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A very useful resource and good value for the money

  • Sep 30, 2010
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Packed with a fairly impressive breadth of video tutorials, this single disc runs the gamut from covering beginner skills to tackling features specific to the latest version of Photoshop CS5. The tutorials are arranged in an orderly way. There are a set of 10 main topics, ranging from "getting started" steps, to more advanced editing techniques, to printing a color-managed finished product.

I especially liked how the dvd's index shows you a blurb describing the content of each tutorial. Most include the duration time so you can plan your time investment. Additionally, each of the 10 sections ends with a "test yourself" feature so you can challenge your mastery of freshly viewed lessons. My only suggestion (minor issue) is that a search function would make finding a particular video concerning a particular topic a bit faster.

The videos are clear and understandable. I'm impressed by the closed-caption feature, which runs a transcript of the speaker's presentation along the bottom of the screen. I've never encountered it before, so I thought that was pretty cool (you can turn it off if you find it distracting). All the usual conveniences of video are available, such as pause, alter screen size, volume control, etc. Very easy to navigate. The package advertises portability for the videos as well (use on iPods and other mobile devices) but I have not tried that out.

I particularly like the features that allow you to bookmark important areas of a video, and a "watch-and-work" mode, which reduces the screen size and places it at the top corner of your monitor. You can have it play while you try out techniques with Photoshop. Nice!

The guide book that comes with the DVD is somewhat undersized, but that's to be expected - I guess as the DVD tutorials are supposed to be the stars of the show. It does contain some decent tips though. One thing I noticed that was lacking in the guide book is better integration with the video. If would be useful if the book had explicitly mentioned which video(s) to consult if you wanted more information. The guide book and video section titles do not match, so making quick connections between the two can be difficult.

A bonus is that this product counts as approved courseware should you want to go for your Adobe Associate certification.

I've been very impressed with the videos I've viewed so far. All in all, I think this is undoubtedly a very useful resource for the beginner, but perhaps a bit less so for an advanced Photoshop user - I know a lot of the initial videos on the disc were old news to me. Still, I think it is a good value: for over 21 hours of video it's about 2 bucks a tutorial (at Amazon's current price), and I guarantee you won't be disappointed by the quality and clarity of the instructions.

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This innovative product from Adobe Press combines an incredible 21 hours of  high-quality HD  video training and a full-color printed reference to teach the fundamentals of Photoshop CS5 as well as the basic principles of graphic design. Structured around the objectives of the 'Visual Communication using Adobe Photoshop CS5' exam at the Adobe Certified Associate level, this Adobe-approved product teaches how to edit images with precise selection control and create dramatic visual effects with Photoshop.

Experienced instructors Kelly McCathran, Scott Citron and Ted LoCascio present the video instruction, complete with lesson files, assessment quizzes and review materials. The video is wrapped in a unique interface that allows the viewer to jump to any topic and also bookmark individual sections for later review. The unique Watch-and-Work mode shrinks the video into a small window to allow the student to work alongside in Photoshop.

Project files used in the lessons are included on the disc so viewers can practice what they've learned, and interactive review questions help reinforce freshly gained knowledge. The DVD-ROM is bundled with a printed book that provides supplemental material to enhance the video training. Selected videos can be downloaded for viewing on iPhones, iPods, and other compatible mobile devices.

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ISBN-10: 0321719808
ISBN-13: 978-0321719805
Author: Kelly McCathran
Genre: Computers & Internet
Publisher: Adobe Press
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