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Full–color, step–by–step instructional book

Video training from expert instructors

Tutorials and lesson files on companion DVD

You have a personal tutor in the Digital Classroom

If you want expert instruction that fits into your schedule, the Digital Classroom series delivers. Professional trainers guide you through 12 lessons, helping you learn invaluable Photoshop CC skills at your own speed. Full–color, easy–to–follow steps in the book are enhanced with video tutorials on the companion DVD. With this Digital Classroom training package, you have your own private tutor showing you the best way to learn Photoshop CC.

  • Discover tips and tricks geared for design professionals
  • Find out how to build compositions using advanced masking techniques
  • Discover how to take the vector tools in Photoshop to the next level
  • Find out how to create 3D illustrations in Photoshop
  • Learn how to color–correct images like a pro
  • Find out how to save your images for web and application design

Find out how to use automation tools to build actions. Learn how to use the Pen tool for difficult selections and unique artwork.

About the Author

Jennifer Smith is cofounder of American Graphics Institute as well as a Certified Technical Trainer. She is a member of the AGI Creative Team, which develops and delivers global training programs for creative, marketing, and communications professionals.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A Mixed Bag 16 April 2014
By Brenda Frank - Published on Amazon.com
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This book covers both photography and digital design. This may be a drawback for those who use one or the other. I use Photoshop for website design images, print material design and photography, so all the techniques interest me.

Don’t count on “Advanced Adobe Photoshop CC for Design Professionals” being only for advanced users. The first chapter is entitled “Introduction to Advanced Navigational Features,” but workspaces, rulers, guides and grids aren’t really advanced. The next chapter is on Adobe Bridge, which is a critical work process system for photographers and really not advanced. Chapter 10 on “Creating images for the Web” is on common procedures like formatting images; however, it also includes slicing images, a more advanced technique.

The 3D techniques might be new to the average Photoshop user. Also, creating compositions and applying special effects might be enlightening and inspiring.

I’m largely self-taught with Photoshop. When starting the lessons, I realized that there are, indeed, many useful tips that professionals use that I didn’t know. Although the shortcuts that are frequently referenced are not entirely relevant to me. Unless I use Photoshop every day, I just rely on right click rather than shortcut keys, because there are too many to memorize.

The book comes with a CD containing the lessons. Since the introduction advises the reader to register the book for the most current lessons and video tutorials, I did that instead of using the CD.

The video tutorials are helpful. However, I found that Jennifer Smith works a bit fast and uses too many shortcut keys. It would be more helpful if she slowed down and used the conventional method of selecting tools.

I haven’t had time to work though all the lessons, but I intend to. Doing so will review some techniques and fill in gaps in my knowledge. All in all, the book and lessons are helpful and will advance my ability to use Photoshop. You might benefit, as well, by purchasing “Advanced Adobe Photoshop CC for Design Professionals.”
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Advanced Photoshop For Design Professionals: A Critical Review. 30 Mar. 2014
By Andre Lawrence - Published on Amazon.com
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I've always liked Jennifer Smith's publications on Adobe's products. She and her husband publish on this subject quite frequently.

In general, if you have some their earlier works with the exception of the "For Dummies" series, this book's tutorials or I should say subjects covered, have been seen many times before. This makes it not necessary for "advanced" Photoshop users but for "experienced" or moderately-skilled Photoshop.

There are essentially two kinds of Photoshop users, the photography buffs and the illustrator/ fine artists. This book leans more toward photographers.

The books contents are as follows:

Lesson 1: Introduction to Advanced Navigational Features
Lesson 2: Taking Advantage of Adobe Bridge
Lesson 3: Advanced Selection Techniques
Lesson 4: The Pen Tool: Beyond The Primer
Lesson 5: Correcting Like A Pro
Lesson 6: Painting and Retouching
Lesson 7: Creating Composition
Lesson 8: Creating Special Effects
Lesson 9: Advanced Use of the Vector Tools
Lesson 10: Creating Images for the Web and Application Design
Lesson 11: Zipping It Up With Automation Tools
Lesson 12: Using Photoshop for 3D

This "Classroom-In-A-Room" also has lessons and files on a cd as well as online support system.

Another great production by Jenn Smith.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A bit different than most Photoshop instructionals, but still very worthwhile 5 Mar. 2014
By Jerry Saperstein - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a substantially different instructional than the author's earlier "Photoshop CC Digital Classroom".

