Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 Book for Digital Photographers, The

Written in concert with Adobe’s development of the Photoshop Lightroom 2 Beta, The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 Book for Digital Photographers – by #1 bestselling computer and technology author, Scott Kelby – is the most complete and concise Lightroom “how-to” book for digital photographers of all skill levels. In The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 Book for Digital Photographers, Scott walks readers through the basics of Lightroom use, leading them to a brilliantly devised and super efficient digital photography workflow that dramatically improves productivity and allows photographers to spend less time processing photos and more time shooting them. Throughout the book Scott shares his personal camera and Lightroom settings, as well as the studio-tested techniques he’s developed for his own photography workflow. The book is written in his trademark step-by-step, plain English style, and because he knows what really works and what doesn’t, he isn’t shy to tell you flat out which tools to use, which to avoid, and why. This allows digital photographers of any skill level to jump right in using Lightroom like a pro from the very start, sidestepping a lot of the frustrations that typically haunt those unfamiliar with new applications…especially those as powerful as Lightroom. What really sets The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 Book for Digital Photographers apart from other Lightroom books on the market are the last two bonus chapters where Scott answers the questions, “In exactly what order am I supposed to do things in Lightoom,” and “Where does Photoshop fit in to the mix?” Both chapters start with an on-location photo shoot, including full details on the equipment, camera settings, and lighting techniques. Readers then witness as he takes the photos from each shoot through the entire workflow process, to the final output of the 16″x20″ prints. And, because he incorporates Photoshop seamlessly right into this workflow, you’ll learn some of the latest Photoshop techniques for portrait and landscape photography as well. If you’re one of those people who learns best by actually doing the projects yourself; who learns best without all the complicated technical explanations and confusing jargon, and if you really want to start using Lightroom today to unlock the productivity secrets of “The new digital photography workflow,”—there is no faster, more “straight-to-the-point” or more fun way to learn than this groundbreaking new book, and you are absolutely going to love it! 

CMYK 2.0

Twenty years ago, achieving predictable CMYK color on press was a relatively straightforward process. All the partners in the process—photographers, designers, and printers—had clearly defined roles and responsibilities. With the introduction of Adobe Photoshop in 1990, the digital imaging revolution changed all that. Roles suddenly shifted and blurred. Standards disintegrated. The entire process quickly spiraled into a chaotic free-for-all that couldn’t help but leave everyone frustrated as they scratched their heads and wondered, “What’s wrong with my color?” CMYK 2.0: A Cooperative Workflow for Photographers, Designers, and Printers has one purpose: to get us all back on the same path to creating predictable color in the RGB-to-CMYK workflow. In a field that often features very strong—and very different—opinions, author Rick McCleary emphasizes the need for cooperation, collaboration, and communication. After first establishing a context for how we all got here, McCleary redefines each partner’s role in the process, demystifies the entire RGB-to-CMYK workflow, and offers a clear, step-by-step guide to achieving predictable color on press. Written with exceptional clarity, CMYK 2.0 presents a highly detailed and thoroughly rigorous approach to CMYK color, and it offers a workflow that all photographers, designers, and printers need—one that works. The book’s companion website provides a collaborative forum of growing resources and information on all things CMYK.

Photoshop CS4 Down & Dirty Tricks

UNLOCK THE SECRETS OF THE HOTTEST TRICKS, AND MOST REQUESTED PHOTOSHOP EFFECTS IN ONE AMAZING BOOK! Scott Kelby, co-host of Photoshop User TV and the world’s #1 bestselling Photoshop author, is back to unlock the secrets of an amazing new collection of the latest eye-popping, jaw-dropping, Photoshop special effects—the same kind that made Scott’s previous editions of this book one of the top selling Photoshop books in history. You’ll learn some of the most closely guarded Photoshop CS4 special effects—the same ones you see on TV, in magazines, and on the Web. Using Scott’s simple step-by-step method, with hundreds of full-color images, you’ll see exactly how it’s all done. The book is written so clearly, and it is so easy to follow, you’ll immediately be able to create all of these effects yourself. You’ll learn:     • The latest photographic special effects     • How to fake studio shots (you’ll be amazed at how it’s done)     • The latest cutting-edge type effects     • The most popular effects used by big movie studios     • The most-requested advertising effects     • Commercial effects that clients go crazy over!     • The most asked-for current Web effects     • Amazing 3D effects using Photoshop Extended     • Plus loads of effects that look hard, but are easy once you know the secrets And not only that, but the whole book is packed with creative ideas, layouts, and design techniques that will help you unleash your own creativity. It’s all here, in the only Photoshop book of its kind. You’re gonna love it!

Photodex ProShow

Photodex ProShow: Visual Quickstart Guide, in full color, leads readers through the process of creating stunning slide shows that can be viewed on computers, televisions, devices, and over the Internet. Whether the reader wants to create a show around their last vacation or professionals needing to create shows for weddings and other events, this task-based tutorial has it all. Both versions of ProShow 4 are covered in-detail: ProShow Gold and ProShow Producer. Photodex ProShow: Visual QuickStart Guide offers: Easy visual approach uses full color pictures to guide you through Photodex ProShow and show you what to do. Concise steps and explanations let you get up and running in no time. Page for page, the best content and value around. Companion Web site at www.proshowbook.com offers sample images, effects, and more. With ProShow users combine photos, videos, and music to create stunning slideshows. Users can create a unique and personalized photo slide show for any occasion whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, graduation, holiday, wedding or just showing-off vacation photos. Even professionals use Proshow as it provides an elegant way to present photos and pitch clients. Built-in editing tools and effects make it easy to add borders to photos, crop and edit video and audio clips, pan and zoom, and add transition styles including dissolves, fades, wipes, and shapes. When it’s time to output a show, Proshow offers many output options including DVD, Blu-ray, CD, the Web and dozens of devices like the iPod, iPhone, and Blackberry. You can even upload your slide shows directly to YouTube.

