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Dynamic Learning: Photoshop CS3 is part of the O'Reilly Dynamic Learning series, a comprehensive, integrated learning environment that combines books with video tutorials and online resources. Written and produced by product experts and trainers who have produced many of Adobe's training titles, the book, along with the Digital Classroom video tutorials on the DVD, takes you step-by-step through the process of learning to use Photoshop CS3 like a pro on your Mac or PC.

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Dynamic Learning: Photoshop CS3 is part of the O'Reilly Dynamic Learning series, a comprehensive, integrated learning environment that combines books with video tutorials and online resources. Written and produced by product experts and trainers who have produced many of Adobe's training titles, the book, along with the Digital Classroom video tutorials on the DVD, takes you step-by-step through the process of learning to use Photoshop CS3 like a pro on your Mac or PC.

This full-color book is organized into lessons, with easy-to-follow instructions, tips, examples, self-study exercises, and review questions at the end of every lesson. Each lesson is self-contained, so you can go through the entire book sequentially or just focus on individual lessons.

Topics covered include:

  • What's new in Photoshop CS3
  • Bridge
  • Camera Raw
  • Making Selections
  • Painting and Retouching
  • Layers, Smart Objects, and Smart Filters
  • Creating graphics for video and the Web

The companion DVD included with the book includes video tutorials and all of the lesson files, with starting images, additional elements, and the final, completed image files. A free Instructor's Guide is available online in PDF format.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596510619
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/15/2007
  • Series: Dynamic Learning Series
  • Edition description: Book and DVD
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 703,192
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Jennifer Smith, co-founder and Executive Vice President of the Aquent Graphics Institute www.agitraining.com, a subsidiary of Aquent www.aquent.com, has been working in electronic publishing for over two decades, and is widely regarded as one of the foremost authorities in electronic publishing and design. She has authored a number of books on print and Internet publishing, including the Adobe Creative Suite for Dummies (CS and CS2), Adobe Illustrator Classroom in a Book (CS and CS2), GoLive CS2 Classroom in a Book, and Sam's Teach Yourself Adobe GoLive in 24 Hours. Most recently, she has helped author much of Adobe's internal training for the Creative Suite 3 launch. For more information on AGI, please visit www.agitraining.com.

The AGI Creative Team is a highly experienced group of authors and instructors with a strong track record for developing and delivering best-of-breed books, video content, seminar series, and conferences.

