Photoshop 6 for Windows Bible
||Author: Deke McClelland, Mark Hamburg|
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Publisher: John Wiley & Sons (01 November, 2000)
Sales Rank: 28,235
Average Customer Rating: 3.43 out of 5
Customer ReviewsRating: 4 out of 5
Looks good but it is trouble
All in all, this is a usable book if you take the time to discover essential details that are missing. As you get into more sophisticated topics you find that about 10% of the procedures described in the book do not work. Essential steps, thate could have been spelled out in a line of text, are missing and I have to experiment for close to an hour to discover what they are. The book is too verbose and could be condensed to half its size, with no loss of content. The humor is weak and adds nothing to the book; I never got a chuckle (and I like to laugh). There are no examples of creative use of Photoshop, even though this is why we want to learn the darn thing. I have used computers everyday since 1969, so I don't think that my troubles are caused by my ignorance. Unfortunately, I can't recommend a better book, since I stuck with this one and I managed to learn what I need. It is not a bad book to get you started,but you should look at other books before buying this one.
Rating: 2 out of 5
what's so great about these bibles
don't like it at all; inside photoshop 6 by new riders is 342434 times better.
i gave mine away and bought inside photoshop 6.
don't take my word for it, go to your local bookstore and peruse thru both and compare. it's obvious in my opinion. i only settle for the best.
i think this book was more of a "mr deke mcclelland trying to impress or pick up girls with his humor book." lol
i hope he got some email requesting dates with him.
and if you are a BIBLE fan by idg/hungry mind books, are you even aware of NEW RIDER BOOKS? get with the program.
Rating: 3 out of 5
The good and the bad
"Bible" is a bit of a misnomer. A better description would be "everything detail you would ever want to know about Photoshop".
The book is incredibly detailed. Each and every menu option are described and cross referenced, no stone left unturned. And yet it is readable (if you can lift it). Adobe has come a long way in making their manuals and help files much much better. That said, if you are looking to become a basic or mid level Photoshop user, this may not be the book for you. If you want to know the pros and cons to using a fade on a custom brush with your pressure sensative tablet (you get the picture)... then this book is required to at least have at hand.
I have dabbled with photoshop for many many years, but never really did use more than 10% of the program functions. So I've bought and checkout many books out of the library so I can improve my reults and save time. I scanned this book cover to cover (well almost) - and probably READ about 1/2 of it. While there was SOME very valuable content, the book was mostly a recap for me.
My biggest complaint is that the book spends precious little space on explaining TECHNIQUE. It is more about explaining functions in complete detail. It would have been better if the few techniques and exercises in the book were somehow highlighted or set apart from the text. There are much better sources for that info anyway.
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