Adobe Photoshop CS One-on-One: A Review

Author: Paul Hood

As the title implies, Deke McClelland gives the reader a one-on-one approach to the wonders of Adobe Photoshop CS. The book provides a comprehensive walkthrough of the features of Photoshop in a classroom setting where the reader is the lone student and McClelland the teacher.

Deke McClelland is an Adobe Certified Expert and a member of the PhotoshopWorld Instructor Dream Team. He was inducted into the National Association of Photoshop Professionals' Photoshop Hall of Fame in 2002.

This full-color book includes two hours of video tutorials in CD. It features a step by step presentation of real-world projects that are sure to help the reader gain proficiency with Photoshop. The reader is give a rich amount of graphics theory, best practices, and tips for avoiding Photoshop disasters. McClellandÂ’s approach to learning Photoshop bridges the gap among available literature on the subject and provides a unique educational experience.

The book is created with the intention of making the seemingly monumental task of mastering Photoshop look like a walk in the park. Inside are twelve lessons, each made up of three to six exercises, illustrated with more than 600 photos, diagrams, and screen shots. Each book-based lesson comes with a corresponding video lesson, included on a companion CD. The exercises are project-based, culminating in real-world projects that readers can show off when they've finished.

The book also contains "Extra Credit" sections that show readers how to tap into Photoshop's powerful features to give their projects a professional polish. Multiple choice quizzes follow each lesson, providing a great teaching tool for educators and a way for new users to test their knowledge.

Rich with "Pearls of Wisdom" gained from McClelland's years of experience, "Photoshop CS One-on-One" is accessible to complete beginners while still offering tips and secrets that even the most experienced Photoshop users are unaware of. Readers are sure to find that the combination of step-by-step lessons and video introduction provide the best learning experience of any Photoshop resource on the market.

The exercises included with each lesson are interesting and fun to do. The end result is almost always something you can be proud to say you created.

Because of its comprehensive approach, understanding this book fully will take some time. Take it slowly and at your own pace. McClellandÂ’s wit, literary allusions and breezy writing style help turn a cumbersome, complicated and sometimes mysterious computer application into a user-friendly tool.

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