Mini-review & Competition - Photoshop CS5 Essential Skills

Master Photoshop CS5 project-by-project!

The first section of the book is a foundation module designed to help the user establish an effective working environment and act as a guide for successful navigation through the image-editing process from capture to print. Emphasis is placed on the essential techniques and skills whilst the terminology is kept as simple as possible, using only those terms in common usage.


The subsequent modules extend and build on the basic skills to provide the user with the essential techniques to enable creative and skillful image editing. The guides explore creative application including advanced retouching, photomontage, vector graphics, special effects and preparing images for the web.

Creative practical tasks, using a fully illustrated and simple step-by-step approach, are undertaken in each of the guides to allow the user to explore the creative possibilities and potential for each of the skills being offered.

Contents DVD:

The DVD is a veritable treasure trove of supporting files for the projects in this book as well as a resource for your own creative projects. The images and moves on the DVD are divided into their respective chapters and can be accessed via Bridge. Most of the images in the Foundation and Advanced Skills modules of the book can be found on the DVD together with all the images from the Imaging Projects module.

The movies are an invaluable resource, allowing you to start, stop and rewind so that the skills can be quickly and easily acquired at your own place. The DVD also contains multi-layered image files (PSDs) of the completed projects, TIFF files with saved selections and Camera Raw files. Loadable Actions and Presets are also available to enhance your software, together with a rich stock library of royalty-free images.

Summary of Content:

  1. Foundation Module

  • What's new for CS5
  • Bridge
  • Workflow
  • Raw Processing
  • Digital Printing
  1. Digital Basics - DVD Chapter 1

  2. Digital Darkroom - DVD Chapter 2

  3. Advanced Skills Module

  • Layers and Channels
  • Selections
  • Filters
  • Layer Blends
  1. Retouching Projects

  2. Montage Projects

  3. Adanced Retouching

  4. Align and Blend Projects

  5. Glossary

  6. Keyboard Shortcuts


We've got a brand new mini-review and competition of Photoshop CS5: Essential Skills. Our friends from Focal Press are giving away 5 books!

All you need to do, to enter the competition is answering the following question: Who are the authors of the book?

Send your answer to this e-mail address, before Wednesday the 3rd of November 2010. Don't forget to include your post address and phone number (required for international shipping) in the e-mail.

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