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Table of Contents

Starting Up
About Dynamic Learning     1
Prerequisites     1
Adobe Photoshop CS3 versions     1
System requirements     1
Starting Adobe Photoshop CS3     2
Fonts used in this book     3
Loading lesson files     3
Resetting Adobe Photoshop CS3 preferences     3
Saving Adobe Photoshop CS3 color settings     4
Restoring previous color settings     4
A note about color warnings     5
Working with the video tutorials     6
Setting up for viewing the video tutorials     6
Viewing the video tutorials     6
Additional resources     7
Images used in this book     8
What's New in Adobe Photoshop CS3?
A different Photoshop for different users     9
Starting up     10
Easy-to-manage workspace     10
Using the new interface     10
Docking palettes     10
Unified user interface panels     12
Understanding the Smart Filter feature     13
Select like a pro with the Quick Selection tool     15
Making selections with the Refine Edge feature     17
Creating better composites     19
Camera raw improvements     20
Understand the improved Vanishing Point filter     21
Photoshop CS3 vs. Photoshop CS3 Extended     22
Creating Animations     22
Exploring Adobe Photoshop CS3
Starting up     25
Viewing the completed lesson file     26
Creating a panorama     27
Placing another image into the file     29
Using smart filters     31
Masking a Smart Filter     33
Applying a layer mask     35
Using new selection techniques     36
Using the Quick Selection tool     36
Saving your selection     37
Refining the edge of the selection     37
Creating a layer mask     41
Creating a vector shape     43
Adding artwork from Adobe Illustrator     45
Placing artwork     45
Applying layer effects to the artwork     48
Adding a text layer     49
Using the new Zoomify feature     50
Getting to Know the Workspace
Starting up     53
Opening an existing document in Adobe Bridge     54
Discovering the Toolbar     55
Hidden tools     57
Getting around your image      59
Using the Zoom tool     59
Using the Hand tool     61
Maximizing productivity with Screen Modes     61
Using palettes     65
Putting the new palette system to use     66
Choosing other palettes     68
Expanding your palettes     69
Customizing your palettes     69
Self study     72
Review     72
Using Adobe Bridge
Starting up     73
What is Adobe Bridge?     74
Navigating through Bridge     74
Using folders in Adobe Bridge     76
Making a Favorite     78
Creating and locating metadata     79
Using keywords     80
Opening a file from Adobe Bridge     82
Automation tools in Adobe Bridge     82
Changing the view     88
Other Bridge features worth investigating     88
Self study     90
Review     90
The Basics of Photoshop CS3
Starting up     91
Understanding Document Settings     93
Combining images     95
Using Copy and Paste     95
Dragging and dropping to copy an image     96
Transforming and editing combined images     98
Changing the size of a placed image     98
Removing a background     100
Understanding the stacking order of layers     101
Adding text     103
Saving files     104
Understanding file formats     104
Choosing a file format     106
Saving a JPEG file     106
Saving for print     107
Adjusting image size     108
Saving a Photoshop PDF file     110
Self study     111
Review     111
Creating a Good Image
Starting up     113
Choosing your color settings     114
Why you should work in RGB     116
Finding the highlight and shadow     118
Defining the highlight and shadow     119
Defining the white and black point values     120
Adjusting the midtones     123
Setting the neutral     126
Sharpening your image     128
Comparing your image with the original     131
Using the Camera Raw plug-in     132
Using Camera Raw controls     136
Saving a DNG file     138
Reopening a DNG file     139
Self study      140
Review     141
Making the Best Selections
Starting up     143
The importance of a good selection     144
Using the Marquee tools     144
Creating a square selection     148
Creating a selection from a center point     150
Changing a selection into a layer     153
The Lasso tool     154
Adding to and subtracting from selections     155
Using the Quick Selection tool     156
Understanding the Refine Selection Edge feature     157
Working with the Magic Wand tool     158
Using Quick Mask     161
Saving selections     163
Using the Pen tool for selections     165
Converting a path to a selection     172
Self study     173
Review     173
Painting and Retouching
Starting up     175
Setting up your color settings for this lesson     176
Color primer     176
Understanding color gamut     176
The RGB color model     177
The CMYK color model     177
Why you will work in the RGB mode     178
Editing color settings     179
Selecting colors      182
Starting to paint     184
Using the Color palette     184
Using the Brush tool     185
Changing opacity     188
Save time-learn the shortcuts     189
Applying color to an image     189
Changing blending modes     191
The Eyedropper tool     193
Retouching images     195
Using the Clone Stamp tool     196
Repairing fold lines     197
The History palette     198
The Spot Healing brush     199
The Healing brush     200
Using the Patch tool     202
Using the new Clone Source palette     203
Cloning from another source     206
Self study     208
Review     208
Getting to Know Layers
Starting up     209
Discovering layers     210
The Layers palette     210
Getting a handle on layers     210
Selecting layers     215
Moving layers     217
Changing the visibility of a layer     218
Using masks in a layer     218
Preserve transparency     220
Creating a composition     223
Moving images in from other documents     224
Creating a layer mask     226
Cloning layers     230
Aligning and distributing layers     231
Applying filters to layers     232
Creating a type layer     233
Applying a Layer Style     235
Creating a clipping mask     236
Self study     239
Review     239
Taking Layers to the Max
Starting up     241
Making color changes using adjustment layers     242
Adjusting the Hue/Saturation layer     247
Adding a Pattern Fill layer     248
Defining the pattern     248
Applying the pattern     249
Using the new Black & White adjustment layer     251
Adding a tint     254
Applying a gradient to the adjustment layer     255
Layer Styles     256
Creating the text layer     256
Applying the Outer Glow layer style     257
Applying the Bevel and Emboss layer style     260
Changing the shading     261
Changing the fill opacity     262
Saving the style     262
Accessing the style     263
Self study     264
Review      264
Using Smart Objects
Starting up     265
Creating a composition using Smart Objects     266
Opening an image as a Smart Object     266
Converting a layer to a Smart Object     269
Placing a Smart Object from Adobe Bridge     270
Editing a Smart Object     271
Editing the contents of a Smart Object     274
Modifying multiple Smart Object layers     277
Replacing the contents of a Smart Object layer     278
Working with Smart Filters     280
Modifying a Smart Filter     283
Self study     285
Review     286
Using Adobe Photoshop Filters
Starting up     287
Filter Basics     288
Starting to use filters     288
Using the Clouds filter     289
Fading your filter     290
Using the Filter Gallery     291
Applying filters in the Gallery     293
Taking advantage of Smart Filters     297
Applying a Smart Filter     297
Smart Filter options     300
Enabling and disabling effects     301
Using a filter effects mask     301
Using the Vanishing Pointfilter      305
Building perspective planes     307
Building an attached plane     308
Self study     310
Review     311
Creating Images for Web and Video
Starting Up     313
Viewing the completed file     314
Creating a preset for the Web     315
Changing your units of measurement     317
Creating the navigational banner     318
Using the Crop tool to start the banner     318
Adding a logo     320
Adding additional text buttons     320
Cloning your text layer     321
Distributing the layers evenly     322
Creating slices     323
Selecting and combining slices     324
Applying attributes to your slices     325
Using Save For Web & Devices     327
Saving files for video     331
Creating animation     333
Working in Frame mode     333
Saving an animated GIF     336
Creating animation for video     336
Working in Timeline mode     336
Self study     342
Review     342
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  • Posted April 16, 2009

