Inside Adobe Photoshop 5.5 Paperback – 23 Mar 2000
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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 http://www.i-us.com/xara.htm. Gary can be reached at Gary@TheBoutons.com.
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 Barbara@TheBoutons.com.
Gary and Barbara maintain their own Internet site (http://www.TheBoutons.com) 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 email@example.com. His Web site address is http://www.aiusa.com/gary.
Top Customer Reviews
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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.
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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