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Adobe Photoshop CS2 on Demand

Nineteen chapter book reads like a tip sheet By John Virata

Adobe Photoshop CS2 On Demand is a 524 page training book that covers a host of features in Photoshop CS2. The book features tips and techniques that are short, concise, and to the point. Written by Andy Anderson, Steve Johnson, the book is written so that the reader doesn't have to go through lots of pages just to figure the tools out. Each tip and technique is a standalone solution that is accessible just by going to the TOC, first page of each chapter, or index. This book also meets the courseware objectives of the Adobe Certified Expert Program, which helps prepare those who complete the courseware to take an exam for ACE qualification.

There are no long winded explanations here, nor do the authors delve into arcane topics such as the theory of color. It is written in a style that enables you to get the information that you need quickly, and get back to work on your Photoshop projects. Each tip and technique is allocated no more than two pages, and these are facing pages, so you don't have to turn the page to finish reading and understanding the tip.

The 19 chapter topics include Chapter 1: Getting Started with Photoshop CS2; Chapter 2: Understanding  Navigation and Measurement Systems; Chapter 3: Customizing the Way You Work; Chapter 4: Mastering the Art of Selection; Chapter 5: Working with Layers; Chapter 6: Working with the History Palettes;  Chapter 7: Working with Adjustment Layers, Filters, and Tools; Chapter 8: Understanding Colors and Channels; Using the Paint, Shape Drawing, and Eraser Tools; Chapter 10: Creating Layer and Channel Masks; Chapter 11: Using the Paths Palette; Chapter 12 Working with Layer Styles; Chapter 13: Getting Creative with Type; Chapter 14: Manipulating Images with Filters; Chapter 15: Automating your Work with Actions; Chapter 16: Controlling Image Output; Chapter 17: Working with Automate Commands; Chapter 18: Managing Color from Monitor to Print; Chapter 19:  Designing for the Web.

Each chapter in the book starts off with a summary on the left side of the page detailing what that chapter will offer. usually the chapters are dedicated to a specific tool in Photoshop CS2. The right half of the page is color coded with all the tips and techniques that will be discussed in that chapter. Again, each tip and technique is no more than two facing pages. It should be also noted that each chapter is color coded with colored chapter tabs on each page that can be viewed as you skim through the book as well as when you look at the book from the side. This alludes to the self help reference that this book is attributed to.

A typical technique spread in the book will have the name of the tip in a color coded box running the length of the page on the left side. This box shows you how to perform the technique in Photoshop CS2. Often times in the box there are other boxes titled Did you Know or See Also. The Did You Know box gives you another related tip based on the tool used in the technique. The See Also box points you to a related tip or technique on another page in the book. The right half of the page often includes screenshots pertaining to that particular technique. The screenshots include numbered references pointing to certain parts of the interface that details in the color coded box, what that particular tool or feature does.

Adobe Photoshop CS2 On Demand offers a whole host of tips and techniques presented in a concise writing style that doesn't at all bog you down with unnecessary wording and other nonsense. It takes a no nonsense approach to helping you attain the most out of Photoshop CS2 and helps you do this in a package that is well thought out and executed. The book is filled with tips to help you master the tools of the application in a way that let's you quickly reference the tip, get a visual of what you are supposed to do, do it, and get out or go on to the next tip or technique. The authors have taken a logical approach to discussing the tools in Photoshop CS2, working their way from opening and setting up the application to the more complex features such as managing color from monitor to print and working with automate commands. The Table of Contents lists all the tips and techniques covered in the book, and if the tip/technique covers a new feature in Photoshop, it is noted with a New! icon next to the page where the tip/technique is located. Overall Adobe Photoshop CS2 On Demand is a great reference presented in a unique style that is easy to navigate through.

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Adobe Photoshop CS2 On Demand
by Andy Anderson, Steve Johnson
524 pages
Que Publishing


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