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Photoshop CS3 For Dummies

Photoshop CS3 For Dummies [Kindle Edition]

Peter Bauer
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"…by the end you will know a lot more about Photoshop." ( , Monday 13th August)

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Loaded with the latest Photoshop tips and techniques

The secrets of digital image editing - explained in plain English!

Photoshop CS3 is a powerhouse, and here's the fast and easy way to get up to speed on all the coolest features. This friendly guide helps you get images into Photoshop - and then turn them into dazzling works of art. You'll see how to work in the right file formats, master the Brushes palette, get creative with filters, convert color to grayscale, and more!

  • Adjust brightness, improve color, and fix flaws
  • Take advantage of the Raw file format
  • Composite images with layers and blending modes
  • Automate your tasks with scripts and Actions
  • Apply the new Smart Filters to Smart Objects

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get creative. 13 April 2008
Is this the most comprehensive book to guide you through Photoshop CS3? Probably not. But it does give you a description of the menus and gently guides you through most of the common functions.

I've played around with many photo-editing applications over the last few years but not actually Photoshop (which many consider bizarre considering that Photoshop is generally viewed as the ultimate in photo editing software), so I'm quite comfortable with many procedures, but was a bit phased at the vast array of options open to me in Photoshop.

This book has helped me to familiarise myself with the programme, and to edit my photos with the book as a trusty guide.

I have learnt a lot about Photoshop from this book. It covers the basic stuff through to some advanced editing techniques. It isn't a an encyclopaedia of all the functions, but it makes what can often be a daunting application very accessible - particularly for those who are new to it.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
As a person who is an author first, a self-publisher second and a computer expert (a very poor) third, I found this book a gentle introduction to the process of creating covers for my 'Virtual Trilogy' series of books and for the accompanying website.

As usual, the simple to read language and humorous cartoon interludes between chapters give the deceptive impression that this manual is lightweight - which it most certainly is not. Photoshop is (at least in my humble opinion)a very advanced computer graphics programme and the manual accompanying it has a bewildering array of information that is (again in my humble opinion) not as accessible as it might be.

This 'For Dummies' version however,is easy to read, detailed enough to be useful and (unlike many other 'For Dummies' volumes) has many pages in colour, which are essential for a programme like Photoshop.

Once again, 'For Dummies' has given this computer Luddite enough confidence to make the most out of his investment in computer software, at least enough to approach the full manual without anxiety.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Concise Reference to CS3 21 Feb 2009
The is primarily a reference book with good indexing and contents listing.
It outlines the new features in CS3 in a concise and straightforward manner.
Even though it is just scratching the surface of this complex programme it goes deep enough for me to understand the basics which is all I want.
I would certainly reccommend this book to beginners and to those a little more experienced.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not exactly for Dummies 13 Nov 2008
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I bought this as I have little or no knowedge of post processing. I have fiddled with photoshop before and was looking for a book that would tell me how I could do what I wanted. This does not do that at all.

For example - I was looking at how to open a layer - I would like a book, with screen shots saying press here and open this. This book does not operate in this way.

There is lots of info, but no step by step guides on how to undertake the most basic post processing before you step up to the more difficult tasks.

If you want a real guide, then don't waste your money. I am sure that this book has a purpose, but it certainly isn't aimed at total newbies to CS3 unlike the title, which would suggest it is.

All in all, a total disappointment that for me does not do what the title suggests. Wish I'd never wasted my monet to be honest.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant. 5 Feb 2010
I was completely lost when I bought Photoshop CS3.

Then I purchased this fantastic book from Amazon and was stunned by the amount of information contained within its' covers.

This is probably the best publication on the market.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars hotoshop CS3 for Dummies 18 Sep 2009
The book is great just what I wanted. Written in language I can understand. Delivery was within 24 hours. Excellent service.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars photoshop for Dummies 20 Feb 2010
I have purchased this kind of book before and allways found them very easy to understand and follow
A must have for Beginners .
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A nonstarter 18 Oct 2008
After I bought this book I thought that at least I would make some progress in the the use of photoshop but this book is certainly not for dummies and assumes the reader to have quite a lot of knowhow about photoshop all ready. I am now searching again online for real help to master photoshop. This book is not even close.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Helped me get to grips with this software
I am a casual photo editor and use CS3. This book is well laid out and the instructions are easy to follow. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. Richard The book boy
3.0 out of 5 stars As Described
Every body in the family has borrowed it, at sometime to checkout the tips and methods to improve their pictures.
Published 13 months ago by Mr Roger Canton
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the money.
This book is not for dummies. I should know 'cos I am one. If you want some good instruction, visit Youtube.
Published 14 months ago by S E CARSONS
5.0 out of 5 stars good book
I am pleased with the book and certainly the price it is exactly what I wanted would use company again
Published 16 months ago by james newbold
5.0 out of 5 stars A good reference source in excellent condition.
Listed as used but couldn't tell, a good buy once again and delivered swiftly. The product is, like all the idiot guide series, an excellent source of reference for the subject.
Published 17 months ago by Tashkent
3.0 out of 5 stars photoshop cs3 for dummies
product arrived before time estimated for delivery and in condition described online but not as clear cut and as easy to understand for absolute photoshop beginners, have to attend... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Robert
4.0 out of 5 stars Photoshop CS3 for Dummies
Described as being in good condition, it arrived well within the estimated delivery time and was in fact in excellent condition. Read more
Published on 30 Mar 2012 by Mpix
3.0 out of 5 stars CS3 for dummies
There is lots of information in this book but, unfortunately, it did not hit the right buttons for me; sorry. Read more
Published on 11 Mar 2012 by Stuart Gray-cowan
5.0 out of 5 stars Photoshop CS3 for Dummies
I really find these 'For Dummies' books helpful, and this book is no exception. Its informative, covers just about everything, and it is done with humour. Read more
Published on 12 July 2010 by PatriciaA
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Useful
Excellent photos and diagrams make this an easy book to solve your photoshop problems The text is logical and easy to understand
Published on 29 April 2010 by SeaHorse
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