Adobe Photoshop CS3 One-on-One
Publisher: O'Reilly Media / Deke Press
Released: June 2007
Pages: 544

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Pioneering computer graphics author Deke McClelland updates his bestselling hands-on tutorial for Adobe Photoshop CS3, the latest version of this industry-standard image editing and production program. As with previous editions, Photoshop CS3 One-on-One guides readers step by step through the program's features and functionality. A key appeal of the One-on-One series is the two hours of DVD-video material included. Once you read about a particular technique, you can see how it's done first hand in the video. The combination is uniquely effective. And hugely popular.

Whether you're a first-timer looking to learn Photoshop, or a seasoned user interested in the groundbreaking features of CS3, Deke's conversational style and carefully structured lessons guide you through everything you need to know to get up and running, and then takes you well into mastery. You'll learn to:

  • Grasp fundamental and advanced concepts and theory
  • Use best practices, and techniques for making the most of Photoshop CS3
  • Build relevant, real-world projects
  • Use Photoshop's workflow and file handling features
  • Use the combined power of Bridge + Camera Raw to process your digital photos
  • Choose the right technique for converting your images to black & white
  • Create beautiful multilayered documents including posters and flyers
  • And much more

A Photoshop expert, sought-after computer graphics and design lecturer and author of over 70 books, Deke creates a classroom environment in Photoshop CS3 One-on-One with written instruction and video training -- except that you get one-on-one attention as you proceed from lesson to lesson at your own pace. It's like having private lessons with the author.

Whether you're an enthusiast, prosumer, creative pro, technical pro, or newcomer, Deke's book will have you speaking fluent Photoshop CS3 in no time.

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Adobe Photoshop CS3 One-on-One

By Mike Yates

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Adobe Photoshop CS3 One-on-One

By Mike Yates, NOCCC

If you are a beginning to intermediate user of the Photoshop program, Adobe Photoshop CS3 One-on-One by Deke McClelland is a good book for you. Published in 2007, this text addresses the latest raster graphics powerhouse software from Adobe which is available as a standalone program and one of the main elements in the Creative Suite 3 (CS3) clusters of graphics manipulators. I loaded CS3 in the form of the Design Premium package and the Web Premium package, so my version was "Extended 10.0.1." To run only Photoshop, you need at least 512 MB of RAM or 1 GB for the suite (I upgraded to 2 GB), 2 GB of hard disk, DVD Drive, and at least a 1024x768 monitor.

The book is laid out as 12 tutorial lessons, grouping similar topics together. Lesson 9, for example, discusses Layers, a key element in many graphic programs' tool bag, starting with both the benefit and the penalties of using layers and how to manage, arrange, modify, import, transform, mask, blend, warp, and align layers. For the faint of heart, rest assured. You would have already worked your way through the basics. The in-depth lessons start at the beginning with what Photoshop is for, how to open a photo (image), how to organize your images for efficient use and a section that taught me a lot on how to use thumbnails and the "metadata" that is in the image.

Even though the mood is light and easy to read, thanks to a good layout and textbook design, the instructions are detailed, starting with a nice touch: precise steps on setting up the preferences, defaults, shortcuts, and tutorial files on the accompanying DVD to match the textbook photos and screenshots as closely as possible. Developed by professional trainers, half of the 500 pages are photos or illustrations or screen shots so that you can see the text topics in action. "Pearls of Wisdom" add highlights to the reading. The book is focused on basic Photoshop, but McClelland is to be applauded for addressing the Interactions in the Suite versions as well.

The instructional approach is to read the introduction to the lessons for an overview, then go to the DVD video for that lesson, then go back to the text. The DVD provides 10-17 minute demonstrations using high resolution formats designed to make the trainer's action easily viewed on PC displays, using QuickTime. The DVD is a key to the value of this book, providing student files matching the text to read-then-do. At the end of the Lesson are review questions. Those not interested in all program features might read the lesson intro, watch the DVD and skip the parts of the lesson not of interest. I loved the "Extra Credit" sections; some added additional insight, others told you where you could stop this lesson and skip to the next if you had not much interest in that topic.

