The Adobe Photoshop CS3 Book for Digital Photographers (Voices That Matter)
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Scott Kelby was honored with Professional Photographer magazine’s highly coveted 2008 Hot One Award for The Adobe Photoshop CS3 Book for Digital Photographers. Here’s what Jeff Kent, the Hot One Editor at Professional Photographer, has to say about the book: “In a how-to published by Peachpit Press, Scott Kelby, best-selling author on Adobe Photoshop, delves into CS3 to uncover the most important and useful techniques for digital photographers. Our judges liked Kelby’s direct approach with step-by-step instructions. In this new edition, Kelby shares even more secrets from the top pros.”

Shutterbug magazine chose The Adobe Photoshop CS3 Book for Digital Photographers as a Top Digital Book of 2007. Here’s what Joe Farace of Shutterbug has to say about the book: “Scott Kelby’s name on a Photoshop book is like the Dodge brand on the front of a pickup truck. You know it’s built RAMa??or pixela??tough. Combining his famous twisted wit with unwaveringly straight tutorials, Kelby takes you through a detailed tour of Photoshop CS3 by showing how to use the new features. No fluff; just page after page of well-illustrated tutorials showing photographers how to get the most out of the new features, commands, and effects found in the latest version of Adobe’s flagship. It will get you up to speed on CS3’s new features faster than you can all by yourself.”

Scott Kelby, the #1 best-selling Photoshop author in the world today, once again takes this book to a whole new level as he uncovers the latest, most important, and most exciting new Adobe Photoshop CS3 techniques for digital photographers. This major update to his award-winning, record-breaking book does something for digital photographers that’s never been done before–it cuts through the bull and shows you exactly “how to do it.” It’s not a bunch of theory; it doesn’t challenge you to come up with your own settings or figure it out on your own. Instead, Scott shows you step-by-step the exact techniques used by today’s cutting-edge digital photographers, and best of all, he shows you flat-out exactly which settings to use, when to use them, and why.

That’s why the previous editions of this book are widely used as the official course study guide in photography courses at college and universities around the world, and this new edition for Photoshop CS3 exposes even more of the top pros’ most closely-guarded secrets.

Learn How The Pros Do It
Each year Scott trains thousands of professional photographers on how to use Photoshop, and almost without exception they have the same questions, the same problems, and the same challenges–and that’s exactly what he covers in this book. You’ll learn:

• The sharpening techniques the pros really use.
• The pros’ tricks for fixing the most common digital photo problems fast!
• How to get great looking prints (that actually match your screen!)
• A whole chapter on the latest, most requested Photoshop special effects!
• How to color correct any photo without breaking a sweat.
• How to process Raw images, plus how to take advantage of all the new Camera Raw features in CS3!
• The portrait retouching secrets only the pros know about!
• How to add real automation to your work.
• How to show your work like a pro!

Plus a host of shortcuts, workarounds, and slick “insider” tricks to send your productivity through the roof! If you’re a digital photographer, and you’re ready to learn the “tricks of the trade”–the same ones that today’s leading pros use to correct, edit, sharpen, retouch, and present their work–then you’re holding the book that will do just that.

Customer Reviews:

  • Worth Every Pennhy
    I received this book for Christmas from my son and his wife. I had not yet received the Photoshop CS3 software, but ordered it on a day after Christmas on a special from Amazon.
    I started reading Scott's book before the software arrived so I would have some heads up on processing the aircraft images I have been shooting with my Canon xsi camera. After the software arrived I was already ready to tackle a layout to send to clients. Scott's book gave me exactly what I needed to professionally produce some great comps and add my copyright logo (one of the most helpful features I found) to my photos.
    The book is designed to zero in on only certain areas that seem to be perfect for the individual that needs only basic production features from the software. To me, it would impossible to learn every aspect and function of Photoshop. You can skip to only the topics of interest and seek the step by step method to achieve your goal.
    I am wearing out the pages in the meantime getting more familiar every day with the feature rich capability of Photoshop. It is one fantastic application. Coupled with my Canon camera and my Canon Pro 9000 printer this book has made my day as a semi pro photographer that is growing my business.
    Thanks Scott!...more info
  • Love the format
    You pick the parts you need and ignore the parts you don't. This book doesn't build on the knowledge chapter by chapter, which is great for a person who hops around a book looking for the bits that interest them. Love the way Scott Kelby writes - he had me laughing out loud several times. And so happy to find out that I'm not the only one who is a lazy photographer at times (if I can get the shot out of a car window, by golly, I will). ...more info
  • great book
    Awesome book - very practical, and Scott Kelby has a hilarious sense of humour that absolutely makes the book unique! Higly recommended....more info
  • A simple, yet seriously effective book!
    This book has re-inspired me as a photographer. I have been a semi-pro photographer for about 10 years now. I dodged the digital revolution for more years than I should have. I only got into it in 2005. Before that I wouldn't even look at going digital. Until now I only used Photoshop for basic photo editing because other books I had bought just made the subject complicated. This book changed all of that. Those "complicated" techniques are illustrated beautifully in this book and the author makes it easy to duplicate the techniques outlined in the book. His approach is fantastic. He takes a photo, decides what is wrong, or right with it, and takes the reader through ALL of the steps needed to correct the photo. Then he shows you what the final product should look like.

