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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 1 edition (4 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 027374061X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0273740612
  • Product Dimensions: 19.1 x 2.5 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 115,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson has written more than 20 books on a variety of computer software, including Microsoft Office XP, Windows XP, and Macromedia Director MX and Fireworks. In 1991, after working for Apple Computer and Microsoft, Steve founded Perspection, Inc. Perspection, Inc. is a software training company committed to providing performance-based training to help people effectively and efficiently use computer technology. Perspection writes and produces software training books, and develops Web-based training for Windows and Macintosh personal computers. Since 1991 they have written more than 60 computer books and sold over 4.5 million copies.

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Brilliant Adobe Photoshop CS5 guides you through the essential tasks step-by-step, showing you how to:

·        Improve productivity with the CS5 interface and templates

·        Use automatic layer alignment and blending to work with objects

·        Use live filters to view and modify the results of opening files

·        Use more precise colour correction to enhance a photo

·        Use image trickery to change or enhance an image

·        Create eye-catching bevels and special effects

·        Transform plain text into a show-stopping image

·        Use tool presets to construct the right tool for the right job

·        Test content on different target devices

 

Brilliant books provide quick and easy-to-access information. Features include:

·        Detailed index and contents page

·        Numbered step-by-step tasks

·        Visual full colour screenshots

·        Expert tips, tricks and advice

·        Practical troubleshooting guide

 


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Miss K TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 Dec. 2010
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I've been using Photoshop Elements for many years but this is the first time I actually have Creative Suite. I was relieved to see that Photoshop CS5 looks much the same and I could just continue using it as I've used Elements - but that would be a waste. Everything I've learnt over the years for Elements has been through playing around - this time I wanted to do things properly and really wanted a book that would show me all the basics of Photoshop and explain all the tools and how to use them.

I can't say the book is exactly a joy to use: it is essentially like so many other books on photoshop: a manual, in colour. Manuals aren't supposed to be fun - they just explain what the features are and how to use them. It's the kind of book you can dip in to whenever you want to know something (like you would use an encyclopedia: 'what does 'free transform' mean? What does 'magnetic lasso' do?) The colour screenshots are actually really helpful as a few times I wanted to do something but didn't know what to search for so I just flicked through the pages until I spotted the effect in one of the pictures!

One thing I don't like about this book is it's really lacking in working examples and specific case studies. You don't notice this until you're actually working through the instructions and you have nothing pictorial to refer to when you get stuck. Step by step screenshots are very under-utilized in this book so you're not sure if you're doing something right or not when you get confused with the instructions - don't get me wrong, it's not always a problem but I have noticed it a few times already.

Nevertheless, overall the book is still good as a starting point to help familiarise yourself with Photoshop. If you're looking to be inspired though, this book won't help.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Peter Mccarthy on 9 Aug. 2010
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Wow, this very reasonably priced guide to CS5 is amazing. It takes the absolute novice through the complicated processes with very clear and well illustrated instructions. Excellent for beginners. Information easy to read and assimilate.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Martin W. on 10 Sept. 2010
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THis book is meant for those looking for information quickly. It a 'How to' book that covers everything, but without going into a lot of detail. It does its job very well and I would certainly recommend it for those who do not want to have to wade through lots of pages finding out the best way to use the many tools in CS5.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By grumblin' man on 24 Aug. 2010
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In these days of no printed manuals with software, the Brilliant guides are exactly what this (middle-aged) guy needs to get started, as well as reach a certain skill level in not too much time. And the price:usability ratio is good; recommended!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin on 23 Aug. 2010
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The brilliant photoshop CS5, is as good as the title say's.
The information inside is easily understandable and really helpful. The book also has diagrams to go with what it says down the side bit. (Which is basically a simplified version of the paragraph at the top).
All-in-all I found this really helpful along the way of being able to use photoshop.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By anagi on 14 Dec. 2010
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This is an excellent book for those new to adobe photoshop. Having said that, I have found some of the procedures difficult to follow, and as an absolute beginner, more explicit instructions and diagrams would have been very helpful to me. I am sure once I become more adept I will get great use and enjoyment from it. I would definitely recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By George Thompson on 30 Aug. 2010
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A very good book for the money. For £8.55 I have a book which explains the use of most of the features of PS5 in a brief, straight-forward manner. It's a very useful reference book. It doesn't quite go as far into the usage of some features that I would like, but for the money I paid, I can't expect that.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Thingymajug on 2 Nov. 2010
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Just got CS5 and bought this book much cheaper at Amazon that anywhere else I had seen it. Had a couple of lessons and found it very easy to follow. The Disc that comes with it is a boon, giving you a good Tutorial.
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