Publishers of technology books, eBooks, and videos for creative people

Home > Store

Non-Designer's Photoshop Book, The

Register your product to gain access to bonus material or receive a coupon.

Non-Designer's Photoshop Book, The

eBook (Watermarked)

  • Your Price: $22.39
  • List Price: $27.99
  • Includes EPUB and PDF
  • About eBook Formats
  • This eBook includes the following formats, accessible from your Account page after purchase:

    ePub EPUB The open industry format known for its reflowable content and usability on supported mobile devices.

    Adobe Reader PDF The popular standard, used most often with the free Acrobat® Reader® software.

    This eBook requires no passwords or activation to read. We customize your eBook by discreetly watermarking it with your name, making it uniquely yours.


  • Copyright 2012
  • Edition: 1st
  • eBook (Watermarked)
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-273296-3
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-273296-3

Many designers and photographers own the entire suite of Adobe creative products, but they manage to learn only one or two of the applications really well. This new addition to the popular Non-Designer’s books from best-selling authors Robin Williams and John Tollett uses a series of individual exercises to teach image-editing tasks in Adobe Photoshop CS5.5 specifically to designers, who need to enhance their photos for use in brochures, advertising, Flickr, Facebook, websites, and so on. 

In this fun, full-color, straight-forward guide to Photoshop CS5.5, you’ll learn:

  • Basic photo editing, such as how to smooth out wrinkles, remove blemishes, lose a little weight, clean up dust and scratches, brighten and sharpen the image, delete people, remove or add space in the middle of a photo, and more
  • How to further manipulate and enhance images with filters and effects
  • How to draw and paint with customized brushes, and how to colorize a black-and-white image
  • All about layers and how to take advantage of them
  • How and when to use paths, layer masks, and clipping masks to increase your editing capabilities
  • How to merge several photos into one panorama, use the Puppet Warp feature, remove lens distortion, and much more
Whether you need to improve or edit your photos for your graphic design work or to upload to your Flickr or Facebook account, this book is the easiest path to mastering basic tasks in Photoshop.

Sample Content

Table of Contents

1 What is Photoshop?
A. An image editing tool; the advantages of raster files
B. A design creation tool
C. Consider a tablet!
Includes a chart with a list of projects indicating when you might use a word processor,
InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, or other app for that particular project.

2 Quick Sample Projects
The sample projects allow readers to quickly and easily develop small design ideas using
the basic tools; they provide an immediate interaction with the application and a feeling
of empowerment. The projects also provide examples of typical sorts of projects for which
you might use this particular application.
A. Enhance a photo
B. Get rid of things you don’t want in a photo (wrinkles, telephone wires, ex-husbands)
C. Simple design project including photo, text, brush work

3 Basic (but important) Technical Stuff
A. Resolution primer—very important!
B. Color Modes: RGB vs CMYK
a. Screen vs print
b. RGB required for some filters
C. File formats: when to use which ones (psd, gif, tif, jpg, png, etc.)
D. Save vs Save As, Save As a Copy: the importance of while working in Photoshop

4 The Toolbars, Panels, and Screen Modes
A. The Tools bar
B. The Options bar
C. The Application bar
D. Choose which panels to make visible (from the Window menu)
Most users of the Adobe suite of products end up with at least InDesign, Photoshop,
and Illustrator on their computers. This book is for those who might be power users of
Illustrator or InDesign, but are a bit lost in a raster-based image-editing application such
as Photoshop.
This book includes many individual exercises designed specifically to teach the tools
and ideas that Photoshop offers for [non]designers who need to enhance their photos for
use in brochures, advertising, Flickr, Facebook, web pages, etc. The individual exercises
ensure that a reader can jump in at any point to learn a specific tool or technique. Text
and graphic files will be provided on a Peachpit web page or an included cd so readers
and instructors will have the assets available to work with. An “I need to . . .” list) will
be included with the table of contents, listing the most frequently needed tasks, such as
lighten a photo, match the tones of a series of photos, match the face sizes on a series of
photos, whiten the teeth, remove the wrinkles, extend an image, add more background,
make it black-and-white, create a panorama view, etc.
The Non-Designer’s Photoshop Book • John Tollett 2

5 Selection options
A. Different ways to select things and why it is critical to know this
B. Complex selections made easy
C. Select Similar; Load Selection
D. Zoom with click-and-scrub

6 Layers are your Friends
A. For added flexibility, multiple variations, non-destructive effects
B. Blend modes
C. Adjustment layers
D. Merge layers, merged layer copy
E. Duplicate layers
F. Double-up layers
G. Flatten layers
H. Link layers
I. Organize with Layer Sets (folders)
a. Pass Through blending mode
b. Normal blending mode

