Book Review - Adobe Photoshop CS One-On-One
After viewing the video lesson, you are ready for the accompanying chapter in the book and McClelland does a terrific job at step-by-step instruction with full-color images that show the steps in progression. McClelland not only tells you how to do something but, more importantly, he also gives you the why. He then has you apply your newly acquired knowledge to a real-world project (sample files are included on the CD) to help you "learn by doing". Finally, at the end of each chapter there is a quiz. Below are the highlights of what the book is all about.
Open and Organize -- File management, File Browser, open an image, organize files, batch processing, how to print a contact sheet
Highlights, Midtones, and Shadows -- Brightness/Contrast, levels, curves, Shadow/Highlight, how to solve common problems and in what order to make these adjustments
Correcting Color Balance -- Variations, Hue/Saturation, how to work with Camera Raw
Making Selections -- Lasso, magic wand, pen tool, how to make a rough or a precise selection
Crop, Straighten and Size -- Transform image, crop, rotate, straighten, what is the difference between resize and resample
Paint, Edit and Heal -- Painting and retouching, paint brush, healing brush, color replacement, all about the Photoshop brushes
Creating and Applying Masks -- Masking functions, Color Range, Extract, quick mask, how to achieve a professional-quality mask
Adjusting Focus -- Unsharp mask, Gaussian blur and other filters
Building Layered Compositions -- Layers and layer comps, blending options, how to use the Layers palette
Text and Shapes -- Text and shape layers, type and shape tools, how to use text wrap
Layer Styles and Adjustments -- Special effects, working with more than one style on a layer
Printing and Output -- Print functions, Print with preview, how to convert from RGB to CMYK format for professional printing
Deke McClelland is a popular author and a member of the PhotoshopWorld Instructor Dream Team. He is also a contributing editor to Macworld and Photoshop User.
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