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Good as a manual: less useful for learning
on 14 June 2011
This book follows a tried and tested template of other Wiley books (including others by this author). It is aimed at the complete novice (myself!) and it runs through most of the features of the software in a logical order. Whilst it is easier to look through the book to find the answer to what you want than it is to use the application's help file, the video films which are provided by Adobe are very much more useful, because they guide you through in a semi-interactive way and you can actually see how things happen. The book is full of colourful pictures, screenshots, bullet and letter points and large areas of white space. It's pretty to look at, but there's not much text. Of the book's 214 pages, 7 are taken up with an index, 6 with a table of contents, 26 with chapter contents and at least as much again with headings and boxes saying what a particular tool is. I had some (limited) use of the book in the first few days of using the software, but now it is languishing unread and unreferred to. I wanted to find a book in which I could a) learn how to use the software and b) learn a little about how to create better finished photographs from my rather amateurish snapshots. So this book, cheap to buy and easy on the eye, was a wrong choice for me.