The Photoshop CS3/CS4 Wow! Book

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Ever since Photoshop version 2.5, The Photoshop Wow! Book has enlightened and inspired graphic designers, illustrators, and photographers around the globe. This newest edition delivers the familiar award-winning mix of explanations and step-by-step tutorials for creating both commercial and fine-art images, with a DVD-ROM full of tutorial files and other goodies. Tips and beautiful galleries distinguish this book as the most inspiring Photoshop resource around. Designed for easy reference, The Photoshop CS3/CS4 ...
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Overview

Ever since Photoshop version 2.5, The Photoshop Wow! Book has enlightened and inspired graphic designers, illustrators, and photographers around the globe. This newest edition delivers the familiar award-winning mix of explanations and step-by-step tutorials for creating both commercial and fine-art images, with a DVD-ROM full of tutorial files and other goodies. Tips and beautiful galleries distinguish this book as the most inspiring Photoshop resource around. Designed for easy reference, The Photoshop CS3/CS4 Wow! Book includes short features in which professional photographers and designers let you in on their creative secrets for quick solutions. You’ll learn the most innovative techniques for creating and enhancing images, graphics, and type.
  • Use these techniques with Photoshop CS3 and CS4; most fundamental techniques also work with Photoshop CS5
  • Use the new and improved features in Photoshop CS3 and CS4, including Smart Filters, the Quick Selection tool, the new Black & White and Vibrance adjustments, the Refine Edge command, the Clone Source panel, the Adjustments and Masks panels, and video, animation, 3D, and Analysis features in Photoshop Extended, as well as improvements to Bridge and Camera Raw
  • Build your skill with familiar Photoshop features such as blend modes, Adjustment layers, channels, filters, Actions, and Layer Styles
  • Focus attention on the subject of a photo, retouch a portrait, tint an image, or convert a color image to black-and-white
  • Bring out your inner artist with Photoshop’s sophisticated brushes and vector-drawing tools
  • Create dazzling special effects for type and graphics
  • Keep your creations organized with layers, groups, Smart Objects, and layer comps
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321514950
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press
  • Publication date: 5/14/2010
  • Series: WOW! Series
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 792
  • Sales rank: 962,604
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

LINNEA DAYTON, who has authored nine previous editions of the award-winning Photoshop Wow! Book, has written and edited numerous other books and articles about computer-based artmaking and is series editor of Peachpit Press’s Wow! books.

CRISTEN GILLESPIE authors her second edition of Photoshop Wow! She has contributed to other books in the Wow! series as well as the “Wow! Factor” column for Photoshop User magazine.

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  • Posted September 5, 2010

    This book will WOW you!

    The second I opened it I understood why it was called the WOW book. It's the most information packed publication on Adobe's Photoshop that I have seen. My first reaction was "Yikes! Information overload." Once I calmed down and took a closer look at how the sections were structured, working through it became much easier than I originally thought. I found the whole book valuable on many levels. The first four chapters of the book are devoted to Photoshop basics and start out with how Photoshop thinks. Although I thought I was past the beginner stage, I learned quite a bit there. There are both "Quick" sections which are short and informative and "Find Out More" boxes that lead to extensive information. When I stayed focused on a section, I was able to study in depth. Other times I would jump from one topic to the next and end up far from the original subject but that was fun too. It was very similar to surfing the web. When actually working on my photos it was easy to skip around to find exactly what I needed. The tutorial files were clearly written and easy to apply to my own work and there are lots of full color images and shots of Photoshop tool panels which are great for visual learners. The companion DVD that comes with the book not only contains lesson files but also a wealth of goodies like presets, actions, patterns and textures. That in itself was worth the price of the book. Whether you want to learn Photoshop in depth or just have a great reference book to grab when you need help, I highly recommend the Photoshop CS3/CS4WOW Book.

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  • Posted October 19, 2011

    The amazing Photoshop Wow! Book

    The Photoshop CS3/CS4 Wow! Book is the most thorough, detailed resource available for Photoshop. The step-by-step projects are clearly written and easy to follow, the tips offer little gems of valuable information, and the Quick sections allow you to experiment with effects or solve challenges quickly. At the end of each chapter an image gallery showcases inspirational work from professional Photoshop artists. The vast range of creative and productive capabilities covered in this book is stunning. The Photoshop Wow! Book is THE reference that I turn to when I have a question about Photoshop.

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