7 at Your Fingertips: Get In, Get Out, Get Exactly
What You Need
by: Thomas V.
by: Sybex Publishers, go
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the statement in the title, the cover of this book
also claims that it's the "Photoshop Reference
You've Been Waiting For." Is it? It could well
book is undoubtedly a reference work - a beautiful
one. The page layouts are well thought out. The
font, the graphics, the screen capture images are
top-notch publishing and desktop publishing reference
works of art. That said, and besides being pretty,
the questions are still whether the book is worth
forty dollars and does it accomplish what it's
designed to do? That is, is this book the one reference
for Photoshop 7 that you'll always want at your
fingertips? Let's take a look.
The 541 pages in this selection from the new wave of Sybex
graphic books are intelligently divided by tasks. The five
major task divisions are Photoshop Workspace, Universal Photoshop
Tasks, Print Tasks, Web Tasks and finally Digital Imaging
Tasks. These divisions are image marked on the side of every
page and bleed to the outside edge so with the book closed
you can pick it up and go right to the task without going
to the index or table of contents - if you have remembered
the division order.
This book is not an instruction book. It does not, like
some of the simple books out there for those just learning
the program, take you through a step-by-step process to manipulate
a specific photograph through a series of basic processes.
On the other hand, it still works for beginners in that it
describes the fundamental tasks, what they're supposed to
do and the various features associated with each task. The
descriptions are exactly what I want in a quick reference
book. In addition, for intermediate users, there are shortcuts
and improved ways to accomplish tasks. Advanced users are
also not left out as this book provides information on all
the improvements in the latest version of Photoshop. This
allows advanced users to stay at the cutting edge of their
Let me give you one example of the value of this book. At
some point after installing Photoshop you'll want to change
or set your program preferences. Choosing Preferences in
the drop down menu gives you nine tab screens with multiple
choices and multiple checkboxes. Instead of hours digging
through the user manual or searching the online help system
for the definition of what a check box is supposed to do,
this book gives you a picture of the screen and a description
of every choice and every checkbox. This whole book is like
So, I highly recommend Photoshop 7 at Your Fingertips. It
does exactly what the cover and the advertisements states.
It's easy to get in, get out and get exactly what you need.
It's the Photoshop reference I've been waiting for, that's
Okay, it's not all honey. There is one minor, tiny, itsy-bitsy
little thing that I didn't like. All the screen capture shots
are off the program running on a MAC. I know there's not
much of a difference between the two program's screens. The
menu's and selections are the same. I like MAC's, I'm a MAC
family authorized repairman, but I do all my work on a hot,
fast PC and it takes me a moment to adjust to the different
look between the two interfaces. No big deal and it's my
Buy the book if you have the need. I'll bet it's the first
book your hand reaches for when you're working in Photoshop
7 and need a fast answer.
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