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Adobe Book and DVD Reviews

Reviews of the latest books and DVDs about Adobe graphics software.

Adobe Illustrator CS3 Classroom in a Book by Adobe Creative Team star
Now that Adobe has released the latest upgrade for Creative Suite and Illustrator CS3, it is time to update your skills for this new version. This book Adobe Illustrator CS3 Classroom in a Book by the Adobe Creative Team will help you do just that.

Adobe Illustrator CS3 The Professional Portfolio by Gary Poyssick and Erika Kendra star
This book by Gary Poyssick and Erika Kendra is like a mini-internship or summer job at a graphic design firm and will teach you Adobe Illustrator CS3.

Adobe Photoshop CS3 Classroom in a Book by Adobe Creative Team star
This book by the Adobe Creative Team is the latest edition of the official training series for Adobe software and covers both versions of Photoshop.

After Effects CS6 Visual Effects and Comps star
After Effects CS6 Visual Effects and Compositing Studio Techniques by Mark Christiansen is a great resource for the advanced After Effects user and those wishing to take their skills to the next level. This book concentrates on advanced techniques, which have been updated for version CS6.

Bert Monroy Digital Painting Book star
Bert Monroy calls his artistic style photorealistic. Although you may not aspire photorealism in your personal style, we can all learn from the techniques presented in his book, Photoshop Studio with Bert Monroy Digital Painting.

Book Review - Adobe Photoshop CS One-On-One star
The first thing that you will like about this book and CD is what a good job the author, Deke McClelland, does at teaching you Adobe Photoshop CS. McClelland has produced the best combination of book and video instruction that I have found so far.

Book Review - Adobe Photoshop Elements 3 Idea Kit star
Idea Kit is a good name for this book which includes everything you need to complete 17 easy and fun projects. All you need to provide is your own photos.

Book Review - Adobe Photoshop Elements One-Click WOW! Third Edition star
This book and CD come with a library packed with presets for Adobe Photoshop Elements 2 and 3. You will find over 500 layer styles and effects, dozens of textures and shapes, lots of media brushes and 40+ gradients. And they are all professional quality. The book teaches you how to use the presets.

Book Review - Advanced Photoshop CS2 Trickery & FX by Stephen Burns star
Have you ever wondered how to create great Sci-fi digital art? This book by Stephen Burns will show you how to create this type of digital art with Adobe(R) Photoshop(R) CS2 and your photos.

Book Review - Complete Photoshop CS2 for Digital Photographers by Colin Smith star
You will want to keep this book handy in your digital darkroom. If you are a digital photographer, this is a great reference book. For the photographer switching to digital, this book can help you do just that.

Book Review - Design Graphics Photoshop Studio Skills For Photoshop 7 and Photoshop CS star
If you are a fan of Design Graphics magazine then you already know that it is one of the best magazines for digital publishing and the Studio Skills series from the magazine covers a wide range of techniques. Now, you can find the best of these useful and cutting edge techniques compiled in a new

Book Review - Digital Character Design and Painting - The Photoshop CS Edition (Graphics Series) star
This is one of the best books on digital painting and character design that I have found. Most computer painting books deal with digital filters and special effects but this book is truly like taking a class in digital character painting with Photoshop CS.

Book Review - Illustrations with Photoshop A Designer´s Notebook star
If you are a traditional artist considering incorporating your computer into your artistic repertoire, this book is a great starting point. You will find the techniques in this book will extend your digital skills.

Book Review - Photo Retouching With Photoshop A Designer´s Notebook star
The title of this book is somewhat misleading. Photo retouching and Adobe Photoshop is not a new idea. Photoshop has been the industry standard for photo editing for years. However, what I liked the most about this book is that it was about more than the basic photo retouching covered in most book

Book Review - The Adobe Illustrator CS2 WOW! Book star
This book by Sharon Steuer will introduce the creative features of Adobe Illustrator while inspiring you with real world examples from various artists. You will find examples from professional artists using version CS2 to increase their productivity and expand their creativity.

Book Review - The Adobe Photoshop Elements Crafts Book by Elizabeth Bulger star
After a brief introduction to the software, Bulger offers a variety of fourteen projects which can be created using Adobe(R) Photoshop(R) Elements 3 or 4. Each project is an opportunity to practice new techniques.

Book Review - Understanding Flash MX 2004 ActionScript 2 - Basic techniques for creatives star
One of the best ways to learn a programming language is to examine finished code, break it down and experiment with it. Alex Michael uses this approach to teach Flash(R) ActionScript(R) and the Flash basics.

Book Review – 3D Game Textures Create Professional Game Art Using Photoshop star
Even if you are not a game artist, this book will help any digital artist learn to create photorealistic textures. Luke Ahearn teaches the basics for creating 2D textures for 3D game development.

Book Review – Adobe Photoshop CS2 One-Click-WOW! by Jack Davis star
If you have not added one of Jack Davis WOW books to your digital art library, you should consider the latest One-Click-WOW for Photoshop CS2. It´s packed with preset styles and effects for every task you might have.

Book Review – Creating a Photo Album in Photoshop Elements for Windows – Visual QuickProject Guide star
If you are new to working with photos on your computer, this book by Katherine Ulrich is a good first project. She shows how to use the basic features of Photoshop Elements 3.

Book Review – Creating Photomontages with Photoshop, A Designer´s Notebook star
The creation of a photomontage is one of the most creative and distinctive forms of digital art. Most photographers use Adobe Photoshop to edit and enhance their photographs and creating photomontages with Photoshop is a natural evolution. Eight professional artists discuss their photomontages.

Book Review – Photoshop CS2 Killer Tips by Scott Kelby and Felix Nelson star
This book by Scott Kelby and Felix Nelson has a little something for everyone from the novice to the professional. Especially for the novice, each tip is fully illustrated with complete and easy to follow instructions

Book Review of Teach Yourself Visually Adobe Photoshop CS star
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

Book Review of Visual Design Fundamentals - A Digital Approach star
This book is for anyone new to design fundamentals, digital art and computer imaging software. The author, Alan Hashimoto, has written two books in one. First, he discusses the elements and principals of two-dimensional art design and how they apply to both traditional art mediums and digital art

Getting Started Adobe InDesign CS2 Seminar star
In this DVD and handbook combination, Terry White does a great job of introducing Adobe InDesign CS2. In the DVD he discusses the most popular InDesign tools and techniques as well as what´s new in CS2. After viewing the DVD, you are ready to tackle the projects in the handbook.

Review - Adobe After Effects CS6: Learn by Video star
Adobe After Effects CS6 Learn by Video training course from video2brain gave me a good solid base upon which to build. The authors Todd Kopriva and Angie Taylor share the instruction with Kopriva covering the technical aspects of the software and Taylor covering the creative.

Review – Photoshop Elements 3 For Beginners DVD star
Scott Kelby is your private instructor in this video DVD about the newest version of Adobe Photoshop Elements. With his easy and entertaining narrative style, Kelby introduces you to the new features in version 3 and some of the old favorites. This DVD is about two hours long and has 7 sections.

Review 100% Photoshop by Steve Caplin star
This book teaches you photo realistic drawing techniques for drawing a variety of items in Photoshop.

video2brain Adobe Flash Pro CS6 Learn by Video star
This video training course is a good choice if you are new to Adobe Flash Professional CS6. The author Joseph Labreque does a great job teaching you the basics of Flash from an introduction to the workspace to exporting for various end projects. I found his teaching approach to be very good.

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