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    A wealth of information

    For anyone intimidated by Adobe's Photoshop CS3 mountain of information and how to approach it, there is the helpful book, DYNAMIC LEARNING PHOTOSHOP CS3, which includes video tutorials and lesson files on DVD. Dynamic Learning has a series of books, and Photoshop CS3 is easy to find, just look for the blue frog! Also included is Jennifer Smith, certified Adobe expert, who will instruct you through the thirteen DVD lessons which are explained in much greater detail in the corresponding thirteen lessons outlined in the book.

    System requirements for Windows or Mac, how to load the lessons and the lesson files, the importance of resetting your defaults for each chapter and everything you could possibly ever need to know is covered in careful detail. A newcomer to Photoshop could easily follow these instructions. Each and every step is explained down to the smallest detail, in a clear and concise way.

    I found it helpful to watch the video first, read the lesson through and then actually do the lesson in the book using all the expanded explanations. (We all know a video is worth ten thousand words.) This allowed me to set my own pace, quickly glossing over what I already knew about Photoshop and to spend more time on what was new to me.

    After the start up session, Dynamic Learning digs right into doing a little creation. Instead of the boring part of getting to know your way around the tools and palettes and the layout of your workspace, you get to actually do a project first. I found this interesting and a way to encourage me on to the following lessons.

    The tutorials are great, Ms. Smith whisks you through the lessons and a slider makes it easy to back up and go over the instructions as often as is necessary for you to grasp the concept of that lesson.

    Each chapter concludes with a self study project and review questions along with the answers right there where you need them. The projects reinforce what you have learned and can be fun, whether you use the provided images in the lesson files and/or substitute your own, which can make it more interesting and personal. These projects also let you evaluate how much you have learned or if you need to reconsider backtracking on the lesson.

    Overall, I found a wealth of information spread throughout the lessons regarding color and its importance as to how it conveys when printed, displayed on a monitor or viewed on other devices. And, if understanding color is the life blood of Photoshop, then layers is the muscle to support and manipulate it. Two lessons are devoted entirely to learning the effectiveness and value of layers. If you can master layers, you have unlimited flexibility to generate creative images, your creative images!

    In case anyone wants to further pursue their Dynamic Learning experience, there are resources beyond this book and DVD. Training videos and conferences are available as are in person seminars conducted by the authors of the Adobe Suite series. Information is also available for educators on line.

    Considering the expense of Photoshop CS3 and Photoshop CS3 Extended, the small price paid for Dynamic Learning Photoshop CS3 seems like a worthwhile expense. The books step by step learning process is a great aid to becoming proficient with Adobe Photoshop CS3 and that's why you bought it in the first place.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2007

    For those about to Photoshop

    This book rocks! I am a total novice with this tool, but the easy to understand, step by step directions, allowed me to go through it quickly and with confidence! I am now a true believer.

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