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5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly whats needed, 29 Sep 2011
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There's no shortage of Photoshop books aimed at either total beginners or basic-intermediate. This is one of the very rare works that aims squarely at the least catered for users who have a solid and well practiced knowledge of Photoshop and digital imaging, but want a thorough examination of substantially upgraded features (such as camera raw, content aware fill), or who wish to supplement their toolkit with additional cutting edge techniques. The explanations of the methods and techniques demonstrated are clearly and concisely written and well illustrated, with plenty of useful information on what underlies new controls and when they are best applied. Most importantly for me, the book contains perhaps the most useful guide to the latest iteration of Camera RAW I have come across, and presents a compelling argument as to why it should be at the heart of most users workflows.

It is not a book for beginners or very casual users, who will simply not have the background knowledge needed in either photoshop or digital imaging to get the best out of it and will almost certainly find it too much like hard work, as some of the other reviews indicate. Those for whom Photoshop forms a significant part of working life will find this an essential companion, with plenty here to raise standards, add polish to images and even suggest occasions when it is better to step back, put down the Wacom and pursue effects in-camera. That many of those who contributed to the book are intimately involved with Photoshop's development speaks volumes about how closely the book reflects the programs underpinnings.
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