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Photoshop CS A-Z: The essential visual reference guide Paperback – 12 Feb 2004
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Reviews of Photoshop CS A-Z
"The more we used this book, the better we liked it. This isn't the ultimate Photoshop book - and it isn't meant to be - but we can't think of any other that provides such quick and concise reference information." - Digital Photographer Magazine
Reviews of previous editions:
'Designed in an index format, Bargh's informative book is well-illustrated and a valuable asset for all getting into digital imaging.'
'The book provides a visual representation of various features within Photoshop accompanied by succinct, punchy text, which enables you to learn fast and efficiently. Whilst many Photoshop books are tomes difficult to read and understand, this book, with its easy and intuitive layout makes learning a breeze... Overall, this book is an invaluable reference tool that should adorn every desktop when working in Photoshop. Highly recommended.'
-John Shaw, Digital Photo and Practical Photographer.
'The book makes an excellent visual reference guide and should prove very useful for the beginner through to the advanced user.'
-Digital PhotoFX, five star rating
"Unfettered praise is all too rare these days so may this stranger say a warm thank you for your admirable volume "The essential visual reference guide" to Photoshop 7.0. Now much thumbed. Quite one of the best and most accessible of the mentor books to this fiendishly complex but magical software. I like the style and one feels one knows where you're coming from."
- Richard Wade, former Editor - Tomorrow's World BBC 1
About the Author
Peter Bargh was technical writer for 'Practical Photography' magazine and Editor of 'Buying Cameras'. He launched 'Digital PhotoFX' magazine in 1997 and edited it until recently, when he left to set up his own company, Magezine Publishing Ltd. Peter is now publishing ePHOTOzine, a web based magazine, that will increase Internet presence for photography.
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I've been a Photoshop user for many many years. I would go so far as to call myself a guru of sorts. I've read plenty of tutorials and bought more than my fair share of books and manuals. So when it came time to review "Photoshop CS A to Z" I figured I would have a great tool for quick referencing menus and filters and such. Boy was I surprised to actually learn some stuff too!
When you first pick up "A to Z" you'll probably be a little let down. The cover to the book is just horrible looking. It is an ugly green with purple accents and an all around ugliness. The anti-aliasing of the cover lettering is jagged and bad, and just trying to think up something that isn't a slam on the cover art is impossible. The book looks awful. Now open it. ZING!!!!! The layout is great. There isn't a page in the entire book that isn't lit up with pictures and diagrams. You can tell from the first page that this is a great great GREAT reference guide.
The book, as implied by the title, is a reference guide to Photoshop CS. It says CS on the cover, but truly this will actually help users of Photoshop CS even down to Version 7. The book doesn't have chapters, but rather is broken into parts by "letter." So for the 1st chapter, "A", the first thing discussed is "Actions" and goes in depth explaining how actions work, what they do and tips on using them. The tips are awesome, and actually give pointers on how the pro's use actions and point you in the right direction of usage. After "Actions" is "Active Layer" then "Airbrush" and so on. This book touches on every aspect of Photoshop and even delves into resources and elements that are just slightly related to Photoshop (i.e. "Artifacts" in compression or even plugins related to Photoshop)
This guide is for every user of Photoshop. If you need to know what the "Posterization" is? Well, it is on page 126 and "it converts the images into a number of brightness levels between 2 and 255 to produce a graphic effet. 2 is too harsh, 255 too subtle. A good balance is between four and eight." Did you know that there is a "Patch tool"? I didn't and I use Photoshop every single day. In fact - this gem of a tool is buried under the "Healing Brush Tool" and I had never used it, but after I found it - wow, does it make my life a little bit easier. And to my astonishment, the "Patch tool" has been around since version 7 (kicks self in the butt).
This book is amazing. It belongs on every designers coffee table, and another copy right next to their computer. Let's face it, Photoshop isn't an easy little proggie that you can learn in a day. Photoshop is a massive program. It is over loaded to the extreme, and it keeps getting more and more loaded. People who use it everyday don't even know all of
its potential. I'm a testament to that. This book is a great resource for anyone serious about learning Photoshop. It really makes an overwhelming program like Photoshop a little
If you liked this book, try the new version Photoshop CS2: A to Z, as well.