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  Photoshop CS Accelerated
Every Accelerated book starts off with a clear-cut introduction to the essential concepts, functions, and terminology that are difficult to grasp on your own. Then, immediately put your new skills to the test by following the step-by-step practical exercises. Full-color, crisp screenshots and graphics on every page give you a clear image of what's possible. Dozens of real-world examples, from straightforward to advanced, demonstrate how to integrate techniques and pull all your knowledge together.

Alright, I know the book is targeting new or beginning level users, but starting the book off by explaining in full color step by step on how to install Photoshop is a bit much. If you can't install a program such as Photoshop, I'm not sure the book, or any book for that matter, will be of much help. Although its only a few pages, in my opinion that would have been best left out.

Having said that; this book is the book to get if you are starting out with Photoshop. It literally does cover all of the basic procedures that are used the most in Photoshop. Just some of the techniques you will master are:

- Brighten dark images and correct overexposed pictures
- Remove red-eye and correct skin tone
- Combine images using layers and blending modes
- Enhance image composition
- Design a transparent image for a web page
- Apply texture to 3D text
- Color black and white images
- Simulate neon lights and fireworks
- Add motion effects
- Create reflections and shadows

Each excercise is brilliantly laid out in full color step by step diagrams. In its 375 pages the format is more of a picture book with small text blocks explaining each illustration. Each lesson is very well done and does let you follow along with the supplied files on the enclosed CD. By the time you are done going through the many lessons in this book you will be ready to graduate from beginner to possible intermediate level. You will at least be quite capable of doing all of the most commonly used tools and procedures.

I am going to go out on a limb here and say that this Korean published book is probably the best book I have ever come across in the last 9 years of using Photoshop. I certainly wish books like this one were available when I first got my start in using version 3.05. That seems so long ago!

If you want to learn Photoshop CS and you want to learn it quickly - get Photoshop CS Accelerated! I had a look on Amazon's website and you can get this book for around $25 Canadian at time of reviewing. You can't go wrong with this one. Full marks!

Review ID Number: 580
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YoungJin Books
Review Date: 2004-12-17
Reviewer: Brad Lawryk
Rating: 10 out of 10
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