on 18 October 2007
Deke McClelland continues his Photoshop On-on-one series with the new Adobe Photoshop CS3 one-on-one. The book covers with training examples the features in Adobe Photoshop CS3.
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.
on 29 November 2007
...Not so great for photographers, really. Deke's obviously coming from the designer side to Photoshop and you wont find that much in the book about improving your photographs, not directly in any case. Sure, you get the basic hue/saturation and brightness commands but the vast majority of examples are geared towards image designers.
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.
on 27 July 2008
This book is awesome if you're new, or have limited experience, with Photoshop.
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!