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on 12 February 2004
Last year I moved from Corel to PhotoShop and needed to find out how to do things the Adobe way. This book was ideal, explaining clearly and concisely how to use PhotoShop's design capabilities quickly and easily.
Most PhotoShop books contain murky black and white screenshots. Not so here. All the exercises are presented in full colour making it easy to see what to do and what each step should look like once completed. Additional useful tips are given in the wide page margins so as not to interfere with the flow of the main text.
The chapter on type (text) effects uses commercial fonts in the excercises but the techniques work on any font including the standard Windows ones.
Throughout the book the author's humour helps ease the reader into the complexities of PhotoShop CS. Each chapter reveals the power of CS beyond colour management and photo retouching.
Down & Dirty Tricks is best suited for the knowledgeable designer new to PhotoShop or absolute newbies to graphics. More experienced PhotoShop hands would do better looking elsewhere like the PhotoShop Wow! books.
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on 15 November 2003
The CS edition of 'Down Dirty Tricks' is somewhat misleading in title, as I expected to find a lot of Photoshop CS oriented effects. In reality most of the tutorials can easily be achieved in Photoshop 7, which makes the title misleading. This gives me the feeling that Scott Kelby was to eager to publish this book, as the possibilities of the new CS Photoshop are so expanded, that it's virtually impossible to incorporate all the new functions in the tutorials of this book.
Those who already purchased a 'Down Dirty Tricks' edition, however won't be disappointed as the tutorials are straightforward, clearly explained and step by step illustrated. It's possible to download some of the images, but a cd with the image files of the book would be nice.
There is an extra focus on Hollywood effects (especially on billboard effects), but the problem with publishing tutorials on common effects, is that this doesn't lead to creativity, only to reproducing cliché effects.
So, some what a mixed bag, but those who want clear tutorials on common Hollywood effects, can't probably buy a better book than this.
Ronald Clercx
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on 30 January 2004
If you want your first book on PhotoShop- buy it.
If you want a book on PhotoShop CS - save your money.
The CS related material in this book is very hard to find. The "tricks" could might as well be done in an earlier version of PS. The tricks often use fonts that you have to buy to get the full out of it. Half of the tricks are old and not to be found in a "state of the art - all brand new" book on PS.
If you've spent time in PS before and read a book or two on the subj. before then read the Help file and use your imagination insted of buying this book.
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on 7 January 2004
Photoshop CS
Down & Dirty Tricks
[ISBN 0-7357-1353-7]
Scott Kelby
New Riders
Review by John Shaw
It boasts, 'a 100% all cool new stuff' and yes this is not just an upgrade to his previous volume, it's a refreshing look at what's vogue in the ever-changing world of Photoshop effects.
A whole new book that shows you the latest cutting edge Photoshop effects that are being used today. A book that will appeal to anyone that uses Photoshop as the creative medium, whether it be Photographer, Graphic Designer or Web wizard etc.
Its eight chapters are packed with easy to understand, step by step instructions that will enable you to produce a multitude of special effects quickly and efficiently. The chapters cover photographic, text and advertising effects as well as icandy, which show you tricks for creating photographic chrome reflections and realistic neon effects etc. It is pitched at the intermediate to advanced user, as it requires some previous Photoshop experience, but having used the book to create several effects, I can say a novice would also find it very useful and productive.
The most rewarding aspect of the previous book has been retained and that is the ability to 'jump in', pick a page and have a go. You don't need to read several chapters before getting to something interesting, its instant !
This version has a fresh feel with up-to-date images, tricks and tips to show of the potential of the new Photoshop program CS. It exploits the latest tools and shows you how to get the most from them, in easy, well illustrated tutorials. Although it doesn't come with a CD you are able to download many of the images used from a dedicated website and try them out yourself.
If you follow the techniques used in this book you will soon be producing cool, jaw dropping effects and at the same time mastering the intricacies of Photoshop and having the satisfaction in knowing how to simulate the effect yourself with total control over it!
So, take a leap forward and buy this book. A must for any serious Photoshop enthusiast. Highly Recommended
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on 3 August 2007
Think the author of this book is very known guy and he makes really cool stuff. And writes much books.

Don't know if he thinks about all this "tips and tricks" himself, but for sure he have fantasy and imagination. Think it's very important for every designer. Think book "Adobe Photoshop CS Down & Dirty Tricks" will help many people to find inspiration in what they wanna do, doing.. or if they don't know from where to begin.

In book you can find a lot of cool and good tricks. Some of them of cause just using some filters, other made with fantasy, third taken from some magazines, but book in common is really great.

Now it's almost published his new book "Photoshop Down and Dirty Tricks" It it will be as good as this one, i definitely wanna have it.
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on 13 January 2004
I have been using Photoshop for a long time and would think that a book titled Down Dirty Tricks would give new tricks or is it that I am a better user. A better title for this book would be 'Down Dirty OLD Tricks'.
Adobe should be careful who they allow to use there name!
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on 9 March 2012
I didn't find this book very helpful at all. I have been using Photoshop for a few years, and to be honest I have been more impressed by tutorials found online. If you are thinking of buying this book hoping to find some amazing new tricks and techniques, my advice is: SAVE YOUR MONEY!
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