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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (15 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118174577
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118174579
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 140,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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

Learn to:

  • 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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By C. Hawkes TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 Aug. 2012
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I've always been a fan of the approach the "for Dummies" series takes, and was very pleased to see this guide to Photoshop CS6. I count myself a Photoshop intermediate user: I'm generally confident on the basics, but with more complex tasks sometimes struggle - trial and error being my method of choice. This book has helped enormously here,with practical non-patronising step-by-step instructions.

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.
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On first flicking through the book, the first improvement over older editions is the addition of colour images throughout. None of them are inspiring photos but it's an improvement over the black and white pictures poorly reproduced on the standard For Dummies paper. As usual we have the cartoons prefacing each section but compared to the jokey style associated with the series I found this a fairly dry read.

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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I purchased this book expecting it to take me through Photoshop step by step to complete tasks, starting with the basics. I was disappointed to find that this is not the case and it talks more generally about the different features the software has to offer. As a complete beginner to Photoshop I automatically reached out for this due to previous positive experiences, however quickly returned the item as it was not as described and assumes a reasonable amount of prior knowledge of the system. I would not recommend this book if you are new to Photoshop.
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The For Dummies range of books may have diversified into a huge range of areas with mixed success but what they are still supreme at is Software guides. The whole format and idea was developed for this use and it shows. They are concise, helpful, easy to reference and explain things in simple language assuming no prior knowledge but in depth enough so that even the long time user can pick up nuggets of helpful information. Photoshop CS6 is a huge bit of software that cries out for this sort of approach to de-mystify it and make it more user friendly and Peter Bauer's book does just that.

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.
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Photoshop CS6 costs several hundred quid. That's a lot of money for the average home user. It's also a lot of program. If you're just making the jump from the freebie photo programs that remove red-eye or crop, then photoshop's sheer weight of options and the interface can be overwhelming. It's a hardcore professional tool and you can't expect to just load it up and go. Sure you can find out how to do specific things via google and youtube, but the good thing about this book is that it is nicely structured, so as you work your way through you realise that it can do stuff you didn't know it could do, so would never have googled! Working through this book in your own time is probably as useful as going on a dedicated structured course (with the added advantage you can work through it at your own pace, go back to it at any time, and it's way cheaper). As with all the 'Dummies' books it doesn't assume too much background knowledge so is an easy read.

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.
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