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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 01 edition (21 Aug. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0133980464
  • ISBN-13: 978-0133980462
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.5 x 22.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Elaine Weinmann and Peter Lourekas have also written, designed, and illustrated Visual QuickStart Guides to Adobe Illustrator and QuarkXPress. Their books have been translated into 12 languages and have sold more than 2.1 million copies worldwide. They have also taught at Pratt Manhattan, the Cooper Union School of Art, the New School Computer Instruction Center, and the Parsons School of Design.

They are based in Asheville, North Carolina.

 


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This should be a great book; the pictures are of high quality and the layout of the text is clear. However, although there are some images available from the Peachpit web site grouped in seven collections (Photos Part 1-7), they do not relate directly to the 25 chapters in the book and appear in an order unrelated to the page numbers. Just one example: on page 348 there are two images of a sports car on a country road, the idea being to cut out the car, enlarge it slightly and replace it on the road. Two pictures (before and after) are shown in the book but these are not included in the downloadable "Bonus Content". The associated instructions, which start "On the layers panel, click a layer ...", are not much help without an equivalent image to work on. So, as a way of learning Photoshop, it does not work well without enough images.

As a 500 page reference book, it is incomplete and the index frequently fails to identify relevant material. The reader would do much better with the free Adobe downloadable PDF "Adobe Photoshop Help and Tutorials", a 1054 page manual.

In conclusion, this is a disappointment; neither a good learning tool nor a good reference tool.
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Excellent book, covers plenty of material in depth and clarified many points. Certainly recommend it but don't expect it to be bedside reading - can get a little heavy.
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An excellent reference book to have in your library when you tackle Photoshop work.
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HASH(0x96106d20) out of 5 stars A view of the facts 6 Jan. 2014
By Al Kunz - Published on Amazon.com
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Hallelujah!!! A Photoshop book that indicates new or improved Photoshop features! Throughout the book you will find a red star within the Table of Contents or within a set of text telling the reader that this is something new or improved in the Photoshop program. It is astonishing how few books on this subject provide this.

Having begun this review on a happy note let me further the notion that it is an excellent text if you are the kind of person that likes to have all of the facts. There are books on Photoshop that instruct the reader to do this, and then do that, etc., to achieve a certain goal. Well, this book will also instruct you in a similar fashion but will also furnish you with much more detail to foster a good understanding of why you are doing this or that. In fact, in addition to the paper book, it will also give you the ability to download an eBook or PDF version of the complete text, and, at no additional charge. Thus learning need not be limited to the computer on which you have Photoshop installed. But first, let’s look at the hard facts about this book.

Visual Quick Start, Photoshop CC (let’s use PSCC from here on) is a 520 page paper back volume. It lists for $39.99, however, as of the writing of this review, it sold on Amazon for $31.33. A Kindle edition is available for $16. The Book Level is rated at Beginner/Intermediate, a rating with which I would agree with more emphasis on the more experienced Beginner. The authors, Elaine Weinmann and Peter Lourekas, in addition to being prolific authors, are also designers and have taught the subject at a number of prestigious schools of design. Addition-ally, the reader can download many of the photos used in the book, so that you can follow along with the lessons using the same photos.

As I alluded to in the beginning of this review, this is a book for people who learn by doing as well as by inhaling all of the pertinent information about a procedure, process or whatever is the subject matter being studied. It is a no-nonsense book that gets right into Photoshop CC in all of its phases. There were a considerable number of instances where I learned something new or at least new to me. After a few of these, I went back to Photoshop CS5 which also resides on my computer and invariably, that feature or process was on CS5 as well. The point here is the fact that all of the previous books that I had read on CS5 did not contain any information on these nuances of Photoshop even though they were part of the program. It is also evidence that the authors of this book on PSCC are not leaving anything out because it is from a previous version of the program. For beginners, that is a crucial point. As a beginner, you want to learn all you can about PSCC even though the information may be old to a veteran. You can see why the book is 520 pages long. It is because it is comprised of a considerable amount of information about its subject. Also, as stated previously, it is a no-nonsense book that eschews flowery language and gets right to the point. This fact may be a stumbling block to some beginners who have no experience with programs like Photoshop.

