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Photoshop CS2: Essential Skills (Photography Essential Skills) [Paperback]

Mark Galer , Philip Andrews
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13 Jun 2005 Photography Essential Skills
An inspirational and user-friendly guide to creative image editing, this book provides direction for photographers and designers alike who have ventured into the realm of the 'digital darkroom.' Photoshop CS2: Essential Skills offers a progressive curriculum to guide you through Photoshop with a series of clear, step-by-step projects designed to place knowledge into a practical context. You will build a useful and essential set of skills for creative and professional image editing and, whether you simply want to retouch an image, create a glamour makeover or create a highly sophisticated montage - this book will give you the essential skills to complete the work to a professional standard.

The accompanying CD-ROM and website, www.photoshopessentialskills.com, offer additional teaching and learning support materials which form a library of indispensable supporting resources including: All of the images used in the text * Over four hours of QuickTime movie tutorials to support the practical projects * A range of presets (including layer styles, curves, shapes and gradients) * Camera RAW files * Free extra chapters in e-book form.


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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; Revised edition edition (13 Jun 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240520009
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240520001
  • Product Dimensions: 24.8 x 19 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 373,981 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mark Galer is the Program Director and a Senior Lecturer in photography at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. He has lectured in photography in the UK and Australia and has worked commercially as a freelance photographer on corporate and editorial assignments. He has written numerous top-selling photography books, including Photoshop CS5 Essential Skills, Digital Photography Essential Skills, Adobe Photoshop Elements 8.0 Maximum Performance and Photographic Lighting Essential Skills. He is an official Adobe Ambassador for Photoshop.

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"One of the most concise, clearly written, well-illustrated books of its type...a very solid primer, with both in-depth discussion of how the tools and concepts work within Photoshop AND well-illustrated step-by-step tutorials to familiarize you with their use. This book covers both ends of the spectrum equally well - beginners will find everything they need to get them started and take them through high level editing, and experienced users will find it a useful refresher, and a fantastic reference book. Definitely a useful addition to any Photoshop user's shelf, I can't recommend it enough." - Professional Photoshop user

"When it comes to simple layouts with informative text, this book is just the ticket. Filled with some inspirational images and good use of screen grabs, it makes navigating the software and its tool bars a really easy experience. Supplied with a tutorial CD-ROM and a companion website, the book is ideal for getting to grips with CS2's main tools...Excellent value and so simple to understand." - Which Digital Camera

"Clear and informative" - www.photoarchivenews.com

"A must for any photographer, whether an absolute beginner or one in advanced mode...Plough through Digital Imaging: Essential Skills, followed by Photoshop CS2: Essential Skills, memorise every other word and you will be the king of your camera club." - Amateur Photographer

'Reading a technical manual with such interest and enthusiasm is indeed a rarity. Easy to comprehend, this will be essential reading for novice and experts alike who want to get to grips and understand the creative suite program as a whole. It is one of the best intro Photoshop books I have encountered to date.'
Andy Moxon, Professor of Photography, Savannah College of Art and Design

"In a market literally bursting at the seams with publications purporting to answer all your questions about CS2, this book is a standout in that it actually delivers on its promises. Clear, concise and exhibiting a true "just the facts, Ma'am" style, it's a comprehensive wrap up of the ins and outs of Adobe's latest version.
The tutorials and explanations are spot on, the companion CD and web referrals extremely helpful and the book itself is almost a work of art due to high production standards and terrific images. Philip Andrews and Mark Galer know what they're talking about and it shows.
Don't leave it too long to get hold of this one." Amazon.co.uk reviewer, 5 star rating

"I Love it and I have a huge Photoshop library to compare this book to. The layout is very well thought out, the book is methodical. It is beautifully illustrated and covers everything you need to really get your teeth into CS2 and Photoshop in general. It is a very comfortable read and I find myself going back to this book all the time. The examples are very good and every image is included on the enclosed CD so the reader can work through the examples. Also on the CD are 4 hours of QuickTime video tutorials, camera raw files, free extra chapters and a lot of goodies (free layer styles, shapes, gradients, etc.) I think the CD by itself justifies the price of this book and as Photoshop books go this is not an expensive one. I feel that any buyer of this book gets a lot for their dollar." Amazon.com reviewer

"A well-presented guide featuring impressive images and vital information. Packing in all the basics and also the more advanced skills, Photoshop CS2 Essential Skills is the perfect companion guide for Photoshop users of multiple levels." Photoshop Creative Magazine (Oct 06)

