Adobe Photoshop CS3 Classroom in a Book

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Overview

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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If you've invested in the powerful new Adobe Photoshop CS3, why not invest just a few more bucks and hours, and thoroughly master it? You can, with Adobe Press's superb Adobe Photoshop CS3 Classroom in a Book.

Adobe Press has managed to cover Photoshop surprisingly thoroughly in just 14 lessons. Pretty much all the day-to-day techniques you'll need are here: photo corrections, retouching, repairs, selections, layers, masks, channels, typography, vector drawing, compositing, preparing web images, and a whole lot more.

If it's new and important in Photoshop CS3, it's here, too. For example, there's coverage of SmartFilters, which give you unprecedented editing control over filter effects; Zoomify, for quickly panning huge high-res images; and Align Content for instantly aligning many similar layers. You'll also find new lessons on advanced compositing, on the newly enhanced Layer Comps feature, and on Adobe's deservedly hyped Vanishing Point filter.

There's also a whole new chapter on working with scientific and technical images. (Most of that coverage applies to all Photoshop CS3 users, but the authors also introduce powerful measurement and data analysis tools only available in the new Photoshop Extended.)

If you've used an Adobe "Classroom in a Book" before, you know the format: modular, well organized, hands-on lessons using images from the accompanying CD-ROM, follow-up review questions to make sure you really know your stuff, quick "extra credit" projects to take you even further.

But, beyond the standard series features, this book delivers a few extra bonuses. Throughout, for example, Adobe's sprinkled in great tips from two of its own leading Photoshop experts, Julieanne Kost and Russell Brown. Brown (among others) also narrates nearly a dozen movies showcasing some of CS3's coolest features. Bill Camarda, from the July 2007 Read Only

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321492029
  • Publisher: Adobe Press
  • Publication date: 4/30/2007
  • Series: Classroom in a Book Series
  • Edition description: Book and CD-ROM
  • Pages: 478
  • Sales rank: 1,009,119
  • Product dimensions: 8.86 (w) x 11.04 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

The Adobe Creative Team is made up of designers, writers, and editors who have extensive, real-world knowledge of and expertise in using Adobe products. They work closely with the Adobe product development teams and Adobe's Instructional Communications team to come up with creative, challenging, and visually appealing projects to help both new and more experienced users get up to speed quickly on Adobe software products.
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Table of Contents

Getting Started
1. Getting to Know the Work Area
2. Basic Photo Corrections
3. Retouching and Repairing
4. Working with Selections
5. Layer Basics
6. Masks and Channels
7. Correcting and Enhancing Digital Photographs
8. Typographic Design
9. Vector Drawing Techniques
10. Advanced Layering
11. Advanced Compositing
12. Preparing Files for the Web
13. Working with Scientific Images
14. Producing and Printing Consistent Color
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  • Posted June 6, 2009

    Great resource to learn the basic and advanced features of CS3

    This manual is a must read for anyone new to Photoshop. It is organized very well to take a novice from the basics into the more advanced features of Photoshop. The lessons build upon one another and reinforce the prior topics. I have also found the book to be an excellent reference guide.

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