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Lesa Snider
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5 Jan 2009 Missing Manuals

Photoshop is the world's most widely used photo-editing and graphics program. But with all its fantastic new features and options, the CS4 version can bewilder even the most seasoned professional. That's where Photoshop CS4: The Missing Manual comes in: packed with tips, tricks, and lots of practical advice, this visually rich four-color guidebook teaches you everything you need to know to edit photos and create beautiful documents in Photoshop.

Whether you're an absolute beginner or a power user ready to try some advanced techniques, author and graphics pro Lesa Snider King offers crystal-clear, jargon-free instructions to help you take advantage of these powerful tools -- not only how they work, but when you should use them. You'll quickly get up to speed on new CS4 features such as:

  • Photoshop's completely revamped workspace
  • Smoother image display and quick zoom, including the new pixel grid view
  • New Masks and Adjustments panels
  • The Vibrance adjustment layer
  • Hand-painting adjustments and using graduated filters in Camera Raw
  • Enhanced Adobe Bridge

And much more. You'll also find out which features work well, and which aren't worth your time. Written with the clarity, humor, and objective scrutiny that are hallmarks of the Missing Manual series, Photoshop CS4: The Missing Manual is the friendly, thorough resource you need. Why settle for anything less?

"Lesa did a great job on the book, and in my mind, it is the new Photoshop Bible."-- Scott Kelby, Photoshop Insider

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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: 23.1 x 17.9 x 3.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 520,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

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, author of Photoshop: The Missing Manual (O'Reilly, 2008), Graphic Secrets for Business Professionals (, From Photo to Graphic Art, and Practical Photoshop Elements ( 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 4 Feb 2009
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says on the book (tin) 12 May 2009
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Photoshop CS4 The Missing Manual 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Vital reference and easy instruction. 10 Oct 2009
A very complicated and powerful program is clearly explained.
Is at my elbow whenever I boot up the beast!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten Manual - reasons to be happy 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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a must have... 4 Jun 2009
By Mueller
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant guide, easy to follow, gets into skilled activities with...
Thanks Stuart, who sold it back to amazon. Cheap as chips, really great guide and the CD can be downloaded free of charge from the publishers. Really good fun
Published 7 months ago by L. A. Schramm
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book!
As a technical author, different employers offer me different software. I used Photoshop probably 15 years ago, but until recently had been offered alternatives. Read more
Published on 15 Sep 2010 by S. Duncan
5.0 out of 5 stars Photoshop CS4 Missing Manual series
A highly recommended book, easy to read, both as a start to finish or dip in and out of chapters way. Only had it a few weeks but its already looking like a well thumbed volume!
Published on 3 Mar 2010 by J. Beaumont
3.0 out of 5 stars useful
This is the 2nd book I have bought from this series. I find them set at the right level for me. Well illustrated, good details & a good index. Read more
Published on 13 Feb 2010 by C. M. Hewitt
5.0 out of 5 stars The only Photoshop CS4 manual you'll need....
I've been using Photoshop for a number of years. Started out with PS CS, continued to CS2, CS3 and now CS4. Read more
Published on 11 Feb 2010 by Hans Goran Noren
5.0 out of 5 stars cs4 the missing manual
a good book with loads of pages.nearly all the tutorials are fairly short so as to get a newcomber going without having to do all the really complicated stuff. Read more
Published on 12 Aug 2009 by Mr. P. Stockton
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