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Scott Kelby's 7-Point System for Adobe Photoshop CS3

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2008

    Scott Kelby's Lucky 7

    Scott Kelby¿s 7-Point System for Adobe Photoshop CS3: The seven key techniques for taking your images from flat to fantastic. Ok, the alliteration aside, Scott Kelby has thrown down the gauntlet by challenging his readers to go through his new book, ¿ The 7-Point system, from cover to cover, and leave the experience able to transform any reasonable image into something they¿d be proud to show their mother, friends and fellow photographers. And, yes, Scott says, right up front, that for this book to work¿that to be able to develop the skills and confidence to rescue photos previously doomed to the digital trash bin¿readers are going to have to go through all of the book¿s 21 lessons, download the corresponding photos from the book¿s Web site and actually do each recommended step in the lesson exercises. Now remember, we¿re nominally talking about learning just seven Photoshop skills over the book¿s 263 pages so the real question becomes not can Scott fulfill his promise to make the reader a much better 'and faster' Photoshop user, but can he do it without boring the reader out of his or her skull? Having read the book, done the exercises and been very pleased at the results, I feel the answer is definitely ¿yes.¿ Fortunately, Scott¿s sense of humor, his tendency to add significant ¿extras¿ to the seven steps and his excellent book illustrations actually may make his readers wish there was a chapter 22 'or 23'. I don¿t think it¿s giving away too much of the book¿s value to list the seven areas where Scott helps reader build up their knowledge and skills: Processing in Camera Raw* Using Curves Applying the Shadow/Highlight Tool Painting With Light and Darkness Using Channels to Make Adjustments Using Blend Modes and Layer Masks and Applying Sharpening. Along the way Scott will help the reader build Photoshop actions for repetitive tasks, turn the LAB mode from mysterious to user-friendly and bring the often overlooked 'read that as studiously ignored' Apply command into the limelight. Although Scott does his usual excellent job of explaining each concept and step along the way, I was glad I already had familiarity with Photoshop tools, layers, masks and channels. It made it much easier for me to jump right into working with the image of Lesson 1. I do recommend Scott Kelby¿s 7-Point System for Adobe Photoshop CS3 but with this proviso: This is not a skim-it-and-put-it-on-the-shelf book it¿s a hands-on set of detailed lessons that will generously reward anyone who makes the effort to do the work. * For those readers who already own Adobe Lightroom, the Raw processing steps listed in the book can be done in that program rather than Adobe Camera Raw.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2007

    A Must Book For Every Photoshop User!

    I've invested a small fortune over the years in Photoshop books, some good...some not so good. Photoshop guru and prolific author Scott Kelby's latest-the 7-Point System-is in a category by itself...absolutely essential. The concept he uses is to guide you in each lesson from original photo to finished using the same adjustments, tools, and points that are easy to learn for a beginner, and already well-known for more experienced Photoshop users. The beauty of the book lies in seeing not just a curves adjustment or a layer mask in use, but actually working on the same photos 'downloaded'Scott used and step-by-step bringing it from bland to beautiful. I consider myself fairly knowledgeable about Photoshop techniques, but this book has done more to improve my workflow and overall approach to what to look for in a photo that I'm editing than anything before it. And using only 7-points to boot! Lesson 1 alone is an eye-opener as you take a barely viewable photo and using those 7 points, end up with a photo anyone would be proud of. There is a huge Wow factor at work in each lesson. Written in Scott's familiar breezy style, this should be on every Photoshop user's holiday wish list...if you can wait that long. As if all that wasn't enough, This Barnes&Noble special edition includes access to video tutorials by Scott showing how to work this 7-point system. Two thumbs up and a pat on the back to Mr. Kelby for delivering the goods with this one.

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  • Posted June 7, 2009

    Scott Kelby's Expertise

    Scott is not only a professional photographer and expert on Adobe Photoshop's best kept secrets, but he is also a very engaging writer and easy-to-follow teacher.

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