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Ideal for recent PhotoShop converts and newcomers
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.