Photoshop® CS Accelerated: A Full-Color Guide Paperback – 21 May 2004
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From the Back Cover
Accelerate Your Photoshop Skills with This Practical, Sophisticated Guide
Photoshop CS Accelerated: A Full–Color Guide gets you up and running through hands–on experience creating meaningful, fun projects. Its learn–by–doing approach makes the road to proficiency quick and painless. Start off with a clear–cut introduction to the essential concepts, functions, and terminology that are difficult to grasp on your own. Then, immediately put your new skills to the test by following step–by–step practical exercises.
Full–color, crisp screenshots and graphics on every page give you a clear image of what’s possible. Dozens of real–world examples, from straightforward to advanced, demonstrate how to integrate techniques and take advantage of the innovative features new to Photoshop CS. By the end, you’ll know how to create and enhance remarkable images.
Techniques you’ll master include:
- Brighten dark images and correct overexposed pictures
- Remove red–eye and correct skin tone
- Combine images using layers and blending modes
- Enhance image composition
- Design a transparent image for a web page
- Apply texture to 3D text
- Color black and white images
- Simulate neon lights and fireworks
- Add motion effects
- Create reflections and shadows
About the Author
Founded in 1987 YoungJin.com is a leading South Korean book publisher known for brilliant graphics books that feature trend–setting designs and striking images. Other high–quality YoungJin.com books published with Sybex Inc. include 40 Digital Photography Techniques, 40 Digital Photo Retouching Techniques, Maya Character Animation, and Flash MX Motion Graphics.
Top customer reviews
It is full colour from front to back and is easy to read and follow, and so it should be! Photoshop is a graphics programme, I didn't want a book in black & white.
I am only part way through so far, as I only got the book a few days ago but I am really enjoying going through it.
It comes with a CD which includes all the files for the exercises and each chapter has a section to read for explaination and exercises to do. This is what I was looking for - a learn by doing approach.
It covers a whole host of stuff in its 350 pages and I think is really excellent value for money for the price and ideal for the beginner. I really was pleasantly suprised at this book, as I was not expecting such a great book for the price. I didn't want to spend a fortune on a doorstop for my first photoshop book.
I will enjoy working through the rest of the book.
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HOWEVER, the excercises after each lesson contains many errors that will frustrate the beginner.
First thing I tried hard to remember was the short cut, Ctl D. This takes the marquee lines away when you have been using the lasso or marquee tools. It was a handy short cut for me as I was learning PhotoShop. Ever crop a picture only to have a faint border of another color around the picture? Try Defringe! Never heard of it? Look in the Layer menu under Matting. Or have you ever wished to slim down a feature in a photo? Try using the Move tool while holding the Alt Key. The press the left arrow a few times - automatic diet!
Another handy trick that was taught in the early chapters was "Contiguous". When using the Magic Wand to select an entire background, this box should be unchecked if there is any background inside the image you want. For example, a person has their hand on their hip, creating an area that is cut off from the rest of the background. By having Contiguous unchecked, this are will also be selected when you use the Magic Wand. VERY handy.
Chapter Four teaches the Patch, Clone, Pattern and both History Brushes. Again, these are tools I was aware of but didn't know how to use. The chapter walks you through them in a clear and concise manner except for the Art History tool. Those instructions confused me. Be sure to take the time to go through the preset brushes, there are so many options.
Do you love those old black and white photos that have just a hint of color? Chapter 5 explains how you can create your own tinted photos. Also in this chapter, you will learn how to put a photo into a frame that is set on an angle. Keep reading to learn how to create Neon Lights and fireworks.
Color correction and things like sharpening a photo, making chocolate candy look like chocolate instead of some rose color, brightening a dark photo, correcting over exposure, replacing color and several more tidbits are found in Chapter 7. If you have trouble with the concept of layers or channels, the next two chapters are a must read. And continuing on in the book is the chapter on Filters. What fun these can be. Don't forget about masks also found in Chapter 10.
By this time, you have covered 350 pages of material on PhotoShop CS and the exercises that go with each chapter. The CD contains the files needed to perform the exercises, along with a finished version of what each is trying to accomplish as well as a copy of PS CS and ImageReady CS. If you have ever been frustrated with learning just what PS will do, this is the book to show you all the wonderful elements in this very extensive program. I have been using PS for a few years and this book showed me things I never knew the program would do. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to use PS but has never found the right book to help them learn it.
This book should be strongly recommended to the novice user, the teacher who likes to organize his lessons and the intermediate. As I am not an expert in Photoshop, I do not know to what extent would a Photoshop expert benefit from it.
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