The book covers all phases of Photoshop CC including Adobe Bridge and Cam-era Raw. It then provides good basic sections on Workspace, Panels & Presets, Pixel Basics, Layer Essentials Selections & Masks, History and Using Color. This is followed by what many Photoshop users consider to be the reason for its existence, namely, Adjustments. This is a prologue to all of the creative phases of the program with a number of sections that I won’t list here. One of the last sections surprised me, but in retrospect, made me realize what a clever piece it was, all in one place. It was a section on Preferences. If you have ever used a computer, you realize that every program has a number of preferences which enable the user to direct the program’s responses in a manner in line with the user’s work-flow. Well, you can imagine the number of preferences Photoshop embodies. Well, here is section listing all of Photoshop’s preferences (including Adobe Bridge) in one place. That’s almost worth the price of the book.

I’ve spoken about this book’s ability to educate the new user but it also has considerable value as a reference tome. Its Table of Contents and its Index both provide a very useable look-up facility. It is fairly easy to find a wanted subject within the book in short order.

In summary, I found Visual Quickstart Guide, Photoshop CC to be a fact filled book. It may take a little longer to get through it but the reader will be much better prepared for all that Photoshop CC can offer. For the experienced Photoshop user, it offers much information as a reference manual in a very useable size.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x953fae70) out of 5 stars Excellent tutorial for beginners. 7 Nov. 2013
By Martin R. - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent tutorial for beginners. Well thought out and practice examples provided. Publisher support site available. I recommend this guide to newbies.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9541b510) out of 5 stars Not much help without the supporting images 27 Mar. 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This should be a great book; the pictures are of high quality and the layout of the text is clear. However, although there are some images available from the Peachpit web site grouped in seven collections (Photos Part 1-7), they do not relate directly to the 25 chapters in the book and appear in an order unrelated to the page numbers. Just one example: on page 348 there are two images of a sports car on a country road, the idea being to cut out the car, enlarge it slightly and replace it on the road. Two pictures (before and after) are shown in the book but these are not included in the downloadable "Bonus Content". The associated instructions, which start "On the layers panel, click a layer ...", are not much help without an equivalent image to work on. So, as a way of learning Photoshop, it does not work well without enough images.

As a 500 page reference book, it is incomplete and the index frequently fails to identify relevant material. The reader would do much better with the Adobe downloadable PDF "Adobe Photoshop Help and Tutorials", a 1054 page manual.

In conclusion, this is a disappointment; neither a good learning tool nor a good reference tool.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95c7f570) out of 5 stars I've read only a small part of this book and thus far have found complete and easy to understand descriptions for all features t 19 Jun. 2015
By James R. Bull - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased the Kindle edition, so it is convenient to open Photoshop CC on the desktop and step through features in the Kindle. I've read only a small part of this book and thus far have found complete and easy to understand descriptions for all features that I've used in Photoshop. I recommend this book for photographers currently using Light Room CC looking to take the next step into Photoshop CC.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96359d94) out of 5 stars A Photo Shop CC 2015 Reference Manual: Visual QuickStart Guide by Elaine Weinman and Peter Lourekas 4 Nov. 2015
By SWM1956 - Published on Amazon.com
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The Photoshop CC: Visual QuickStart Guide 2015 by Weinmann and Lourekas is not for the beginner in Photo Shop. Although PACKED with all sorts of helpful text, screen shots, and photo illustrations; I had to STOP reading it after about 25 pages, and switch to the Faulkner Book. The Visual QuickStart Guide is so detailed that one is left "not finding a tree in a forest" (or some such slang-you know what I mean). It is a very detailed and Technical book which is a good supplement to the official "Classroom In A Book" product by Adobe. As for practicality it is somewhat deficient in its 1) use of infrequently worded vernacular(it's made for those people with fantastic English skills), 2) Lack of follow along Lessons such as the Faulkner book provides. It's advantage is that it is extremely detailed and could be used as a reference book for the Photo Shop "purist". Even though I stopped reading it for now, I will probably appreciate it better as I finish the Faulkner book and become more familiar with Photo Shop 2015 CC. A good reference book for the Photo Shop CC 2013 to CC 2014 veterans; quite harder for the beginner at the CS-5 or CS-6 Level.
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