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Fooling around with Photoshop to create interesting composite artwork is all well and good. But if you rely on Photoshop to meet tough production challenges in a fast-paced professional environment, fooling around won't cut it! You need results, and you need them now: This book delivers! In this copiously illustrated volume, best-selling authors David Blatner and Bruce Fraser offer scads of hands-on production techniques as well as clear explanations of the concepts that drive them, so that you can get the best results possible on your own Photoshop CS2 projects. You'll learn about managing color, getting great scans, correcting tones and colors, and more. You also find complete coverage of all of Photoshop CS2's newest features: integration with Adobe Bridge; Vanishing Point; super-tight integration with the rest of Adobe's Creative Suite 2; and more. Throughout, the emphasis is on efficiency: the time-saving tips and professional shortcuts that will allow you to work faster, smarter, and more creatively with Photoshop CS2.
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This book remains the Gold Standard for anyone serious about Photoshop,
This review is from: Real World Adobe Photoshop CS2 (Paperback)I've read over 30 Photoshop books over the last 15-years (including two previous editions of this book). Nothing compares with "Real World Photoshop." It is truly authoritative, clear and practical. Of all those 30 books if I had to just pick one, it would be this - truly the gold standard. If you are going to use Photoshop as a professional or a serious amateur, you owe it to yourself to read this book very carefully. Twice.
The book is lengthy (984 pages) but for such a rich program that much space is required. Scattered throughout the book are hundreds of "Tips" in bold letters. If you just did a speed-reading of these I bet your Photoshop skills would double. Rare for such a technical book is the clarity of the writing - it's actually a pleasure to read. They express complex ideas clearly without resorting to obscure language. In general, the illustrations are excellent and large enough to clearly demonstrate what they are supposed to.
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62 of 62 people found the following review helpful
The authority on PhotoShop CS2,
This review is from: Real World Adobe Photoshop CS2 (Paperback)This book was written by the author of Real World Camera Raw and Real World Color Management. I own the second of these books and found that it is the best book around for color management, so I gave this book a shot. There are Fourteen Chapters (Building a PS System, Tips & Tricks, Image Essentials, Color Essentials, Color Settings, Digital Darkroom, Making Selections, ... Multimedia and the Web) covering about 915 pages. A very thorough book - which is the reason for the high price tag.
From Chapter one, you can tell that the author isn't going to `gloss over' anything. He goes into depth about how to setup paging files, configure RAM, etc. This is not beginner stuff and is not aimed at someone who just bought CS2 and wants to use it. The book moves directly into "Tips and Tricks." Again, not a beginner chapter, but aimed at getting users who are familiar with PS to use it more efficiently. This one chapter covers about 50% (or more) of the tips in Scott Kelby's Tips and... Read more
27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Fraser/Blatner book compared to others,
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This review is from: Real World Adobe Photoshop CS2 (Paperback)In my recent effort to educate myself in matters of Photoshop CS2 I read in detail three books - Adobe Photoshop CS2 for Photographers by Martin Evening, Photoshop CS2 by Fraser & Blatner, and The Photoshop CS2 book for Digital Photographers by Scott Kelby. Of the three, I would rank the Evening and the Fraser & Blatner books as comprehensive books that, if the reader would fully understand all that was discussed, they would be considered a Photoshop Pro. The Kelby book I considered to be quite basic in that it covered only some of the principal topics and did so in an elementary fashion (it would take Kelby four pages with all his illustrations and stepwise instructions to cover what the other books might cover in one). I would recommend the Kelby book for a hobbyist that doesn't want to devote a lot of learning time and who wishes only a basic knowledge of Photoshop CS2 in order to occasionally turn out a nice image. I would recommend either of the other two books if one wants a... Read more
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