Friday, October 10, 2003

A Good Photoshop "Read"

"How to" books on software programs are an expensive purchase. Too often the software they support moves to the next release just after the book is published. In this case, however, the truth seems to be that Adobe Photoshop 7.0 for Photographers by Martin Evening will have a reasonable shelf life even though Photoshop 7.0 has just been upgraded. This books comes with a vey useful CD that contains a number of full feature Quicktime movies that really do demonstrate (at a fast pace) how to undertake several of the more mystifying Photoshop procedures. Perhaps the most refreshing thing about this book is that, although it is for both Apple and Windows users, all the examples are illustrated using OS X. Too often books try to cater to both systems to the point of alternating examples between the two - which must be confusing to all.

After reading about half of the book in some detail it occurred to me that there must be very few real Photoshop gurus on the planet and that even those on the credit list of the program itself may not be fully acquainted with every nuance of this landmark piece of software. That being said, Evening may be up there with the most knowledgable.

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