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Adobe Flash CS4 Professional Classroom in a Book Paperback – Oct 27 2008
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However, I bought the book as a reference tool for the newer functions of CS4 and for the tools I had little experience with. The book covers almost every imaginable aspect of the software and I recommend it for beginners and seasoned Flash users upgrading to CS4 for the first time.
Great product for beginners, and even greater manual for people who already know but are forgetful. Great examples which to build on and create interactive animations/applications.
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While the lessons were well-planned and informative, they did not feature the depth of information that a beginner like me needed. I learned features and techniques but not what made them work. Also, many of the more basic program features are vaguely mentioned in passing. Other information was simply over my head as a newcomer to the program.
I can see that this book would be extremely valuable to someone who has used Dreamweaver before and wants to get up to date on the latest changes in the program. I think that someone with HTML and CSS experience under his or her belt could also get a lot of good information.
As for me, I bought Head First HTML with CSS & XHTML and Dreamweaver CS4 For Dummies (For Dummies (Computer/Tech)). The former filled some gaps in my coding knowledge and the latter provided a rather thorough tour through the program designed with the newbie in mind. (It should be noted that knowing how to code is not essential for using Dreamweaver but it sure makes things easier.) Once I finish these titles, I will probably return to Classroom in a Book.
This title is good for: People with HTML and CSS experience or with Dreamweaver experience.
This title is not good for: Complete newcomers to web design. Try one of the books listed above instead.
But Lesson Five makes very little sense to me. I don't get the point.
This is what happens when a group of people write a book. It's a mess. They keep getting the cart before the horse. For example, the first lesson requires making a selection with the Elliptical Marquee Tool. Then, in Lesson three, the reader will find an explanation of how to make a selection with the Elliptical Marquee Tool.
Another example is in lesson three. It requires renaming a layer, but the explanation for how to rename a layer doesn't come until lesson four.
I knew how to use the Elliptical Marquee Tool and I knew how to rename a layer, so no problem for me. But how many more carts are before the horses? I'm afraid this book will only increase my frustration level with Photoshop, not diminish it.
I would not recommend this book to a beginner for certain and not even to someone with Photoshop experience. It was not worth the money paid and I wish I had not bought it.
As an example, in Chap 5 on Masks and Channels, concepts such as gray-scale channels, quick masks and alpha channels are introduced but without providing a understanding of the concepts and how they are related. Menu settings are offered on menus such as 'Refine Mask,' 'Filters,' 'Refine Edge,' and 'Layer Styles' but without understanding what those settings are and how they affect the image. I found myself screen printing the menus and then going out to the internet to find out what those settings mean.
Finally, it does not outline a workflow on editing and creating images, one of the most basic skills that Photoshop users need to acquire.
I would not recommend this book.
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