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Photoshop CS4 Down & Dirty Tricks

by Scott Kelby

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This book might not be to everyone's taste. In particular, if you live outside the US and don't follow sport a lot (that would be me) then a lot of the basis for the examples used is rather odd. Add to that a very informal, punning style of instruction that may or may not work for you, and I suspect this is a love it or hate it book.

As the 5 stars suggest I loved it. Rather than taking you through a "This is what this does" kind of approach, the book is structured as a load of different projects broken down into steps that are easy (some easier than others admittedly) to follow and implement. There are thousands of things that Photoshop can do that aren't mentioned at all, but a lot of commonly used functions are discussed, and you can walk away with an understanding of gradients, gaussian blurs and the like and how to both apply and spot them in other work.

The book is also structured (with the exception of the 3D chapter) so you can dip in at any point. There are a lot of techniques covered in this book that I have read, tried and will forget, as well as many I have read, tried and will remember. BUT, I will remember where I found them and that they are there, and will almost certainly come back to them in future. ( )
  lewispike | Jun 12, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0321563174, Paperback)

UNLOCK THE SECRETS OF THE HOTTEST TRICKS, AND MOST REQUESTED PHOTOSHOP EFFECTS IN ONE AMAZING BOOK!

Scott Kelby, co-host of Photoshop User TV and the world’s #1 bestselling Photoshop author, is back to unlock the secrets of an amazing new collection of the latest eye-popping, jaw-dropping, Photoshop special effects—the same kind that made Scott’s previous editions of this book one of the top selling Photoshop books in history.

You’ll learn some of the most closely guarded Photoshop CS4 special effects—the same ones you see on TV, in magazines, and on the Web. Using Scott’s simple step-by-step method, with hundreds of full-color images, you’ll see exactly how it’s all done. The book is written so clearly, and it is so easy to follow, you’ll immediately be able to create all of these effects yourself. You’ll learn:

    • The latest photographic special effects
    • How to fake studio shots (you’ll be amazed at how it’s done)
    • The latest cutting-edge type effects
    • The most popular effects used by big movie studios
    • The most-requested advertising effects
    • Commercial effects that clients go crazy over!
    • The most asked-for current Web effects
    • Amazing 3D effects using Photoshop Extended
    • Plus loads of effects that look hard, but are easy once you know the secrets

And not only that, but the whole book is packed with creative ideas, layouts, and design techniques that will help you unleash your own creativity. It’s all here, in the only Photoshop book of its kind. You're gonna love it!

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:08:17 -0400)

"You'll learn the most closely guarded photoshop CS4 special effects. The same ones you see on TV in magazine and on the Web." --Back cover.

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