In this volume, the author covers subjects of interest not only photographers, but graphic designers as well which both broadens the scope and, if you are a dedicated photographer, might reduce this book's appeal.

Don't let that happen to you: with Photoshop, without doubt one of the most powerful, complex and difficult to master programs, no knowledge is without value.

The contents feel a bit odd. The first chapter is a collection of "advanced navigational features" intended to help you "use the workspace to work as efficiently as possible". If you've been using Photoshop for any length of time, some of these tips will not be new to you.

The next chapter is on Adobe Bridge which I have always avoided using in favor of other image management programs. This chapter went into more detail than other materials I have read and I may actually give Bridge another try. Bridge has one tool I was totally unaware of, the Image Processor. Another technique I didn't know about was using Bridge to load files as Photoshop images. Cool stuff - and worth the price of the book right there.

Now come two chapters on selections, one of them exclusively on the pen tool which is probably both the most feared and the most useful tool in Photoshop. Good material in both chapters, particularly the one on the pen tool, which also gets into the weeds about its use as a graphic illustration tool.

Color correction, painting and retouching, creating compositions, creating special effects, using vector tools, creating images for the web and applications design, using automation tools (an excellent chapter) and using Photoshop for 3D objects comprise the balance of the chapters.

As noted this is a different kind of Photoshop book. The information is solid, although some is not necessarily of immediate use to photographers. But, frankly, that does not detract from its value: anything that teaches you more about Photoshop is, in my opinion, worthwhile - and this book has a lot of good info on Photoshop.

Jerry
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Good 'cookbook' recipes ... 3 Mar. 2014
By Darwin's Bulldog - Published on Amazon.com
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The only thing I did not like about this book is the assertion that it is somehow an 'advanced' set of lessons. After all, the intro tells you that you only need to know where the toolbar is and how to open panels; you can even use the 30 day free trial if you do not have Photoshop already installed. How advanced can it be if this is the skill set needed to start? The first two chapters cover the Photoshop interface and the use of Bridge, both fairly fundamental to the use of this software and should be part of a 'Getting a good start' book. Missing is the use of Adobe Camera Raw, which many would consider as essential as bridge. But that truly deserves a book of it's own and you should think of getting one if you are in fact just starting out.

But after that things do get better. The chapters on selections and the pen tool are very good. The chapters on 3D, vector tools, saving for the web, and automation are well done and should be part of a working designer's standard kit of skills.

The chapter on painting and retouching is rather strange. You might think that this topic would be based on retouching portraits or studio shots, but the rather complex lesson involves improving a rather poor image of a frog. I suspect that most of these adjustments would be considered extreme if used to represent real nature for publication. Books on nature photography will tell you to optimize the capture rather than rely on Photoshop in post. Still, the modifications do require some skill and if you manage to duplicate the lesson, you will have learned a thing or two.

The biggest value in this book is the comprehensive set of sample material and video lessons on the included DVD. Most books of this type now ask you to download the material from the publisher's site and this can be a problem if your internet connection is slow. There is a lot of material to download here!

Overall the production values are excellent, with full color throughout on good heavy stock. (I have seen some books in this price category that relegate color to a few pages bound in the middle of the book; not here!)

For Photoshop in general I would recommend Martin Evening's book on Photoshop CC, then this book if you want practice lessons for the 3D, Vector and Pen tools.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Second Semester Photoshop 14 April 2014
By Patrick Oden - Published on Amazon.com
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The most important way to learn how to use Photoshop is to use Photoshop. Click things, see what settings do. Experiment. Play.

With a program like Photoshop, however, this isn't sufficient at first, simply because there's so much to try out and so many nuances and tools that are confusing at first but easily explained.

So, how do you get your foot in the door if you've invested in Photoshop CC?

I've been a casual user of Photoshop for a while, since CS2. My work and priorities have had me on the web side of things, with Dreamweaver and Fireworks, so I never really got even to the intermediate level of Photoshop. Now, I'm back in with CC and there are a lot of familiar elements, a lot of changes, and a lot of things I just plain forgot. I'm not an absolute beginner, but even still I started with the Wily Creative Cloud Design Tools book, which is an introduction for the 6 most popular programs in the suite. Wanting to go beyond even my previous skills I took the next step with this book.

Which is not really for advanced users, more of the next stage up from beginners. It assumes the basic skills and shows steps of more advanced techniques. This is especially helpful in coming to terms with the new(er) additions to Photoshop, making it good for not-quite-beginners and good for more experienced users who have only had access to older versions.
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