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Photoshop CS5: Top 100 Simplified Tips and Tricks (Top 100 Simplified Tips & Tricks) Paperback – 25 Jun 2010
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From the Back Cover
You already know Photoshop CS5 basics. Now you′d like to go beyond with shortcuts, tricks, and tips that let you work smarter and faster. And because you learn more easily when someone shows you how, this is the book for you. Inside, you′ll find clear, illustrated instructions for 100 tasks that reveal cool secrets, teach timesaving tricks, and explain great tips guaranteed to make you more productive with Photoshop CS5.
Minimal text and maximum illustrations
Task–oriented, step–by–step approach
Navigational aids connect instructions to illustrations
Self–contained, two–page lessons
Uniform layout makes it easy to read less, learn more
How easy is it?
Look for these symbols marking the difficulty of each task.
Demonstrates a new spin on a common task
Combines multiple skills requiring in–depth knowledge
Requires extensive skill and may involve other technologies
About the Author
Lynette Kent (Huntington Beach, CA) studied art and French at Stanford University, where she received a Master′s degree. She taught at the high school and community college level before becoming an unconventional computer guru when she adopted the Mac in 1987. As a photographer and artist, Lynette writes books and magazine articles on digital imaging and photography. She also teaches and presents graphics–related hardware and software for technology companies, including Wacom, Adobe, G–Technology, and Digital Foci. Lynette enjoys traditional and digital painting and often blends these techniques with her photographs to create images. Lynette has written the Top 100 Simplified Tips & Tricks titles for Photoshop CS2, CS3, and CS4, Teach Yourself VISUALLY Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2, Teach Yourself VISUALLY Mac OS X Leopard, and Teach Yourself VISUALLY Digital Photography, 3rd Edition. In her non–existent spare time, Lynette helps run the Adobe Technology Exchange of Southern California, a professional organization for photographers, graphic designers, and fine artists.
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This book leads you step by step in a clear and easily understandable manner , from easy to difficult tasks, making anything you choose to tackle ,very rewarding.Such tasks , would be out of the reach of most beginners without this guide.
This book would also appeal to intermediate users , and I cannot praise the author enough for the way that she has styled this book , colour photos and numbered steps are invaluable.
If you`re looking for an undaunting introduction to CS5 , then look no further - simply brilliant.
This book is different, well layed out, easy to read, doe,s not leave you it a pit of confusion and enables you to progress onto more difficult subjects to experiment on, there is also a collection of images for this course available for down load on-line, although the Microsoft Snipping tool has to be used for extracting them from the downloaded file.
From only being introduced to CS5 Extended at the end of 2010 I can now cope with all the well layed out exercises and more besides
John Bentley. Liverpool.
First of all this is not one of those books you read from cover to cover. It has simple, easy to follow sections, nicely split up into little projects e.g. - how to change the eye colour, how to use the content aware fill, design a custom brush, alter depth of field, etc. One nice handy section is the how to make a contact sheet in bridge(never used that one before).
So, some basics and some more complicated things, presented in designer friendly sections. There is little theory, just straight to the point tutorials.
One handy point about the tutorials is it uses numbers and pictures of the menu or screen you are supposed to be on. Step 3 for instance, will have a corresponding No 3 on the picture, so you never have to hunt for the menu or button. Totally visual learning. A great time saver if a client asks you to do something and you can't remember how to do it. Also if you are a little scared of photoshop the step by step approach will guide you through. Remember though it is not a manual it is a tips and tricks book.
I have been using photoshop for a long time and I found it a good all round teaching aid and reminder of how to do the things I don't use very often, which is why I bought it.
I jumped from the first couple of chapters, having heeded such advice as changing the RGB, to the creative section in the back--and a couple of hours later I had transformed some of my pics into pen & ink and pencil drawings. Yes, the 'Tips & Tricks' extend way beyond any commonplace, and really get you somewhere.
If I were a Photoshop Dante, in the middle of a dark forest, I'd be damn glad to have Ms Kent as my Virgil.
This is by far the best book on Photoshop that I've read. Buy it!
This book changed all that and is without doubt the second best purchase I have made (after Photoshop itself, of course!!)
Highly recommended. Enjoy....
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