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Northeast Ohio Apple Corps Hosts Lightroom Aperture 3 Face Off on Saturday, March 27

Posted by Spike Radway at 3/25/2010 2:51 PM

The Northeast Ohio Apple Corps Hosts Lightroom Aperture 3 Face Off on Saturday, March 27 at 9:30 AM.

For more information on this meeting go to http://web.mac.com/neoac_mug/NEOACv2/Hello.htm

Review of Photoshop CS4: "The Missing Manual" by Lesa Snider. Published by O'Reilly Media.

Posted by Spike Radway at 3/12/2010 2:58 PM
To say that there are a number of Photoshop help books on the market has got to be one of the great understatements of all time. So, what makes you want to pick up “Photoshop CS4: The Missing Manual”? There are a few reasons: 1) Being part of the O’Reilly Missing Manual Series. Past personal history with these titles have been good. 2) The author. Having seen Lesa speak personally, she probably has forgotten more about Photoshop than I know, and 3) The Goldilocks theory of book size. There are PS books that are much bigger (and actually can hurt to lift after a while) or smaller (and don’t really cover enough).

Weighing in at 750 pages (not counting the index) PS CS4: TMM (sounds like a Star Trek series) is broken down into 5 areas: Basics, Editing, Artistic, Printing/Web Output, and PS Power, making it very easy to find what you are looking for.

Now, normally in a PS book or manual, trying to read the copy makes my eyes start to glaze over and start to drift, but that is not the case with this book. Her writing has an easy humorous style about it, keeping you reading. Add to that plenty of COLOR photos to guide you, and this is one book that will have a prominent place on the bookshelf until it gets worn out and replaced with an exact duplicate.

User Group members can get 35% off from O’Reilly, Microsoft Press, No Starch, Paraglyph, PC Publishing, Pragmatic Bookshelf, Rocky Nook, SitePoint, or YoungJin books and 45% off ebooks you purchase directly from O’Reilly. Just use code DSUG when ordering online or by phone 800-998-9938. The link to PS CS4: TMM is http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596522971/

Reviewed by Mark Mindlin

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