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  • Paperback: 372 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; Pap/Cdr edition (21 May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8931435053
  • ISBN-13: 978-8931435054
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 2.5 x 26.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,429,129 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Accelerate Your Photoshop Skills with This Practical, Sophisticated Guide

Photoshop CS Accelerated: A Full–Color Guide gets you up and running through hands–on experience creating meaningful, fun projects. Its learn–by–doing approach makes the road to proficiency quick and painless. Start off with a clear–cut introduction to the essential concepts, functions, and terminology that are difficult to grasp on your own. Then, immediately put your new skills to the test by following step–by–step practical exercises.

Full–color, crisp screenshots and graphics on every page give you a clear image of what’s possible. Dozens of real–world examples, from straightforward to advanced, demonstrate how to integrate techniques and take advantage of the innovative features new to Photoshop CS. By the end, you’ll know how to create and enhance remarkable images.

Techniques you’ll master include:

  • Brighten dark images and correct overexposed pictures
  • Remove red–eye and correct skin tone
  • Combine images using layers and blending modes
  • Enhance image composition
  • Design a transparent image for a web page
  • Apply texture to 3D text
  • Color black and white images
  • Simulate neon lights and fireworks
  • Add motion effects
  • Create reflections and shadows

About the Author

Founded in 1987 is a leading South Korean book publisher known for brilliant graphics books that feature trend–setting designs and striking images. Other high–quality books published with Sybex Inc. include 40 Digital Photography Techniques, 40 Digital Photo Retouching Techniques, Maya Character Animation, and Flash MX Motion Graphics.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By CJ on 1 Sept. 2004
Having never used photoshop before I spent hours looking at all the different books. I am very pleased that I choose this one.
It is full colour from front to back and is easy to read and follow, and so it should be! Photoshop is a graphics programme, I didn't want a book in black & white.
I am only part way through so far, as I only got the book a few days ago but I am really enjoying going through it.
It comes with a CD which includes all the files for the exercises and each chapter has a section to read for explaination and exercises to do. This is what I was looking for - a learn by doing approach.
It covers a whole host of stuff in its 350 pages and I think is really excellent value for money for the price and ideal for the beginner. I really was pleasantly suprised at this book, as I was not expecting such a great book for the price. I didn't want to spend a fortune on a doorstop for my first photoshop book.
I will enjoy working through the rest of the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. R. Bennett on 28 Feb. 2005
A truely excellent buy! The book contains chapters covering the main features of Photoshop. Each chapter is then followed by tutorials allowing you to use the features covered previously. The book comes with a CD-ROM containing images used in the tutorials. Excellent value - ideal for the beginner! Buy it now!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael D on 6 Oct. 2005
I was slightly dissapointed when I opened this book, not that it was bad, but because I was looking for more of a how to guide. I'd reccomend it if you've never used photoshop before, and want to know what each tool, filters, modes etc, does. It includes full color illustrations and dozens of examples. On the other hand if you are looking for solutions and technique then there a much better buys out there.
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I suppose I expected more from this book than I actually got. I use Photoshop daily and consider myself an advanced user. The colour photo content is of high quality, but unfortunately the information and explanations of certain menu contexts leaves a lot to be desired. The color correction section for example, explains nothing about color correction. The book, for me, overall is basically a list of menus & sub-menus. You may as well just sit in front of Photoshop, click the menus and discover the same thing. I have spent less and learned more from other books.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
One of the best written books on PS 13 Sept. 2004
By Barbara Rhoades - Published on
The very first thing I noticed in the book was instructions on how to install PhotoShop. WOW! I mean if you can't get the software installed, it doesn't matter how well written the book is! GREAT way to start out! The next pages gave an overview of the tools and menus and palettes available once you get PS loaded on your computer. I have been using PS for several years now and this is the first time I have seen any author (or team of authors) bother to cover the basics. PHOTOSHOP CS ACCELERATED has my vote for the best book around already and this is only after I read the first chapter.

First thing I tried hard to remember was the short cut, Ctl D. This takes the marquee lines away when you have been using the lasso or marquee tools. It was a handy short cut for me as I was learning PhotoShop. Ever crop a picture only to have a faint border of another color around the picture? Try Defringe! Never heard of it? Look in the Layer menu under Matting. Or have you ever wished to slim down a feature in a photo? Try using the Move tool while holding the Alt Key. The press the left arrow a few times - automatic diet!

Another handy trick that was taught in the early chapters was "Contiguous". When using the Magic Wand to select an entire background, this box should be unchecked if there is any background inside the image you want. For example, a person has their hand on their hip, creating an area that is cut off from the rest of the background. By having Contiguous unchecked, this are will also be selected when you use the Magic Wand. VERY handy.

Chapter Four teaches the Patch, Clone, Pattern and both History Brushes. Again, these are tools I was aware of but didn't know how to use. The chapter walks you through them in a clear and concise manner except for the Art History tool. Those instructions confused me. Be sure to take the time to go through the preset brushes, there are so many options.

Do you love those old black and white photos that have just a hint of color? Chapter 5 explains how you can create your own tinted photos. Also in this chapter, you will learn how to put a photo into a frame that is set on an angle. Keep reading to learn how to create Neon Lights and fireworks.

Color correction and things like sharpening a photo, making chocolate candy look like chocolate instead of some rose color, brightening a dark photo, correcting over exposure, replacing color and several more tidbits are found in Chapter 7. If you have trouble with the concept of layers or channels, the next two chapters are a must read. And continuing on in the book is the chapter on Filters. What fun these can be. Don't forget about masks also found in Chapter 10.

By this time, you have covered 350 pages of material on PhotoShop CS and the exercises that go with each chapter. The CD contains the files needed to perform the exercises, along with a finished version of what each is trying to accomplish as well as a copy of PS CS and ImageReady CS. If you have ever been frustrated with learning just what PS will do, this is the book to show you all the wonderful elements in this very extensive program. I have been using PS for a few years and this book showed me things I never knew the program would do. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to use PS but has never found the right book to help them learn it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Photoshop CS Accelerated 12 July 2004
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An excellent book for a beginner. Great explanation on tools and palettes functions. I think no other book on Photoshop has greater details about the tools and palettes functions.
HOWEVER, the excercises after each lesson contains many errors that will frustrate the beginner.
That's What Computer Books Should Look Like 10 Mar. 2006
By Nasser Bensaid - Published on
This book is simply amazing. What will get your attention first is the lovely colour pages from start to finish. The author simply takes you straight into business and shows you how to do things. If you believe you are an expert, then you can jump straight into the exercises. I was so thrilled with the series that I decided to order the books about Illustrator CS and Dreamweaver MX.

This book should be strongly recommended to the novice user, the teacher who likes to organize his lessons and the intermediate. As I am not an expert in Photoshop, I do not know to what extent would a Photoshop expert benefit from it.
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