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Good But Lacking In Some Detail
on 15 January 2012
I bought this book expecting that the lessons would include all the relevant information such as tool settings, etc. However, a lot of the finer details are missing from the tutorials. Steve has assumed that the reader will have a great deal of prior knowledge of using Photoshop. I have used Photoshop for a few years and still got a little confused and lost with the limited instructions he sometimes gives in some of the lessons. When you're working along with someone and using the same source images to achieve a particular effect it makes sense for the instructor to give all the relevant information to the student/reader so that their end results will match. Otherwise the student may get confused as to what went wrong. Steve claims he wants the reader to think for themselves. That's all well and good once you've actually done the job of teaching them all they need to know. You can then have a test at the end of each chapter in which the student has to work out how to get from a start image to a particular finished result. But for the lessons themselves they need to be as detailed as possible.
I agree with one of the previous reviewers that the dvd could have been organised and presented in a more professional way. Even in some of the tutorial videos you can't see the toolbar or the settings being used. Perhaps I'm too used to watching videos from [...], Kelby Training and Digital Tutors, to name a few of the better educators in this field. Their lessons tend to be detailed and they don't assume too much prior knowledge. If their lessons are advanced then that is stated in the advertising for the product.
Steve does have something to teach with this book and he's obviously good at what he does. Most of his work does veer more towards a cartoonish or amusing style than aiming to be very realistic looking though so that may also be something to bear in mind. Overall though the book probably has something to offer everyone. I just wish that some of it was a bit more detailed.