About the Author

Mark Galer is the Program Director and Senior lecturer at RMIT University in the School of Media and Communication, Australia. He is also co-writer of their popular online photography courses. He has lectured in photography in the UK and Australia and has worked commercially as a freelance photographer on corporate and editorial assignments. He has written numerous top-selling photography books, including Photography Foundations for Art & Design, the Popular Photoshop Elements; Maximum Performance and Photoshop; Essential Skills series. He is an Official Adobe Ambassador for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.
Philip Andrews is Adobe Australia's official Photoshop and Elements Ambassador. He is an experienced photographer, author, magazine editor and online course creator. He was previously a lecturer at the Queensland School of Printing and Graphic Arts, Australia and Nescot, England. He is a beta tester for Photoshop, an alpha tester for Photoshop Elements and a Photoshop specialist demonstrator for Adobe Australia. Contributing numerous articles and videos to AdobeTV and the inspirational browser, Philip is a leading source in adobe information and instruction. Philip is also co-founder of photo-college.com an online photography training college. He's a regular contributor to several magazines including Shutterbug, Amateur Photographer, Australian Photography and Better Photography, he is senior contributing editor for Better Digital, columnist for What Digital Camera and Co-editor and publisher of Better Photoshop Techniques magazine.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Essential Skills" an Essential for your Library 24 Nov 2005
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In a market literally bursting at the seams with publications purporting to answer all your questions about CS2, this book is a standout in that it actually delivers on its promises. Clear, concise and exhibiting a true "just the facts, Ma'am" style, it's a comprehensive wrap up of the ins and outs of Adobe's latest version. The tutorials and explanations are spot on, the companion CD and web referrals extremely helpful and the book itself is almost a work of art due to high production standards and terrific images. Philip Andrews and Mark Galer know what they're talking about and it shows. Don't leave it too long to get hold of this one.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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I was new to photoshop (less than a few hours experience) but having recently bought a Digital SLR I wanted to pick up some fast and useful advice. Can't remember why I picked this particular book, probably cos it was fairly cheap and I'd read a decent enough review. The book is easy to read and is loaded with full colour pics to show you how the different functions in photoshop work. The narrative is simple and to the point. The CD that comes with the book has all the stock photos required for the different projects and also has some great movie tutorials. If you can't be bothered working through a lot of the written examples just play the movies and follow along with photoshop. The CD alone is woth the money I paid for the book. If anyone has experince of the "Digital Photo Magazine" cd tutorials then these are at least as good. I've gone from been a complete novice to creating accurate masks and selctions, blending layers and using filters effectively in about a week of 1 hour long sessions. Oh and I've never felt complelled to right a review for any other book I've bought. If your spending hundreds of pounds on image editing software then you could do far worse than spending a few quid on this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 21 Feb 2013
By Marco
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I am new to this. It is a great book with great contents. It gives a great deal of idea on what (and how) photoshop can assist to achieve great quality projects.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Thorough Guide 25 Dec 2005
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Speaking as a professional, I've been using Photoshop daily for 5+ years, and this is one of the most concise, clearly written, well-illustrated books of it's type that I have ever seen. I picked it up as a gift for a friend who's interested in learning Photoshop, and only had 5 mins to skim it before I gave it to her. When I got a chance to really sit down with it, I was very impressed; this book has everything anyone looking to get started with digital photoediting could ever need. It covers everything from what a digital image is and how they work, through storage devices and hardware, through the basics of color management, and on into many, many chapters covering basic and advanced technique with photoshop CS2.

One of the things I look for in a book like this is in-depth coverage of the tools available, and what they do, which this book provides, it is NOT one of those "Photoshop Tips + Tricks" or "101 Photoshop Tricks!" type books that teach you how to do specific small "tricks" or "effects" with the tools, but provide you with no broader knowledge of how to use those tools, leaving you with knowledge of how to do a very small assortment of things in predetermined steps. Instead, this book is a very solid primer, with both in-depth discussion of how the tools and concepts work within Photoshop AND well-illustrated step-by-step tutorials to familiarize you with their use. In addition, the book contains much information that is useful even to those advanced in the use of Photoshop. I was surprised to find information that was new to me in this book, even after the amount of experience I have. I was so impressed that I'm picking up a copy for myself, just to have around.

