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  • Paperback: 800 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (5 Jan 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596522967
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596522964
  • Product Dimensions: 17.9 x 3.5 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 590,817 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lesa Snider is on a mission to teach the world to create--and use!--better graphics. She's a stock photographer and chief evangelist for iStockphoto, founder of the creative tutorial site http://GraphicReporter.com, author of Photoshop: The Missing Manual (O'Reilly, 2008), Graphic Secrets for Business Professionals (http://Lynda.com), From Photo to Graphic Art, and Practical Photoshop Elements (http://KelbyTraining.com). She writes regularly for Macworld Magazine, the National Association of Photoshop Professionals, Elements Techniques, and Layers Magazine. Lesa is also a corporate trainer and teaches at many industry conferences including Photoshop World, Macworld Expo, Mac Mania Geek Cruises, and the esteemed Santa Fe Workshops. Since 2003, she has assisted New York Times technology columnist David Pogue's with many projects, including his Missing Manual book series and NYT videos. You can catch her Graphics Tip of the Week live each Wednesday night on the Your Mac Life internet radio show, which she also co-hosts.


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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Michael Lever on 4 Feb 2009
Format: Paperback
Photoshop CS4: The Missing Manual

I use photos in my work and as a hobbyist but I rarely edit my photos, preferring to concentrate on composition when I take a picture. I use Adobe Lightroom 2, which has some editing facilities, which thanks to Scott Kelby, I'm learning to use, and also have Photoshop CS4. Before I got this book, the prospect of having a go at getting the hang of Photoshop CS4 on my own was somewhat daunting to say the least.

Not any more: there is so much useful information in this book and it is so easy to understand because it's so well written, that I'm really looking forward to using Photoshop CS4. In fact, I'd go so far as to say that even you don't have Photoshop CS at all, this book is so informative and fascinating that it would surely enhance your knowledge and understanding of digital photography generally, especially the technical terms.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. F. Haynes on 12 May 2009
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As a beginner to Photoshop CS4, and have read 'The Missing Manual' books in the past. I decided that I needed to get something to teach me the essentials/basics and mildly advanced techniques of PhotoShop CS4.
If you've read the synopsis, then you already know what it covers. It really does makes things clear, retain able, easy to follow and understand.
I have no faults with this book.
I've tried Adobe's Manual for PhotoShop CS4/video tutorials. But it was weirdly organized, and didn't cut the mustard. Video tutorials became annoying, because I didn't have enough screen real estate.

It gives clear graphics and tips, which are actually useful!

PS. If you are like me - you prefer to skip back-and-forth between chapters/pages. This book's super flexible - in that it refers you back to examples/graphics 'in chapter (so and so)'.
I've learnt a great deal from the book on the first day, and I can't wait to put some of what I've learnt into action!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Mk Holton on 10 Sep 2009
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Great book written with the customer in mind. Simple instructions and good "walk through" examples. My only negative is the manaul has a "Missing CD" and you have to continually go online to get some examples, and then there are no links so you have to spend time searching.
A great tool which opens up the true potential of photoshop.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. Hyams on 9 Aug 2009
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Brilliant - clear, concise and written with humour and well worth the money. As an amateur enthusiast in photography, its been an excellent source for adding information not fully covered in various photography magazine CD tutorials.
If you use CS3 or CS4 this book will help you understand and do, those tricky looking effects both basic and advanced.

I also own the Mac OS X Leopard and Element 7 manuals - excellent buys.
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I've been using Photoshop for a number of years. Started out with PS CS, continued to CS2, CS3 and now CS4. I never used the manuals provided from Adobe but learned the programs myself. Lesa Snyder Kings book, "Photoshop CS4, the missing manual" has provided me with a good number of very useful tips in using CS4.

It's a large book, and heavy, with over 700 pages of text and pictures, so you have to make room on your desk to have it beside you when you work.

All in all an excellent book with tons and tons of "tips and tricks".

It's not only the "Missing manual", its the ONLY manual you'll need.

Highly recommended.

Goran N
Stockholm
Sweden
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ManilaIce on 6 May 2009
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I bought this book to teach myself how to choose Adobe so for a beginner like me very easy to read and follow.
I found easy to find what I needed compared to the "For Dummies" book.
I'd love to have an illustrator missing manual as well.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mueller on 4 Jun 2009
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for every beginner and alsofor advanced users. This one together with the class room in a book and you can "graduate" in CS 4 if you spend enough time...
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