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Adobe Photoshop CS3 One-On-One [Paperback]

Deke McClelland
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June 25, 2007 0596529759 978-0596529758 1

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Pioneering computer graphics author Deke McClelland updates his bestselling hands-on tutorial for Adobe Photoshop CS3, the latest version of this industry-standard image editing and production program. As with previous editions, Photoshop CS3 One-on-One guides readers step by step through the program's features and functionality. A key appeal of the One-on-One series is the two hours of DVD-video material included. Once you read about a particular technique, you can see how it's done first hand in the video. The combination is uniquely effective. And hugely popular.

Whether you're a first-timer looking to learn Photoshop, or a seasoned user interested in the groundbreaking features of CS3, Deke's conversational style and carefully structured lessons guide you through everything you need to know to get up and running, and then takes you well into mastery. You'll learn to:

  • Grasp fundamental and advanced concepts and theory
  • Use best practices, and techniques for making the most of Photoshop CS3
  • Build relevant, real-world projects
  • Use Photoshop's workflow and file handling features
  • Use the combined power of Bridge + Camera Raw to process your digital photos
  • Choose the right technique for converting your images to black & white
  • Create beautiful multilayered documents including posters and flyers
  • And much more

A Photoshop expert, sought-after computer graphics and design lecturer and author of over 70 books, Deke creates a classroom environment in Photoshop CS3 One-on-One with written instruction and video training -- except that you get one-on-one attention as you proceed from lesson to lesson at your own pace. It's like having private lessons with the author.

Whether you're an enthusiast, prosumer, creative pro, technical pro, or newcomer, Deke's book will have you speaking fluent Photoshop CS3 in no time.


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About the Author

Electronic publishing pioneer Deke McClelland is a popular lecturer on Adobe Photoshop and the larger realm of computer graphics and design. He has hosted the interactive "Video Workshop" CD that shipped with Photoshop Versions 7, CS, and CS2, as well as hundreds of hours of tutorial-style video training for industry leaders http://lynda.com and Total Training. In addition to his video work, Deke has written 84 books translated into 24 languages, with more than 4 million copies in print.

One of the most award-winning writers in the technology market, Deke received the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Computer Book in 1989. Since then, he has garnered more than 20 honors, including seven independent citations from the Computer Press Association. In 2002, he was inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame.

In 2004 Deke created the One-on-One™ book series, which uses video, step-by-step exercises, and hundreds of full-color illustrations to provide readers with the closest thing possible to private instruction from a recognized expert. These ambitious, self-paced guides include the bestselling Adobe Photoshop CS2 One-on-One and Adobe InDesign CS2 One-on-One. Late in 2006 Deke teamed up with vanguard online training company http://lynda.com to bring the One-on-One training strategy to a line of video products, beginning with Photoshop CS3 Beta One-on-One Preview, the first series available for the public beta of Photoshop CS3. In addition to the full 20-plus hour Photoshop CS3 One-on-One, his plans include Illustrator One-on-One and InDesign One-on-One. Among Deke's current http://lynda.com videos are Photoshop Elements 5 Essentials and the #1 ranked Photoshop CS2 Channels and Masks (available for immediate viewing at http://www.lynda.com/deke).

Deke is an Adobe Certified Expert, a member of the PhotoshopWorld Instructor Dream Team, and a regular speaker for the Photoshop Fling cruise seminars. Deke lives in Boulder, Colorado with his wife and two super-powered boys.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Deke Press; 1 edition (June 25, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596529759
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596529758
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7.9 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #277,406 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Deke McClelland is a popular lecturer on Adobe Photoshop and the larger realm of computer graphics and design. He has hosted the interactive "Video Workshop" CD that shipped with Photoshop Versions 7, CS, and CS2, as well as hundreds of hours of tutorial-style video training for industry leaders lynda.com and Total Training. In addition to his video work, Deke has written 84 books translated into 24 languages, with more than 4 million copies in print. One of the most award-winning writers in the technology market, Deke received the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Computer Book in 1989. Since then, he has garnered more than 20 honors, including seven independent citations from the Computer Press Association. In 2002, he was inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame.

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133 of 133 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superlative Content for the Serious Beginner June 27, 2007
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It has been a long while since I have been as enthusiastic about a book as this one. Deke McClelland has targeted my demographic with a practiced eye: people who use Photoshop and who want to use it more -- but who are completely intimidated and lost in the bowels of that "vast and ungainly behemoth." It helps that the author, who clearly loves this tool, maintains a refreshing irreverence toward it.

The book is organized in a "Read - Watch - Do" way. The "watch" part comes from the 3 hours of instructional video that is included with the book DVD. The DVD also contains example files and other material that McClelland shows how to use to set up your copy of Photoshop in the most useful manner.

The instructional videos blew me away with their information density. There is incredible content here. So far going through the book, I found it valuable to watch each more than once. The video material does not repeat the written instruction -- it complements it.

The book itself is beautiful and well-organized. It has a wide format that lies flat to make following along while at the mouse or keyboard easier. It is 500 pages long but is not overwhelming, like a reference. All the material is encompassed in 12 lessons. These 12 lessons teach the basic skills needed to use the tool effectively whether your focus is the Web or print.