7 Flip, Flop, and Rotate
A. Flip the entire file or a single layer
B. Rotate and Rotate View

8 Transparency Tips
A. What is transparency; when and how to use it

9 Draw and Paint
A. Brushes: Create and use brushes
B. Define Brushes and Patterns; mixer brushes; bristle tips
C. Painting effects
D. Color tint a black-and-white photograph
E. Pen tool: How to use the pen tool; stroke paths with color

10 Add Text
A. When to use text in Photoshop (as opposed to adding it in InDesign)
B. The Character panel and the Paragraph panel
C. Text effects; when to rasterize the text

11 Before Going Further, Learn How to Go Back
A. Revert
B. Undo and Redo
C. History palette
D. Layer Comps
E. Fade (undo—to a degree)
The Non-Designer’s Photoshop Book • John Tollett 3

12 Adjust and Enhance images
A. Auto adjustments
a. Auto tone, contrast, color
b. Auto align layers
c. Auto blend layers
d. Auto lens correction
B. Image Adjustments
a. Sharpen & Blur
b. Levels
c. Hue/Saturation
d. Color Balance
e. Shadows/Highlights
f. Match Color
g. Dodge and Burn tools
C. Transform, including Distort, Perspective, Warp, Lens Correction
D. Apply Image
E. Raw Controls; black-and-white conversion; remove image noise or add grain

13 Crop, Trim, or Change Canvas Size
A. The Crop tool
B. The Trim command
C. Change image size or canvas size; when and why to do it

14 Fill and Stroke
A. Features you are familiar with from other applications
B. Content-aware fills

15 The Indispensable Clone Tool
A. Aligned, non-aligned
B. The Clone Source panel
C. Sample all layers or current layer
D. Adjust clone brush size, hardness, and opacity

16 Filters and Effects
A. Overview; filters and image resolution; rgb preferred
B. Copy effects to other layers
C. Smart Filters; Convert for Smart Filters
D. Liquify
E. Vanishing Point
F. Filter Gallery

17 Paths and Masks
A. Paths and the Paths panels: Why to draw a path; how to draw a path;
use the various Pen tools
B. Masks: Quick Mask; mask adjustments
The Non-Designer’s Photoshop Book • John Tollett 4

18 Channel painting
Pull out colors you didn’t know were there

19 Save for Web & Devices
Easily save copies of files for the web or devices

20 Even More Powerful Features
A. Content-aware scaling
B. Background–aware deletion
C. Photo Merge
D. Zoomify (still in CS5?)
E. HDR imaging
F. Puppet Warp

21 Actions
Automate repetitive tasks

22 Smart Objects
Layers as Smart Objects

23 Print and Page Setup


Submit Errata

More Information

Peachpit Promotional Mailings & Special Offers

I would like to receive exclusive offers and hear about products from Peachpit and its family of brands. I can unsubscribe at any time.


Pearson Education, Inc., 221 River Street, Hoboken, New Jersey 07030, (Pearson) presents this site to provide information about Peachpit products and services that can be purchased through this site.

This privacy notice provides an overview of our commitment to privacy and describes how we collect, protect, use and share personal information collected through this site. Please note that other Pearson websites and online products and services have their own separate privacy policies.

Collection and Use of Information

To conduct business and deliver products and services, Pearson collects and uses personal information in several ways in connection with this site, including:

Questions and Inquiries

For inquiries and questions, we collect the inquiry or question, together with name, contact details (email address, phone number and mailing address) and any other additional information voluntarily submitted to us through a Contact Us form or an email. We use this information to address the inquiry and respond to the question.

Online Store

For orders and purchases placed through our online store on this site, we collect order details, name, institution name and address (if applicable), email address, phone number, shipping and billing addresses, credit/debit card information, shipping options and any instructions. We use this information to complete transactions, fulfill orders, communicate with individuals placing orders or visiting the online store, and for related purposes.


Pearson may offer opportunities to provide feedback or participate in surveys, including surveys evaluating Pearson products, services or sites. Participation is voluntary. Pearson collects information requested in the survey questions and uses the information to evaluate, support, maintain and improve products, services or sites; develop new products and services; conduct educational research; and for other purposes specified in the survey.

Contests and Drawings

Occasionally, we may sponsor a contest or drawing. Participation is optional. Pearson collects name, contact information and other information specified on the entry form for the contest or drawing to conduct the contest or drawing. Pearson may collect additional personal information from the winners of a contest or drawing in order to award the prize and for tax reporting purposes, as required by law.


If you have elected to receive email newsletters or promotional mailings and special offers but want to unsubscribe, simply email

Service Announcements

On rare occasions it is necessary to send out a strictly service related announcement. For instance, if our service is temporarily suspended for maintenance we might send users an email. Generally, users may not opt-out of these communications, though they can deactivate their account information. However, these communications are not promotional in nature.

