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Adobe Photoshop CS3 Classroom in a Book

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This thorough, self-paced guide to Adobe Photoshop CS3 Classroom in a Book ($54.99)written by the experts at Adobe Systems’ is ideal for beginning users who want to learn key Photoshop concepts and techniques, while readers who already have some experience with Photoshop can use this book to learn Photoshop CS3’s more advanced features and newest tools.

I think it would be somewhat naive and pointless of me to say anything about the technical content of the book. I think that it is fair to assume that the content is spot on. After all if you want a manual on your car you go to the people that built the car – ditto in this case. However the analogy is a little closer to the mark than you may think as this book has more than a sniff of the mechanic about it. Overall I felt it was a little too prescriptive and didn’t really engage me. In summary, it came over as a manual!

You will often hear a world class sportsman say that getting to Number 1 was the easy bit, staying there was hard, and I tend to get that impression about this book. It feels like it is going through the motions rather than striving to engage the reader.

It isn’t really possible to review this without mentioning the Adobe Photoshop CS3 one-on-one review that I did recently, not least because that book succeeded where this one failed. In my view one-on-one worked harder to engage me. It knew it wasn’t number one by default so it had to be more creative and push itself a little harder.

I can’t fault Classroom In A Book. It does a good job and it does it very well, but nor can I really warm to it.

Contents

  • Getting to Know the Work Area
  • Basic Photo Corrections
  • Retouching and Repairing
  • Working with Selections
  • Layer Basics
  • Masks and Channels
  • Correcting and Enhancing Digital Photographs
  • Typographic Design
  • Vector Drawing Techniques
  • Advanced Layering
  • Advanced Compositing
  • Preparing Files for the Web
  • Working with Scientific Images
  • Producing and Printing Consistent Color

Product Description

This thorough, self-paced guide to Adobe Photoshop CS3–written by the experts at Adobe Systems’ is ideal for beginning users who want to learn key Photoshop concepts and techniques, while readers who already have some experience with Photoshop can use this book to learn Photoshop CS3’s more advanced features and newest tools. Using clear, step-by-step, project-based lessons, each chapter walks readers through the creation of a specific project, with each chapter building on the reader’s growing knowledge of the program, while review questions at the end of each chapter reinforce the skills learned in each lesson. Photoshop CS3, long the industry standard for digital imaging software, offers plenty of new features and enhancements for creative professionals and digital photographers alike. Users can enjoy unrivaled editing with non-destructive Smart Filters, improved curves, and adjustable cloning and healing with Preview Overlay. Increase productivity with Photoshop CS3’s streamlined interface and new Photoshop Lightroom ” integration. Anyone who wants to create a composite will benefit from the revamped Photomerge├é┬« tool, which lets you apply automatic layer alignment and blending to your images, while the new Quick Selection tool lets you select pixels not just by color, but by texture and shape as well. And digital photographers will be pleased to know that they can now process multiple Camera Raw images in a fraction of the time it used to take.

Book Details

ISBN-10: 0-321-49202-1
ISBN-13: 978-0-321-49202-9
Published: Apr 16, 2007
Copyright 2007
Dimensions 7-3/8 X 9-1/8
Pages: 496
Edition: 1st.

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  1. Adobe Photoshop has long been considered the professional image-editing standard among graphic digital artists worldwide,adobe CS2 is certain to cement that reputation even further with its array of new features. Artists, creative professionals, photographers, and industry professionals will find that the workflow and image customization enhancements will be worth far more than the price of the upgrade.

  2. I run a small photo studio and i also work as a web designer and Adobe Photoshop has been the bread and butter of my job. Photoshop is really the best photo editing tool that i have ever used.

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