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The Photoshop CS2 Book for Digital Photographers (Voices That Matter) Paperback – 18 Apr 2005

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Product details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: New Riders; 01 edition (18 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321330625
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321330628
  • Product Dimensions: 20.5 x 2.2 x 25.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 480,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Scott Kelby, the best-selling Photoshop author in the world today, once again takes this book to a whole new level as he uncovers the latest, most important and most exciting new Adobe Photoshop CS2 techniques for digital photographers.

 

This major update to this award-winning, record-breaking book does something for digital photographers that's never been done before--it  cuts through the bull and shows you exactly "how to do it." It's not a bunch of theory; it doesn't challenge you to come up with your own  settings or figure it out on your own. Instead, Scott shows you step-by-step the exact techniques used by today's cutting-edge digital  photographers and, best of all, he shows you, flat-out, exactly which settings to use, when to use them, and why. That's why the previous  version of this book took the digital photography world by storm.

 

But now, his new CS2, version is even bigger, even better, and exposes even more of the pros most closely guarded secrets, including a special chapter which shows, for the first time ever, step-by-step how to how to set-up Photoshop's color management. He does it by throwing out all the theory, all the techno-babble, and all the confusing charts and graphs and instead just shows you exactly what you need to do (and 

nothing more).

 

LEARN HOW THE PROS DO IT

Each year Scott trains thousands of professional photographers how to use Photoshop, and almost without exception they have the same questions, the same problems, and the same challenges--and that's exactly what he covers in this book. You'll learn:

 

  • The sharpening techniques the pros really use (there's an entire chapter on, just this!)
  • The pros tricks for fixing the most common digital photo problems fast!
  • The step-by-step set-up for getting what comes out of your printer to match exactly what you saw on screen
  • The retouching secrets of how the pros retouch portraits
  • How to process raw digital camera images (plus how to take advantage of all the new Camera Raw features of CS2!)
  • How to color correct any photo without breaking a sweat (you'll be amazed at how easy it is–once you know the secret)
  • A whole chapter on the latest, most requested Photoshop special effects
    How to reduce noise, deal with lens problems, avoid halos, and more
  • How to show your work like a pro!
  • Plus a host of shortcuts, workarounds, and slick "insider" tricks to send your productivity through the roof!

 

If you're a digital photographer and you're ready to learn the "tricks of the trade"--the same ones that today's leading pros use to correct,  edit, sharpen, retouch, and present their work; then this is the book for you.

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--Jeff Kent, Special Hot1 Awards Editor / Editor at Large Professional Photographer magazine

About the Author

Scott Kelby is President of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP), the trade organization for Adobe Photoshop users, with thousands of members in the US and 63 countries. Scott is Editor-in-Chief of both Photoshop User magazine and Mac Design Magazine. He serves as training director for the Adobe Photoshop Seminar Tour and is the technical chair of the largest Photoshop gathering, Photoshop World. Scott is one of the leading Photoshop trainers in the country today and trains thousands of Photoshop users across the country each year, and is featured in a series of Photoshop training videos.


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I've never written a review for a book before but this one I felt I really had to. After struggling with the boring, technical monotony of Martin Evening's CS2 for Photographers, this book was an absolute joy. I can see some people have commented negatively about Scott's humour but for me that was part of the appeal. I actually read all the content of the pages rather than skimming the examples. Everything I needed to know for using Photoshop for my photography editing is in this book and it's well laid out with good clear examples. Most importantly for me it gave me clear information on how to get my printer to produce what I can see on screen. It did this without being too technical and getting into a level of colour management that, as an amateur photographer, I wouldn't have a clue about.

One of my primary goals was to get what I saw on screen out of my very expensive new printer without using a gallon of ink in test prints. This book delivered. Explaining ICC profiles and how to use them. Something which both Epson and the paper manufacturer I use failed to do.

There are some great techniques in this book. I especially like the ones for portrait editing and changing your image to strong b/w and duo-toning. A really inspiring book. I read half of it in one evening it was so compelling.

My advise is, if you've got your digital SLR, Photoshop and decent printer this is the book for you. Amaze your friends and family with the results (especially if you make your Mum look 10 years younger!!)

Nice one Scott!
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I have owned several Photoshop books including some described as "the bible", and I find the biggest problem with them is this: they go into great depths conveying how much the author knows about the subject, but when it comes to telling you a good place to start for yourself - "well that's something you will learn from experience - now go ahead and get 15 years under your belt, like I had to".
In this book Scott Kelby actually gives you the benefit of his experience - take the unsharp mask for instance, after a simple explanation of what the controls do he then gives you a range of settings that he personally prefers - some for interior shots, some for portraits, some for graphics etc. This is invaluable - I buy books to learn how the application will affect my images, not have a theory lesson as an author congratulates himself on how much he knows about Photoshop.
Great book
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This book will help you get the best out of this software. Other photoshop books while excellent,are often a little over technical.KELBYS humour may be a little grating in the book but once you know the effect you are looking for it never gets in the way. This book is hugely accessible. Essentially, you identify the effect you are trying to achieve and KELBY has a section for this and you follow the steps through 1-10 or whatever.Little assumed knowledge is expected in any effect. ( some books teach you something at the start but the effect you want to do is at the centre, so you need to read everything up front before you can do the effect. This book may not be advanced enough for some but it is excellent as an introduction. Even a year later with two other Adobe CS2 books, it is still the only book i reach for.
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The easiest most fun book to follow. It is amazing, I usually find instructions so boring but this book explains even the most complex fixes and makes it interesting too. He had me smiling throughout the book with his entertaining comments....better than any dummies guide.....
If, like me, you want a clear, precise and step by step instruction on using Photoshop CS this book is perfect. Each chapter covers important and useful aspects of photoshop cs which the instruction manual I found did not clearly explain or assumed you where already an expert.
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This is an excellent, no-nonsense Photoshop book. Unlike many other PS books I've read in the past, this is not a text book, nor does it expect you to wade through pages and pages of settings.
In a straightforward way, it tells you exactly how to achieve the most common effects with Photoshop (i.e. the best way to improve your photos, how to replace colours in a photo, how to make someone appear younger (or thinner!) etc).
I've owned a few "Photoshop Bible" type books before, and they are really glorified manuals, which get boring after a while. This is a real field guide that shows you how the professionals achieve their results.
I'd class this as a 'must have' book for CS2 owners.
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As many have mentioned the humour does become a bit tedious after the introduction sorry "the really important bit you just have to read or your computer will die", one of Kelbys repeated lines. If you can put up with this then you will find every bit of information in this book useful. I'm sure there will be some CS2 mastercraftsmen out there who wont need Kelbys help but for the rest of us mere mortals it covers everything in easy to digest step by steps.

I only gave it 4 instead of 5 as i got bored repeatedly not laughing at not very funny one liners.
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This is the first time i've read a user guide cover to cover. It shows you step by step how to achieve the subtle to the most complex effects and fixes in the digital darkroom. It is, simple, clear, makes no assumptions of you skill level and most of all it's fun.
highly recommended for all photoshop users.
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