Photoshop CS6: The Missing Manual
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: May 2012
Pages: 888

Photoshop CS6 is truly amazing, but it can also be overwhelming if you’re just getting started. This book makes learning Photoshop a breeze by explaining things in a friendly, conversational style—without technical jargon. After a thorough introduction to the program, you’ll delve deep into Photoshop’s secrets with expert tips and practical advice you can use every day.

The important stuff you need to know:

  • Learn your way around. Get a guided tour of Photoshop’s beautiful new workspace.
  • Unlock the magic. Discover the most practical ways to use layers, channels, masks, paths, and other tools.
  • Fine-tune your images. Learn techniques for cropping, retouching, and combining photos.
  • Play with color. Drain, change, and add color; and create gorgeous black-and-whites and duotones.
  • Be artistic. Create original illustrations and paintings, use text and filters effectively, and edit video clips.
  • Share your work. Produce great-looking images for print and the Web.
  • Work smarter and faster. Automate common chores and install plug-ins for complex tasks.
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    5.0

    An absolute Must to every user

    By erkos

    from Helsinki Finland

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      Comments about oreilly Photoshop CS6: The Missing Manual:

      In thinking the title 'Missing Manual' - there really is nothing to criticize ! This is absolutely one of the best guides ever written for any PC software.

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      EPIC

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        THSI IS JUST AWESOME...its like a beast tamed...go ahead and get this book now...

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        5.0

        As Big As Photoshop and It's Great!

        By chrismalinao

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          Comments about oreilly Photoshop CS6: The Missing Manual:

          An 800-pound gorilla deserves an 800-page book, and I mean that in a good way. Photoshop CS6 is no bloat ware; it is big because it packs so much power with tons of features that are really useful for various types of imaging people – photographers, graphics artists, illustrators, etc. If you have to work with photos and images in any way, all the tools you need are there in Photoshop CS6.

          But it is a monster-sized application.

          How do you then get a handle on something as big as Photoshop? You get a big book: Photoshop CS6 – The Missing Manual by Lesa Snider, all 862 pages of it. It is a big book because its subject is big. And it's meant to cover all bases, discuss all of Photoshop CS6's features and point out a lot of useful techniques. Whether you're new to Photoshop or a grizzled pro, there's something for you in this big book. It is a great resource that you can come back to time and time again.

          Question you might ask is, "Do I have to read all 862 pages for me to be able to use Photoshop?" Na-ah, you don't have to. You can go straight to what you need to read by finding it in its very well laid out Table of Contents. For example, if you've had some experience with Photoshop and wanted only to combine images for, say, a poster, then just read Chapter 7 to learn how to cut out an image from a photo, paste it into a selection or another document, swap a sky if needed, then understand the effects of Layer Blend Modes. Then, perhaps you would want to jump to Chapter 14 to learn how to add artistic text to your poster.

          But if you're an absolute beginner, then you have to read Chapters 1 and 2 first to cover the basics. You'll have a guided tour of Photoshop CS6 in Chapter 1 which introduces the interface and its many tools. Chapter 2 will be on opening, viewing and saving files in Photoshop, nothing scary. Then, once you get the basics, you can jump to whatever topic you need to read.

          This new book (it came out in May 2012) speaks in plain American English. It's easy to understand because it does not befuddle you with technical jargon. It proceeds right away to what you need to understand and do.

          Because the book is big, author Lesa Snider thoughtfully subdivided it into five major chunks (actually 6, with Part 6: Appendices downloadable from the publisher's website):

          Part One: The Basics
          Part Two: Editing Images
          Part Three: The Artistic Side of Photoshop
          Part Four: Printing and the Web
          Part Five: Photoshop Power

          The book's detailed Table of Contents alone will fill up a little booklet by itself and will occupy too much space for this review. There is a TOC available on the book's website (http://shop.oreilly.com/product/0636920022718.do). Click on Browse Content or download the book's PDF sampler to read the detailed TOC as printed in the book. The detailed TOC has sub-topics under each main topic so the reader can easily find what he/she needs to read. The book also provides a link where the reader may download the needed files to follow along the detailed instructions described in the sample projects.

