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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; Pap/DVD edition (30 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240520645
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240520643
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2.3 x 24.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 614,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for previous edition:

"Breaks down a monster programme into its essential elements and communicates them in an easily understandable way.” Geoff Franklin, photographer, UK

"A must for any photographer, whether an absolute beginner or one in advanced mode... memorise every other word and you will be the king of your camera club." - Amateur Photographer

"This book provides excellent coverage of Photoshop as a digital darkroom tool as well as covering a truly amazing amount of background information. It is very readable and is truly a gem”. Mark Lewis, Director of Technology Training, Mount Saint Mary College, USA

About the Author

Mark Galer is the Program Director and Senior lecturer at RMIT University in the School of Media and Communication, Australia. He is also co-writer of their popular online photography courses. He has lectured in photography in the UK and Australia and has worked commercially as a freelance photographer on corporate and editorial assignments. He has written numerous top-selling photography books, including Photography Foundations for Art & Design, the Popular Photoshop Elements; Maximum Performance and Photoshop; Essential Skills series. He is an Official Adobe Ambassador for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.
Philip Andrews is Adobe Australia's official Photoshop and Elements Ambassador. He is an experienced photographer, author, magazine editor and online course creator. He was previously a lecturer at the Queensland School of Printing and Graphic Arts, Australia and Nescot, England. He is a beta tester for Photoshop, an alpha tester for Photoshop Elements and a Photoshop specialist demonstrator for Adobe Australia. Contributing numerous articles and videos to AdobeTV and the inspirational browser, Philip is a leading source in adobe information and instruction. Philip is also co-founder of photo-college.com an online photography training college. He's a regular contributor to several magazines including Shutterbug, Amateur Photographer, Australian Photography and Better Photography, he is senior contributing editor for Better Digital, columnist for What Digital Camera and Co-editor and publisher of Better Photoshop Techniques magazine.


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I have been using Photoshop for many years but from the perspective of digital imaging. PS rather like MS Word, is a product with massive potential of which most users will only utilise 10-20%. When I upgraded to CS3 I thought it was time to buy a general PS book if only to make sure I wasn't missing out on "new features" that would be really useful to me so a book with "essential skills" in the title sounded right. I would strongly recommend this book because the content is excellent and the supporting DVD, totally brilliant. As most people do, I was getting by with my personal tried and tested techniques but I not only picked up new ones that I can build on but also got quite motivated and excited by some of it sure, maybe I should get out more !
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Please be aware that is book is totally focussed on digital photography and post processing, in this it is comprehensive, articulate and clearly and can thoroughly recommend it. But i purchased it for my young up and coming artist daughter (based on the info here) expecting from the title a general book on all aspects of learning and producing art with Photoshop. For this it is unsuitable.
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This book is worth purchasing for the DVD alone - it is an excellent way to learn CS3. I keep referring back to it and have it open as I learn new techniques. The book itself can be a bit confusing if you are new to digial photography and image manipulation, but the DVD more than compensates. I find I use the book as a back up.

I would recommend it if you want to learn essentials and new techniques in CS3.
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By RJP the Book Boy TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Jun. 2014
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CS3.
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Having been given an old version of Photoshop I thought I would get this book to help me get the best of it. CS3 is a strong package but I have found it difficult to master. This book has put that right.

The Book.
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This is basically a users guide to Photoshop CS3. It takes you from very basic editing (simple cropping, brightness etc.) through to complex multi layer work. The exercises are easy to follow and each chapter can be covered in a few evenings.
It is well written with clear instructions and screen shots. The exercise pictures are on the accompanying DVD but it's not difficult to use the instructions on your own work.

We have the latest version of Photoshop at work and I cannot see much difference between this version and the one at work so I will continue on with CS3 as it does everything I want and this book is a gold mine of help and ideas.
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Photoshop CS3 is such a gobsmacking programme, particularly if you are new to it (like me), that any help is useful. However, this book is much more than that. Clear pictures, projects, signposted sections and an excellent accompanying CD with the base images, projects and demonstration videos is a of real value. It is well written, in relatively plain and accessible language, with only the odd slip into jargon (that you can find). It develops from beginning to end, and you can skip backwards and forwards through it with ease. Handy reference for later work as you progress. Better value than many books I've had of similar type in the past - this is presently my handrail and guide to learning.
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Sorry, but I can't agree with the other reviewers. I think this book is pathetic: do not be enticed by the fact that it contains lots of pretty colour photos. It has a reasonable run through the very basic background material you need to use a photo editing program (resolution, image types etc). But thereafter it just seems to wander aimlessley through different areas of functionality. If you knew Photoshop before you read the book then it might help (why are you reading the book then?), but otherwise you'll be confused by the use of new concepts before they are explained, and the seemingly random walk through different 'things to do' to photos. It is neither task oriented nor logical in my opinion: and when faced with a photo that I need to work on the book leaves me no better informed as to where to even start.

A fair bit of criticism has to go to the amateur nature of the publisher as well. It doesn't help when headings all share the same style, so you can't tell sub-headings from sub-subheadings... and the use of pictures BEFORE the supporting text is utterly confusing. Some degree of consistency in showing before AND after images, just before, just after, small before image, small after image etc. are what the publisher should be sorting out. Also, just throwing the supporting images on a DVD with no direct link from those in the text is just plain lazy. Very amateur.
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The reviews said it was good and it really is. I also own a copy of Classroom in a book which is different in style, this is more of a dip into book whereas classroom is start at the front and work your way through which is useful for beginners but this is the book to have after you gain a working knowledge and want to learn more.
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