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Adobe Photoshop CS3 One-on-One Paperback – 25 Jun 2007
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About the Author
Electronic publishing pioneer Deke McClelland is a popular lecturer on Adobe Photoshop and the larger realm of computer graphics and design. He has hosted the interactive "Video Workshop" CD that shipped with Photoshop Versions 7, CS, and CS2, as well as hundreds of hours of tutorial-style video training for industry leaders http://lynda.com and Total Training. In addition to his video work, Deke has written 84 books translated into 24 languages, with more than 4 million copies in print.
One of the most award-winning writers in the technology market, Deke received the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Computer Book in 1989. Since then, he has garnered more than 20 honors, including seven independent citations from the Computer Press Association. In 2002, he was inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame.
In 2004 Deke created the One-on-One™ book series, which uses video, step-by-step exercises, and hundreds of full-color illustrations to provide readers with the closest thing possible to private instruction from a recognized expert. These ambitious, self-paced guides include the bestselling Adobe Photoshop CS2 One-on-One and Adobe InDesign CS2 One-on-One. Late in 2006 Deke teamed up with vanguard online training company http://lynda.com to bring the One-on-One training strategy to a line of video products, beginning with Photoshop CS3 Beta One-on-One Preview, the first series available for the public beta of Photoshop CS3. In addition to the full 20-plus hour Photoshop CS3 One-on-One, his plans include Illustrator One-on-One and InDesign One-on-One. Among Deke's current http://lynda.com videos are Photoshop Elements 5 Essentials and the #1 ranked Photoshop CS2 Channels and Masks (available for immediate viewing at http://www.lynda.com/deke).
Deke is an Adobe Certified Expert, a member of the PhotoshopWorld Instructor Dream Team, and a regular speaker for the Photoshop Fling cruise seminars. Deke lives in Boulder, Colorado with his wife and two super-powered boys.
Top customer reviews
That said, it's still a great book, even if you are a photographer there's plenty to pick up here - layers are layers after all - and Deke is an admirable writer/teacher. Normally, I can't stand people trying to be funny in these kinds of books, but I actually find Deke entertaining!
And finally, to the former reviewer: this is not that kind of book and I dont know why you would expect anything else. Look elsewhere for CS3's advanced/new features, this is a basic, cover-all-the-bases introduction and if CS3 has a lot in common with CS2, then so will the respective books.
Deke is a very articulate teacher, and that's evident throughout the pages of this book. He's created some amazing stuff over the years (both books and videos) and this is no exception. Tackling Photoshop features, tools and commands on a chapter by chapter basis - Deke does a great job of explaining how they work, and when you would use them. The book also comes with nearly 3 hours of video training (like his lynda.com stuff) that really draws everything together.
I'd highly recommend this book to anybody wanting to learn Photoshop from the ground up, I've always believed you should learn the tools and commands before engaging in all the tips, tricks and techniques that accompany them. Reading this book is the best way of doing that!
The book takes you starting from opening and organizing files in Photoshop as the default start for any one starts work in Photoshop. And covers in the second and third lessons the color features such as highlighting, midtones, shadows and correcting color balance in Photoshop.
In the following chapters, Deke shows how to work with the Photoshop tools such as working with selections, cropping and resizing, painting and healing and working with masks. As well as working with text, layers, composition and styles.
Also, the book comes with a DVD-Rom that includes over 2hours of Lynda.com video hosted by Dake.
Actually, I was expecting Deke to talk about the new features in Photoshop CS3 instead of repeating what he has said in his previous CS2 version of the book. The new features in Adobe Photoshop CS3, which I consider an evolution in the Photoshop life has never been mentioned in the book!!
It is really strange that the book does not cover these great features in Photoshop CS3, I wander why not he mentioned about the new interface, animation timeline and 3D support...etc.
Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com
I had zero experience with Photoshop when I opened this book. However, I had used restricted aspects of PaintShop Pro, so some of the concepts were no doubt a bit easier for me. In general, though, I approached this text as a total beginner.
Calling this a book is a misnomer. It is an integrated teaching system, including images stored on your computer, settings loaded and saved into Photoshop, and videos. In the Preface, you set up and learn how to use the non-book elements. Especially critical are the included image files; the lessons require that you be able to open the included images into Photoshop. If you skip or skim the Preface, "you'll be sorrr-ry..."
The teaching is linear. You can't skip around, and in fact (if you are a newbie) you can't skip a sentence or even a word without risking total disorientation.
After the Preface/setup phase, there are 12 chapters called "lessons", although they would more accurately be termed chapters or sections, as there are a number of discrete (and sometimes only tenuously connected) lessons in each one.
