Teach Yourself Visually Adobe Photoshop CS
As a digital artist I am visually oriented. So it is only natural that the first book I buy when I get new software or an upgrade to my favorite software is a Teach Yourself Visually book. I found the Teach Yourself Visually Adobe Photoshop CS by Mike Wooldridge extremely useful for two reasons. First the book quickly familiarized me with the changes and additions for the newest Photoshop upgrade. Secondly I keep it close to my computer for those times when I need a quick "how-to" answer and not a long explanation.
The book is divided into logical task oriented sections so it is easy to find any topic such as color modes, how to use layers or contact sheets. Each topic has short, step-by-step, easy to follow instructions and matching screen shots. The screen shots are labeled to correspond with the instructions. So you won't waste a lot of time searching for the button, palette or drop-down list being discussed.
Along with the step-by-step instructions there are helpful sidebars that explain how, why and when to use some of the 140+ Photoshop features.
The author has written several other books in the VISUAL series including Teach Yourself VISUALLY Photoshop Elements, Teach Yourself VISUALLY Illustrator 10, and Teach Yourself Visually Dreamweaver 4. Besides his technical writing his is also an educator and web designer. He lives in San Francisco.
Digital Art and Animation NewsletterDigital art and animation is always changing but some things stay the same. Photoshop is still the industry standard but now it's all in the cloud. We also have new options for certain tasks, such as Canva.com for social graphics and branding. Photorealistic 3D imaging has taken a whole new direction, competing with product photography. Anyone can now create great 3D product presentation graphics using Adobe Dimension CC or online apps such as Artboard Studio. Having a presences on the web is more important today than ever and the new modular websites look great on mobile devices and desktop.
Online courses are now the best way to learn a new skill or get updated with the newest techniques. Are you looking for the best online courses for creatives, website building or graphic design. Check out our reviews for the best courses on Lynda.com, Udemy.com and Skillshare.com. We suggest great courses for creating pattern collections for licensing, building a website with Elementor, making a professional portfolio, creating social graphics and more.
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