Photoshop CS4: The Missing Manual

When a book like Photoshop CS4: The Missing Manual by Lesa Snider King comes along, you just know I’m chomping at the bit to review it. But through the interesting chain of events that is my life I ended up far more involved in helping out with getting this book out the door than I ever imagined would happen, which means that I’d feel just a wee-tad unethical offering up a review at The Mac Observer, or any of the other places my name crops up, including Design Tools Monthly.

Instead, I’ll give the book an endorsement right here. Hey, this is my blog. I can do whatever I want.

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When Lesa asked me for some behind the scenes help with her book, I was honored and excited because I enjoy her friendly and approachable writing style, and I’m always glad to do what I can to help out a friend. After spending a little time looking at what she was cranking out I realized that this wasn’t going to be just a good book, it was going to be great.

Long before the book was finished and on press, I was certain that I really needed a copy on my desk — and that’s saying a lot. I reserve the little shelf on my desk for a very short list of books that I always want close at hand. Yes, there’s a copy of Lesa’s book sitting there right now.

If you can get only one Photoshop CS4 book, this is the one to buy. It’s 776 pages packed with everything you need to know about Photoshop along with tons of techniques and tips you should know, but didn’t get why. There’s even extra content and sample files online because you can never learn too much about using Photoshop.

Head over to Lesa’s Web site right now and snag a copy for yourself. If you need some instant gratification, run out to your favorite bookstore tonight. This book is that good. Really.

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