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Adobe Photoshop CS5 One-on-One [Paperback]

Deke McClelland
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31 July 2010 059680797X 978-0596807979 1

Master the fundamentals of Photoshop CS5 and make all of your images come alive. With Deke McClelland's unique and effective learning system, you get step-by-step tutorials, hours of video demonstrations, and lots of hands-on projects to help you improve your knowledge and hone your skills.

  • Find out everything you need to know to be productive with Photoshop CS5 right away
  • Learn at your own speed with 12 self-paced tutorials
  • Try out professional techniques with engaging, real-world projects
  • Read about a particular technique and watch the video to see how it's done
  • Follow every key step with hundreds of full-color photos, diagrams, and screen shots
  • Test your knowledge with multiple-choice quizzes in each chapter

Adobe Photoshop CS5 One-on-One simulates a classroom environment with one-on-one attention as you proceed from lesson to lesson. Deke's expert advice is like working with a personal coach -- you'll learn Photoshop faster, more creatively, and more efficiently than you thought possible.



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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Deke Press; 1 edition (31 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 059680797X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596807979
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 20.4 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 669,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Computer graphics master Deke McClelland is a popular lecturer on Adobe Photoshop and the larger realm of computer graphics and design. He has hosted the interactive videos that ship with Adobe Photoshop and other products. Deke has written 84 books translated into 24 languages, with more than 4 million copies in print, including those of the acclaimed One-on-One series.


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Adobe Photoshop CS5 one-on-one by Deke McClelland

I'll come clean at the start of the review - I'm a Photoshop newbie. In the past I've used open source image editing tools like The Gimp or Inkscape, but as Photoshop is the industry standard I decided it would be a useful thing to know. I tried the usual approach of playing with the software and probably ended up knowing less about it than when I started. In fact I found Photoshop so unfriendly as a piece of software that I seriously considered scrapping the whole thing and going back to The Gimp full time. So time for a friendly book, and here it is.

Adobe Photoshop CS5 one-on-one is more of a course in paper form than a text book. It's nicely laid out in 12 chapters, each covering a different aspect of the CS5 software (see below for a listing of the topics). Each chapter has its own section of downloadable video, in mp4 format so you will need a viewer capable of handling that, and a set of practice files for the tutorials. Just to back out slightly here; It's very tempting to pick up the book and just read it and use it as reference but you will get much more out of it if you work through the tutorials. The videos themselves are pretty good, but I must admit that I think not having access to them isn't a major issue as the book works well as a set of tutorials anyway. The tutorials themselves are well laid out in workflow of processes and are broken into two sections. The first part of the tutorial really shows you what you need to know to get the task done. There is also an "extra credit" section of the tutorial which is more optional (though worth doing) and covers some more advanced tasks and tweaks.

Coverage is (from a beginners point of view anyway) excellent. The 12 chapters are:

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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars not very inspiring 6 Nov 2011
By Remmy
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I chose this book because of good reviews on amazon.com and because of a recommendation from someone I know. Although I understand mr. McClelland is considered a Photoshop guru of some kind, and obviously knows a lot about it, I was a bit disappointed with this book. I'd expected to get some more background information on why/how things work, and the book is more of a 'open this picture, and follow my steps exactly and you'll get this result' kind of thing. Thousands of these already on the market, and wasn't what I was looking for. Furthermore, I found the pictures and examples in the book to be kind of simple/basic pictures, which really weren't very inspiring for a fotographer. Maybe the author is trying to reach 'the masses' by using pictures of his kids, assistant, etc. to illustrate things, but I was expecting something more professional from someone considered a bit of a 'guru'.

On the plus side: good lay-out, lots of pictures, you can download the video tutorials and practice files from a site (no more DVD's included).
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Valuable Book and Videos Despite Initial Inconvenience 28 July 2010
By Brett Merkey - Published on Amazon.com
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I have enjoyed and profited from every Deke McClelland book/video package I have picked up. I think one of the primary reasons I have learned so much from them is that McClelland has mastered the tool he loves to the point where he can confidently ridicule and excoriate Adobe for the anti-user experience interface decisions they foist on us. It is profoundly reassuring and encouraging, when looking at a criminally obtuse dialog, to be told by an expert that no, you are not stupid, it is the dialog that is stupid.

If anyone is thinking I am exaggerating for dramatic effect, they can take a peek at the Bridge "Save to Hard Drive." This utility is composed of a huge, yet mostly empty, two-tabbed dialog that quite conveniently automates conversion of files to JPG format without even once communicating that it has anything to do with JPGs. (!) As the author begins "Why did they make the program vast and complicated with redundant options, misleading commands, and downright ritualistically obscure functions...?"

This is precisely why you don't want to enter the Photoshop swamp without an expert guide!

The author makes a workflow suggestion that has worked well for me:
1) Read the introduction of a chapter
2) View the video
3) Return to the book to follow the lesson (always different from the video example)

Perhaps as a cost-cutting measure, O'Reilly does not include a disc with the book. The video and lesson files must be downloaded from the companion site. This was no fun. We are talking about 1.2 gigs spread across several clumsily named (chapter number out of synch with lesson number) zip files. Given the size of the downloads, it would have been good for O'Reilly to have considered separating the Windows from the Mac files so that we ALL would not have to download both formats.