A note of interest to those who have not upgraded to CS3 yet: I noticed in sharing this book that people with CS2 will be quite comfortable following along. The author clears away whatever obstacles may come up for you.

One last note: I know the editorial review above says there are only 2 hours of video with the book, not 3 as I stated. I have no idea why they rounded off 2 hours and 54 minutes that way. I guess they figured, as I do, that the features of this book could be understated and still be worthy of superlatives.
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110 of 114 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lavish Intro to Photoshop CS3 July 12, 2007
Format:Paperback
"Adobe Photoshop CS 3: One on One," is a lavishly-produced book providing an introduction to the main features and tools of Photoshop CS 3. It is part of a series of "One-on-One" books published by Deke Press/O'Reilly and is geared towards the beginner-intermediate user and is designed to mimic hands-on instruction from computer graphics master, Deke McClelland, and it is as close to a personal set of lessons from an accomplished professional as can be imagined. Each tutorial sets out step by step instructions and explanations using simple comparison images, program screenshots, and clearly-expressed text. The text is enhanced by a companion DVD correlated with the step-by-step process of the tutorials.

A dozen lessons cover the major elements of Photoshop, from manipulating luminosity, making color corrections, selections, masking, layered compositions, text and shapes, and more. The book contains hundreds of full color photographs and screenshots. Every step of each tutorial is expressed in clear, concise prose, punctuated with professional insights and the author's mostly self-deprecating humor. McClelland is candid in his assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the Photoshop tools used in the tutorials.

The tutorials are complemented by "Pearls of Wisdom" spread throughout which are topical tips on how professionals like McClelland use Photoshop tools in the real world. There are sidebar "Extra Credits" providing bits of advanced instruction, or reference to Web sources were extra material can be found. Many of the tutorials include separate, but related, sections emphasizing concepts and theory like color channels and the math and logic behind various Photoshop tools.
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63 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Serious PS CS3 July 24, 2007
Format:Paperback
This book provides excellent instruction in the use of Photoshop CS3 for those who've never used Photoshop before. The book includes a CD, with quick time movies, and images to use in conjunction with the lessons in the book.

The book's method is to introduce each chapter with a movie of about fifteen minutes. The author then provides tutorials on each subject, such as say, masking, that require the reader to upload one or more images into Adobe Photoshop CS3, and then to perform a series of steps to process that image, with emphasis on the use of the tools covered by that chapter. McClelland writes clearly and is easily understood, and the book is profusely illustrated, with screen saves that show almost every step along the way. To benefit the most, you must follow the tutorials from beginning to end, working at your computer. This is made even more important by the fact that Photoshop techniques that don't fall into a major category, like moving all or part of an image, are introduced in the chapters on the major categories, like creating and applying a mask.

One of the main problems of any Photoshop book is that that a single image will usually involve several different functions, like tone adjustment, color correction and sharpening to optimize. Yet the material must be presented one step at a time, so that it may take many hours of work before one understands how to process a single image. This is even more true in this book's case, where McClelland will discuss a single process in progressively more complex variations in a single chapter. The beginner who is anxious to show his work may find it difficult to labor through all of the exercises before he can present a picture.
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1.0 out of 5 stars I paid for this book to learn from and found ...
I paid for this book to learn from and found out I must pay $49.99 a month to do so. These people are crooks.
Published 1 day ago by Sharen Duffing
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I bought this for my wife as she is a graphic designer and does contract work. Of course, Adobe products are THE Bible in graphics work and she uses it constantly and loves it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kess
5.0 out of 5 stars Good purchase!
This is a good book for the money and it can be used if you are a novice or expert.
Published 6 months ago by Angela Knox
5.0 out of 5 stars This book helps you quickly find what you are looking for
I didn't buy this for myself, but for an aspiring artist friend of mine. She is computer savvy, but the problem with Photoshop is that maybe it's a little byzantine at times. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Wayne Haarbye
5.0 out of 5 stars My Opinion of Adobe Photoshop CS3 One-On-One
Abobe Photoshop CS3 One-On-One is a lot easiwer to learn from than Adobe
Photoshop Classroom InABook. I definitely recommend it.
Published 19 months ago by Michael Schwartz
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Help
I love my craft and am always trying to better myself and it. I purchased this book and found a lot of new and helpful tips. Always something new to discover in Photoshop.
Published 24 months ago by Picture Ladi
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
This book if very informative. Useful for those who seek clear explanations of the ins and outs of Photoshop CS3. Excellent for those just getting to know Photoshop.
Published on November 25, 2011 by toomanyheads
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy Read and Tons of Information
This is great book to have in your CS3 Collection. There are many topics on CS3 so make sure you read the contents because not all the books are in depth about every topic but... Read more
Published on June 14, 2011 by A. Miller
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good instruction, altho obsolete
Overall was very helpful and kinda fun with Deke's humor. My main problem with it is the fact that it isn't updated with instruction. Read more
Published on February 28, 2011 by Al Dexter
3.0 out of 5 stars Missing disk with book
the book i received was in excellent condition that is something i was very pleased with. but one thing that it did not come with is the cd with all the lessons without this cd you... Read more
Published on September 14, 2010 by Burn
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