Adobe Photoshop CS One-on-One

by Deke McClelland. Deke Press/O’Reilly, 2004. 465 pp. plus CD-ROM. $39.95.

Deke McClelland, the talented author, trainer and Photoshop guru, has launched his very own O’Reilly Media imprint – Deke Press – with a series of books and CD-ROMs featuring video training from Total Training, producer of instructional videos for Adobe products.

Adobe Photoshop CS One-on-One, the first title in this promising series, delivers twelve chapters of step-by-step lessons on Photoshop CS and two hours of Total Training video instruction. The lesson topics include opening and organizing images, correcting color balance, making selections, creating masks, adjusting focus, layer styles and adjustments, printing and output and other essentials.

Each lesson includes three to six exercises and is keyed to a video lesson on the accompanying CD. To view the video lessons you’ll need to install the Total Training application; make sure your computer meets the minimum requirements (if you’re able to run Photoshop CS, it almost certainly does). For most effective learning, you should start by reading the introduction to a lesson, and then view the video instruction on the CD. Finally, return to the book and do the exercises, using Photoshop CS and the lesson files included on the CD.

What sets this book apart from the pack? McClelland’s first-rate tutelage, the excellent Total Training video instruction format, and an abundantly illustrated text that makes the book a pleasure to work with even without the video component.Very highly recommended for beginning and intermediate Photoshop CS users.

– Elsa Travisano
CD-ROM requires a Mac G3, G4 or G5, OS 10.2.4 or later, 128 MB RAM, 20 MB free drive space, a 1024x768 screen resolution and QuickTime 5.0.2 or later.
Copyright ©2004 by Elsa Travisano. This review appeared in the November 2004 issue of Newsbreak, the newsletter of MUG ONE - Macintosh User Group of Oneonta, NY.