    I use this book nearly every day as a reference. If I have a photo that is underexposed, I simply turn to the section on exposure, follow the steps and I always come out with a better photo. Because of this book I am now going through all of my old photos and seeing what I can do to them to make them POP a little more and I can tell you that this book has saved some photos I thought were horrible, losses.

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  • Kelby's Photoshop CS3 is the best.
    I enjoy all of Scott Kelby's books. The Photoshop CS3 was a great addition to my library. He can explain how to do things so easily. I appreciate his work and advice so much!...more info
  • Kelby Never Disappointments!!
    I have used Scott Kelby's books on the different versions of Elements and have found them extremely user-friendly. When I bought Photoshop CS3, I bought a book from a different author to teach me the ropes. It was based on learning from tutorials. I found I needed the ability to just isolate and read up on a particular skill. I purchased this book, and voila!! I could get my questions answered speedily and in the entertaining Kelby fashion. Great addition to my library!!...more info
  • Cannot review book since I have not recieved the product
    I would be happy to review this book if I had ever received the product. I may not ever buy anything else from Amazon since I have let them know about the situation with no response....more info
  • If only more photographers used this book
    I loved this book. It left me sad that it was publically available as the instructions in this book are accessible for anyone to use, and basically everyone can have their pictures look professional, a threatening proposition for a professional. ...more info
  • My Favorite Photoshop CS3 Book! Get it!
    This book (and pretty-much anything Scott Kelby writes) is amazing! I read it straight through the first day I got it, and now I use it as a reference. If you're new or sortof new to Photoshop, this is the book for you. Easy, step-by-step instructions with good pictures. I highly recommend this book as your first Photoshop book.

    Also, Kelby's "The Digital Photography Book" and "The Digital Photography Book, Vol. 2" are must-haves....more info
  • Adobe Photoshop CS3 for Digital Photographers
    This is a very interesting and useful book. Good value as there are so many easy tips that are shown with easy to follow descriptions. I'd recomend this book to anyone who uses digital photography. Actually I have recomended this book to others, just as Matt did to me. Thanks mate, and thank you Scott Kelby (author) and Amazon. Oh, and delivery was a fortnight earlier than promised too!...more info
  • very satisfied
    Was thrilled to be able to get this book. Took a class for Photoshop and the teacher used this book. His demos were right on target. I am very pleased with this purchase. The book is easy to use and easy to understand so I would highly reccommend it.

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  • Another great book by Scott!
    If you have CS3 and don't have this book, its like having a Twinkie w/o the cream in the middle, or like Fred w/o Wilma! An absolute MUST HAVE. I've worked with plenty of photoshop editions now and still learned a lot from this book. Thanks Scott:)...more info
  • THe Adobe Photoshop CS3 Book for Digital Photographers by Scott Kelby
    I find all Scott Kelby's Books to be the best. His step by step instructions are easy for those not so tecnically inclined, like me, to follow. Using his techniques, I have taken my images to the next level. ...more info
  • Excellent Way To Learn CS3
    This book makes learning photoshop CS3 so easy! Each chapter is a lesson unto itself. I felt fairly secure in my knowledge of layers before purchasing this book, now I find I was barely using the basics! I was missing the full potential that I had available and didn't even know it! If you want to learn photoshop at home, on your computer, this is the book for you!...more info
  • Surprisingly useful
    I was little hesitant about buying this book given its cookbook step-by-step style but I was surprised how useful it is. The book covers most of the practically important functions and if you ignore or skip the "funny" parts, you will find yourself with one of the most useful books on CS3.

