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Old 06-23-2004, 12:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am just curious... has anyone ever used the SAMS book "Teach Yourself Photoshop 7 in 24 hours"?

I really need to learn more about using the software and cant afford a seminar or workshop. Currently most of the books I have seen are a bit more costly than I can afford (I am still not working and am waiting on my disability checks to start arriving).

I found a used copy at a local used book store for about 10 bucks.. and I bought it.. (oh well, no burgers for a week), Does anyone have any idea if this is the right book to use, or should I still look for a different book?


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Old 06-23-2004, 01:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I haven't looked into the Sams books too much. If you have the chance though, I would really look into the PhotoShop Bible by McClelland. It's about $30 on Ebay, but it is well worth the money. Hope this helps.
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The problem with most of the books on Photoshop is that they have tons of information you won't ever use. The typical Photoshop class or workshop focus' on the graphic artist -- not the photographer.

When you can, pick up something like Scott Kelby's "Photoshop for Photographers." It talks about how photographers use Photoshop.

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Old 06-23-2004, 06:25 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Stick with the books for photographers if possible. The Scott Kelby book mentioned above is good, also Photoshop Restoration & Retouching by Katrin Eismann and Adobe Photoshop 7.0 for Photographers by Martin Evening.

The Photoshop Bible is good, but also has material for graphic designers and others -- good reference, but probably more than you will ever need.

Finally, If you are a registered owner, don't discount the Adobe web site and National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP). They have more than you can imagine.



I hope this image comes through. It is my first attempt to link to my web site. It was manipulated in Photoshop using a simple technique from Scott Kelby's book.

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Old 06-23-2004, 06:43 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Try it again Tom, when I click on properties on the red x, you have 1 too many http://
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Here is another try to post the photo of Karen.



thanks for your patience

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forget the books, I have learned more about photoshop from online tutorials posted by people who have photoshop websites than from any number of books. Not to say you can't learn from the books, just that you can easily learn exactly what you want from searching online.

Good luck and hope this helps,

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I agree with what the others have said. But also wanted to point out there's nothing like sitting down and just tinkering with Photoshop, too. Consider the computer like a piano (gee, they both have keyboards too ... lol) and like a musican you need to practice your scales. See how Adjust Levels, Adjust curves and even at times Varitions interact. I found in my learning that while books can put you into the right neighborhood it's really up to you to track down the address of your final destination. Just sitting and working within the program can be the best teaching tool you will discover. Enjoy it. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]



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Thanks to all of you for this valuable info. I really do appreciate it.. I have Elements and PS7, and a few other photo manipulation programs. Graphic workshop Pro, and image ready, and what not, but I really want to learn to use PS7, as I have a few ideas as to what I want to do to some shots I have.

I am by no means a novice at computers or web stuff, and have been doing computer hardware and software tech support for many yrs, but PS7 is new to me.

I will look for some of the web places you all have mentioned and thing that I will try to get a couple of the books that have been mentioned.

Again, Thank you all for your input..

My biggest problem is trying to now learn to "Control" my mouse with my left hand. As some of you know, my right hand (my dominant, and writing hand) was injured in the hospital, and I cant use it much any more.

Thanks,

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Hi Andrew,

I agree with my distinguished colleague, Stu. I have downloaded probably 1000+ pages of FREE information about PSx (pick your flavor) and much of it cuts through the techno-babble that so many books contain and are just simple explanations from experts (or those very well acquainted with PS) on how to do just about anything under the sun. I have PS7 as well but since I use Linux at home, GIMP is my editor of choice. It contains just about everything that PS does and the beauty of it is that it's FREE. If you don't know about Linux, it's worth checking out. No viruses. No pop-ups. No nothing like Microsloth Windoze.

Anyway, I don't want to turn this thread into a MS bashing rant so I'll stop there. In any event, you can find TONS of free stuff on the Internet about PS7. Best wishes, my friend, and I do hope your arm gets well.

Good day sir!

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