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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (1 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470661534
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470661536
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2.3 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 499,438 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sue Jenkins is a web and graphic designer, illustrator, fine art photographer, software instructor, and author. She is the owner and creative director of Luckychair.com, a full-service web and graphic design studio serving businesses across the U.S. since 1997. In addition, Sue is an Adobe Certified Expert and Adobe Certified Instructor teaching 3-day courses in Dreamweaver, Photoshop, and Illustrator at Noble Desktop in New York City.

Sue has written 7 instructional books on design including "Smashing Photoshop: 100 Professional Techniques", "Web Design For Dummies All-in-One Desk Reference", "Dreamweaver CS5 For Dummies All-in-One Desk Reference", and "How To Do Everything Illustrator CS4". Sue is an award-winning instructor and can also be seen in six Adobe Training DVDs by ClassOnDemand including: "Dreamweaver For Designers", "Designer's Guide to Illustrator", "Designer's Guide to Photoshop", and "Fundamentals of Photoshop Elements".

To learn more about Luckychair's web and graphic design services, visit: http://www.luckychair.com

To view Sue's fine art photography portfolio, visit: http://www.suejenkinsphotography.com

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‘Suitable for anyone fairly new to Photoshop…great for learning lots of relevant techniques quickly.’  (.net, January 2011).

About the Author

Sue Jenkins is a web designer, graphic designer, illustrator, fi ne art photographer (www.suejenkinsphotography.com), soft ware instructor, writer, and the owner of the Luckychair (www.luckychair.com), a professional design studio serving companies across the U.S.A. since 1997. Sue is the author of several books on Adobe soft ware and design including Dreamweaver All–in–One For Dummies, Web Design All–in–One For Dummies, Web Design: The L–Line, Th e Express Line to Learning, and How To Do Everything Illustrator . She is also the award–winning soft ware instructor in six of ClassOnDemand′s (www.classondemand.com) Adobe Training DVDs: Dreamweaver for Designers (winner of a 2007 Bronze Telly Award), Designer′s Guide to Photoshop, Designer′s Guide to Illustrator (winner of a 2009 Annual Communicator Award of Distinction), Fundamentals of Photoshop Elements (winner of a 2009 DV Magazine Award of Excellence), Complete Training for Adobe Dreamweaver CS5, and Complete Training for Adobe Photoshop CS5 . In addition, Sue is an Adobe Certifi ed Expert/Adobe Certifi ed Instructor teaching three–day courses in Dreamweaver, Illustrator, and Photoshop at Noble Desktop (www.nobledesktop.com) in New York City, and is currently working toward her MFA in Photography. Sue lives with her husband and son in Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. WEST-SOLEY TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Nov 2010
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This is the second book I've used from the excellent 'Smashing' series, and they really can't be beaten in terms of easy, no-nonsense practical advice - it's straight down to brass tacks with short chapters packed with useful examples to get you learning and trying new techniques straight away. If, like me, you haven't got the time to learn every tool in Photoshop 'properly' before using them on a day-to-day basis in your work, then this kind of guide is perfect - it's a dip-in type of book, excellently sectioned and indexed, so you can identify the bits you need straight away. Then it's just a case of reading the short, clear explanations, then applying them straight away to your own creations. Couldn't be simpler, and it saves a load of time flicking through more complicated 'from scratch' tutorials if you're pushed for results quickly!

I found the section on web layout techniques absolute gold dust - clear, useful advice on techniques such as grid layouts and slicing. Great stuff if your strengths are in HTML / development and you find yourself having to (or forced to!) cover the graphical side of things too. But there's equally useful material in the book on creating composites, retouching images and creating special effects - something for everyone, in other words, even those who are more familiar with Photoshop.

Highly recommended as a desktop reference for Photoshop - another golden title in the Smashing series, and a great compendium of bite-sized 'wow' techniques.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazoniac TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Nov 2010
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Smashing Magazine is an online presence, where you can pick up some great ideas and techniques to fuel your creativity. Aimed mainly at web designers, there are also plenty of things of interest for general computer / Photoshop users.
This book is a collection of interesting design ideas, with recipes for users to try at home. It is based on Photoshop CS5, so is dealing with the very latest iteration of a very well known image editing package.
If you have been using almost any version of Photoshop for more than 4 or 5 years, then you will probably find quite a lot of this book familiar to you. An awful lot of this stuff is freely available on the 'net already (and a fair bit of it in the 'Help' files that come built in to your software - but who reads the 'Help' files, right?), so you might be forgiven for wondering why you should actually pay for a collection of such stuff.
Well, despite all I have said above, I personally own a huge number of books about Photoshop, and even find new stuff in them after working with this package since the early 1990s. It is good to have a reference to hand that you can draw and write on - and most of my books are now covered with 'notes to self' about the new features (and sometimes failings) of the program, 'how to' instructions, etc.
So, overall I would recommend that you buy a book like this one, or one of the 'How to Wow' series, and work your way through it and learn some impressive techniques and use the book as a 'workbook' rather than a bible.
Not a book for the complete beginner, but an interesting addition to the library of Photoshop reference out there.
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By Maria GR on 28 May 2012
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I am a graphic designer and this book helped me to learn techniques that i didn't knew and always envy on other designer's works ;) (or knew how to do in a lot more stages)
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By Mr. Simon Paddon VINE VOICE on 13 Feb 2011
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Love this book- I am not an advanced user, but it shows you every step of the stages; I have found that it helps me explore what could be done, which is helpful, just in my way of thinking about what I want to do.

Clear, step by step instructions- worth buying. 5 starrs.
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I have been using Photoshop for many years and do not count myself as a beginner.

This is just as well as this book assumes you already know your way around the software.

I found the book easy to dip into for help with some parts of the software I had not used before.

If you have to buy the book youself, I am sure you would do better elsewhere. If you get your boss to pay, it will be well thumbed before long and borrowed by others.

A good standby reference type of book.
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By E. Dale on 20 Dec 2010
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For anyone who only knows the basics of photoshop I don't think this book is as helpful as it could be. It seems to presume that you have lots of prior knowledge but I suppose the clue is in the title 'Professional'. I think the pictures in the book were a bit misleading too, hard to equate them with the actuality of using the photoshop programme. My son-in-law is a graphic designer and he uses photoshop a lot so I asked for his opinion on the book and he didn't rate it much either, he even said he could have done better.
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Having recently picked up CS5, I have used this book quite a lot. It's well indexed (a real bug-bear of mine with software textbooks) and has a lot of handy tips and tricks that you can flick through without having to start at the beginning and work your way through.

There is a lot here, from basic tasks and tools to relatively complex procedures, all easily explained and well documented. The authors have obviously thought about what the average photoshop 'dipper' needs to know and has catered for that group of people (who I suspect may be in the majority) very well. The section on using photoshop for creating web-based graphics and design is very useful and simple to understand.

The only problem I have with this book, which does show short-sightedness by the authors, is that a lot of the photos used to illustrate each tip are terrible! Surely, in a book detailing how to improve your photographs, putting in good quality pics would have been a priority, but this doesn't appear to be the case here, where grainy and boring photos are prevalent. That alone made it a 3 star review for me, otherwise it would definitely have been a high 4.
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