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Photoshop CS6 The Missing Manual – A Review

CoverPhotoshop has a pretty extensive help file, and I don’t need to tell you dear TipSquirrel.com reader that there are some brilliant tutorial websites out there. There is however nothing that quite takes the place of a well laid out, indexed manual that can sit quietly on the desk until that day when you just need to know something in a hurry.

O’Reilly publish a whole range of Missing Manual books and for Photoshop CS6 they have once again turned to Lesa Snider. Lesa has penned two previous incarnations of the Photoshop Missing manual, authoring the CS5 and CS4 books as well as the iPhoto ‘11 Missing Manual.

Missing Manual 01Might one expect that with the new book might come a shiny new layout? Not a bit of it, and that’s great. The beauty of the Missing Manuals are their simplicity to use, while giving a depth of information. Lesa strikes this chord amazingly well and incorporates something that, as a user of this type of book every day, I have come to appreciate; personality.

A quick scan through the book will tell you that many, if not all, the images have been taken by Lesa and as such we are connecting with her. Along with this is the feeling that these are real world projects, with real world techniques and solutions. Each tool, Filter, Pallette has it’s own image to explain what’s happening and how to best use it.

Hue_SatI can’t answer the question of whether a seasoned pro would get much use from this book, I’m not in a position to judge. I’m sure there are some that have full command of Photoshop and find available resources adequate. Me, well, I’m firmly in the ‘I need something on my desk to thumb through’ camp and there are few books out there that cover so many of the basses. The Understanding Adobe Photoshop series by our own Rich Harrington spring to mind of course, and if you’re on a tight budget you may have a tough choice to make.

Photoshop CS6 The Missing Manual
Paperback: 888 pages
Publisher: O’Reilly  (May 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1449316158
ISBN-13: 978-1449316150

About Eric Renno (434 Articles)
Eric’s background in video editing with Adobe Premier led to his interest, and then obsession, with Photoshop. Starting TipSquirrel.com as a hobby he is proud to have gathered together and be a part of The Photoshop Nuts. Known as only “TipSquirrel” for two years, Eric ‘went public’ when he was a finalist in The Next Adobe Photoshop Evangelist competition. He’s also been a finalist in Deke’s Techniques Photoshop Challenge. While still taking on some freelance work, Eric has recently become a Lecturer at Peterborough’s Media and Journalism Centre where he enjoys sharing his knowledge as well as learning new skills. This realisation that he loves to teach has made Eric look at altering his career path.

1 Comment on Photoshop CS6 The Missing Manual – A Review

  1. I always find Lesa’s work a great reference to have to hand.. not only that, she is always there to help.

    I can always recommend her work and good to see her work on TipSquirrel!


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