This book covers both ends of the spectrum equally well - beginners will find everything they need to get them started and take them through highlevel editing, and experienced users will find it a useful refresher, and a fantastic reference book. Definately a useful addition to any Photoshop user's shelf, I can't reccommend it enough.
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High marks for this book 29 Nov 2005
By Nor'easter - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
It is a shame that the only other reviewer of this book panned it because it was very similar to the previous version. Unfortunately, this is a very, very common method of constructing a book that has been written for previous versions of the same program. The amount of material that is new to a version is far outweighed by the amount of material that remains the same. That is why Ben Willmores Photoshop CS2 Up To Speed which contains only material that is new to CS2 is a very, very small book. If you go to his series, Photoshop X (pick the version) Studio Techniques, the books look like carbon copies of each other. Anyway, I would like to review this book as someone new to this series of Photoshop: Essential Skills. I Love it and I have a huge Photoshop library to compare this book to. The layout is very well thought out, the book is methodical. It is beautifully illustrated and covers everything you need to really get your teeth into CS2 and Photoshop in general. It is a very comfortable read and I find myself going back to this book all the time. The examples are very good and every image is included on the enclosed CD so the reader can work through the examples. Also on the CD are 4 hours of QuickTime video tutorials, camera raw files, free extra chapters and a lot of goodies (free layer styles, shapes, gradients, etc.) I think the CD by itself justifies the price of this book and as Photoshop books go this is not an expensive one. I feel that any buyer of this book gets a lot for their dollar. I would just advise the unhappy first reviewer that this is a common phenomenon in the Photoshop field- to recycle material from book to book so he may want to skip a few versions and not buy the same series back to back. Give it a few cycles to really change. As someone who has owned an awful lot of Photoshop books, before I purchase the "new version" of a book, I first browse through it to see just how much repitition there is. Recently, one book was such a carbon copy of the previous version that I had to struggle to find new sections or even new images. You could place the two versions side by side and they were identical. It turned into a challenge to find the difference. Anyone, as I said, I am new to this series and I find this book to be very worthful and a great investment but like all other Photoshop series, I won't automatically buy the next version without browsing it first. That's just good practice in Photoshop books that are series. Even Martin Evenings's new Photoshop book for his series is almost a ditto copy of the previous version. The covers are so similar that the bookstore and I both got them confused. I mean they didn't even go to the trouble to really change the cover much at all, so in general, beware but for first timers of this series- Photoshop:Essential Skills by Mark Galer, buy this book-it's a good one and the reviewer must have really liked the previous one to blindly buy this new version. That says something about the quality of the material, doesn't it?
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Photoshop CS2 - Essential Skills Book Review 20 July 2006
By D-MAG.org Reviewer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Title: Photoshop CS2 - Essential Skills

Author: Mark Galer and Philip Andrews

Publisher: Focal Press (2004)

ISBN: 0-240-51951-5

Pages: 340 pages

Reviewer: Bruce Frank

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

"Advice from Down Under" might be an appropriate subtitle for this book, since it was written by two seasoned Australian photographers - and both are, unsurprisingly, beta testers for the Adobe Photoshop product line. Their prose is peppered with non-U.S. spellings and phrases such as "colour, whilst, and realize," but this is not distracting in the least. After all, these people have used the English language a bit longer than Americans!

This is a book that takes you from step 1, including which computer platform might work best for someone in the industry (Mac is the suggestion, since it provides the best compatibility with other members of the creative community, who largely work on Macs), all the way to sophisticated techniques for creating type effects and complex photomontages. Something I picked up from the introductory section is that when working on very large images (mine are typically in the 300-400MB range, with multiple layers), it's best to have a scratch disk that is physically separate from the drive on which the file and Photoshop application reside - something I suspected, but could never confirm until now.

Divided into comprehensive sections designed to be followed in a linear fashion, this would make (and probably is used in this manner in Australia) an excellent textbook and study guide for any Photoshop class. There is also a website that provides additional information, downloadable work files, and reference links (photoshopessentialskills.com).

The layout, printing, and even paper choice are superb - this is a high quality volume that is an excellent primer for the beginning user who aspires to learn the full capabilities of this flagship Adobe application, or the advanced user who would like to add a few new tricks to his Photoshop bag.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for all photographers and photoshop users. 9 Mar 2006
By Ms. Z. van der Klooster - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Not only is this book easy to read and follow, its an absolute wealth of information.

Having Bridge and working with camera RAW explained saved me so much time, it's like being given extra hours in the day.

Photoshop CS2: Essential Skills contains so many techniques that save time and improve your images in ways you wouldn't ever think of on your own.

For me, there's really too many image editing options available in Photoshop CS2 for my brain to completly remember, and this book is a constant reference for me.

I can remember enough to know there is a way to do something, and a quick look in the book fills in the gaps to quickly get me back on track and back to work in no time at all.

Absolutly the best Photoshop book around.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A definite keeper. 18 Aug 2006
By Carter A. Thompson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Great book. Content is good, presentation is good and above all the examples are good. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn more about Photoshop.

The book starts off a little slow, especially for those that already know a few things but it picks up about a third of the way in and gives you strong details and explanations of skills you'll soon master.

Of all my Photoshop books this one is definitely a keeper.
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