The Adobe Photoshop CS Book for Digital Photographers
||Author: Scott Kelby|
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Publisher: New Riders (04 December, 2003)
Sales Rank: 180
Average Customer Rating: 4.24 out of 5
Customer ReviewsRating: 5 out of 5
Superbly conceived and written. Maximum value for money.
I've used Adobe Photoshop Elements for two years without the benefit of instruction other than Adobe's help online. Now I have Photoshop CS, and got this book yesterday. I read it in one sitting, and the constant reaction I had was "so that's how that's done". No other photoshop book is so direct, so to-the-point as this one; at least for digital photographers (scans, digicams or DSLRs).
If the material were not as meaty, or the illustrations skimpier, one might get irritated by Mr. Kelby's informal style. But instead, he keeps us from getting bogged down in dull verbiage, as we quickly master very subtle, yet essential digital darkroom techniques. A long way from, and a lot more productive than many a dull meandering tome on the imaging theory behind each photoshop feature, accompanied by instructions that go no further than telling you how to navigate through the menus, leaving you no more enlightened than when you bought those books.
Rating: 5 out of 5
An extremely valuable introductory book.
Scott Kelby has written a great book for digital photographers employing a "cookbook" rather than the more intimidating comprehemsive "users manual" approach to this intimidating program. This book will get you using the most useful features of this program quickly and effortlessly.
You need to understand however that this is not intended as, nor is it a comprehensive users manual. Kelby employs a simpler approach. By enabling the reader to delve quickly into the most useful features of the program he can then explore the more daunting aspects of the program at his leisure. I've found that this approach to learning nearly anything works best for me. To concentrate exclusively on the mundane details of any subject to the exclusion of the more interesting practical aspects nearly always leads to boredom. Kelby has avoided this pitfall.
I've read other Photoshop books and none of them have been as useful or practical as this one. Photoshop is chock full of features tailored to the needs of the digital photographer and Scott Kelby has gone far towards making these accessible even to the neophyte.
Rating: 2 out of 5
Save your money if you own the previous version
The bottom line is: Save your money if you own the previous version of this book. Don't get me wrong, this book is a great book IF you don't own the previous version. If you want an update to CS, then this book does little more than repeat info from the user's manual. Scott does not seem to have any insight into using much of CS's new tools like RAW conversion or the Lens Blur filter. If you want to learn how to use the NEW tools in CS, wait for another book like "Real World Photoshop CS" to come out.
· Adobe Photoshop CS Classroom in a Book
· Adobe Photoshop CS Artistry
· The Photoshop Book for Digital Photographers
· Adobe Photoshop CS Down & Dirty Tricks