March 11, 2004
"Adobe Photoshop CS One-on-One": Learn to Edit and Manipulate Images Like a Pro
Sebastopol, CA--"I suppose it's possible that on some planet, there are
those who believe that the perfect photograph is one that needs no
editing," muses Deke McClelland, author of Adobe Photoshop CS One-on-One
(Deke Press/O'Reilly, US $39.95). "On this far-flung world, programs like
Photoshop are tools of last resort. The very act of opening a photograph
in an image editor is a tacit declaration that the photo is a failure. Every
command, tool, or option applied is regarded as a mark of flimflam or forgery."
Not so here on Earth. As McClelland explains, image manipulation has
always been part and parcel of the photographic process. Long before
computers were available, photographers would frame their shots, and then
back up a step or two in order to have more options when it came time to
crop. These days, of course, the image-editing tool of choice is Photoshop CS,
which McClelland describes as "a vast and complicated program with scores of
redundant functions and even a few misleading commands." But McClelland
also offers plenty of reasons why Photoshop is well worth the effort to learn,
and encourages those who are willing to embark on the journey of Photoshop
knowledge to take heart: mastery will be theirs.
Adobe Photoshop CS One-on-One is designed to make the enormous task of
mastering Photoshop pleasant, manageable, and rewarding. It's the first
in a series of highly visual, full-color titles that combine step-by-step
lessons with two hours of video instruction. The book contains twelve
lessons, each made up of three to six exercises, illustrated with more
than 600 photos, diagrams, and screen shots. Each book-based lesson comes
with a corresponding video lesson, included on a companion CD. The
exercises are project-based, culminating in real-world projects that
readers can show off when they've finished.
The book also contains "Extra Credit" sections that show readers how to
tap into Photoshop's powerful--and sometimes arcane--features to give
their projects a professional polish. Multiple choice quizzes follow each
lesson, providing a great teaching tool for educators and a way for new
users to test their knowledge.
As the name "One-on-One" implies, McClelland walks readers through
Photoshop as if he were teaching them in a classroom, except that each
reader receives the instructor's personal attention. It's just the reader
and Deke. An Adobe Certified Expert, McClelland is a member of the
PhotoshopWorld Instructor Dream Team. In 2002, he was inducted into the
National Association of Photoshop Professionals' Photoshop Hall of Fame.
Peppered with "Pearls of Wisdom" gleaned from McClelland's years of
experience, Photoshop CS One-on-One is accessible to complete beginners
while still offering tips and secrets that even the most experienced
Photoshop users won't know. Readers are sure to find that the combination
of step-by-step lessons and video introduction provide the best learning
experience of any Photoshop resource on the market.
Praise for Photoshop CS One-on-One:
"As a Photoshop author, I hate picking up a book and learning things I
didn't already know. But Deke's done it to me again! If you want to learn
Photoshop from the ground up, look no further."
--Scott Kelby, President, National Association of Photoshop Professionals
"...the equivalent of a twelve-week intensive course on digital imaging.
Every step of the way, you'll say, 'Now I get it!'"
--Bert Monroy, Illustrator and Author of Commercial Photoshop with Bert
Adobe Photoshop CS One-on-One
ISBN 0-596-00618-7, 465 pages, $39.95 US, $57.95 CA
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