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Clearly structured to help novice and intermediate users alike
on 3 August 2012
As they say on Dragon's Den - Let me tell you where I'm coming from: I consider myself to be a beginner with Photoshop and although I'm happy to crop and rotate documents, that's as far as my knowledge goes.
Back to the book: I really like "Brilliant Photoshop CS6" because it seems to be aimed at my level. It's not turgid chapters of technical instruction but instead is full of annotated screen shots and useful tips.
There are 22 sections in 561 pages that cover key areas such as "Mastering the Art of Selection" (Section 4,) "Working with Layers" (Section 5) and "Creating Masks" (Section 10.)
Each section is divided into a dozen or more topics such as "Using the Magic Wand Tool", "Duplicating a Layer" or "Creating a Layer Mask."
A typical topic covers one or two pages and includes a clearly written introduction with a detailed step by step guide. Each step is numbered and together with the coloured screenshots on each page, is easy to follow the instructions. "Did You Know" and "For Your Information" sections give useful hints. The text is easy to read and the screenshots are clear. Of course Photoshop has evolved over the years and new topics are clearly marked as such in the contents.
I really like "Brilliant Photoshop CS6". It's aimed at the enthusiastic newcomer to Photoshop and all but the most expert will find something of value. I particularly like the clear structure and format of and the focus that each topic gives.
It seems very comprehensive and probably best treated as a reference book once you know the basics, although you could treat it an instruction manual by attacking the topics in order.
At under £20 "Brilliant Photoshop CS6" is a great guide for all but the most expert.
Finally, be aware that "Brilliant Photoshop CS6" by Steve Johnson is the same as "Adobe Photoshop CS6 on Demand" but with a different cover.