|Review: Inside Adobe Photoshop CS
Photoshop CS: Working with Digital Photos
Original Price: $149.99
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Format: DVD-ROM for PC/Mac
Project Files: Included
Magnet Media has produced another winner in its impressive Digital Media Training Series (DMTS)
Inside Adobe Photoshop CS: Working with Digital Photos
is an interactive training DVD that is a tremendous resource
at a tremendous bargain. The program is a step-by-step visual
manual to the digital darkroom that is Photoshop. It is designed
both for beginners who need to start working in the world of
digital images, as well as for professionals who want more in-depth
techniques for retouching and printing photos. This review is
coming from the perspective of a Final Cut Pro editor.
Adobe Photoshop has been essential for
working with graphics and photos to import into video projects.
If, like me, you have been using Photoshop primarily for formatting
stills for use in Final Cut Pro, and perhaps creating title cards,
but have never gone much deeper into this gargantuan program,
now, with this powerful new update to PS7, is the time to invest
in a little training.
The concepts applied
to still photos are directly relevant to video as well.
The Disk contains
all the project files that you will need in order to follow along
with the lessons. You simply copy the 'Additional Materials'
folder to your hard drive. You even have a 'Work in Progress'
folder already prepared for you to save to.
Each lesson includes
a variety of professional photos to work on.
You are warned that you MUST have Photoshop
CS installed to use the project files, but I found that version
7.0.1 worked fine. Some of the enhancements; to the File Browser,
say, or the Healing Brush were not available, but I could easily
extrapolate the info I needed. Part way through the training,
I did download Adobe's 30
day full tryout demo of Photoshop CS. Given the new
accommodations to work for export to video, it is well worth
the price ($169) to upgrade.
is Harry Seldom, who, according to his bio, is an artist who
has been working in digital graphics for 18 years. For the past
several years he has been using FCP and producing digitally modified
photography with Photoshop.
I was immediately pleased to see that he had FCP experience,
and the disk includes info relating to video throughout, including
a chapter on "Video Output"
The Table of Contents
Each lesson within the 16 chapters is a clickable link
The Program covers everything you need
to know about images in the digital realm. The training is in-depth,
and very well organized. As the expansive table of contents shows,
the more than 7 hours of material is broken down into 2 to 8
minute mini lessons. If you need to refer to a particular subject
in a lesson you have previously taken, the Index has clickable
links to the relevant lesson.
The Index links
subjects to lessons
One of the most valuable things about
this project-based, interactive training method, and DMTS in
particular, is the ability to open the lesson in its own window,
separate from the main index, with PS open as well. You can pause
the training, and work on the same file Harry is instructing
about. He encourages us to play around with the settings and
sliders, and gives the technical background for the processes.
I always came away from a lesson understanding 'why' it was done
a particular way.
CS" paused in the background while I follow along
with the lesson in Photoshop.
As a video editor, I thought I would
not have much need for training on retouching and printing photos,
but I found that the tips and techniques on color correcting,
masking, composite modes, etc., are all directly relevant and
transferable to FCP or After Effects. And for real-world 'flat
art' relevance, all the information about color space and setting
up images for output to an ink jet printer allowed me to (finally)
get a color-correct copy of a video box insert which includes
stills from the video as well as graphics and text.
The processes are organized into a workflow that professional
digital photo artists would use,. We are advised, for example,
that sharpening is the last process in the workflow.
Learn to increase
resolution without blowing up pixels.
I was particularly interested in the
extremely valuable technique for increasing resolution, and insight
into the new Histogram palette, and the changes that can be effected
and monitored there.
A very precise and
detailed explanation of the new Histogram palette.
There are insider tips and tricks scattered
throughout the training. For example, although 'Duplicate Layer'
has no keystroke listed in the drop down menu, Harry tells us
that it is in fact 'cmd-J', and whenever, in the course of the
rest of the training, we need to duplicate a layer, he reminds
us with both the verbal, and the visual reminder.
Nifty overlays appear
to reinforce keystroke tips in the course of the training
"Inside Photoshop CS: Working
with Digital Photos" is
a comprehensive and well-designed training program, and the most
cost-effective and efficient way I've seen for really getting
deeply into the intricacies of Photoshop. I highly recommend
it to anyone, at any level of expertise.
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Gretta Wing Miller
30 yrs. film/video editor/instructor
5 yrs. FCP owner/operator
Downtown Dailies Service
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