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4.3 out of 5 stars
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Adobe Photoshop CS4 One-on-One (Digital Media)
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on 23 January 2009
I have just upgraded from CS2 to CS4 and this book was great to ease the transition to the new features. It is the best laid out book I have read on using photoshop for digital photography. The videos are different and extra to the lessons and you do feel you are getting one-to-one tuition. My only minor complaint is that Deke uses too simple examples, particularly with channels and masking. This is ok for beginners and intermediates but less helpful for the more experienced. Otherwise it would have rated 5 star which is very rare from me.
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on 4 February 2009
This book is very thorough and covers Photoshop features in depth. Rather than Kelby's "press this and that and you don't really need to know what you're doing - it just works" style, Deke's book goes into great detail about the workings of the various techniques he is teaching. Each chapter of the book is supplemented by a video lesson (this covers different material to the text) that acts as an integral part of the training.

For gaining a comprehensive understanding of the common Photoshop functions, I have no hesitation in recommending this book.
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on 3 July 2009
This is an excellent book for learning Photoshop's CS4. Unlike many other book+media author-teachers Deke McClelland gives detailed and accurate instructions for every step - he doesn't leave you wandering around in Bridge trying to find the correct image to go with the lesson, he doesn't make sweeping assumptions that you know your way around anything, instead he guides you with carefully thought-out instructions for every step and shows great skill in seeing things from a beginners perspective - the mark of a true teacher. In its field, this is the best book on the market.
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on 9 August 2010
This is a brilliant guide to CS 4 Photoshop. The videos are very clear, the facility to re-view is important as they each contain so much detail that you cannot take it all in. The lessons and associated activities are really excellent. The instructions are easy to follow and are in clear steps. In many cases the refinements to get perfect images, go too far for the first time user, however, you do get very good results by following the instructions.
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on 13 March 2013
Deke Mlelland's style is friendly and funny, which makes the book pleasant to work with. This helps because the subject can be quite difficult to get to grips with. The lessons are logically set out, with step by step guides, in the book, and demonstrations contained on the DVD. A very worthwhile course for Photoshop CS4, and well recommended.
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on 16 July 2010
Finally thanks to this book, I am getting to grips with Photoshop. Deke McClelland's detailed and clear explanations have resulted in Eureka moments as I have succeeded in mastering the intricacies of this programme. I highly recommend this book if you are struggling with Photoshop or want to learn more about this powerful and useful tool.
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on 22 November 2008
This book seems to focus predominantly on "cartoon" type effects. It may have some appeal to children wanting to use Photoshop, but I can't imagine it being of any use to professionals or serious amateurs.
Far better are the books by Scott Kelby.
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