Photoshop may be the most powerful image manipulation application in the nation, but with its great power comes great learning curves…which certainly aren’t my favourite kind of curves…if you know what I mean…so something that enables you to get to grips with the uber app in days instead of weeks, is worth its weight in bagels and lox…and Teach Yourself Visually Adobe Photoshop CS3 is exactly that something!
The book divides its 300 pages into 15 clear concise chapters as follows:
Chapter 1 – Getting Started
Chapter 2 – Understanding Photoshop Basics
Chapter 3 – Change the Size of an Image
Chapter 4 – Making Selections
Chapter 5 – Manipulate Selections
Chapter 6 – Paint and Draw With Colour
Chapter 7 – Adjust Colours
Chapter 8 – Work With Layers
Chapter 9 – Apply Layer Styles
Chapter 10 – Apply Filters
Chapter 11 – Draw Shapes
Chapter 12 – Add and Manipulate Type
Chapter 13 – Automate Your Work
Chapter 14 – Save Images
Chapter 15 – Print Images
Each chapter takes its topic and breaks it down like a DJ, into 1-2 page mini tutorials, jam packed with screenshots and illustrations that make learning how to do everyday tasks a breeze.
Because it teaches from the perspective of someone who wants to learn how to use Photoshop as a piece of software…as opposed to from the perspective of a photographer who wants to learn how to do things digitally, it tends to concentrate on the how, instead of the why and (as I said in my review of its older sibling, Teach Yourself Visually Flash MX 2004) there are points at which a little more coverage of some of the program’s more complex settings and menu items would have been welcome
Nevertheless it does an excellent job of demystifying Photoshop and after spending a weekend with it, you will feel like you have been using the software for years.
More info: www.wiley.com/go/visual
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