Photoshop in a Nutshell
COMPUTER BOOK REVIEW
Title: Photoshop in a Nutshell; by Donnie O'Quinn & Matt LeClair;
O'Reilly & Associates; ISBN: 1-56592-313-8; Paperback, 609 pages,
Reviewer: A.T.Connellan, "Photoshop in a Nutshell simply shows us,
how to find it, how to do it; and what happens when we do it. In the
process we become adept at using the program. What more do we
Photoshop Rendered Understandable
In the kingdom of graphics software there are pretenders to the
Photoshop throne. As handy as they may be they're only princes.
Undersized, and unable to provide a comparable array of features,
they can only stand in awe.
Photoshop 4, the most recent permutation, can be a king-sized
headache to even the most accomplished user. The program's depth,
breadth, and comprehensiveness make it the essential graphics
software, but its complexity can be counter-productive. Fortunately
O'Reilly & Associates must have had this program in mind when they
developed their "Nutshell" Series of "Desktop Quick Reference" books.
Driven by the KISS (Keep It Super Simple) Factor, O'Reilly authors,
Donnie O'Quinn & Matt LeClair, have reduced the exploration of
Photoshops' esoteric nooks and crannies to the easily understood.
As a reference, the prose is kept tight and relevant.
The book, written for the Mac and Windows user, follows the Photoshop
structure in 4 parts: Tools; Menus; Palettes; plus a group of Appendixes.
The application of each Tool, Menu element, and Palette is examined,
and explained using a generous array of screen reproductions, special
notes, and cross-references.
The Common Techniques Appendix details the methods/techniques
used in applying each tool, section, and palette. Easily understood and
applied. No room for doubt, or misunderstanding. A welcome antidote
to some of the fuzzier areas of the Photoshop kingdom.
The Photoshop Shortcut Appendix is equally succinct and appropriate.
Each action sought has a Mac and Windows equivalent. Again -no room
Resolution Types Appendix: Finally, in one place somebody explains
to us the difference in 'pi's. Lpi (lines per inch), dpi (dots per inch),
ppi (monitor and/or image pixels per inch), etc., etc., etc. In two pages
the mystery is solved.
The Image Credits Appendix is particularly helpful for those readers
who wish to follow-up on the images used in the book.
By the way this is one of those O'Reilly paperbacks that stay open
when you put it down. I wish the other publishers would steal that idea.
I also like the crisp conversational writing style. Talking neither up, nor
down, just straight from the shoulder.
This is not a global course on Photoshop. Photoshop in a Nutshell
simply shows us, how to find it, how to do it; and what happens when
we do it. In the process we become adept at using the program. What
more do we need?
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