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The Photoshop CS Book for Digital Photographers (Voices That Matter) Paperback – 4 Dec 2003

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Product details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: New Riders; 1 edition (4 Dec. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735714118
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735714113
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 2.1 x 25.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 960,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

This update is so important, because if there was ever a version of Photoshop that was aimed at digital photographers, Photoshop CS is it, and "The Photoshop CS Book for Digital Photographers" by Scott Kelby (Editor of Photoshop User magazine) once again breaks new ground by doing 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, it shows you step by step the exact techniques used by today's cutting-edge digital photographers and retouchers, and it does something that virtually no other Photoshop book has ever done -- it tells you, flat-out, which settings to use, when to use them, and why.

If you're looking for one of those "tell-me-everything-about-the-Unsharp-Mask-filter" books, this isn't it. You can grab any other Photoshop book on the shelf, because they all do that. Instead, this book gives you the inside tips and tricks of the trade that today's leading pros use to correct, edit, sharpen, retouch, and present their photos to some of the most demanding clients on the planet. You'll be absolutely amazed at how easy and effective they are--once you know the secrets.

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 and the same problems -- that's exactly what Scott covers in this book. You'll learn:

  • The secrets of how the pros retouch portraits
  • How to color correct any photo without breaking a sweat (you'll be amazed at how they do it!)
  • How to unlock the power of Photoshop CS' new features for digital photo pros
  • Amazing digital body-sculpting techniques
  • How the pros use CS' File Browser (it's much more powerful than you think)
  • Tricks that can send your productivity through the roof
  • The sharpening techniques the pros really use (there's an entire chapter just on this!)
  • How to deal with common digital camera image problems
  • Removing noise, avoiding halos, and protecting your images
  • How to use Match Color, The Color Replacement Tool, and other amazing CS tools.
  • Masking techniques for photographers
  • The most-requested photographic special effects
  • and much more!
Photoshop CS is THE tool for digital photographers, and this book show you exactly how to put it's power to work for you today.

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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With just a few of the techniques that I picked up in this book - Shadow/Highlight, Auto Colour, (Tone) Levels and Unsharp Mask - I've been able to dramatically improve the quality of a recent set of holiday snaps. And by spending only a couple of minutes per snap too! The Shadow/Highlight feature, in particular, is absolutely fantastic. (It's new to CS, before all you Photoshop 7 owners try to find it.)
I wouldn't say prior use of Photoshop itself is a requirement for reading this book, but familiarity with some kind of graphics package definitely is. A lot of the techniques use layers, so if you don't know what a layer is then you're going to struggle. I'd used levels in Paintshop Pro and had no problem with them in Photoshop.
The book is written in a down to earth, often very jokey style. The jokes are usually pretty awful by the way (and I think the author knows it!) but they never get in the way of the information being dispensed. The author gives real world examples too. So rather than a "if you move this slider to the right it increases the effect of saturation in the picture" approach that you get from other books, this author actually TELLS you what to do. E.g, "for an indoor portrait you want values of X, Y, Z in that dialog, but if it's a landscape then you put A, B and C in there"... and so on. He usually has more than one approach to any given situation too. So, if one of his techniques doesn't do it for you there's usually another one or two alternatives to try.
One very minor quibble for me, as an amateur: a good chunk of the book - probably about a quarter of it - is aimed squarely at professionals. It's not that the professional techniques are any harder to understand, it's just that there's few situations in which I can envisage using them.
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By A Customer on 25 Jan. 2004
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A really excellent book if you want to know exactly how to do something and be guided to the best settings to use - it's great not having to go through pages and pages of how to do all sorts of things that photographers don't need!
I moved to digital photography after working film for over 20 years and have found this to be the most helpful of all the Photoshop books I have read
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This is an absolutly fantastic book for existing Photoshop users - IT IS NOT FOR BEGINNERS !!
Scott Kelby has produced a beautifully clear guide - everything however 'sophisticated' the procedure is simply explained - giving all the settings to achieve fantastic results. His chapters on the 'New Browser' in CS and 'Colour Correction' - really enable you to get the best out of Photoshop and your Images. By design he does not waste paper covering basic principles - pleny of other Photoshop books do that. He concentrates on the 'Newe Stuff'!! included in CS and taking procedures such as 'Retouching' and 'Body Sculpting' to new heights - all absolutly fascinating.
The book is designed for Professional and Amateur photographers alike - there are certain aspects marked ' for Pros only' that I am sure will really be appreciated by them. I am just an amateur - improving I hope - but am totally addicted to Photoshop. This book definitly has me hooked !!
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Ordered the book thursday night from amazon, dispatched, Friday am, received monday am, and now monday pm am a complete convert. Extremely easy to follow book if you have a little photoshop knowledge and want to understand how to perform a photoshop task. Probably still a 4 out of 5 even if you have no prior photoshop knowledge cos it'll get you into it really quickly. It's kind of like someones ripped all the best tutorials out of the centre of amateur photographer magazine, made them easier to follow, and compiled the last 6 years worth into a book. I'll say no more.......
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The book is written clearly, with plenty of screenshots showing each step of the transformation for each example.
The examples range from quite simple colour replacement and straightening of pictures to potentially complex tasks such as changing a frown to a smile and actually altering physical features of a portrait.
As an inexperienced user of the software I recommend this book highly for learning a large number of aspects relating to photo editing.
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It takes a lot for me to motivate myself to give a review. Out of the MANY computer manuals I've bought on Amazon this is the best. Great techniques, the right amount of detail and contrary to other opinions, the jokes are funny!!
I'm not a beginner with photoshop, in fact I'll be training people to use it soon, but I've learnt a LOT from this book. Trust me, it's that good!
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This book is not just a reference of all the buttons and functions of Photoshop CS. It's a treasure trove full of techniques that you can use to work with your digital photos, which is far more useful than a reference manual.
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By A Customer on 22 Mar. 2005
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I bought this book a month ago and can only say that I've been blown right from the beginning! It's an amazing wellwritten book that cuts all the crap and tells how to do things the right way to make your photo editing succesfull from the start! I can only recommend this book to any novice photographer who wants to learn how to edit digital photos on their computer.
The only annoying hitch about this book is the authors sometimes ridiculous way of wasting his readers time by fooling around - and that's sad because it's otherwise a well written book. He often spends too much time joking and that is a waste of the reader's time and ink. Cut all the fooling around away and the book would get 5 stars from me.
Otherwise I can only recommend this book.
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