I rate the book 4 stars, "very good", as an introductory text. I feel quite satisfied to have used it as my introduction to Photoshop and it was worth the price I paid for it and the time I invested in it. I have completed the entire book (although I just skimmed the last chapter, on printing, because I don't currently need to print graphics to paper).
I hope you'll keep the four-star rating in mind when reading the criticisms, so that you can put them into an overall context.
Deke (Deke McClelland, the author) is very personal in tone. The lessons begin by loading one or more images (copied from the DVD). Deke then leads you through a series of steps to accomplish a result, such as a) selecting part of one image and moving it into another, then cleaning up the composite to make it look more realistic, or b) creating adjustment layers or layer masks to change the appearance.
This basic approach takes up about 80% of the book. There are a considerable number of sidebars or bordered paragraphs to explain tangential points, some of them comprising several distinct pages.
There are also an abundance of illustrations of both the image you are manipulating, and the Photoshop controls you are supposed to be using, to make sure you are up to speed at any given point. If the book errs, it is on the side of too many rather than too few illustrations, probably a good thing for beginners. Photoshop is huge and complex, and on the rare occasions when you get disoriented, you can just go back a few paragraphs, study the text and illustrations, and get back on track.
The 12 chapters at least touch on all the basic concepts and actions in Photoshop. In all, it gives you a good springboard for advanced learning.
1. My biggest gripe about the book is that it too often leads you through the steps too fast, learning "how" to accomplish a very specific task without a sufficient explanation of "why". For example, one of the blend modes you are supposed to use repeatedly is "Multiply". Information about how Multiply works and what it accomplishes are scattered rather randomly among the instances when it is used. The book would benefit from a single explanation of how it works, with perhaps a simple example and a comparison to the closely-related "Darken" mode.
Similarly, the various sections where masks are made (which are mostly quite good) would benefit from a page of introductory "why", rather than scattered bits and pieces of information. I spent at least five minutes wondering "why in the h____ is the thumbnail for this vector mask gray".
2. At the worst, I was unable to accomplish a couple of lessons. There are one or two lessons that are just not very good, especially "Using the Vanishing Point Filter". Following the steps does not get you to the result. I really would have just thrown up my hands in despair, except that there is an excellent sidebar -- really a separate lesson -- called "Enhanced vanishing Point 2.0".
A related, less serious criticism, is that often the lessons bite off too much in one segment.
3. The O'Reilly website has an "errata" section that is completely empty. There is no forum that I have found. In short, support for users of the book is severely deficient. There aren't a lot of errata that I found, compared to some other programming books I have read, but there are some.
4. A lot of space is wasted by fully repeating utterly simple procedures. How to rename a layer is fully explained a dozen times, and the difference between Mac and MS keyboard commands (such as Ctrl for MS versus the cloverleaf key on a Mac) is repeated, in full, at least a hundred times. Other basic procedures that are much more likely to cause confusion are sometimes not explained or repeated adequately, especially the baffling world of dragging, clicking, and double clicking with various ctrl/alt/shift combinations.
5. The tests are good, but often involve concepts too difficult to extract by normal straight-through study: e.g. terms mentioned once in a sidebar or comprehensive definitions never really fleshed out in the text.
Besides the basic four-star rating, there are some extras. You get a free 7-day promo trial to Deke's video course site. And the book is full of his delightful grade-school-wacky humor.
I did not find the videos included on the DVD to be particularly helpful, although they were interesting enough. They just don't actually teach you anything.
I have to say, the sheer amount of work that went into this book is mind-boggling. Writing a comprehensive introduction to Photoshop is unbelievably difficult. I think it's a good job overall; I'm glad I bought it and followed it from first page to last; and I would recommend the book to a beginner with decent underlying computer skills.
What's not to like:
1. Wasted rhetoric on trying to be hip/cool/funny. After a while it's just annoying.
2. Special tips or techniques that are confusing or just plain wrong.
3. The explanations of paths is pathetic, but at least the author tells you that he turns to these tools as last resort (which would explain why he cannot explain them). Too bad some of us would like to know how to use them!
4. Explanation of more complex functions is minimal. Instead it's a color- or dance-by-numbers approach. Don't think, just do as I do.
What's to like:
1. The video introductions are good if incomplete. (The author encourages readers to access more complete videos for a fee at [...])
2. The intro to the Bridge is very helpful and clear.
3. The working files are nice, but there are almost too many samples. It would have been nice to walk the same selections through many stages -- for instance, the dome building in ch. 4 through all the selection tools.
Buy Top 100 Simplified Tips & Tricks by Lynette Kent to learn more in 1/10th of the time, for 1/4 the price.
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