If reading through nearly 1,000 pages of Photoshop tools, tricks, tips and errata is your idea of a good time, Photoshop 6 for Windows Bible
is the book to get. Packed with everything a new user needs to know about the leading image-editing application, this book has much to offer and only a few drawbacks.
Five main sections run the gamut from an introduction to the application and interface to basic and sophisticated painting, masking, layering, and text techniques. One of the most important sections is saved for last: "Colour for Print and the Web". Colour management and calibration for different output systems is never easy, but understanding how and why colour is handled in Photoshop and for different systems will go a long way toward helping you become a real master.
A favourite feature, and one seen far too little, is a complete version of the book in .pdf format on the accompanying CD-ROM. It has no colour images, and items in the index and table of contents are not clickable, but it makes for far easier searching when you're looking for a specific command or phrase. The CD-ROM also contains four bonus chapters, third-party plug-in demos, 48 high-resolution stock photos, and a large, full-colour gallery of artwork from 16 Photoshop artists.
The book itself is clearly written and cleanly formatted, but though there are plenty of screen shots, none of them appear in colour. This is disappointing in light of the fact that the book is all about a colour image-editing application. The 32-page colour gallery and the wealth of colour images on the CD-ROM make up for this somewhat, however.
If you've never bought a Photoshop book and you've just moved up to Photoshop 6, this book makes a handy reference and source of inspiration. Packed with more information than most users will probably need, Photoshop 6 for Windows Bible makes an excellent Photoshop companion. --Mike Caputo
You′re probably thinking that if someone has the gall to call his book a Bible, it had better be pretty good. If you′re not thinking that, it′s probably because you′ve already experienced the Photoshop Bible and you know it′s good. —Los Angeles Times