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The Adobe Photoshop CS6 Book for Digital Photographers (Voices That Matter) Paperback – 12 Jul 2012
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"He has a project-based approach—gorgeous screenshots and illustrations. ¿Scott Kelby does a beautiful job. It is not an exhaustive book and the great thing about it is if you want to work on these projects, he's got it."
—John Nemorovski, PIXIQ
"Anytime I know I’m going to be on a long flight I like to take the books from this series and re-read them because I always pick up great new things each time. While it’s more of a recipe book that you'll use as a reference, I find myself using this book at least once a month for some tricky challenge I face. I love it and can’t live without it!”
Skill Level: ALL - Beginner to Advanced
Value: Excellent (worth every penny)
Recommendation: Must Own for those who don’t have previous editions and worth the upgrade for those doing video or who want to pick up modern day skills. ¿
–Ron Martinsen, ronmartblog.com
About the Author
Scott Kelby is Editor-in-Chief of Photoshop User magazine, President of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP), Training Director for the Adobe Photoshop Seminar Tour, and one of the leading seminar instructors in the industry today. Scott is author of the best-selling books The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 Book for Digital Photographers, Photoshop Down & Dirty Tricks, and The Digital Photography Book (parts 1, 2, 3 & 4), among others. His easygoing, plain-English style of teaching makes learning Photoshop fun. He trains thousands in his live seminars each year and knows firsthand which techniques are in hot demand, and now he shares them here in his latest book.
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However, as several others are reporting, my copy fell apart on first viewing, the pages appearing not to be properly glued to the spine. Hope Amazon do something about this as I would like to exchange my faulty copy. I do not want a refund or a discount to retain my current copy.
All my versions up to CS5 have had a lot of use & are still fine. My CS5 version has not fallen apart but was exchanged twice as about 20 pages were only very faintly printed. The third version was the same but I assumed there was no point exchanging again as they were probably the same.
This does not detract from the quality of the books content but does not reflect well on the quality of the printers.
I will take this up direct with Amazon as I do not wish to be without the book but would like one that will not fall apart.
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 - Photoshop CS6 For Dummies (For Dummies (Computers)), Scott Kelby's 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. In fact, it's less of an instruction book and more of a general resource, although it is laid out such that you can work through it if you want to with your own images. The trademark List of 10s contained in Dummies works well here - and is less of a stretch than it can sometimes be in the series. For the new user it's very, very good indeed.
Kelby though is still my "go-to guy" for Photoshop. With Kelby you get the feeling that you are being given advice from someone who uses this software day in day out and really knows the best ways to organize your workflow. It's the shortest of the three books and is strongest for those who have upgraded from earlier versions or indeed come up from Elements. First time users will get something out of this book but it's far from comprehensive. Neither is it helpful for the graphic design elements. The biggest loss is that while he provides one of his excellent workflow examples, unlike some of his earlier Elements guides, this is a general one and doesn't detail for example different workflows for say landscape and portraits. I still refer to an old Elements guide of his for this. If you are upgrading though, this is the one I'd go for, but you may need one of the other two for the missing bits.
The Martin Evening book is a veritable brick of a book. It's longer than the other two put together. Comprehensive isn't the work but it's best for those who like to know why things happen rather than just what to do. He explains the technical bits behind the processes well. If you are the type of person who loves to read instruction manuals - this is the one for you. I find it much drier than the other two. Both Kelby and the Dummies range are known for a quirky sense of humour - Evening possesses none of this. I was around 170 pages into it before it got to something you could do with the images you can download from the website. It's a superb reference book to have but less user friendly as a guide. It's more technical and best suited to those who are already knowledgeable about both Adobe and ideally Photoshop.
Irritatingly, all have something to offer and none are cheap. I love the practicality of Kelby and remain a fan - and in fact one of the negatives about his style, his quirky humour, is more restrained here. Ideally you will want to back this up with either of the other two though - which one depends on your previous experience with the software and, to a lesser extent, the type of person you are. If you crave detail and technical information, Evening is unsurpassed. If you are newer and want a more basic introduction, you don't need to be a Dummy to benefit from the Dummies series.
I crave for knowledge in the art of photography, and the new darkroom [computer]
Of the past books I have used, Scott Kelby has to be the easyest and most helpful I have found...
Cs4 & now Cs6 , Eager to read his version of photoshop Cs6, I placed my name down to order this softback book.
Now after a month the pages are falling out , it started in the Index, then spread to the rest of the book..
each time I read it I end up gluing more of the pages in again...
This must be a fault in trying to get the book out quickly ,somthing went wrong..
I am now left wondering when I will have to buy a second book as all the pages in my existing cs6 book, will be all over the floor......
However this is an expensive book and, after only 8 days use, the pages are falling out. I note others have experienced this problem so we can assume a quality issue with the manufacturer. The quality of the book (even if it hadn't fallen apart) falls way short of the quality of Martin Evening's book. I am comparing the actual book here, not the content. Kelby should do better in this respect as it does devalue the whole package in my eyes.
Amazon's returns policy is excellent though, so I have arranged for a replacement to be sent. I suspect the quality may be similar however, as this book feels very similar to all of Kelbys books - the pages do have a very thin feel to them. Fingers crossed the binding will be better.
For content I would happily give 5 stars, but this book gets a lot of use and needs to be robust; in this respect the quality falls WAY short of expectations.
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