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Peter Bauer
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15 May 2012 For Dummies
The bestselling guide to the leading image–editing software, Photoshop CS6, fully updated! Want picture–perfect photos, every time? Get up to speed on the most popular professional photo–editing software on the market: Photoshop. In this new edition of Photoshop CS6 For Dummies , expert Peter Bauer shows you how to use the latest Photoshop tools to change a background, adjust brightness, improve color, or fix flaws. Richly illustrated in full color, this edition covers all the updates in Photoshop CS6, the gold standard for image–editing programs. Used by professional photographers, graphic designers, Web designers, and serious hobbyists, Photoshop has more than four million users worldwide. Photoshop is the image–editing software preferred by professional photographers and designers around the world; the latest version includes new functionality and enhanced tools Teaches all the basics for first–time users and advanced techniques for more experienced digital imaging professionals, including how to work with the menus, panels, tools, options, and essential shortcuts Covers how to fix red–eye, remove blemishes and wrinkles, remove people or objects from a photo, adjust brightness, improve color, add shadows and highlights, work with Camera Raw, decrease digital noise, create composite images, use channels and masks, work with HDR tools, and optimize images for the web Photoshop CS6 For Dummies helps both amateur and professional Photoshop users take advantage of all the program has to offer.

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (15 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118174577
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118174579
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 18.9 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,806 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Create the most amazing images that are limited only by your imagination Taking the perfect picture can be almost impossible, but editing one so it′s just right is easy. This book will show you how, walking you through all the cool things you can do with Photoshop CS6. From covering up wrinkles and fixing blemishes to removing people or adding objects, you′ll quickly learn how to edit your images and create the most stunning visuals imaginable! Start with the basics — gain a solid understanding of the essential concepts and techniques that make using Photoshop much easier Make it pop — get an image to jump off the page by adjusting the tonality so shadows are dark, highlights are light, and colors are rich Put the pieces together — create truly unique images and panoramic scenes by combining two or more images into a single picture Ready, set, action — streamline repetitive tasks by taking advantage of the Actions and Batch command Paint without the mess — use filters and tools to create beautiful painterly effects from your photos Open the book and find: Explanations of the menus, panels, tools, and shortcuts you need most Ways to take advantage of the Raw file format Tips for adjusting brightness and improving color Techniques for decreasing digital noise in your images How to work with Levels and Curves Ways to create composite images with layers and blending modes What you need to know about HDR How to integrate your iPad® into your Photoshop workflow Learn to: Edit and enhance images like a pro Fix the most common digital photo problems Control color and tone Add text and create illustrations and paintings IN FULL COLOR!

About the Author

Peter Bauer, a member of the Photoshop Hall of Fame, is an award–winning photographer and contributing writer for Photoshop User magazine. He is best known as the Help Desk Director for the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) and has authored or coauthored more than a dozen books on Photoshop, Illustrator, and photography.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Photoshop uncovered 24 Aug 2012
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I've always been a fan of the approach the "for Dummies" series takes, and was very pleased to see this guide to Photoshop CS6. I count myself a Photoshop intermediate user: I'm generally confident on the basics, but with more complex tasks sometimes struggle - trial and error being my method of choice. This book has helped enormously here,with practical non-patronising step-by-step instructions.

It's true that Googling for help provides answers for most questions - but, for me, a book where I can quickly search for the feature I want help on is the quickest and most reliable resource. So: 5 stars, and recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars CS6 For Dummies 19 Dec 2012
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After studying other books on this subject I find this to be the best. This book costs £21.99 in bookshops and PC world so is certainly value for money, I paid £9.24 on Amazon. The chapters on 'camera raw' are far more comprehensive than other manuals, with one costing £34.99 only having one page and as the raw interface is one of the most powerful editing tools, it needs more understanding. As the author states, it is a 'reference book' and not a book to be read page by page. There are also plenty of hints and tips on different ways of editing and the book should be useful for expert and beginner alike. The coverage is also good on art work and the use of text, and covers just about every subject that 'Photoshop' is capable of editing
Although fully comprehensive it is not intimidating and explains simply and in understandable language. Having said all this, I did move up from 'CS5' so already had a grounding in 'Photoshop'. CS6 is far more complicated, with many more tools so this book has helped there. I have used these books for other subjects and always found them well put together
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5.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says on the tin 16 Sep 2012
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I own quite a few Adobe Photoshop books but, out of all of them, I found this one easier to read and follow. There isn't much to say other than it does what it says on the tin as is the case with many books in these series. Well structured and written in a clear English, maybe it's not the book for really advanced techniques but I am a beginner, so this was useful for me.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Vinman666 TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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On first flicking through the book, the first improvement over older editions is the addition of colour images throughout. None of them are inspiring photos but it's an improvement over the black and white pictures poorly reproduced on the standard For Dummies paper. As usual we have the cartoons prefacing each section but compared to the jokey style associated with the series I found this a fairly dry read.

This is a 'from the ground up' guide to Photoshop, starting with the basics of a digital image file and quickly introducing more advanced concepts. As the introduction states "If you're brand new to digital imaging... this probably isn't the best place to start" and that applies equally to the book and Photoshop itself. I've used Photoshop for a number of years and still picked up new information from this book but I can see a real beginner struggling and isn't that the target market for the For Dummies series?

Photoshop CS6 is the most powerful and complex image editing tool on the market, normally used by professional or serious amateur photographers and graphic designers, so a For Dummies guide is kind of an oxymoron. The Elements version is available for home and less serious users so explaining the full version in simple terms is a challenge for the Dummies series. A bigger challenge is the sheer number of other Photoshop books on the market, many written by well-known experts on the subject (Martin Evening, Scott Kelby etc).

For the enthusiastic amateur there are more readable books on the market (such as those by Kelby and Evening), and for anyone who wants to learn Photoshop from the ground up there are also better books around (The Missing Manual, for one). This book is OK but there are better.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. Guy Mcevoy TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Photoshop CS6 costs several hundred quid. That's a lot of money for the average home user. It's also a lot of program. If you're just making the jump from the freebie photo programs that remove red-eye or crop, then photoshop's sheer weight of options and the interface can be overwhelming. It's a hardcore professional tool and you can't expect to just load it up and go. Sure you can find out how to do specific things via google and youtube, but the good thing about this book is that it is nicely structured, so as you work your way through you realise that it can do stuff you didn't know it could do, so would never have googled! Working through this book in your own time is probably as useful as going on a dedicated structured course (with the added advantage you can work through it at your own pace, go back to it at any time, and it's way cheaper). As with all the 'Dummies' books it doesn't assume too much background knowledge so is an easy read.

If you've invested that several hundred quid in photoshop then investing a few more in this really could see you getting far better value from it. This book now lives next to the office PC. I reckon I've jumped from a very basic user to a very good standard intermediate user in a week by reading this and could probably teach a pro a trick or two on the new features to boot. Worth it.
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