The Adobe Photoshop CS5 Book for Digital Photographers (Voices That Matter) Paperback – 29 Jul 2010
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Once you accept the fact that parts of this book will wander into a world largely populated by Monty Python, you will find that this is the one book that you absolutely have to have, if you are going to use Photoshop CS5 both effectively and enjoyably.
Each step is described with such crystal clarity that even someone as technically inept as myself can quickly grasp both the principle and the practice of the various techniques to take your photographs from RAW to a final state that reflects exactly where you want to go with the image.
There are times when I get the feeling that Scott Kelby actually knows more about Photoshop than the Adobe wizards who created it in the first place.
If you are a CS5 user, the bottom line about this book is this: just buy it.
The "Kelby Format" is for chapter lesson/step throughs that illustrate various aspects of the software, the pictures used you can download so that you can work on the same images. These books do not have to be read in sequence, Chapter 1 onwards, you can dip into them as you choose which is what I do to focus on those things that are "different" in this version of Photoshop. As I only buy this series once in a while, this book serves another purpose for me, it makes me review my personal techniques in using PS, how I do this or that when working on images which might have been fine in an earlier versions of Photoshop but now there is a better tool or "wrinkle" to be used.
Because of the original cost of a Photoshop licence, it is not software for the casual user and whilst this is an excellent book for people who use PS in a photographic context, if you are totally new to PS and don't yet understand the software and want an introduction to it, likely not the book you need at this stage. Not because it is so difficult, this book and the software will get you well ahead but only in using it as a photographer, PS does a lot more than just that.Adobe CS5 Photoshop (PC)[[ASIN:B003DZ0DUQ Adobe CS5 Photoshop, Upgrade Version from Photoshop CS2/CS3/CS4 (Mac)
Its in chunky bits with the diagrams/screendumps next to the text. The explanations are short and to the point without excess waffle or serious in depth diversions.
If you are reasonably adept at previous Photoshop versions - know the useful shortcuts, understand the layers stack, then this book explains the features of CS5. All except the 3D Repousse parts. A good read, and some of the preamble funnies are funny!
It describes in great detail various operations that a photograper is likely to need to make, in order to perfect his images.
However, if you are new to Photoshop CS5, this is not the book for you. It assumes that you have used the program before and does not go into the basics of the program.
Altogether I have found that I have improved my work with the help of this book and would recommend it to anyone who uses CS5 to improve their images.
For instance, if you have already tried organising your images into folders etc and then tracking the edited versions you will be aware of the challenges and difficulties, which mean you'll read Scott's sections on mini bridge etc with more understanding of what these photoshop facilities give us the photographer/editor..
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