    My main complaint is that the book puts too much attention on the Camera Raw. My second issue is the question of color space. The book essentially tells the reader to use Adobe RGB without much discussion of pros and cons. To make it even more clear where the author stands, he points out that the pros refer to sRGB as the "stupid RGB". Now, who would want to use something stupid, right? Since this book is clearly not aimed at pros but rather at casual photographers, it should provide a more balanced view of the color space issue. Most people will view their pictures on computer monitor, post them online, and print them at regular photoprinting services like Kodakgallery, Shutterly, Snapfish and such (their printers all assume that your picture is in sRGB). For all these applications, sRGB is a better choice than aRGB and readers will be disappointed with picture quality if they follow the author's advice. ...more info
  • The Best Ever!
    Scott Kelby never ceases to amaze me with his ability to explain all the lessons in such a way that even the ordinary person with very little computer knowledge can understand and apply. This book has helped me to take my good photo's and really make them great. The Adobe Photoshop CS3 Book for Digital Photographers (Voices That Matter)...more info
  • says this is a "must own" book
    Once again I'm reviewing another Scott Kelby book because his books, like those of Bryan Peterson, are consistently very good and full of useful information. I'm please to say that The Adobe Photoshop CS3 Book for Digital Photographers is once again another great Kelby book.

    If you've read Scott Kelby's 7 Point System for Photoshop CS3 you will quickly see that many of the things he uses in the steps for enhancing photos for that book are included with more details in this book. However, this book is more of a recipe book to help you solve a particular task with little information on bringing it all together to solve a series of typical problems, which is why he wrote the 7 Point System book.

    [[I've got a few Kelby books, do I really need this one? OR Who is this book really for?]]
    When I started reading this book it was heavy on information about Bridge and Adobe Camera Raw so I started to question my decision to buy it without reading it from the library first. However, as I went deeper into the book I found a lot of nuggets (even in the Bridge section) that were super useful to me in the things I do in Lightroom. As a result, I can easily say that this is a book worth reading from cover to cover for anyone who is wanting to understand more behind the voodoo of Adobe Camera Raw, sharpening, Color Management, Printing and lots of hidden gems in Photoshop. This is a really good reference book, but it is one that should be read cover to cover to allow your brain to index what it offers so you can come back to it when you really need it.

    [[Come on Ron, I can't afford all of these books. If I only had to pick one or two Kelby books, what would they be?]]
    This is a fair question, and after reading this and the 7 Point System, I'd have to say that if you only bought one then the 7 Point System is the better book to have. That isn't to say that this book isn't useful and that you shouldn't own both if you can afford it, but if you only had to pick one then you'll get more out of the 7 Point System because it will show you a bunch of photos that look like the ones we are used to seeing come out of our camera and show you how to make them look awesome. Doing this both increases your confidence and gives you series of basic tools that allow you to directly apply these techniques to your photos for great results.

    Where this book comes in handy is when you have a specific question like "how do I whiten teeth?", and you can go that topic and get quick step by step instructions that show you exactly how to do that.

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    I had over 20 pages flagged in this book as being important for future reference, and since I've worked on a few batches of photos after reading this book I found myself going back to this book to recall how to deal with certain problems. It's a good book, and an excellent resource for sure. However, it is more of a recipe book that you'll use as a reference, but I don't think it is the right book for the average Joe to learn how to see the "big picture" on how to make your photos look their best.

    Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced
    Value: Good (Expensive, but lots of good stuff here)
    Recommendation: Recommended, but if you can't afford this and Scott Kelby's 7 Point System for Photoshop CS3 then I'd say your best best for learning is to go for 7 Point System. If you are a very advanced Photoshop user, then you'll probably find some good nuggets in this book that make it more worthwhile than the 7 Point System.
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  • Fantastic for digital photographers
    Fantastic book for digital photographers with a beginner to intermediate understanding of photoshop. Gives a ton of great pointers on how to make your shots look good. Covers topics from special effects, to color correction (great work flow for amateur color correction process), resizing appropriately, portrait effects, etc. Rather than thouroughly teaching you how to use each tool it walks you through a ton of example tasks. Great book. ...more info
  • "From a College Instructor's aspect..."
    I have read several Photoshop books written by Mr. Kelby, and learned quite a few shortcuts to producing great work. His CS3 book for Digital Photographers is just like having Scott by your side telling you how to take your image from good to great!! The information on using Adobe Bridge to organize images and using Camera Raw to process them is so helpful that I have added this book to the list of suggested reading materials for my students. I teach Photoshop Basic and Digital Imaging/Photoshop at the local college. I feel that this basic information will be invaluable to both returning and new students....more info
  • The Adobe Photoshop CS3 Book
    Book is fine; the same one used in a college course by my son. Pictures are very clear. Humor is heavy handed and juvenile, but the information makes the book worthwhile....more info
  • every day a little more knowledge it's amazing
    There is a lot of ways you can practice to get most of your pictures, you won't believe....more info
  • Excellent introduction to Photoshop
    Scott covers an incredibly wide range of topics in The Adobe Photoshop CS Book for Digital Photographers. From importing and organizing images in Bridge, to removing sensor dust from hundreds of photos at once, to subtly smoothing skin, this book is full of useful tips for digital photographers. Every section has detailed instructions that let you see exactly what's going on and, even better, make it easy to make changes along the way to discover what each tool does.

