Adobe Photoshop CS5, a leading graphics editing program, is the 12th major release of Adobe Photoshop which was launched in early 2010. The Photoshop software has always had unique graphic editing tools and features including but not limited to cropping and slicing, painting, drawing, measuring and navigation, selection, typing, and retouching. These tools still exist in the latest update but new tools, features, and improvements have been introduced in Photoshop CS5, some even upon request by the Photoshop community. Edge Detection, Mixer Brush, Shadow Catcher, Bristle Tips, Repousse, Content-Aware, Automated Lens Correction, Mini Bridge, and Puppet Warp are just a few new tools introduced in the latest Photoshop CS5. Automatic image straightening, cropping tools, 3D editing, and color mixing (just to name a few) are additional and easy to use features to the latest software update.
In her new book, Smashing Photoshop CS5, Sue Jenkins creates a reference guide with 100 innovative ideas and techniques to teach and inspire creativity with your images using Photoshop CS5. “This book is aimed at designers, artists and photographers who want to become proficient in Photoshop CS5, getting you quickly up to speed with many of the fantastic new tools and features.”
Giving guidance to the Photoshop novice, the professional and all those in between, Jenkins touches on some of the basic features and tools in Photoshop and addresses the newest features as well. Her book is divided into seven, simply defined Parts: (I) Web Layout and Optimization, (II) Photoshop CS4 and CS5, (III) Text Effects, (IV) Studio and Commercial Effects, (V) Special Effects, (VI) Image Distressing, and (VII) Image Retouching and Restoration. The tutorial book is designed to allow you to find the exact reference you need in your editing process without having to read through the book in its entirety. Jenkins provides efficiently arranged and indexed techniques and step-by-step instructions to help you accomplish the task at hand. Shortcuts and new methods of using familiar tools are also incorporated in each chapter. Colorful Photoshop images are used for visual references and she’s given useful links to download custom features to further enhance your images. Jenkins has also splashed helpful hints throughout the book as an added bonus.
Some of my favorite techniques are creating animated favicons, correcting image distortion, adjusting shadows and highlights, building surreal landscapes, cleaning up digital noises, and weathering photos. Of course I also appreciate the helpful techniques to remove blemishes and eye circles, whiten my teeth and smooth away my wrinkles. Jenkins sure knows how to make us proud of our own pictures!
This book is proven invaluable and well worth the shelf space in your personal library. It’s a must-have for any graphic designer’s professional library and was written to serve as a quick reference guide to all Photoshop CS5 users. “Smashing Photoshop CS5 is the perfect springboard for sparking new ideas and gaining inspiration for all your projects.” Whether you are a beginner or professional, this book will increase your graphic editing skills and generate an entirely new creative universe.