Some minor gripes: 1) The book covers both MAC and PC command keystrokes which I found slightly disconcerting and confusing as I moved from textbook to screen and back in detailed operations. (Maybe a font difference would help.) 2) This is so close to traditional textbook layout, why isn't the review followed by "exercises" tasking the avid student into more thought or in combining the topics presented, to ingrain the concepts, based on partially completed files supplied on the DVD? (This gripe might be considered a positive; I left the book wanting more rather than bored.)

Like almost any offering of the O'Reilly Media family, this text-DVD combo is worth its price, $49.99 before the NOCCC user group discount. Advanced users may not find it a suitable reference text, but I suspect they will learn tidbits from it. This neophyte gives a strong "thumbs up" recommendation.

For more information, check out the O'Reilly web site at http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/9780596529758/.

 
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Adobe Photoshop CS3 one-on-one

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Of all the applications in Adobe's Creative Suite, Photoshop is easily the most popular and widely used. Photoshop users vary from professional photographers to graphic designers to chroniclers of the lives and exploits of family and friends. And so, any Photoshop tutorial needs to specifically address either one or all of these audiences.

As a member of all 3 of these audiences at one time or another over the past 30 years, I greatly admire and appreciate the task of the author who undertakes the creation of a tutorial that simultaneously addresses the needs of these varied audiences. Deke McClelland does this admirably with Adobe Photoshop CS3 one-on-one, though with less emphasis on the advanced needs of professional photographers. The various file formats that come under the umbrella of digital raw capture, for example, are given only cursory attention.

I am currently using Photoshop in yet another category, that of instructor. I teach the Creative Suite applications to marketing students at the college level as part of a class in creativity. The idea here is that in about 6 weeks they will understand enough about these applications to not necessarily be able to make a living using them, but at least to be able to create basic ads, brochures, and web sites that will satisfy client needs. And, more importantly, they will need to be able to participate as members of creative and content management teams that include photographers and graphic designers. Part of the beauty of McClelland's book is that it provides enough hands-on instruction to get mostly novice students up and working immediately while also providing an encyclopedia for in-depth expansions into most of the tools necessary for the reader to advance to the professional level in either photography or graphic design.

The text is accompanied by video on a CD. The video instruction effectively follows the step-by-step instruction in the text, which is helpfully presented with color photos and easy-to-follow screen captures, all artfully laid out in this well-organized book. Thankfully, the video is not redundant; rather, the video instruction artfully demonstrates the particular steps explained in the text. Once under way, the reader progresses with ease through the tutorials. Any complicated application of this nature naturally gives pause, especially to the novice, but no one will feel intimidated with Photoshop once under way with this book. With Photoshop, there are usually several ways to achieve desired results, and McClelland, with his easy to read and follow writing style, frequently points out the most expeditious way, to my great appreciation.

The text and tutorials are punctuated with paragraphs entitled Pearls of Wisdom, call out sidebars named Extra Credit, and the sections end with lists of Key Concepts and quiz questions that also serve as chapter summations. These break up the lessons and provide for an overall effective flow to the instruction.

Included with the book and video is also a trial membership to Lynda.com. I have enjoyed this excellent Web site for many years, though it is an expensive habit. It's hard to imagine anyone going into more detail with application explanations than Lynda.com, and so the tutorials do tend to be time-consuming. And herein lays a quandary with the trial subscription: it's sort of like a teaser, introductory rate for a credit card application.

In addition to being somewhat shallow on instruction for professional photographers, another drawback to this all-encompassing Photoshop instruction book is that it is all-encompassing. I am always on the lookout for effective, efficient tutorials for beginners and have always been forced to accept the very long and detailed ones. Maybe someone can create a shorter book that would get the reader up and working with Photoshop, and confident to then begin exploring it more in-depth with a book that focuses on photography or graphic design.

Adobe Photoshop CS3 one-on-one is an excellent tutorial for instructors looking for tutorials to showcase essential functions of Photoshop. However, this book is probably not one that I would put on the required list for my students, though I probably will list it as essential for those among them who plan to continue learning Photoshop.

