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The Photoshop CS2 Help Desk Book

by Dave Cross. 259 pp. Peachpit Press, 2005. $34.99 ISBN 0-321-33704-2

The vast majority if Photoshop books are brimming with tips and techniques but offer precious little help for those times when you run into trouble. Three cheers for Dave Cross of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals, who steps into the breach with a truly priceless book for Photoshop CS2 users.

The Photoshop CS2 Help Desk Book pulls together answers to the questions Cross hears again and again at his Photoshop seminars and training sessions, and offers sensible guidelines for troubleshooting and customizing Photoshop CS2. What’s even more valuable, Cross offers strategies for avoiding problems in the first place.

If you’re about to upgrade to CS2, stop right now and read the “Upgrading to CS2” section. Here you’ll find indispensable instructions for creating transferable sets of all your customized files – brushes, style, actions, preferences, scripts, picture package layouts, etc. This advice alone is worth the price of the book.

Whether you read chapter by chapter, look up a topic in the index, or pick a question from the most admirably detailed table of contents I’ve ever encountered, you’re sure to come away from The Photoshop CS2 Help Desk a more productive, less frustrated user of Photoshop CS2. Keep it near at hand; you’ll be reaching for it often.

– Elsa Travisano

Copyright ©2005 by Elsa Travisano. This review appeared in the November 2005 issue of Newsbreak, the newsletter of MUG ONE - Macintosh User Group of Oneonta, NY.