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Using Layers in photoshop, 20 Aug 2009
This is an excelent guide to using this feature of photoshop. The author gives you the basics quickly and then supplies you with several clear examples of the types of effect you can achieve and talks you through the process of photo manipulation.
I have only two reservations
The authors style is unashamedly "American sales pitch" and its of questionable use for later yet to be released versions of the software.
the writting style first- He practically says :
" Im great! Im fun!! and Im gonna help you guys a lot !!! Stick with me! We'll have funnnn!! and you'll learn a whole heap of stuff!!! Im real clever so just TRUST me!!!!!!!"
Perhaps its a personal thing but I feel this style of writing tends to grate on my angloid sensibilities. However - once I overcame the desire to stick pins in the authors ego - its quite apparent that this is an excellent workbook which will teach you a lot about the layers function in CS3 and by extention a good bit about the rest of the application as well.
If you don't want to know why a technique works you don't have to read the relevent details you can follow the steps blindly and pick and choose the examples to achieve the result you want.
Alternatively, you can read more carefully and learn a lot about how this application works.
This is the second issue with the book - Im not certain how usefull this edition will be to some one who is using a later version of the software. That said - this isn't a book for your long term collection - its a workbook with notes - And as such it is a lot cheaper than going on a tailored course and you would be lucky to find a tutor as capeable of explaining the techniques as this author.
The fact that he - in large measure - lived up to his bombast - makes the hype and self promotion somewhat easier to ignore. And using the book even I, a technical "klutz" managed to produce the effects I wanted without destroying the pictures or taking hours to achieve the effects.