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Photoshop CS4 Digital Classroom, (Book and Video Training) 1st Edition

4.7 out of 5 stars 53 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0470410905
ISBN-10: 0470410906
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"...one of the quickest ways you can get to know its [CS4's] intricacies." (Mac User, January 16th 2009)

From the Back Cover

You have a personal tutor in the Digital Classroom

If you want expert instruction that fits into your schedule, Digital Classroom delivers. Adobe Certified Experts guide you through 13 lessons, helping you learn essential Photoshop CS4 skills at your own speed. Full-color, step-by-step instructions in the book are enhanced with video tutorials on the DVD. With Digital Classroom, you have your own private instructor showing you the easiest way to learn Photoshop CS4.

  • Edit images exactly where you want using selections, layers, and masking features
  • Use Adobe Bridge to work faster and keep your images organized

  • Make an image look great using expert color correction and retouching tips

  • Explore improved nondestructive editing capabilities

  • Learn to prepare images for print, Web, and video

  • Combine images, adjust image sizes, add text, use layers, and create effects using filters

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (November 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470410906
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470410905
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #692,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ever since I got stung by the Photoshop bug several years ago, I've kept up with Adobe's new releases for this particular software and I always like to get a good instructional book to show me its new features. Usually the books published by Peachpit Press are the ones I find very informative and well-written. This time Peachpit Press was late in getting out the book by Scott Kelby, which I've always like, so I decided to try my luck with this book. I was in for a very pleasant surprise for the simple reason that this book includes a DVD with videos for every lesson, and those videos are well-made, informative, and have good production quality. The videos make it a lot easier to understand what it is expected from the lessons in the book, and they alone are worth the price of the book. I'm still giving it a 5-stars rating even though the last three lessons are dedicated to features which are not included in my version of the software, they're part of the Extended version only.
I definitely recommend this book to those who, like me, are newbies and advanced amateur users of Adobe Photoshop CS4.
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Like many designers, I already have a shelf filled with Photoshop books, so when I picked up this book I honestly didn't expect any surprises. I couldn't have been more wrong. Jennifer Smith and the AGI Creative Team have put together an extremely useful, comprehensive look at a program I thought I already knew quite well. The lessons are appropriately paced for both novice and expert users, and the DVD tutorials are nothing short of enlightening. I highly recommend this book to all Photoshoppers everywhere.
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I am a designer and design educator from the NYC area. I have worked with Photoshop for quite a while (well over a decade) and have had many Photoshop books in my personal library over the years. The books that Jennifer Smith and her team produce on the subject have consistently been among the best in my collection.
I really found the sections on Camera Raw and Image Correction to be among the best on the subject.
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I've spent a small fortune on CS4 books in the past 4-6 months, and can honestly say this is the first one that was understandable, especially coupled with the videos that explain each chapter. There may be some details that would cause this book to not qualify for the full five star rating, but I'm too new or dumb to know the difference at this point. What I do know is that I've understood how to use masks for the first time... and it is soooo easy! Wish I had found this book first.
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I upgrading to Photoshop CS4 from Photoshop 7 so I was in need of some training on seven years of development. I had a pretty good foundation of Photoshop while earning my Graphic Design degree in college so I was looking for something that wasn't geared to the absolute beginner.

This Digital Classroom series book fit the bill exactly. Each lesson builds off the previous in some regards, but important ideas are continually reviewed throughout the text. The important keyboard shortcuts are taught and used extensively. The chapters on layers and masks were the most useful, allowing me to have much more control over image adjustments.

The accompanied disk, with short video instruction, was well done and offered instruction for both Apple and Windows based machines. I felt the lesson length was very manageable for someone on a tight schedule. You could easily get through the book in a long weekend but I found it better to take the lessons in short one hour increments. The layout of the lessons makes this very easy to do.

Overall, a phenomenal lesson manual for using CS4! I would easily recommend this series to anyone looking for instruction on Adobe software.
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The Photoshop CS4 Digital Classroom tutorial taught me Photoshop in a Snap! This book helped me enjoy learning the basics of Photoshop, and will remain a valued guide as I continue to learn and master CS4. The lessons are paced well, and the DVD helped me re-learn and enhance topics like Adobe Bridge, Layers, and Camera RAW. Photoshop CS4 Digital Classroom is Excellent and Informative.
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It's a cool looking book! It's looks exciting!
Comes complete with a CD Tutorial...........BUT
It's not for the beginner with zero photoshop experience.
This is not the first book of learning. This
book has been very frustrating for me, because
I need a basic tutorial. Even though I have
started with Photoshop CS4, I am in the dark.

I have found someone to tutor me with the use
of the basic tools.

I am sure this book will help me in the future....
BUT PLEASE DO NOT BUY THIS ONE IF YOU ARE A NOVICE,
such as I am. I'm learning though.

hope this helps you from making a $45 mistake!
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This is a really great book. You can start each lesson with a concise video for orientation and then follow that with a more detailed tutorial (exercise files included). You will learn a huge amount Photoshop including what's new in CS4, how to effectively use all the tools, as well as numerous tricks and shortcuts.
Not only that, the whole experience is fun and entertaining. I really don't know how it could be any better.
GREAT JOB!
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