Photoshop CS5 Digital Classroom, (Book and Video Training) Paperback – May 24 2010
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‘This book offers a complete package for those who want to learn Photoshop CS5 inside out'. (Photoshop Daily.com, August 2010).
About the Author
Jennifer Smith has more than two decades of design and electronic publishing experience. Jennifer delivers professional development education for companies around the world relating to effective ways to use creative technology to achieve design and user experience objectives. She is a founding member of American Graphics Institute (AGI) and serves as Vice President of AGI. Prior to founding AGI she worked in advertising as an art director and served as a principal in a Pennsylvania-based design firm. Jennifer is widely regarded as one of the foremost authorities in electronic publishing and design and is often requested as a speaker at seminars and conferences around the world. Jennifer is the author of more than ten books on electronic publishing, including Adobe Creative Suite 5 Design Premium for Dummies, published by Wiley. She has also written several of the Classroom in a Book series for Adobe Press. Jennifer bridges the gap between technical and creative, working easily with both developers and designers. Her ability to translate technical skills to address business issues allows organizations to reach their objectives with effective design and creativity. She uses technology to achieve design objectives for use on-line or in print. A renaissance artist with technology, you’ll find Jennifer integrating her Photoshop work in interactive projects using Flash or Silverlight, and finessing her creations using her skills with coding, creating 3-D renderings for product designers, or working with graphics professionals to achieve the highest quality and most accurate color.
AGI Creative Team is composed of Adobe Certified Experts and Adobe Certified Instructors from American Graphics Institute (AGI). The AGI Creative Team has authored many of Adobe's official training guides, and works with many of the world’s most prominent companies, helping them to use creative software to communicate more effectively and creatively. They work with marketing, creative, and communications teams around the world, and teach regularly scheduled classes at AGI’s locations. More information at agitraining.com.
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I have used Kelby, Deke, and Eisenman in past, I rate this as good.....
You begin by opening three images and combining them into a panorama. You then bring a new image into the panorama and remove a person from it. Another image is opened. That person is selected and his background hidden so it appears he's floating in air. Text is added, both vertical and horizontal. For a final touch, "waves" are sculpted from parts of the background panoramic image.
All the steps to recreate this image are in the text, and that's just the first lesson! But catch your breath - beginners aren't left behind.
If you are coming from an earlier version of Photoshop (or moving up from Photoshop Elements) you may well feel like diving right in. It's good to know that all the steps to (re)create that first lesson's image are given in the text, albeit in slightly different order than in the video. Even a novice can follow through and successfully complete that or any of the other projects.
As an experienced Photoshop user, I really enjoyed working through some of these new features right off the bat. I think someone new to Photoshop would gain an instant feeling of confidence. Seeing the instructor work through the lesson before you start, seeing how the tools and techniques work really makes a difference.
Those truly new to Photoshop may decide to actually "begin" with lesson 2. Watch the video, then work through the lesson. Actually, I found it helpful to have the book open as I watched the video. I think working through the step-by-step instructions was much easier once I knew what the end result should be.
The book is broken into twelve sections, each with an accompanying video. In most cases (not all) what's in the book is what's presented in the video. Some chapters do have additional information about features/techniques not broached in the accompanying video. It's important to go through the book, not just watch the video.
Not counting Lessons 1 and 14 (both of which focus on CS5's new features), each lesson leads you from total rock bottom into a basic understanding of most of the features of this rich image-editing program. Almost (not all) of the lessons are demonstrated in the accompanying video. It's well worth your time watching the videos first, preferably following in the book, then following the instructions.
What do you learn? How to get around the program. How to find images. How to perform both basic and fairly sophisticated editing. How to remove a background from an image. How to combine separate images into a whole (whether or not it looks good). How to run filters on an image or a part of one. How to create an animated GIF file.
The videos are super useful. Watching the author work in real time, commenting as she worked, is incredibly valuable. For some reason, watching how graphics are created/edited works much better than reading about it. The one lack here is the Pen tool, well-covered in the text but nothing on the video. This surprised me, because if any tool needs demonstration, it's the Pen tool.
Yes, I recommend this book/video, whether you're new to the program or not. If you already know Photoshop, is it worthwhile? How well do you think you know Photoshop? For instance, a lot of shortcuts are given - not only really useful ones, but ones most users don't know but would like to (grow/shrink brush size, change layer opacity, etc.).
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