          For photographers, the author laid out a thoughtful road map to follow so Photoshop would be less daunting. Lesa spells this out early in page 7 so photographers may tackle the application in digestible chunks, using only the features necessary for post processing photographs.

          If you want to learn Photoshop thoroughly, this is the book to go to. This is the new Photoshop bible. Photoshop User Magazine Editor and Publisher Scott Kelby says so on the book's cover: "Lesa did a great job on this book, and in my mind, it's the new Photoshop bible." Kelby himself is coming out with his own book, The Adobe Photoshop CS6 Book for Digital Photographers due out this July focused mainly for photographers. If you're not only a photographer but also an aspiring graphics designer, digital artist or illustrator, the book to read is Lesa's. It's highly recommended. Lesa's book completely covers all you need and want to know about Photoshop.

          As the title suggests, this is the missing manual that should have come with Photoshop when you bought it. Adobe Systems Inc would do well to bundle this $50 book with Photoshop CS6 to make users of their $700 software happy.

           
          5.0

          The 'Photoshop Bible'. Feature-packed.

          By Yasin Soliman

          from Plymouth, United Kingdom

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            Comments about oreilly Photoshop CS6: The Missing Manual:

            Photoshop is a feature-packed software package which could be overwhelming for new users. With Photoshop CS6: The Missing Manual, it makes learning Photoshop a breeze. It's way more than just a manual. It's like a Photoshop Bible. It explains all you need to know about the latest version of the Adobe image creation and editing software - with helpful guides, images and easy-to-understand instructions, even for users who are new to Photoshop.

            Snider's style of writing is easy to follow and is educational and interesting at the same time. The Missing Manual is the only Photoshop book you need, whether you're a novice user or one who has had some previous experience with older Photoshop versions. Compared to other publications and Photoshop manual offerings, The Missing Manual combines illustrative graphics with descriptive text and creates a virtual 'instructor-based experience' in your hand, wherever you are. The writing style is partially conversational, which also makes it easier to understand and portrays a sense of personality to learning or advancing your skills in the Photoshop software package.

            Sections are clearly laid out for each 'task' - including photography, design and more. If you want to learn how to use Photoshop for advanced graphic design work, but don't want to read through details on basic design and photography, you can skip directly to the specific sections and chapters referencing your individual tasks. Edit images. Fine-tune designs. Make the most of Photoshop and work smarter. Work faster. Read expert advice and practical tips to help you learn all you need to know in an engaging and interesting layout.

            If you want to extend your Photoshop knowledge or learn new skills integrated with the package, Photoshop CS6: The Missing Manual is the book for you.

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            5.0

            Great for both beginners & experts

            By Kenia T.

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              Photoshop CS6: The Missing Manual is amazingly well written and provides excellent presentation; furthermore, it is easy to follow and provides good illustrated chapters to further understand the topics at hand.

              Both beginners and expert users could highly gain from this book. New users can acquire an in depth core understanding of all tools and menus, while expert or previous users will gain valuable insight and knowledge of the new Photoshop CS6 tools and features.

              I would highly recommend this book and believe it is a great addition to any creative professional's library both as a learning tool and a reference guide to go back too when need be.

              Kenia Taylor
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              5.0

              Exceptionally well done!

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                Comments about oreilly Photoshop CS6: The Missing Manual:

                I just received a press list copy of O'Reilly Media's "Photoshop CS6 - the missing manual" by Lesa Snider & it is a good one!
                It is exceptionally well put together; written in clean, clear, understandable language; and covers everything from the simple basics to the complex. At 862 pages, I won't be getting through it too quickly - but this has already solved a couple of my long standing questions! I will definitely be using this as a resource for myself and in my workshops.

                Thanks Lesa & Oreilly - well done!!

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