Monday, March 17, 2008

REVIEW: Top 100 Simplified Tips & Tricks Adobe Photoshop CS

DISCLAIMER: There are newer editions of this book by a different author which might be much better, so this review only pertains to ISBN 0-7645-4182-X by Denis Graham. In my continuing search to suck less at Photoshop I have been digesting a lot of books and videos. The latest was a very promising book called Top 100 Simplified Tips & Tricks Adobe Photoshop CS which is another Visual book. I had enjoyed Teach Yourself Visually Photoshop CS3 so much that I thought this book, which looks similar, would be great -- I was wrong. This book is visual and it does contain some decent information for those who are new to photoshop, but in the attempt to come up with 100 tips the author really stretches by covering filters, the file open dialog, ImageReady, and more. In the end, I felt like there were about 10 tips and tricks that weren't covered in Teach Yourself Visually, so this book wasn't worth my time. Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate Value: Poor Recommendation: Spend your money elsewhere. Start with Teach Yourself Visually.

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