Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5
Book Review

On February 3, 2011, in Book Review, by Steve Hammond

Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5
By Richard Harrington
Peachpit Press
ISBN: 978-0-321-71426-8, 312 pages plus DVD
Price: $49.49

The book Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5 is described by the author as a book for people who are beginner Photoshop CS5 users, and need a global understanding of the software. As written in the introduction, many Photoshop books are geared towards really basic Photoshop introduction, specific features (such as layers or working with image modes), or new features only. This book is billed as a learning tool for beginners, but it will get you to almost every aspect you need to understand for using Photoshop CS5.

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O'Reilly Photoshop CS5 HDRI Webcast

As digital photography has rapidly increased in popularity in recent years, so have advanced photographic techniques such as High Dynamic Range Imaging, commonly known as HDR. Digital cameras are limited in the range of light intensity they can handle in a given scene. Situations with both very bright and dark areas will exceed the dynamic range capability of the camera sensor. This requires the photographer to decide whether to expose for the dark areas and blow out the light areas, or to expose for the light areas and lose detail in the dark sections of the image. In short, they have to make a compromise and choose to preserve detail in some areas of the photo, and allow it to be lost in other areas. HDR seeks to overcome this issue by allowing for a wide dynamic range within one photograph.

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Book review: Photoshop CS5 for Windows and Macintosh: Visual QuickStart Guide
By Elaine Weinmann and Peter Lourekas
Publisher: Peachpit Press

Price: $34.99 with free shipping

This book is not a dictionary, although it works as a kind of operations lexicon for users of Photoshop CS5, and it offers readers a more exciting experience than a dictionary. The bright typography and compelling layout, coupled with the large number of images, illustrations, and screen shots, make for a book that invites browsing.

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Review: Photoshop CS5 Extended Part 1

On August 30, 2010, in Macintosh, Photography, Review, by Donny Yankellow

Photoshop CS5 Extended
Company: Adobe
Price: $999 upgrade $349 (education pricing also available)

Last June I presented my first look at Photoshop CS5, and I was very impressed with the new features. Back then I felt it was definitely worth the upgrade.  After many more weeks of using the software it is time to reevaluate and see if my opinion is the same or has changed.

For part one of the review I am going to cover Content Aware Fill and Puppet Warp.

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CS5: Dreamweaver – What’s New?

On July 12, 2010, in Macintosh, Review, by Owen Rubin

CS5: Dreamweaver
Company: Adobe

  • Dreamweaver CS5:  Upgrade: $199, New: $399
  • CS5 Web Premium (which includes Dreamweaver): Upgrade: $599, New: $1799
  • CS5 Master Collection  (which includes Dreamweaver) : Upgrade: from $899, New: $2599


Adobe continues to improve its entire CS suite of products with CS5, and I had the chance to have a quick first look of Dreamweaver CS5’s  new features. This is not a simple product, and it was already packed with features. And now there is even more, with a few older features tossed out if they were replaced with even better ones. I will give a brief overview and comments on the new features here.

Upon launching, I have to say, the user interface has not changed drastically from my previous version,

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