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Posted June 19, 2008
Let¿s cut straight to heart of this review: Do I recommend Chris Orwig¿s Book: Adobe Photoshop CS3 How-Tos: 100 Essential Techniques 'How-Tos'? Yes I do, but please read the rest of this review for a better idea of why, and to whom I recommend it. 100 Essential Techniques offers just that, 100 ideas on how to use Photoshop CS3 to accomplish a wide variety of tasks: things like, setting up your preferences and workspace's' to meet your unique needs color tweaking Photoshop¿s integration with Bridge and innumerable other tips on the tools and techniques most users are likely to use. The emphasis here, however, is on the word ¿tips.¿ Chris covers a wide and diverse range of ways to do things in Photoshop CS3 'and there¿s always more than one way to do anything in Photoshop'. This is both the pro and con of his book. The pro is that, using 100 Essential Techniques as a reference book, readers can find a pointer to pretty much anything they want to do: blend layers, create masks, sharpen 'or blur' images, apply filters, etc. The con¿and it is an intentional one¿is that once Chris introduces a topic and gives the necessary basics, he leaves it up to the reader to decide whether or not to pursue more in-depth information on that subject 'either within his book or elsewhere'. So, who do I recommend 100 Essential Techniques for? Two groups of readers: 1' newbies who want a getting started overview of what Photoshop CS3 can do and 2' more experienced users who want an excellent ¿keep it by my computer quick reference 'or reminder'¿ of the tools and techniques available in this complex program. I¿ve been a Photoshop user since version 5, and I still find Chris¿ book a great time saver when I need that memory jog for an infrequently used technique.
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Posted October 30, 2008
I first learned about Chris Orwig through our other sponsor, Lynda.com.<BR/><BR/>In his online lessons he has a lot of energy, creativity, and does a really good job of explaining Photoshop, so that is why I requested to Peachpit to send me Adobe Photoshop CS3 How-Tos: 100 Essential Techniques for review. This book by Chris is very good and uses many of the same examples he uses online. The images in the book are all black and white, it would have been nice to include some color graphics so I could have gotten a better idea and look at his final images....but beggars can't be choosers (the B&W format does help keep the cost of the book down, which is nice). This book is part of a How To / Techniques series. All 100 subjects he covers are helpful to know but not all are really "techniques". Some are explanations, settings, and preferences, but are time-saving and it helps with your overall work flow. Overall, this is a good book to review the highlights of CS3 and is very suitable for the beginner and intermediate Photoshop user using CS3. His teaching style is to get right to the point of what he is teaching, which is nice. This book also covers RAW and Bridge, which is a nice added bonus.<BR/><BR/><BR/>Overall, I give this book 3 stars out of 5. lets see what he does for CS4<BR/><BR/>Adobe Photoshop CS3 How-Tos: 100 Essential Techniques<BR/>By Chris Orwig<BR/>Copyright 2008Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 31, 2009
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