Customer Service

We communicate with users on a regular basis to provide requested services and in regard to issues relating to their account we reply via email or phone in accordance with the users' wishes when a user submits their information through our Contact Us form.

Other Collection and Use of Information

Application and System Logs

Pearson automatically collects log data to help ensure the delivery, availability and security of this site. Log data may include technical information about how a user or visitor connected to this site, such as browser type, type of computer/device, operating system, internet service provider and IP address. We use this information for support purposes and to monitor the health of the site, identify problems, improve service, detect unauthorized access and fraudulent activity, prevent and respond to security incidents and appropriately scale computing resources.

Web Analytics

Pearson may use third party web trend analytical services, including Google Analytics, to collect visitor information, such as IP addresses, browser types, referring pages, pages visited and time spent on a particular site. While these analytical services collect and report information on an anonymous basis, they may use cookies to gather web trend information. The information gathered may enable Pearson (but not the third party web trend services) to link information with application and system log data. Pearson uses this information for system administration and to identify problems, improve service, detect unauthorized access and fraudulent activity, prevent and respond to security incidents, appropriately scale computing resources and otherwise support and deliver this site and its services.

Cookies and Related Technologies

This site uses cookies and similar technologies to personalize content, measure traffic patterns, control security, track use and access of information on this site, and provide interest-based messages and advertising. Users can manage and block the use of cookies through their browser. Disabling or blocking certain cookies may limit the functionality of this site.

Do Not Track

This site currently does not respond to Do Not Track signals.


Pearson uses appropriate physical, administrative and technical security measures to protect personal information from unauthorized access, use and disclosure.


This site is not directed to children under the age of 13.


Pearson may send or direct marketing communications to users, provided that

  • Pearson will not use personal information collected or processed as a K-12 school service provider for the purpose of directed or targeted advertising.
  • Such marketing is consistent with applicable law and Pearson's legal obligations.
  • Pearson will not knowingly direct or send marketing communications to an individual who has expressed a preference not to receive marketing.
  • Where required by applicable law, express or implied consent to marketing exists and has not been withdrawn.

Pearson may provide personal information to a third party service provider on a restricted basis to provide marketing solely on behalf of Pearson or an affiliate or customer for whom Pearson is a service provider. Marketing preferences may be changed at any time.

Correcting/Updating Personal Information

If a user's personally identifiable information changes (such as your postal address or email address), we provide a way to correct or update that user's personal data provided to us. This can be done on the Account page. If a user no longer desires our service and desires to delete his or her account, please contact us at and we will process the deletion of a user's account.


Users can always make an informed choice as to whether they should proceed with certain services offered by Adobe Press. If you choose to remove yourself from our mailing list(s) simply visit the following page and uncheck any communication you no longer want to receive:

Sale of Personal Information

Pearson does not rent or sell personal information in exchange for any payment of money.

While Pearson does not sell personal information, as defined in Nevada law, Nevada residents may email a request for no sale of their personal information to

Supplemental Privacy Statement for California Residents

California residents should read our Supplemental privacy statement for California residents in conjunction with this Privacy Notice. The Supplemental privacy statement for California residents explains Pearson's commitment to comply with California law and applies to personal information of California residents collected in connection with this site and the Services.

Sharing and Disclosure

Pearson may disclose personal information, as follows:

  • As required by law.
  • With the consent of the individual (or their parent, if the individual is a minor)
  • In response to a subpoena, court order or legal process, to the extent permitted or required by law
  • To protect the security and safety of individuals, data, assets and systems, consistent with applicable law
  • In connection the sale, joint venture or other transfer of some or all of its company or assets, subject to the provisions of this Privacy Notice
  • To investigate or address actual or suspected fraud or other illegal activities
  • To exercise its legal rights, including enforcement of the Terms of Use for this site or another contract
  • To affiliated Pearson companies and other companies and organizations who perform work for Pearson and are obligated to protect the privacy of personal information consistent with this Privacy Notice
  • To a school, organization, company or government agency, where Pearson collects or processes the personal information in a school setting or on behalf of such organization, company or government agency.


This web site contains links to other sites. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every web site that collects Personal Information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by this web site.

Requests and Contact

Please contact us about this Privacy Notice or if you have any requests or questions relating to the privacy of your personal information.

Changes to this Privacy Notice

We may revise this Privacy Notice through an updated posting. We will identify the effective date of the revision in the posting. Often, updates are made to provide greater clarity or to comply with changes in regulatory requirements. If the updates involve material changes to the collection, protection, use or disclosure of Personal Information, Pearson will provide notice of the change through a conspicuous notice on this site or other appropriate way. Continued use of the site after the effective date of a posted revision evidences acceptance. Please contact us if you have questions or concerns about the Privacy Notice or any objection to any revisions.

Last Update: November 17, 2020