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Book Review: Photoshop 7 Power Shortcuts

Photoshop 7 Power Shortcuts, by Michael Ninness. 200 pp. New Riders, 2003. $19.99

How would a Photoshop book with no glossy pictures, no elaborate how-to’s, and tons of shortcuts grab you? If you’re a seasoned Photoshop user or one who wants to boost your skill and productivity, you’ll probably shout "hooray!"

Author Michael Ninness begins with "15 Tips You Must Learn" and concludes with "11 Best Kept Secrets," shortcuts to dazzle your Photoshop novice friends. In all, Photoshop 7 Power Shortcuts delivers more than 600 keyboard shortcuts, many of which don’t appear in the manual or in Photoshop’s menus. The shortcuts are not limited to Photoshop 7; versions 5.5, and 6.0 are also covered, as well as ImageReady versions 3 and 7.

Each shortcut is coded to indicate which applications it applies to, and gives instructions for Mac and Windows. Especially handy is a three page chart for the tools in the Toolbar listing their icons and names, the versions they appear in and their keyboard equivalents. This book is an affordable, must-have reference tool for all serious Photoshop users.

– Elsa Travisano

Copyright ©2003 by Elsa Travisano. This article appeared in the May 2003 issue of Newsbreak, the newsletter of MUG ONE - Macintosh User Group of Oneonta, NY.