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Adobe Photoshop CS3 Classroom in a Book (2007)

by Adobe Creative Team

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This is a utilitarian tutorial. And it is good, as far as it goes.

You learn the tools and more than enough to take you from beginner to intermediate, but that is probably as far as you can get with this.

Will that be enough? Maybe.

There are certainly amazing things that can be done with photoshop but this won't take you to a level where you can do those great things. You can certainly make better every photo you have ever taken after reading the book, but there is another level of teaching that this book is missing. How to really understand what sliding one way, or the other with the various levers the software has will do to a photo and why you would.

Too often the book just tells you to experiment. Not what the experiment will pay off. Or further, there are many other filters in the software that the book does not discuss why you would use them. I gather experiment again.

A chance to make you the best intermediate user of Photoshop and we are let down that the book does not even get us to the red zone on that. It does it's job narrowly defined, but no more. Buy and use knowing this going in. ( )
  DWWilkin | Sep 18, 2012 |
If you are looking for a definitive guide to using Adobe's flagship product, this is not it. The title says it all, Classroom in a Book. Well designed lessons will get you familiar with this complex program, but it cannot make you an expert. That takes practice and patience.

As with all the other books in the series, the lessons a designed to get you started with a particular skill. After that, the creativity is up to you.

If you work with digital photographs, this book will help you graduate from whatever came with your camera to real professional tools. If you do graphic design, this will acquaint you with one of the most popular professional grade graphic design tools available today. ( )
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This thorough, self-paced guide to Adobe Photoshop CS3--written by the experts at Adobe Systems' is ideal for beginning users who want to learn key Photoshop concepts and techniques, while readers who already have some experience with Photoshop can use this book to learn Photoshop CS3's more advanced features and newest tools. Using clear, step-by-step, project-based lessons, each chapter walks readers through the creation of a specific project, with each chapter building on the reader's growing knowledge of the program, while review questions at the end of each chapter reinforce the skills learned in each lesson. Photoshop CS3, long the industry standard for digital imaging software, offers plenty of new features and enhancements for creative professionals and digital photographers alike. Users can enjoy unrivaled editing with non-destructive Smart Filters, improved curves, and adjustable cloning and healing with Preview Overlay. Increase productivity with Photoshop CS3's streamlined interface and new Photoshop Lightroom " integration. Anyone who wants to create a composite will benefit from the revamped Photomerge® tool, which lets you apply automatic layer alignment and blending to your images, while the new Quick Selection tool lets you select pixels not just by color, but by texture and shape as well. And digital photographers will be pleased to know that they can now process multiple Camera Raw images in a fraction of the time it used to take.

Educational instructor notes—created to help teachers plan, organize, and time their lessons—are available for this book (and for other Classroom in a Book titles) at www.peachpit.com/instructorresources.

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Provides a series of lessons on the basic concepts, tools, techniques, and features of using Adobe Photoshop CS3, covering such topics as the revamped Photomerge tool, retouching and repairing, layers, 3D, masks and channels, camera raw, and animation.… (more)

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