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Photoshop CS6 For Dummies Paperback – 15 May 2012
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From the Back Cover
Create the most amazing images that are limited only by your imagination
Taking the perfect picture can be almost impossible, but editing one so it′s just right is easy. This book will show you how, walking you through all the cool things you can do with Photoshop CS6. From covering up wrinkles and fixing blemishes to removing people or adding objects, you′ll quickly learn how to edit your images and create the most stunning visuals imaginable!
Start with the basics gain a solid understanding of the essential concepts and techniques that make using Photoshop much easier
Make it pop get an image to jump off the page by adjusting the tonality so shadows are dark, highlights are light, and colors are rich
Put the pieces together create truly unique images and panoramic scenes by combining two or more images into a single picture
Ready, set, action streamline repetitive tasks by taking advantage of the Actions and Batch command
Paint without the mess use filters and tools to create beautiful painterly effects from your photos
Open the book and find:
Explanations of the menus, panels, tools, and shortcuts you need most
Ways to take advantage of the Raw file format
Tips for adjusting brightness and improving color
Techniques for decreasing digital noise in your images
How to work with Levels and Curves
Ways to create composite images with layers and blending modes
What you need to know about HDR
How to integrate your iPad® into your Photoshop workflow
Edit and enhance images like a pro
Fix the most common digital photo problems
Control color and tone
Add text and create illustrations and paintings
IN FULL COLOR!
About the Author
Peter Bauer, a member of the Photoshop Hall of Fame, is an award–winning photographer and contributing writer for Photoshop User magazine. He is best known as the Help Desk Director for the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) and has authored or coauthored more than a dozen books on Photoshop, Illustrator, and photography.
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The 'For Dummies' series is aimed at the first-time user, the less experienced user and those for whom the Bible may be just a little too advanced or excessively detailed. The style used by this series employs slightly tongue-in-cheek cartoons on the header pages for each chapter and tends to be divided into several sections of broadly related chapters. As with all such books, you need not read every chapter. The book is practical in that it concerns itself with the features that are most likely to be used rather than the more obscure, although it is not exercise driven.
The book does not cover the basics, including installation and configuration, but does discuss the nature of digital images and how to get them into Photoshop. It does not cover some of the more advanced tools, rarely-used procedures and techniques which are more likely to be offered by the Bible, including masking and layers which happen to be two features about which most questions are asked. The writing style is easy and relaxed and, should some new term or phrase be introduced, there will be a sidebar or insert that offers a description, explanation or comment about its usage.
The writers of this series know their subjects very well and this reflects within the book. The writer of this had also written the two prior editions, for CS5 and CS4 respectively, and possibly some of those even earlier. In the event that some error is reported, whether it was typographical, e.g. omitting the word 'not' for example, or more technical, then there would probably be an addendum published on Wiley's site pending the next reprint/revision. Such errors are rare as proofreading seems always to be very good and by someone familiar with the subject, but they are possible. I have owned several older versions of this title and only once found a minor error which was subject to an existing addendum.
The tail end of the book includes a brief section on Photoshop Extended and the differences between it and the standard product, a small section on using a graphics tablet and the last on HDR. Neither is detailed and, in the event that some of these topics are important, they should be further researched. This is one of four or five books on Photoshop that tend to reappear with every major upgrade which I would consider buying, in principle. I may not always upgrade from one version to another, but others do and I sometimes work on others' PCs so might encounter a version with which I am not familiar.
Although I have used Photoshop for several years, I do not consider myself to be an advanced user. There are times when I need to revise up on some tool or technique as I may not have used it for some time and using this book, or one of its predecessors, is like turning to an old friend for advice. The book is large and quite heavy, although not as large as it might once have been but its coverage is extensive and thorough and the illustrations are in colour. As suggested, it is definitely recommended for the less experienced or casual user, and perhaps for its friendlier approach than the corresponding Bible, which you may also own.
Enter Photoshop CS6 For Dummies following in the footsteps of what seems to be a million other 'For Dummies' books. Fortunately all the books stick to the same formula and layout which makes you feel at home as soon as you start to delve between its covers. In 20 chapters the book guides you through the latest version of Photoshop and with its usual targeted hints, tips, warnings and the very useful 'what's new in CS6', some complex processes are explained and simplified.
I must say that one of the most pleasing things for me about this book is that the Dummies guide seems to have been given a facelift in terms of its presentation. The paper quality used in the book appears to be much better than earlier editions and the wealth of full colour illustrations is more than welcome.
Still a complex programme but this book does make life a little easier.
This is a 'from the ground up' guide to Photoshop, starting with the basics of a digital image file and quickly introducing more advanced concepts. As the introduction states "If you're brand new to digital imaging... this probably isn't the best place to start" and that applies equally to the book and Photoshop itself. I've used Photoshop for a number of years and still picked up new information from this book but I can see a real beginner struggling and isn't that the target market for the For Dummies series?
Photoshop CS6 is the most powerful and complex image editing tool on the market, normally used by professional or serious amateur photographers and graphic designers, so a For Dummies guide is kind of an oxymoron. The Elements version is available for home and less serious users so explaining the full version in simple terms is a challenge for the Dummies series. A bigger challenge is the sheer number of other Photoshop books on the market, many written by well-known experts on the subject (Martin Evening, Scott Kelby etc).
For the enthusiastic amateur there are more readable books on the market (such as those by Kelby and Evening), and for anyone who wants to learn Photoshop from the ground up there are also better books around (The Missing Manual, for one). This book is OK but there are better.
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