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Photoshop CS3 One on One

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Adobe Photoshop CS3 One on One

By Deke McClelland

Published by Deke Press/Oreilly

Reviewed by Larry Green member of The PhotoKenosha Group

This book was developed in a great and easy to follow way. Just like being in the classroom and having the teacher right there in front of you, guiding you through each of the 12 lessons. Every lesson is setup in the same format. First read the first part of the lesson to get an understanding on what you will be doing. Then listen and watch the CD movie which is about 15 minutes, and then go and follow along step by step as he guides you through lesson with some hands on learning. I think the best part of this book is if you don't understand, or can't follow just stop and go back and try again. I have other books in my library on the same subject, and I must say this book is by far the best, and a must have for anyone using CS3.

Larry Green

PhotoKenosha Group

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Great Resource Book!

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Adobe Photoshop CS3 One-On-One

by Deke McClelland

Published by O'Reilly

ISBN-13: 978-0596529758

Reviewed by Donna Sellers, member of the Eureka Photoshop Users Group, Nov 17, 2007

Topics covered:

Open and Organize

Highlights, Midtones, and Shadows

Correcting Color Balance

Making Selections

Crop, Straighten, and Size

Paint, Edit and Heal

Creating and Applying Masks

Focus and Filters

Building Layered compositions

Text and Shapes

Styles and Specialty Layers

Printing and Output

I can fully appreciate why this author was inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame. Not only does he know his material backwards and forwards but he has the gift of writing in a way that is easy to understand. He includes many colored images that demonstrate what he is teaching. His book is appropriate for both the beginner and the more advanced user of Photoshop.

I loved how he organized the book, chapters and topics and made it so user friendly. Each chapter number and name is located on the bottom left side of each page and the specific topic is named on the bottom of the right-hand page. At the end of each section he has a review page of what the reader learned in that chapter and a way to test what concepts have been understood.

While I have been using Photoshop for a number of years, I found his review of Photoshop and all the additional improvements added with the latest CS3 version to be exciting and immediately applicable to increasing my work flow.

I found the examples the author provides on the CD, and the way he walks you through each exercise, easy to follow and helpful in translating what he is teaching to the practical level. His Chapter on Correcting Color Balance was my favorite and worth the price of the book. Within this section he gives the reader a great tutorial on using camera raw images, the most effective ways to colorize images, and explores the advantages of High Bit Depths (24 bits). He reviews how powerful and fast the Variations command (under adjustments) can be to correct color casts and shift saturation levels.

I find in my use of Photoshop that I have often used the same approaches over and over again and haven't always taken the time to discover newer, faster and more effective ways at getting to the results I am seeking. I fully appreciate having a great resource book available to quickly remind me of more effective and/or efficient ways of getting the results I want.

 
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Highly Detailed, Quality Training

By Jeremy Hall

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Deke McClelland accomplishes the very difficult task of teaching the core functionality and features of Photoshop. With every new version, Photoshop brings new abilities to the digital graphics and photo professional; and with those abilities come added complexity. For someone getting started today, the idea of learning this unparalleled program is daunting.

PS CS3 One-On-One itself is someone daunting if you simply pick up the book and flip the pages. The book is long at just over 500 pages, primarily because each task taught is presented in painstaking detail, step-by-step. With plenty of visuals, the book does an outstanding job of walking through advanced techniques with enough detail and description so as to not lose the reader.

There is absolutely no way a Photoshop user can learn a feature or technique simply by digesting a few pages of a book and calling it good. With that in mind, PS CS3 One-On-One is presented in a quality lesson format with all the necessary elements for students to succeed. Visual learners will be jazzed to view the well designed pages with plenty of screen shots and cropped examples. Visual and auditory types both will find the included DVD of complimentary training videos from the famed Lynda.com site invaluable.

At times the detail included with each lesson does drag on a bit, but in reality that is representative of what it takes to accomplish desired effects in Photoshop; not everything is a quick filter and done. In fact, most quality effects Deke teaches require multiple steps and a combination of tools to create an impressive final output.

PS CS3 One-On-One is an interesting combination of a medium to advanced users manual for Photoshop melded in with some great recipe-esque how to like guides for effects. Typically these two approaches are seen disparately in various books.

As you utilize this guide in your learn of Photoshop, you will feel like you have a personal tutorial and reference guide wrapped into one. Whether you are learning to improve images or create from scratch, you have it covered. If you are looking to master the essence of Photoshop as working professional, make this book part of your required reading.

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