop has always appeared to me as this mythical nirvana used only by true digital photo and art buffs. So it was to this book that I initially turned to cut through the dizzying array of features and begin learning how to use the package. I was not dissapointed.

Coming with a CD with all the images you need for the lessons detailed within the book, you step through the fundamentals and several key features required for understanding the interface and getting excellent results simply and easily.

The book is not going to leave you as a Photoshop expert but it will give you the condfidence to work with the software and achieve remarkable things - mostly in the management and editing of photo's. The lessons are very clear, well written and there are no typo's that I noticed. Having tried out several other books you realise just how simply clever the presentation here is.

Having worked through all the tutorials this book now sits on the back of my desk and is a constant resource as I build on the skills learned to widen my use of Photoshop into art.

I must have I would say for any starter to intermediate user.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Yet
This the official Adobe book to have if you want learn how to master Photoshop. Easy to use and understand It can be used as a step-by-step course program using the included CD-ROM... Read more
Published 2 months ago by MR CHRISTOPHER RUSSELL
4.0 out of 5 stars An easy to follow Book
I like this easy to follow book the instructions make it easy to perform many tasks in Photoshop without going astray like i would by experimenting so saving time. I like it!
Published 3 months ago by simonsky
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than a real classroom
As a photo retoucher who still works with CS2, I found the books on CS2 can be purchase very cheap on Amazon, due to that Adobe Photoshop is now on CC, and you will find the books... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Adrian Roper
2.0 out of 5 stars Great, but no CD
An excellent book, but sent without the CD, so very limited in its usefulness. All sellers of used books should make it clear whether the CD is included or not.
Published 12 months ago by Anthony Stamp
2.0 out of 5 stars Not much use without the source material
The classroom in a book works by taking you through stage by stage examples using source material from a disc included in the book. Read more
Published 12 months ago by M. Hoole
4.0 out of 5 stars Adobe Photoshop CS2 (Classroom in a Book)
Cannot give fair review as not yet had chance to start reading it due to being busy, but thanks anyway.
Published 15 months ago by Peter Marris
4.0 out of 5 stars easy to remember
For those whome have progressed to CS2 this classroom in a book is useful being very practical,it's an excellent buy. Recommended
Published on 2 Jan 2011 by J. A. Pitty
5.0 out of 5 stars Step By Step
This is my first time using Photoshop and I find it helpful to be able to check back to make sure I'm doing it the right way. Hints and tips are useful too.
Published on 31 Jan 2010 by Kaz
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Knowledge base
Really good reference/tutorial based book would recommend to all budding and intermediate p/shop fanatic's : )
Published on 28 July 2009 by Jhon Thomase
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent self-teach guide
I bought this book some time ago and have only just got around to using it to try to get to grips with Photoshop CS2. Read more
Published on 14 May 2008 by A. Byrnes
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