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Total Training for Adobe Photoshop 6Photoshop training series
If you are a frequent reader of Creative Mac, Digital Media Designer or many of the other sites in the Digital Media Net community, you have probably seen our streaming tutorials that will often touch on techniques for Adobe products. These are provided to us from Total Training and they give an excellent sneak peak at the full training series. This week I had some free time to sit down and look at one of their latest releases, Total Training for Adobe Photoshop 6.
In this very comprehensive set of videos, Photoshop Guru Deke McClelland covers all the ins and outs of Photoshop 6. Deke, with more than 50 books under his belt, has a superb understanding of Photoshop and explains things in an easy to understand way. With a good dose of humor and real world experience, Deke is an excellent instructor.
This 20-hour collection begins with a four-part series on the basics and is targeted toward those people who have not used Photoshop a lot or who are brand new to the program. Items covered in the first program range from setting up and navigating the program, dealing with resolution, saving images and more. Program 2 deals with selections and how to use them correctly, make modifications and make use of the transform tool. The third and fourth programs in the first series discuss in depth how to paint and retouch images and cover everything you ever wanted to know about layers. While the topics in this first series are basic, a casual to intermediate user may want to view the first four programs to discover some cool tips and tricks that you will not find in the manuals.
Total Training for Adobe Photoshop 6 at a Glance
Maker: Total Training
Price: $249 for the complete series, various lesser configurations available
URL: http://www.total training.com
Overall Impression: This is a useful training series for Photoshop novices and experienced users alike.
Key Benefits: Even if you're a long-time user of Photoshop (like myself), chances are you will find these tapes a valuable addition to your reference library and, more importantly, will learn many new shortcuts and theories to help in the creation of your media masterpieces.
Disappointments: Total Training for Adobe Photoshop 6 is about as good a training series as you're going to find. Nevertheless, no taped training series can be tailored for an individual user, which means that you will be sitting through portions of the series that don't apply to your needs or that might seem remedial to you.
Recommendation: Strong Buy
In the final series Deke shows Photoshop at its best. This is where the nitty gritty of putting Photoshop through its paces is covered. Color manipulation and the clear explanation of curves are covered in the first two hours. Adjustment layers and tips for using filters is discussed in programs 10 and 11. The final two hours cover history, actions and color management.
I mentioned earlier that this is a 20-hour collection that is broken into three different series. Each series can be purchased separately or as an entire collection (my recommendation). To make things even better, you have your choice of purchasing this collection on VHS or DVD. If you are like me and reference videos a lot, then you know how difficult it is to fast-forward and rewind to try and find that one particular section. The VHS version comes with a rundown and timing for each of the segments, but my preference is the DVD option. Most computers come with a built-in DVD player, and being able to watch and work on the same screen is quite handy. Regardless of your format preferences, the price is the same. As an added bonus, the series comes with a CD-ROM, which contains all of the projects and examples used in the training.
Even if you're a long-time user of Photoshop (like myself), chances are you will find these tapes a valuable addition to your reference library and, more importantly, will learn many new shortcuts and theories to help in the creation of your media masterpieces. The price is very reasonable, and I place this as a "strong buy."
For more information about the Total Training for Adobe Photoshop 6 series, please visit http://www.totaltraining.com.
Stephen Schleicher is the DigitalMediaNet Producer for DigitalAnimators.com and DigitalWebcast.com.
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