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Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 Classroom in a Book Paperback – 7 Jul 2010
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Serious digital photographers, amateur or pro, who seek the fastest, easiest, most comprehensive way to learn Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 choose Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 Classroom in a Book from the Adobe Creative Team at Adobe Press. The 10 project-based lessons in this book show readers step-by-step the key techniques for working in Photoshop Lightroom 3.
Photoshop Lightroom 3 delivers a complete workflow solution for the digital photographer. Readers learn how to manage large volumes of digital photographs, work in a non-destructive environment to allow for fearless experimentation, and perform sophisticated image processing tasks to easily produce good-looking pictures and polished presentations for both web and print. The newly expanded version of this software offers accelerated speed with refined, powerful performance.
This completely revised Photoshop Lightroom 3 cross-platform edition covers how to work in the new import interface, add audio to your slideshows, shoot tethered, use the new crop overlay tool, customize a watermark, simulate film grain in your images, utilize more options for publishing your work online, and further customize your print packages.
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The progression of the lessons is logical. You start with an overview where you whiz though all aspects briefly and in fact, this is by far the most useful lesson and contains most of what you need to know to at least start to release the power of the software. The subsequent lessons cover these aspects in more detail, and with one exception (the useful developing/editing lesson) you end up covering most of the things that you learnt how to do in lesson one.
The lessons progress into:
The Workspace (or main screen)
Organizing and Selecting
Developing and Editing
Backups and Exporting.
So you will cover all areas and the emphasis on organization shows how important this aspect is to the software which works in a particular way that is important to understand. It's well explained throughout albeit with some repetition. It's also interesting that the developing and editing (which is one of the two main reasons to invest in this kit) only merits a single chapter. The four chapters on outputting images in various ways is pretty straightforward stuff and could be grouped together to allow more space for developing coverage.
On the plus side, it is easy to follow, logical and a good introduction. It's less good as a reference source (there are better alternatives out there) and there are several mistakes which at the price this book goes for seems a bit galling. It also puts in chunks of the help function on various aspects which as ever is written by a techy who has not seen the light of day for many years, one suspects. To me, it was also light on the developing and editing side. It's a very good introduction to the software (which to get the most out of, you really do need), although it lacks the depth of a reference book - which to be fair it doesn't claim to be.
Note the blurb here says it's 400 pages. It isn't. It's more like 325.
The book is written in a simple style which is easy enough to understand for a beginner. It comes with a CD which contains exercises for each of the 10 chapters. The exercises are supported with literally hundreds of screenshots in the book, taking away any ambiguity. It will take about 15 hours going through the book and completing the exercises. Once you have, you will have a fairly good understanding of the functionalities and the power of Photoshop Lightroom 3.
I'm so impressed with this book that I now ordered 7 more books from the "Classroom in a Book" series for other Adobe software I recently bought. One warning though: it is clearly written for beginners. People who have worked with Photoshop Lightroom 3 for a while and would like to learn a bit more detail about e.g. the develop and edit module may want to look out for a more advanced book.
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