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Photoshop CS for Windows and Macintosh: Visual QuickStart Guide
By Elaine Weinmann, Peter Lourekas
Published by Peachpit Press - 632 pages
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reviewed by Eric Martin
The Visual QuickStart Guide is one of my favorite Photoshop books because it is so easy to use and is as deep as the application it covers.
I started learning Photoshop in 1992 at version 2.0, and after all these years I still leaf through this book and find myself picking up yet another tip, or shortcut, or a time-saving Photoshop technique.
With step-by-step explanations the book makes getting answers effortless, and there is a huge collection of screenshots throughout to illustrate the various Photoshop techniques discussed.
New CS Edition
In this latest edition there are highlights of all the newest CS features, including the Lens Blur Filter, and the Shadow and Highlights Filter. If you are a seasoned pro, the book will get you up to speed as all of the CS features are indicated by "NEW" icons that make them very easy to find.
The Ultimate Resource
Manuals are notorious for causing head-banging and incredibly foul-language because everything seems to be written in a secret language, and you end up even more confused than you were to start off with. It is here that the QuickStart Guide excels - because this book really does include everything you need to know to perform almost any task imaginable in Photoshop, and finding your answers won't cause frustration as the book's index and table of contents are very well organized.
The book also includes a full list of keyboard shortcuts for both platforms, and an inspiring full-color gallery of art that was all produced using Photoshop.
When someone asks me for the best Photoshop book to get them up-and-running quickly, I always say without hesitation that the Visual QuickStart Guide is the one to buy. It will give you all the help you'll need, and then some.
Free Sample Chapter - Chapter 1
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Weinmann/Lourekas, PHOTOSHOP CS WIN & MAC: VISUAL QUICKSTART GUIDE, © 2004 Elaine Weinmann & Peter Lourekas Reproduced by permission of Pearson Education, Inc. Publishing as Peachpit Press. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
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1. The Basics.
2. Photoshop Color.
4. Pixel Basics.
5. Layer Basics.
10. Choose Colors.
| 14. Gradients.
15. Layering Layers.
16. Layer Effects.