Be a Photoshop Guru - Unlocking the Hidden Genius Behind Photoshop's Tools
Learn how to use Photoshop tools creatively and be a Photoshop Guru. Whether you have been using Photoshop for years or just learning for the first time, you will quickly discover new applications to create stunning images. Be a Photoshop Guru introduces the most important tools in Photoshop and then gives you very creative ways of applying them for amazing results. This program does not just simply show what the tools do, it shows you how to use them in your photography!
In this DVD, Jim uses CS4 however, this program is designed to help users of any version of Photoshop because it focuses on techniques rather than teaching a specific version of Photoshop.
The many techniques include:
-Replacing the sky
-Create studio lighting with the Gradient tool
-Explore many techniques with Layer Masks
-Making believable composite images
-The art of precision selections
-Simulating a polarizer filter
This is a DVD-ROM containing QuickTime movie files for computer playback only.
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Top Customer Reviews
I have been using Photoshop for 8 years and have taken a couple of Photoshop classes with Jim (through Better Photo) so I already knew many of these techniques (I consider myself an intermediate/advanced user) but I still learned new tricks and better ways to accomplish editing tasks more efficiently after watching this DVD.
If you are a beginner/intermediate PS user and are not familiar with the tools & editing techniques listed in these lessons, you will be using these tools with ease very quickly. They are essential tools for everyday Photoshop users and will elevate your image editing capabilities. You will be able to transform that dull/flat photo with a white sky into a rich, vibrant work of art in just a few easy steps.
The one thing that does annoy me is I had to move the files from the disk to my hard drive and use Quicktime to watch it. This is easy, all you have to do is open it from "MY Computer" and drag and drop the listed files into a Folder and run it through Quicktime. If you use a Mac it should be similar or even easier since Quicktime is a Apple program. It will not run in a regular DVD player or Windows Media Player. I have never really liked Quicktime as I don't think Apple ever came out with a version that worked yet. Xbox360 reads it as a mixed disk so it even failed. I would of much prefer it to run like a regular disk so I can relax on the couch when watching it instead of sitting at the PC.
This is still a great DVD and well worth getting. I have already watched it twice in the past day I have had it, and am having a blast going through all my photos on the PC thinking of all the things I can now do with them. I plan on also buying his other Photoshop DVD and hope it is more regular player friendly.
If you want to learn short cuts to photoshop and produced wonderful products, this is the DVD to buy.
He presents important concepts used in Photoshop® rather than just a bunch of steps. Although, there are steps there, but if you don't understand the concepts, you will probably forget the steps. I did take notes to refer to later. I think of his DVD as a shorthand approach to many of the tools that I want to master. Not all of us spend 8 hours a day in front of Photoshop® so it's nice to see a fresh practical approach to solving routine problems.
Jim moves these projects along at a perfect pace, explaining the how's and why's as he goes. He has a real easy going style and is very articulate. As someone said earlier, you can watch these videos over and over again.
I also purchased Jim's "Dazzling Photoshop" video, and feel the same about it. In that DVD, he emphasizes particular photo projects with the way he groups the lessons, rather than by different skills as in this one. Both are packed with information and technique.
While these videos are not specific to any particular version of Photoshop, they are geared somewhat toward the most recent versions up to CS4 -- I can hardly wait to see what Jim does with CS5!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have learned a lot of little tricks of the trade watching these videos. I would highly recommend this to anyone who wants to learn a little more about Photoshop. Read morePublished on March 5, 2012 by J. Lewis
This DVD is like the other DVD I reviewed by Jim Zuckerman. The DVD is for advance users but, amatuers can learn a lot from what he illustrates as well. Read morePublished on January 12, 2011 by Mark A. Ward
Mr Zuckerman explains the techniques on his DVD in a relaxed, easy to understand way. He unlocks the "secrets" if you will. Read morePublished on October 6, 2009 by Mr. Robert Swinney Jr.