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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Top Customer Reviews
It's true that Googling for help provides answers for most questions - but, for me, a book where I can quickly search for the feature I want help on is the quickest and most reliable resource. So: 5 stars, and recommended.
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.
If you've invested that several hundred quid in photoshop then investing a few more in this really could see you getting far better value from it. This book now lives next to the office PC. I reckon I've jumped from a very basic user to a very good standard intermediate user in a week by reading this and could probably teach a pro a trick or two on the new features to boot. Worth it.
Rather than detail the content (which you can see from the helpful "Look Inside" feature), it might be more helpful to compare three of the most widely used of the myriad of Photoshop user guides that are on the market - the For Dummies book, The Adobe Photoshop CS6 Book for Digital Photographers (Voices That Matter) and Adobe Photoshop CS6 for Photographers: A professional image editor's guide to the creative use of Photoshop for the Macintosh and PC.
The Dummies book is best for those completely new to Adobe Photoshop and indeed to image processing software. Unlike the other two, it is more general and so includes more on the creative art or design elements of the software. It's well organized, logical and clear. While none of the three books come with a CD of photos, the Dummies is the only one not to provide web-based images that you can work on along with the book.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good have been beer if there was a Cd With it so you could practise some things it teaches you alongside the book.Published 17 months ago by chimp58537
Your not going to learn everything in the book in a day but it's a great reference to havePublished 18 months ago by Robert Graham Milne
Bought for my Dad to stop him harassing me for Photoshop help. Worked a treat!Published 24 months ago by Jonesi
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