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Adobe Photoshop CC Classroom in a Book (Classroom in a Book (Adobe)) Paperback – 19 Jun 2013
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Having said that, now I'm familiar with Photoshop, videos and articles make much more sense. That’s all thanks to this book, Adobe Photoshop: classroom in a book.
Having gone through the entire book, I'd say this is a must-read for anyone wanting to learn Adobe Photoshop starting from scratch, and, in my opinion, should be provided with every installation of Photoshop.
The authors take you by the hand and move you through each chapter, first making sure you can crawl, then teaching you how to walk your way through lessons.
The photographs and images in the lessons are all very clearly labeled and correspond well to the nearby text, making it extremely helpful for someone who doesn’t know their way around the interface.
There are mini questionnaires at the end of every chapter, probing your memory to see if you have learnt anything.
What this book doesn’t do is blind you with the science of how images are manipulated focusing, rather, on getting the steps right in achieving that end. Directions are straight to the point with minimal digression, yet hold your attention to the end of the chapter. Diagrams of layouts are extremely well presented with precise indications as to where everything is on the Photoshop Interface.
If I had to pick faults, I’d say some of the images you’re given to work with are bland and uninspiring.Read more ›
The book itself is laid out in easy-to-use topics or units giving a guide to topics such as Getting to know the User Interface of the software, Layers, Basic Photo Corrections and Advanced Compositing. Each unit is very easy to follow and the supplied passcode for digitally downloading the lesson files from Peachpit Press really adds substance and reassurance to the lessons. You can really see how you are progressing and the lesson files include examples of what your finished workflow should look like. (I found this extremely useful and reassuring). One of the benefits of the Peachpit downloads is that you can check back from time-to-time and any amendments to the book or lesson files are provided free of charge, as well as the lessons being available to re-download. (Just in case you accidentally delete any).
If there is one downside to this book it is that Adobe constantly update their software if you have a Photography plan via the Creative Cloud. Although this is a good thing to have new features, sometimes this can mean you may have to do a little searching to find the feature you are looking for when following the lessons. The feature will however be there and will just need finding. (The search/help feature will help here). One section that I did find difficult to follow was the 'Working with 3D Images'. This takes some getting used to and I need to return to it when I had a bit more experience of using Photoshop.Read more ›
One point of causion for those planning to buy this technical books but are not tooo technically enlightened is that because the softwares are now CC ((Creative Cloud), updates are in the cloud and so most of the time if you want to follow the instructions in the book, you will find out that they are or have been obselet or moved to another location.
So be prepared to find that this good book for example is out of date for about a year. There had been at least two major updates since its release BUT BUT if you want to do design and there need this book then you must be able to scrutinise and navigate your way.
I've tried other books but they're all rampant with expectations of prior knowledge of the software and I just end up giving up. This is a long book but I'm working through it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Brilliant - worked through most chapters and it taught most of the basics for using Photoshop - nothing like a lot of practice afterwards though to make it sink in!Published 11 months ago by 40-Something Dad
still learning stuff after 15 years of playing with this prog. the book reveals stuff i should have learnt by now :-)Published 13 months ago by R. L. Davies
Just starting out in Photoshop and this book is an excellent tool to start the learning processPublished 14 months ago by A. McGuire
Brilliant. Couldn`t do without it. Excellent for beginners to Photoshop and very easy to follow. Would definitely recommend.Published 17 months ago by Cap`n49
This is a fantastic product that is written impeccably and is so easy to follow. Obviously, the Adobe Creative Team know their product inside out, but they give you the feeling... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Doogs1968
This is a good e book to have especially if you have 2 or more monitors. I have this open on my 19" monitor & work through it on my 27" monitor. Read morePublished on 6 Aug. 2014 by Steve bw
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