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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Adobe; 1 edition (25 Aug. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321555600
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321555601
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.8 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 864,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The fastest, easiest, most comprehensive way to learn Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2. Classroom in a Book®, the best-selling series of hands-on software training workbooks, helps you learn the features of Adobe software quickly and easily. Classroom in a Book offers what no other book or training program does - an official training series from Adobe Systems Incorporated,  developed with the support of Adobe product experts.

The lessons in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 Classroom in a Book cover the basics of learning Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, Adobe’s toolbox for professional photographer's, which provides one easy application for managing, adjusting, and presenting large volumes of digital photographs. Countless tips and techniques, extra-credit exercises, and mini-tutorials help you become more productive and adept using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. Follow the book from start to finish, or choose only those lessons that interest you.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Richard D300 on 18 Feb. 2009
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Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 Classroom in a Book

I bought this book after buying the excellent Adobe Photoshop CS4 Classroom in a Book. I had used Lightroom 1 with varying success, but upgraded to LR2. This book took my understanding to a new level. As I take images in RAW, workflow is important and I now use Lightroom 2 with ease. The easy way that the book explains each process is excellent and contains an important facet missed in nearly all other image handling literature. That is that in very lesson, it does not assume you will remember certain common processes from earlier exercises, never mind how basic. I now only use CS4 for tools not available in Lightroom. So, if you really want to get the very best from Lightroom, then invest in this book. Excellent, 5+ stars.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. T. J. Bailey on 26 May 2009
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This book does precisely what it says. An excellent instruction book for Adobe's Lightroom software.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Structured Walkthrough of the Software 29 Sept. 2008
By New England Yankee - Published on
Format: Paperback
"Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 Classroom in a Book" is Adobe's "official" training for Lightroom 2. That doesn't make it necessarily better or more enjoyable a course presentation, but it does give you some assurance that the contents are accurate. Actually, I'm not entirely sure whether Adobe publishes this book, or PeachPit publishes it using Adobe's imprimatur (I think the latter). In any event, you can get a feel for the writing and the instructional flow from the samples on PeachPit's web site for this title (look on the "extras" tab), which is helpful as Amazon doesn't have a "Look Inside" for this title.

The contents of the book include:

Getting Started
1. A Quick Tour of Photoshop Lightroom
2. Introducing the Workspace
3. Importing
4. Reviewing
5. Organizing and Selecting
6. Developing and Editing
7. Creating Slideshows
8. Printing Images
9. Publishing your Photos on the Web
10. Creating Backups and Exporting Photos

Personally, I think the material is a little dry, though I wouldn't over-emphasize that. You can contrast that against some of the comments concerning Scott Kelby's Lightroom book and his sense of humor. ... And then make your choice - or buy both! There's no doubt that Kelby's books are highly regarded! Kelby's book may be found here: The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 Book for Digital Photographers (Voices That Matter)

What the Adobe book does very effectively is walk you completely through the software in a highly structured way, in essence teaching you not just the software, but workflow too. Amazon's price for this title is excellent.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 Classroom in a Book 26 July 2009
By Rachelle Fullam - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is a good book for learning Lightroom- a must have for older students or people who have a hard time learning how to use intensive programs like the Adobe software. The pictures are clear and instructions and examples are given for almost every command in the program. I would not really recommend this book to someone who is familiar with Lightroom as a good portion of this book is explaining the basic features. However, for someone who prefers instruction in a program as opposed to screwing around and figuring it out this book is a great way to go.
15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classroom in a Book 15 Nov. 2008
By Marlon Ceballos - Published on
Format: Paperback
Like all the books in the Classroom in a Book series, this is a very good option for people who do not have a lot of experience with Lightroom. This book is divided into 10 lessons organized by each of the processes through which passes a picture in a digital workflow that requires a photographer; this type of organization allows people who have some experience with the program can select the lessons want to focus on which to improve their skills.

Thanks to the CD that comes with the book, learning Lightroom becomes a 100% practical process because each lesson has its own set of images that correspond to those which have been used in the explanation of the book.

The explanation method is based on modular steps to ensure easy follow of the exercises and easily identify if we made any mistakes. In addition, to the end of each lesson will find questions with answers that help us to identify doubts that could be requiring a review of the lesson.

After reading this book you will have the sensation of having an instructor at her side. It's difficult to find a Lightroom book easier to read and understand that this.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classroom in a Book is definitely the guide recommended for people who are just beginning to learn the program or for those who know him independently but want to lay the foundations for their knowledge. When you finish reading this book will be ready to follow other more advanced books which you can understand without any problem.


Como todos los libros de la serie Classroom in a Book, se trata de una muy buena opción para personas que no tengan mayor experiencia con Lightroom. Este libro está dividido en 10 lecciones organizadas por cada uno de los procesos por los cuales pasa una imagen en un flujo de trabajo digital que requiere un fotógrafo; este tipo de organización permite que las personas que tengan alguna experiencia con el programa puedan definir las lecciones en las cuales quieren enfocarse para mejorar sus habilidades.

Gracias al CD que viene con el libro, el aprendizaje de Lightroom se convierte en un proceso 100% práctico pues cada lección tiene su propio conjunto de imágenes que corresponden a las mismas que han sido usadas en las explicaciones del libro.

El método de explicación es basado en pasos modulares que aseguran poder seguir con facilidad los ejercicios e identificar sin problema si hemos cometido algún error. Además al final de cada lección encontraremos preguntas de repaso con sus respectivas respuestas las cuales nos ayudan a identificar dudas que han podido quedar y que requieran un repaso de la lección.

Después de leer este libro usted tendrá la sensación de haber tenido un instructor a su lado. Dificilmente encontrará un libro de Lightroom más facil de leer y entender que este.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classroom in a Book es definitivamente la guía recomendada para personas que apenas empiezan a conocer el programa o para quienes aprendieron a conocerlo de manera autónoma pero desean fundamentar su conocimiento. Cuando usted termine de leer este libro estará listo para seguir con otros libros más avanzados los cuales entenderá sin problema.


Marlon Ceballos
Colombia Adobe User Group Manager
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Straight-forward exposition on using Lightroom 2 1 Mar. 2010
By Jerry Saperstein - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is a very straight-forward exposition on using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2. There is no humor of the Scott Kelby variety, which many will find a blessing. Illustrations are plentiful and the instructions are stupefyingly clear. Overall, the treatment is thorough, but not advanced.

This book is intended to be used a teaching text. Just do step A, then B and so on. Go through it from start to finish and you will be more than passably competent and comfortable with using Lightroom 2. The approach is somewhat on the dull side, but it gets the job done.

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Very difficult to follow instructions 31 July 2009
By William Powers - Published on
Format: Paperback
I wish I could rate this book higher because the concept behind it is excellent. Unfortunately, the most important aspect of the book: How to use it with an enclosed CD is ridiculous.

Lesson 1 that begins on p. 22 is so poorly written as to be useless. This book was not edited, and it was clearly not written for the average (not pro/not Point and Shooter) DSLR photographer. Compare the narrative sections of the book with the instructive aspects (that are more important)and the latter stand out as being written by a tech-wiz that simply doesn't know how to write.

The narrative portion of the book is good, but Adobe simply has to train a few more people than Philip Andrews and Scott Kelby that can write well--this book should be an embarrassment to Photoshop.

Bill Powers
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