Adobe Photoshop CS3 one-on-one by Deke McClelland


Adobe Photoshop CS3 one-on-one

  • Author: Deke McClelland
  • Softcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: O’Reilly(Jun 15 2007 12:00AM)
  • Book dimensions: 9.7 x 8 x 1 inches
  • ISBN: 0596529759
  • ITBookworm score: 5.0 /5

Score Reasoning

This got 5 stars for a couple reasons. First, the DVD. The DVD goes far beyond what almost every other book out there does and is not only an excellent addition to the learning process, it shows that Deke really understands how to teach. He just gets it. Second, the lessons are laid out so well with specific goals you can’t help but learn something. With measurable goals and step-by-step walkthroughs, you can easily measure if you’re learning what the lessons are trying to teach.

Synopsis

This is without a doubt one of the best books I’ve seen in a long time. It’s big, it’s beautiful, it’s structured well, and best of all, it comes with an instructional DVD that demonstrates some of the lessons. The DVD is coordinated with the lessons in the chapters so when there’s a walkthrough on DVD, the lesson in the book reflects it so you know where to find it. The chapters themselves are done in a walkthrough style that is meant to teach you how to actually use the product. The author is clearly a seasoned professional because he’s added tons of tips from his real world experience that make things much easier along the way. The topics include everything from basic Photoshop navigation to some fairly advanced photo retouching. As well, he takes the time to teach some of the concepts behind the topics. This is the first Photoshop book I’ve seen that doesn’t just assume you were born a graphic artist or professional photographer, so it goes into some basics of colors, contrast, lighting, etc. I’ve already learned so much from this book and I haven’t even read the entire thing yet. I only read 2 chapters, but I was so intrigued I paged through the entire thing just to see what it was all about. I read selected topics along the way and learned something every time. It’s really about time somebody actually put some thought into their audience for a change and actually wrote a book that doesn’t assume you know everything. I wouldn’t say this book is for a absolute beginner who is starting from completely zero knowledge about photo editing software, but you can be fairly low-level in Photoshop and its surrounding concepts and still get plenty out of this book. If you’re an intermediate, you’ll get something out of this right away and even grow into some of the concepts a little. If you’re a beginner you’ll get something out of it right away too, only you’ll have more room to grow into the lessons as you practice on your own. And I can’t say enough about the fact that they’ve included the DVD with it. Something like that makes all the difference in the world to actually understand a concept. It just shows that the author really understands how to teach a topic. This is an excellent book on an excellent topic.

Who is this book really for?

This book is for anyone who wants to learn Photoshop CS3 and many of the concepts behind editing. It’s an excellent walkthrough that beginners and intermediate students will get plenty out of.

Writing Style

This book is written very well. You can tell that Deke has been around the block a few times with Photoshop. He gives you plenty of real-world knowledge and plenty of walkthroughs. There are tons of specific lessons with specific outlined goals and the DVD has tutorials of a lot of the techniques in the chapters.

Condition

This book is built very well. I’ve abused it for about a week now and it has stood up just fine.

-Sean McCown, ITBookworm.com

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