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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