    The book doesn't really teach you concepts of photography or give you an idea of what your final product should be; that's left as an exercise for the reader. What it does give you is exactly what it promises: relevant methods for improving your photos....more info
  • Missing topics
    Putting writing style aside, the one thing that I look for is the means by which topics are covered. I buy books to obtain information of greater depth than provided by Adobe's Help or to obtain methods that transcend specific features.

    When I buy a book on a product/release, I minimally expect all capabilities to be covered. I don't like crap shoots. Kelby states in opening comments that not everything is covered (like layers) that are well covered in "every other Photoshop book out there." "In short-it's the funk and not the junk."

    I don't like books that are published in haste and miss topics in total. Such is the case with the topic of High Dynamic Range images. This book (to my knowledge) is void of this huge topic. Christian Bloch's "The HDRI Handbook" (343 pages) does provide coverage, but not the idiosyncrasies of Photoshop CS3 which I hoped would be addressed by this book. ...more info
  • A Very Helpful Book
    I really like this textbook. It gives exact directions on how to do stuff with your pics on photoshop. Many other texts are pretty vague, but this one is great for anyone unfamiliar or unsure.. step-by-step help....more info
  • Every Photoshop users manual
    A quick and handy reference book for photoshop users. You want to do something: just look it up and there on only one or two pages is the answer. No trolling through pages of dense text . Scott Kelby condenses the theory into a practical explanation which can immediately be applied. It looks at photoshop as a photographers tool and not a graphics designer. It is not a bible containing everything and some techniques are not covered but for every day work it is all there. I would not be without it. ...more info
  • Useful text
    I am a fan of Scott Kelby's work, and this text is very useful to those who want to "hit the ground running" with PS CS3. The layout of the book itself could use some tweaking (there's no step 1... step 2... step 3..., just conversational dialogue and pictures), and Scott's priorities may not be yours, so break free from the need to go "front to back" and just skip to the sections you need, especially if you're already familiar with Photoshop. He does provide some useful tricks and tips and his sense of humor is, as ever, firmly intact. It's a little jarring at first when you're expecting your standard dry textbook, but once you get used to it, Scott's humor helps you actually remember what he's teaching you....more info
  • Excellent!
    I had taken this book out of the library and kept it past the due date until my copy was delivered! Excellent reading, Scott Kelby does a great job teaching throughout this book. Not too wordy, not too techy, and pleasant to read as well. I've learned alot since reading this publication, and I look forward to more of his product. Highly recommend to anyone who's learning Photoshop. ...more info
  • Easy to follow instruction and a fun read as well
    Scott Kelby's books have done more to teach me concepts of digital photograpy than any other source I have tried. His style puts the reader at ease as he authoritatively disects the complex world of digital photography....more info
  • By Far - The Best!
    I've wasted hundreds of dollars on reference guides to help me learn CS3, and Photography in general. Scott's book is by far the best I have come across. Not a page is wasted in this outstanding compilation of how-to steps for numerous CS3 activities that every photographer needs to know.

    I rarely write reviews, but am happy to sound in here!

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  • Expected More
    I really appreciate and enjoy Scott Kelby's style: specific, relevant, prescriptive and useful with a nice amout of humor. I looked forward to this book (after having used and benefited from his PS CS book) to show me how to take advantage of my upgrade to CS3. My first task was reduce some high-ISO noise. I looked in the index and saw the only entry (page 107). I was a little disappointed because it's in the Camera RAW section. I don't use camera raw since I use Apple Aperture for my RAW conversion: no help. Then I read on and to have him tell me CS3 noise reduction "ain't great" and then tells me he uses and recommends a third party plug in. Great. I should have spent the money on that. I'm not sure if I'm more disappointed in Mr. Kelby for not showing me how to reduce noise or Adobe for not having a quality noise reduction filter....more info