Adobe Photoshop: A Complete Course and Compendium of Features is your guide to creating, editing, and enhancing images and designs in Adobe Photoshop. Whether you’re retouching a photograph, generating designs for social media, or combining images into composite creations, Photoshop is the tool for you—and this book will teach you what you need to know. This second edition has been fully revised and updated to cover the newest features of Photoshop.
First, in a complete Course that includes a new set of projects and lessons from the curriculum of Adobe Certified Instructor Steve Laskevitch, you’ll learn the procedures needed to use Photoshop effectively and professionally. As you work your way through dozens of step-by-step lessons, you’ll be exposed to Photoshop’s rich feature set in practical contexts and learn best practices for optimal workflows. We’ll supply lesson documents and their assets to download, and you can use your course creations as starting points for your own projects.
The updated Compendium provides even greater depth of knowledge and serves as an in-depth reference you can rely on long after the course is done. Its eight easy-to-access sections help you uncover more of the “how” and “why” of Photoshop. With extensive cross references between the Course and Compendium, the two parts of the book complement each other perfectly.
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Gloria August 1, 2023
The table of contents of this book I have eagerly anticipated reading makes clear that the author will talk about everything imaginable you might want to know about Photoshop. This will be a valuable source down the road. He begins by telling us that he will give us a comprehensive list of keyboard shortcuts, in the appendix of the book. That’s something of value! I note shortcuts on sticky notes stuck to my computer. This will be better:)
His writing style is quite approachable, even friendly. That is great for a book that has so much information on offer. It will be a pleasure to read, as well as useful. He starts out telling us how to configure the workspace and has clearly understandable illustrations showing you where things are and where you might want to put them.
In his section and curves, the author says that this is probably the most powerful adjustment. That certainly pulls you in to want to read the section. Although I have used curves before, reading this section added much to my repertoire in editing pix.
The author covers the usual subjects on masking and layers, but also talks about software-aided photography. For example, panorama shots and HDR. I like that he goes beyond the basics. That’s not to say that he gives short shrift to things like layers. He has several sections on the subject and goes into much detail, explaining to us how best to use layers.
I have not much played with color in my photographs, but now I may give it a shot. The author gives a succinct, useful several sections on choosing and working with colors. He even tells us which tools to ignore because they have little relevance anymore. I had no idea, until I read this book, of the extent to which I can use color tools to improve my photos.
Towards the conclusion, the author tells me something I did not know: there is an Adobe‘s Plugin Marketplace which sits at the top of the creative cloud app. I already use a few plug-ins, and now know where to look for others!
This is a book for beginning and advanced users of Photoshop because, in my estimation, it covers just about everything one needs to know. Moreover, the author thankfully writes in a style easy to read. This will go on a shelf close to my computer 🙂
jefforns October 5, 2023
I have been using Photoshop for thirty years and without a doubt can say it is the best book I have ever read to learn and advance your Photoshop abilities.
It is beautifully written and produced with the best explanations and imagery!
Even if you use other photographic software this is a must read and belongs in every photographer’s library!
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