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Disappointing Exploration into Photoshop,
This review is from: Adobe Photoshop CS4 Classroom in a Book (Classroom in a Book (Adobe)) (Paperback)
While this book covers a lot of the functionality of Photoshop i.e. getting to grips with some of the tools, menus and options available, it does not give you any great examples of how to get the most out of this powerful tool.
This book should really be an instruction guide to be provided with the CS4 package rather than any sort of deeper learning. I felt that the examples should have been much more inspirational and challenging. There are two sorts of people that use photoshop on a regular basis, digital photographers, and graphic designers (to distill the basic uses down). I felt that the examples would excite neither user, and would only impress those that had never touched CS4 or any Photoshop incarnation previously.
I felt very misled by the other reviews of this book, as I thought that it would be very comprehensive in both the tasks you undertake and bredth of learning. If you are looking for a book that provides you with great, dynamic, and interesting examples of how to use photoshop as either a digital photographer or graphic designer there are a lot of other books which will capture your attention.
I do wonder if the other reviews are by people associated with the production of the book.
A positive mark for this book is that there is a CD-Rom with photos and jpegs for each of the classroom steps. But it makes me wonder why they did not explore some more vibrant and interesting ideas.