But once you get into the lessons, the initial aggravation is quickly forgotten.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book on PhotoShop CS5 17 Sep 2010
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Alot of buzz has been going on with the latest version of Photoshop. There is lots new to learn and most of the time I dont have the time to really review new tools and what they have to offer. I needed a book to guide me through visually all the new features in a way that someone that is not a graphic designer could understand.

This is the book for me.

Author Deke McClelland , has done an outstanding job of writing a book that walks you through Photoshop just as if he was teaching you in a classroom or in a corporate consulting environment.

McClelland, begins by showing you how to open an image on screen; use the improved Adobe Bridge to preview and organize you digital images; determine how a photograph was captured, add copyright information and keywords; and, rename multiple images in one fell swoop. Next, the author explores ways to crop, straighten, and resize digital photographs using a small, but essential collection of tools and commands.

Then, he shows you how to select a region of an image; and, how to edit it independently of another region using Photoshop's magic wand, quick selection , lasso, and marquee tools; as well as, a few commands in the Select menu. The author continues by explaining how to use Photoshop's paint, edit, and healing tools to brush color and effects onto an image.

Next, he examines the amazing power of using Photoshop layers to isolate and manipulate parts of your image. Then, he shows you how to control, adjust, and manipulate color and luminosity in your images. The author continues by explaining the intricacies of Photoshop's most useful filters and how to use smart objects to apply effects nondestructively.

Next, he shows you how to use Photoshop's distortion tools to bend, bloat, nip, tuck, squish, and reposition the subjects of your images. Then, the author examines the Photoshop tools and features that are of particular use to professional photographers or serious amateurs who want professional results.

He continues by showing you the world of masking, starting with automated techniques and then moving on to calculations and defining precision masks via the pen tool. Next, the author shows you how to use Photoshop's text and shape tools; as well as, ways to edit text and shapes by applying formatting attributes and transformations.

This most excellent book contains a few techniques that even the experienced Photoshoppers don't know.

A great book that everyone from novices to experienced designers can learn from, a great buy!
18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Adobe Photoshop CS5 one on one 28 Sep 2010
By fan of photos - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The book has a lot of useless jargon. You are just to tired of Deke trying to promote [...]. It is being mentioned constantly at each chapter, enough all ready. The videos don't really match the chapters all the time. The book does give you a good description on how to do things in CS5 but sometimes you have to read on to get the point. The author points to an example but you have to continue reading another page to understand the reasoning behind it. That can be confusing. He could be a little more concise in his explanations. Also, I think it would be good to have more retouching examples done with CS5. Overall a good book but not great.
20 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Adobe Photoshop CS5 - Dele McClellen - Disappointed 22 Aug 2010
By Jimd - Published on Amazon.com
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Very disappointed in Deke`s Photoshop CS5 book. I looked forward to it. Since it didn't come out for 4 MONTHS AFTER CS5's intro, I "just knew," by then, it would have a GREAT section on the new EXTENDED features - especially REPOUSSE. But, not a word .. 99% the reason I bought it!

By the time Deke's book came out I already had several of the "regular" CS5 books (none with extended's features). So, I didn't want "just another CS5 book."

I`ve now added it to my "non-active book pile" and will use it little. Deke`s, like the other non-Extended books, was doubtless written well before the new extended features were revealed. But, 4 months after the intro, you`d expect the Hottest NEW Photoshop features to be in it.
Most Photoshop users probably are not Extended users. But, Deke's book was touted as the "be-all-end-all premier PS-CS5 book. It's not.

TWO MORE THINGS THAT WOULD HAVE MADE IT BETTER:

1) Bigger Print and graphics for those over 21.
2) Fewer words: Many authors like to hear themselves talk and brag about how many pages their book is. But, most 500 page books would be more effective if the author were FORCED to edit it down to 300 pages. The
TWO PS-CS5 BOOKS I HIGHLY recommend:
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1) "TEACH YOURSELF VISUALLY." Big print and big, clear, color visuals with short, "how to do" explanations. (No long-winded folksie jargoneese). (However, it doesn't cover Extended).
2) 3D In PHOTOSHOP." Here's the Extended book you've been waiting for.

Deke is truly a respected Photoshop expert. And, I'm sorry to write this negative report. But, it's my honest, truthful opinion.

Dealing with Amazon is a pleasure. Good prices, always delivered on time, or before, and you can easily track the shipment and delivery date. I'm no patsy for Amazon but, that's the truth.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Need a PS tutor? 6 July 2011
By Nancy Ramsey - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have been using Photoshop for years. I am very good at the very basic operations. Each new edition requires a learning curve, and so far I feel that this book is making it an easier go. I may have to amend this review after I get past the 3rd chapter, but so far it is clear, useful and enjoyable. I have already learned more than the basics and hope to be able to use all the neat stuff I am SURE is in PS....somewhere!
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