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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Photoshop 7 for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Barbara Obermeier, Deke McClelland
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Just got Photoshop? No idea how to use it? Buy this book!

Photoshop is an incredibly powerful tool. It is industry standard for imaging professionals, and is by far the best image-manipulation software out there. But, all that power comes with a pitfall: if you don't know what you're doing, it is pretty much impossible to get Photoshop to do anything worthwhile. This book is the solution.I've always been a big fan of learning to do something by fiddling with it, not reading about it. I'm the sort of person who throws manuals away (I suspect a lot of us are). For me, this book allowed me to very quickly (4 hours of reading) reach a level of understanding where I could use Photoshop to produce results. But months later, when I got puzzled by something (like histograms, or color manipulation, or printing), I'd crack out this book and find an explanation. Quickly, easily, without hassle.And that may be the motto of this line of books. Quick, easy, without hassle. If you got a copy of Photoshop with your printer, or you've got access to a copy but don't know how to use it, buy this book. You'll be fixing red-eye, cropping, and saving for web in an evenings easy reading.That said, if you already use photoshop, go browse the magazine aisle. You don't need this book (stay away from the photoshop bibles, too. If you needed them, you would already know).

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: DSL for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: David Angell
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Right on Target

With the number of "dummies" books on the market you never know how they are going to be. This one explains DSL, and how it works in excellent detail, but at a level that the beginner should understand. This dummies book is for everyone, not just dummies.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Timing for Animation
Publisher: Focal Press
Authors: Harold Whitaker, John Halas
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Good book to have, but WAY OVERPRICED...

I'm downgrading this book partly because it's overpriced and frankly I wish the drawing style in it were different.

It's still a nice book to have and covers some specific timing and staging problems that a lot of other books don't, but it's not the end-all and be-all for animation timing that it gets hyped up to be.

I still don't understand why this book was out-of-print for so long in the US and why it's so ridiculously overpriced now. It's really a $15 or $20 book at most, but the publishers are charging $30!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Linux iptables Pocket Reference
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Gregor N. Purdy
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great reference

Linux iptables Pocket Reference is a great book.

there is a dearth of info on Linux iptables, and this pocket reference is a great book!!