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Photoshop CS2 Visual Encyclopedia [Paperback]

Stephen Romaniello , Elizabeth Cardenas-Nelson

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13 Jan 2006 Visual Encyclopedia
If you prefer to see what things look like and how to perform a task, instead of just being told, this is your ideal A to Z reference. Part I shows every Photoshop CS2 tool and how to use it. Part II provides step–by–step instructions for more than 130 key tasks and techniques. Both are arranged alphabetically and illustrated in full color. It′s the ultimate Visual resource – you′ll see! ∗ Each tool and technique illustrated in color ∗ Alphabetical listings for easy reference ∗ Step–by–step instructions for performing dozens of tasks ∗ A comprehensive guide for visual learners A Visual guide to ∗ Identifying and using each Photoshop CS2 tool ∗ Fine–tuning color, brightness, contrast, and exposure ∗ Automating various image adjustments ∗ Converting bitmaps to halftones or RBGs to CMYKs ∗ Applying more than 15 different filters ∗ Working with type in illustration

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"…if you want a wide–ranging overview of what Photoshop offer, this is the ideal read." ( Photoshop Creative , September 2006)

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If you prefer to see what things look like and how to perform a task, instead of just being told, this is your ideal A to Z reference. Part I shows every Photoshop CS2 tool and how to use it. Part II provides step–by–step instructions for more than 130 key tasks and techniques. Both are arranged alphabetically and illustrated in full color. It′s the ultimate Visual resource – you′ll see! Each tool and technique illustrated in color Alphabetical listings for easy reference Step–by–step instructions for performing dozens of tasks A comprehensive guide for visual learners A Visual guide to Identifying and using each Photoshop CS2 tool Fine–tuning color, brightness, contrast, and exposure Automating various image adjustments Converting bitmaps to halftones or RBGs to CMYKs Applying more than 15 different filters Working with type in illustration

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, definitive reference 24 Jan 2006
By Joey - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is a heavy volume, but I venture to say that it's just about worth its weight in gold. It contains nearly 400 pages of large-format, step-by-step, illustrated references to Photoshop tools and techniques. Every major tool is here, along with scores of easy-to-follow techniques -- all in color, with numbered steps. An added bonus is the multitude of useful cross-references that appear in nearly every spread. All of this works together to create a supremely useful reference for quick, accessible Photoshop solutions. Every Photoshop user would benefit from this superb publication, and for students, beginning or intermediate users, or those getting acquainted with CS2, it's a "must have."
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Made me an instant PS expert 1 Feb 2006
By Bob J - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is absolutely awesome. I'm just an amateur who uses Photoshop on digital photos, and the beauty of PS has always been that just about anyone can use it at a comfortable depth -- relying on the adjustment tools and not doing anything too tricky. However, this book give me an instant boost to several levels above where I was operating previously. Now I'm working with layers, masks, and channels, doing color replacements and composites that I never would have considered or attempted before...and all I had to do was go to the technique in which I was interested and simply go through the illustrative steps. I'm an instant expert, so to speak, and my creativity has been unleashed. Amazing!
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Extremely Useful Format 22 Mar 2006
By John Matlock - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Most computer books are either a reference guide in a dictionary like alphabetical format, or else they are a tutorial where they start with a blank screen and tell you to do this, do that until you have used most of the functions avaiable in the software package.

This book is different, an interesting and useful combination of the reference format and the tutorial format. Basically it is a reference book, but then each subject is treated in tutorial format. The book is broken into two major parts: tools (about one third of the book) and techniques. Within each part it is arranged alphabetically:

A - Annotations: Attach a Note

B - Background Color

- Blur Tool

- Burn Tool

and so on.

Reading the table of contents will give you a pretty good idea of what's included in the book, and then you can go to the particular entry as you need to do something. This is a format that works for me. As the Visual Books tag line says: 'Read Less - Learn More.' Sooner or later you will have read about and used all the tools and techniques, and it's almost painless to learn what you need as you need it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thorough - awesom 9 May 2008
By Jennifer Bates - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is awesome - I just bought it (April 2008). I bought Scott Kelby's Photoshop CS2 Book for Digital Photographers a while back and swear by it - but wow - Photoshop CS2 Visual Encyclopedia is even better. It has so much more content - it is chucked full of tips and techniques in a very well organized manner. While I'm working in CS3, obviously the content and tips and techniques are still very useful and valid. I'm a professional photographer and would highly recommend this book to anyone using CS2 or CS3.
2.0 out of 5 stars Photoshop CS2 Visual Encyclopedia 23 Jan 2009
By D. M. Gage - Published on Amazon.com
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There are more helpful books out there. Though the illustrations are very helpful, the end product of the examples are pretty much useless. I would like to see some real world uses for the tools. For example, the burn tool shows how to make a shadow darker on the cuff of a kid's sleeve; I would rather see an interesting photo subject that would become more interesting because of the use of burning. Also, a lot of the examples have solid backgrounds, which makes certain corrections really, really easy, however they are not applicable in the real world especially if you use Photoshop CS2. Also, with the "color palette" explanation, what is the purpose of putting a green mark on oranges. After the dodge tool is used, the image is still inferior whereas it could have been used to improve the entire picture. Then I love the healing brush spot tool. It honestly looks like the process was done backwards because it looks like this scribble was put on the image for the sake of the example. Rather than a nice neat scribble on an evenly lighted forehead, I would have liked to have seen that scribble go into the hair, over a facial feature, or into a background - and then corrected. Furthermore, the healing brush tool used for the restoration of an old photo is far too simplistic - old images don't come that perfect with a nice perfect flaw. Then the smudge tool changes the petals on a flower to a solid smudge - which I don't know what this accomplishes. I guess what I am trying to say is that the book would be a whole lot more helpful if more interesting images were used and more realistic problems tackled.
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