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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 19 August 2012
Martin Evening's guide to Photoshop CS6 is a huge tome at more than 700 pages. It's packed full of detail and is a superb reference resource, although perhaps a little unwieldy as a practical training guide. If you are the type of person who wants to know why things work rather than just how to do them, then this is the best option for you. It's perhaps less helpful to the first time user, as the pages of detail on differences between old versions of Photoshop and CS6 indicate. It's best suited to those who are upgrading from older versions and who already are au fait with many of the ins and outs of Adobe Photoshop.

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)),The Adobe Photoshop CS6 Book for Digital Photographers (Voices That Matter) and Martin Evening's Adobe Photoshop CS6 for Photographers.

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.
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This is an update on older versions that were written for most if not all of the Photoshop CS family. It is now one of the established standards on Photoshop that are likely to appear on most users' shelves. It is one of the few aimed specifically at photographers and its coverage is therefore concentrated on those tools and techniques most likely to be used.

As always, Adobe tends to change a few methods, moves things from one section of the menu to another, adds a few features and plays around with the interface every time there is a new release. CS6 is no different in those respects and there are more changes to the interface than has been seen for some time, in addition to the other changes. CS6 is smoother, cleaner and faster than before and should provide a better user experience, once its changes from CS5 have been absorbed.

This book has been partly rewritten to reflect those changes, illustrations have been changed and some minor errors corrected. Martin Evening is a technical author whose books are not unduly difficult to read and this is one that is definitely worthy of consideration for the shelf. As it is currently available, and some of the usual competition (from Scott Kelby etc) has yet to arrive in the shops, you may want to add this to your collection now rather than wait weeks or months for the alternatives to arrive.

This is written primarily for the photographer and consequently there are elements of Photoshop, primarily the vector tools borrowed from Adobe Illustrator, much of the web-related content borrowed from Dreamweaver etc and some other portions that are partly or wholly ignored as they are less likely to be used in the context of photo-editing or manipulation. If you want a more all-round look at Photoshop, there are other better suited titles available (although perhaps not yet expressly for CS6)

An updated Photoshop classic, one of the best and most comprehensive available for photographers.
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on 2 September 2012
Contains almost everything a photographer would need to know when using CS6.
There is a link to additional material on the internet once you enter the code shown in the book, I had a slight problem with this and e-mailed Martin who responded within 24 hours.
The book is well laid out and most people will use it as a reference book rather than reading it cover to cover but the first few chapters are essential reading as they deal with setting up Photoshop for your individual needs and how to get the best out of the program.
It is important to note this book is for photographers and there are a number of areas in CS6 it does not cover such as the 3D facilities or Video.
For photographers it's an excellent book, even more so at the price Amazon is selling it for.
Buy it ! You will not be disappointed.
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on 9 August 2012
This is a well written book set out in the form of task based chapters with some valuable guidance and tips from a photographer's viewpoint. The book is a weighty tome with 744 pages and contains a generous number of full colour images/photos to guide you through various 'real-life' processes. By purchasing the book you are also provided with a user name and password to access the website to download additional information and tips in PDF format, photographs used in the book and some particularly useful tutorial videos. I particularly recommend this to enthusiastic photographers who are already reasonably familiar with the basics of Photoshop, but would like a comprehensive desk-top companion/reference book for some of the more advanced processes and new features of CS6. The Amazon price at the time I purchased was also £10 cheaper than the High Street, which is a bonus ;)
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on 3 February 2013
I'd read some of the other reviews and noticed the comments about binding problems. I assumed it would be small batch affected, but no, mine turned up the same. The cover simply isn't big enough for the pages in this book, so they stick out and quickly get dog eared. Very poor quality control by the publishers.
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on 13 August 2015
An excellent in depth book on Photoshop. However, if you are thinking to buy the Kindle version don't bother. You'll most likely end up buying the actual book.
Navigating this on a Kindle is nigh on impossible. Or at least it is on the Kindle for Mac App. I don't own a Kindle (and after this experience I won't be buying one either), so I'm guessing the method of navigation is the same.
I decided to buy the Kindle for Mac version for two reasons, the first being one of economy ; Amazon has brutal rip off postage prices to the Irish Republic for anything under £25, and the second being that I thought it would be a better method of using the book alongside Photoshop on screen.
Now I'm unfamiliar with Kindle but it seems to lack a properly thought out page locator.
If for instance the author states something along the lines of " I describe this process in far greater depth on page 57" then it would be useful would it not (Duh! as the Americans say) to be able to navigate quickly to page 57 to read said detailed process, but no, the Kindle app offers only to tell me that I am at 'location 3326 of 15116' and offers only a search facility to find any one of the other 15116 locations without offering any clue as to which location page 57 is located at. The author refers to page numbers and the Kindle app refers to locations. This is of course entirely useless in a manual.
So the book gets 5 stars and the Kindle for Mac Version gets 0 stars.
If there is a away to navigate by page numbers then I shall happily stand corrected but so far my only foray into electronic books has been very disappointing.
I've just bought the actual book and since Amazon insist on ludicrous postage charges I've bought it secondhand from a third party book dealer.
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on 15 September 2012
Bought this as I had been given CS6 although I'm normally an Aperture user. After a fair bit of study I'm still an Aperture user as the book didn't make CS6 any more user friendly than it was before. I don't recommend it unless you are already pretty good with Photoshop. If you get easily depressed that all the photo editing you've done so far has been wrong then this is not the book for you!
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on 7 December 2012
It is a big and heavy book! It would have had 5 stars but only gets 4 stars due to the print quality. It is a great book. Evening's writing style suits me and does explain everything so well. Perfect from that point of view. The problem is with the quality of the paper. The print is sharp and clear but the paper is a 'semi' coated cartridge which makes the images look 'blotchy'. The ink 'soaks' in too much rather than sitting on top of the sheet looking bright and clear. The end result is the images look rather flat and blotchy. Typical of a publisher cutting costs and using a lesser quality paper. Should have used a sheet like a fully coated art...the same as other books I have from Martin Evening... Shame, because it spoils the book. (BTW, the first one delivered was damaged in transit. The replacement was sent ok but the print quality issue was in both of the samples I received).
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on 29 October 2012
This book is written with Martin's usual thoroughness. It covers everything (and more) that photographers need to know about Photoshop. Prior knowledge of the program would be an advantage to get the best out of it. My only gripe is that the binding (front and back covers) had not been folded properly and did not cover the inner pages. I note that this has been commented on by others. Is this the reason Amazon US had withdrawn it? Otherwise, highly recommended and excellent value. Great website as well:)
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on 7 April 2014
As with Lightroom 5 Streamlining Your Digital Photography Workflow, this is an excellent, practical book for P'Shop users. I would strongly recommend the book for all users from beginners to advanced users.

My only issue and its not with the book - is that this is the forth or fifth book I have had to buy as I upgrade the programme. I now run CS6 on three computers, having parted with a not insignificant investment.

I would strongly recommend this book to those of you who have CS6, but I would strongly recommend those who have CS3, 4 or 5 not to upgrade and stick with those versions.

I strongly dislike the upgrade, which has taken a lot of the fun out of using P'shop. I am sufficiently cynical to think that CS6 may even have been made so awkward to push people in the direction of Cloud, so that Adobe can keep a permanent hand in your pocket.

Buy the book if you have CS6. Better yet don't get either.
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