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  • Paperback: 928 pages
  • Publisher: New Riders; Pap/Cdr edition (23 Mar. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735710007
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735710009
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 18.5 x 5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,406,226 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

In Inside Adobe Photoshop 5.5, Gary Boutons learning methodology is set up to give you hands-on experience with Photoshops features, using either the imagery created in the book or the users own. Gary goes well beyond simply reviewing the features and grounds his readers in the most practical and useful aspects of Photoshop-the real-world uses of this powerful program-before delving into the more complex, arcane, or esoteric uses of the program. Each chapter includes a balance of textual discussion, hands-on excercises, and review material, all written in Garys highly praised style.

About the Author

Gary David Bouton is an author and illustrator who adopted the personal computer after 20 years of creating artwork at a traditional drafting table. Inside Adobe Photoshop 5.5 is Gary's ninth book on Adobe Photoshop; he has written eight other books on computer graphics for New Riders Publishing, in addition to being a contributing author to three books on CorelDRAW.

Gary has won several international awards in desktop publishing and design, and he was a finalist in the 1996 Macromedia People's Choice Awards. A contributing writer to Corel Magazine and other publications, Gary is also moderator emeritus of the CorelXARA discussion list on i/us at Gary can be reached at

Barbara Mancuso Bouton has co-authored all editions of Inside Adobe Photoshop and was the editor of the New Riders Official World Wide Web Yellow Pages. Barbara is a publishing and electronic/ Internet document production professional and is a systems consultant for a number of Fortune 500 firms. Barbara can be reached at

Gary and Barbara maintain their own Internet site ( as a repository of book listings, essays on computer graphics, and as an art gallery of current images.

Gary Kubicek has been a contributing author for six books on Photoshop; he has also been a technical editor for eight books. A professional photographer for more than 20 years, Gary was an early adopter of Photoshop and the "digital darkroom" as an extension of the self-expression he finds in his traditional photographic work.

Gary is also a digital imaging consultant, owner of a photo restoration business, and a Photoshop, PageMaker, and Office 97 software instructor for a variety of clients.

Gary can be reached at His Web site address is

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Format: Paperback
A big upgrade from Photoshop 4: I used this software profesionally to restore & manipulate photos, do web art & poster designs. The book was a very good reference indeed. If you'd forget a few procedures, it put me back on track. Excellent for creating your own web-graphics, and I've done cool in-store posters as well. It simply explains how the tools work, and your creativity finds lots of uses for them
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By A Customer on 30 Nov. 2000
Format: Paperback
If your thing is photo manipulation, then this is the book to buy. If you are looking for further reading on using Photoshop for web related use, then this one is probably not one to go for. This does not diminish its quality however, I have found it particularly good for improving previously boring photographs. Highly informative and the cd is very good too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Photoshop book around 30 Mar. 2000
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I learned about the "Inside Photoshop" books at a web seminar that I went to a few months ago, and almost bought the 5.0 version of the book, even though I had Photoshop 5.5. After I did a little research, I learned the 5.5 version of the book was coming out soon, and I immediately ordered it. I looked at quite a few Photoshop books during my research, and this is, without question, the winner. This book is not only an excellent learning resource for beginners, it's a great reference book for advanced users. Almost every aspect of Photoshop is covered, with plently of examples and graphics included. You'll keep this one close at hand.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bouton does it again. 31 Mar. 2000
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I have purchased Gary and Barbara Bouton's Photoshop books and I must say he always does a good job.
Bouton starts with a fairly comprehensive introduction to computer graphics, that is appropriate for both beginners and advanced users alike. Bouton uses challenging and practical exercises that combine the various features of Photoshop, making learning much faster. The CD is treasure trove in itself-- to jumpstart the novice web developer, Bouton included clip art graphics and backgrounds.
This book is a must-have for Photoshop users.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 6 stars 21 Sept. 2000
By Scott - Published on
Format: Paperback
All is explained in Inside Adobe Photoshop 5.5 Why you use a tool or operation (brush, rubbber stamp, editing layer...) opposed to another, or, what something is, are answered clearly. You know you are reading a book written by experienced, seasoned, graphic designers with a thourough knowledge of Photoshop. I am at page 300 and look forward to the next 500 pages. Adobe photoshop is a complex, (some parts complicated) extensive program. Inside Adobe Photoshop 5.5 teaches you how to use it. This is what a good book should do... and it does! If you only want one book, buy this. If you would like to have a few books,(it never hurts) make this one of them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You want a book, but you'd rather have a mentor, right? 4 Sept. 1998
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Gary Bouton and the "Inside" team decided it was time to put aside all the warmed-over Photoshop how-to materials and get down to some person to person mentoring. __ Inside Photoshop 5 is not another heavy book that simply rehashes the manual. (Although it is over 700 pages) The manner and tone of this book will teach you the solid techniques of Photoshop in a friendly way. You'll learn the processes from start to finish, in terms you can relate to and understand. This isn't a text book. Gary approaches every aspect of Photoshop as if it were a client assignment in your own studio. You learn how to approach projects and, most importantly, why. It's deep, well written, and easy to read. __ If you get one Photoshop book for version 5, make it this one. (1998 Editor's Choice AWARD, DT&G Magazine, The Design & Publishing Center at )
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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay, but not the best Photoshop book 19 Sept. 2000
By Richard Drdul - Published on
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This is a good Photoshop book, but it's not the best one to use to learn Photoshop, not is it the easiest to follow. My biggest complaint is that the instructions tell you to click this or press that key, but no explanation is provided as to why. I have to make extensive use of the on-line Help and frequently refer to other Photoshop books to understand key concepts.
I also find the organization of the book a bit haphazard. Lessons present concepts in a disorganized fashion -- for example, some info on a specific selection tool, some more info on layers, and one or two "advanced" concepts (not properly explained, either) thrown in just to keep things confusing.
Finally, compared with most Photoshop books, this book is quite unattractive. There is almost no colour in the book, and what there is is pretty plain. I enjoy Photoshop books with photos that inspire me -- this one certainly doesn't.
There are some good lessons in the book, and overall there is a good amount of information, but if I were learning Photoshop from scratch again, I'd pick another book to start with.
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