Adobe CS5 Learning Center

Fred Showker

A number of titles written to support Adobe CS5 have begun to flow forth and we've created this page to help you connect with our expert authors and learn more about their work.

coverBodyshop: The Photoshop Retouching Guide for the Face and Body by Birgit Nitzsche & Karsten Rose
      This is the book Photoshop users need to get bodies into shape. This full-color book will show how both the newest and previous versions of Photoshop can be used to retouch and enhance the entire human form, from body contouring to changing hairstyles to adding makeup and fixing nails, this book will be a must-have reference for anyone who uses Photoshop to fix people pictures. The companion DVD includes before-and-after views of all pictures from the book, additional setting files for individual workshops, and trial versions of several Nik Multimedia filters.

coverPhotoshop CS5 For Dummies
by Pete Bauer
      Photoshop CS5 For Dummies helps both amateur and professional Photoshop users take advantage of all the program has to offer. Previous editions of this For Dummies guide have sold more 650,000 copies. Richly illustrated in full color, this edition covers all the updates in the newest version of Photoshop, the gold standard for image-editing programs. (Free PDF Chapter excerpt)

coverPhotoshop CS5 for Nature Photographers: A Workbook in a Book by Ellen Anon & Josh Anon
      Award-winning nature photographers Ellen and Josh Anon reveal their secrets to creating stunning nature images using their field-tested methods and the very latest Photoshop techniques. The book is packed with practical workflows and smart, timesaving ways to use Photoshop's broad array of tools to optimize images -- from improving tonal values to adding effects to creating surreal montages with composites. The book is lavishly illustrated with spectacular examples from the authors as well as from some of the most esteemed nature photographers today. See: Josh's blog and Ellen's blog

coverInDesign CS5 For Dummies by Galen Gruman
      InDesign CS5 For Dummies offers a straightforward but fun approach to discovering how to get the most from your desktop publishing experience when using InDesign. It covers all the basics for first-time users, including how to open and save your work, arrange objects, work with color, edit text, manage styles, finesse character details, add special type, import and size graphics, set paths, work with tabs, create indices, and more

coverInDesign CS5 Digital Classroom by Christopher Smith & AGI Creative Team
      Adobe InDesign CS5 Digital Classroom is just like having your own personal instructor guiding you through each unique lesson. This unique full-color book-and-DVD combo makes learning the new features of InDesign less intimidating. Thirteen self-paced lessons explain how to design, produce, and develop a streamlined workflow for page layout. The complementary lessons featured on the DVD are each approximately five minutes long and demonstrate the concepts and features covered in the lesson.

coverDreamweaver CS5 Digital Classroom by Jeremy Osborn, AGI Creative Team & Greg Heald
      The latest version of Dreamweaver boasts enhanced capabilities and this exciting book-and-DVD training package makes learning the new features of Dreamweaver less intimidating. Thirteen self-paced lessons explain how to design, develop, and maintain a fully functioning site. The complementary lessons featured on the DVD are each approximately five minutes long and demonstrate the concepts and features covered in the lesson.

coverAdobe Creative Suite 5 Design Premium All-in-One For Dummies by Jennifer Smith, Christopher Smith & Fred Gerantabee
      Featuring eight books in one, this All-in-One For Dummies guide covers the key features and tools that you need to know in order to understand how to use each individual program within the Adobe Creative Suite -- InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Acrobat, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, and Flash -- to its fullest potential. Within the nearly 1,000 pages, you'll find creative inspiration as well as tips and techniques to sharpen you productivity.


(Read Jennifer's AGI Training Blogs)

Photoshop CS5 Digital Classroom by Jennifer Smith & AGI Creative Team
      Photoshop Digital Classroom allows you to learn Photoshop from the experts who create official Adobe training materials, and do it at your own speed. This full-color book and DVD work together to create an entire Photoshop training class that photographers, Web designers, and graphic designers can complete at their own pace. Thirteen lessons cover the features and capabilities of the newest version of Photoshop while teaching all the essential skills. (Free Chapter PDF)

Also see the BIBLE collection, if you're ready to learn with the big boys!

Some of these, you might just want to take a razor blade and slit this one apart into separate sections. I quite frequently take them to Kinko's and have the spins shaved off, and drilled for 3-ring notebook use -- that way, they lay flat, and sections can be pulled out for really easy use next to the keyboard.

thanks for reading

Fred Showker

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