Real World Compositing with Adobe Photoshop CS4

In Real World Compositing with Adobe Photoshop CS4, Photoshop experts Scott Valentine and Dan Moughamian explain the key elements involved in planning and executing a composite imaging project. Readers will learn about the importance of the planning process, including tips on how to develop creative ideas and stay organized as their project evolves. In addition, they will pick up vital techniques for acquiring and perfecting source images in Photoshop CS4, before bringing them together as a seamless composite. The powerful new 3D features found in the Extended edition are also discussed as part of a 2D-3D workflow. Serious photographers and digital artists wishing to produce photo-realistic imagery or surrealistic artwork by blending—or compositing—multiple images and light sources can learn all they need to know right here. Building from the reader’s existing skill set of Photoshop fundamentals, the authors provide detailed examples and explanations that cover the newest features in Photoshop CS4 and also utilize a variety of tools and software applications. More than just a Photoshop guide, this book takes a holistic approach, instructing readers on photographic planning and techniques, key design concepts, visual perception, and robust image editing techniques. This is an increasingly popular approach which requires the digital artist to become more involved in the presentation and concept of their images. Real World Compositing with Photoshop CS4 delivers the information readers need, to produce the best possible composite imagery.

Flexible Web Design

Liquid or fluid layouts change width based on the user’s unique device viewing size. These types of layouts have always been possible with tables but offer new design challenges as well as opportunities when built with CSS. This book, for experienced Web designers with some CSS experience, outlines how to do this successfully. Designers will learn the benefits of flexible layouts and when to choose a liquid, elastic, or hybrid design. They will learn not only how to build a liquid layout from scratch using standards-compliant and cross-browser compatible (X)HTML and CSS, but will also learn how to design and slice their graphic comps in a way that makes flexible design achievable. This book will show designers that flexible layouts do not have to be visually boring or difficult to build when planned and built correctly. Even those who do not intend to build liquid layouts can use the concepts and techniques taught in this book to improve their fixed-width CSS designs, because they will learn how to design for the inherent flexibility of the web medium, instead of the rigid qualities of print media or table grid-based layouts.

Publishing a Blog with Blogger

If you want to start blogging fast but don’t want to get sidetracked by the details, then you need a Visual QuickProject Guide! You don’t need to know every feature — -you just want to know how to get your project done. Full-color illustrations show you how to perform each step of your project from start to finish. Low-priced — why pay more than you need? In Publishing a Blog with Blogger: Visual QuickProject Guide, best-selling author, Elizabeth Castro, shows users how to get started in the wonderful world of blogging. This book features large color illustrations and a minimum of verbiage to show brand-new Blogger users each step of the blogging process.  Castro first acquaints readers with the interface and standard options, then walks them through blog setup, creating their profile, posting email, adding pictures and audio. She also covers adding widgets to a blog; tools for tracking Web traffic and following subscriber traffic; using color and customizing layouts; understanding template tags and using tags to categorize content; combating spam; understanding balance and deciding how many blog posts to have on the homepage; privacy issues; posting photos; blogging mobile; and more. This is ideal entry point to the blogosphere for anyone who wants to get started fast, but doesn’t need to know every feature — just how to get the project done!

RED

With the release of the RED ONE™ digital cinema camera, the possibility of recording stunning, cinematic-quality images with an affordable camera became a reality. Now that the industry has embraced the nascent technology and added new tools and workflows, filmmakers—from independents on up—are leading the charge on establishing new rules. Here to guide newcomers and RED veterans alike, popular trainer and filmmaker Noah Kadner picks up where the manual leaves off. You’ve got the basic operations down and now you’ll learn how to use the camera in a production environment and discover the various options in post. Using a clear, objective approach, he offers best-practice advice on utilizing RED’s proprietary tools, explains the workflows for Final Cut Studio, Avid, and Premiere Pro, and gives workaround solutions where needed. Well-known filmmakers and industry leaders share their own bleeding-edge production methodologies throughout, offering a rare view into this exciting new world of filmmaking. Here are just a few things you’ll learn to do: •Build a RED package that fits your budget •Set up for sound recording and learn which audio tools to use •Achieve the optimal exposure using RED’s onboard tools and external gear •Edit your footage with step-by-step instructions for Avid, Final Cut Pro, and Premiere Pro •Work color correction into your HD, film, or Web projects •Prep your project for output and archive your footage •Learn from pros such as Rodney Charters, ASC (DP, 24), Simon Duggan, ACS (DP, Knowing), Albert Hughes (Director, The Book of Eli), and many others using RED •Stay up-to-date and download additional resources at the companion Web site at www.peachpit.com/red “If you want to dive in and starting using the RED, look no further. This book is the next best thing to having a top-notch production crew with RED experts working by your side.” —Arthur Albert, Director of Photography, ER “An essential guide loaded with knowledge, I recommend it as the first purchase for any filmmaker who is thinking about owning or currently owns the RED.” —Rodney Charters, ASC, Director of Photography, 24 “If you’re planning to shoot with the RED camera, this is the book to get!” —Rob Cohen, Director, The Fast and the Furious “Noah Kadner takes the best practices of using the RED camera and shares them with the rest of us in this indispensable guide.” —Simon Duggan, ACS, Director of Photography, Live Free or Die Hard, Knowing “Written in an easy-to-follow style, yet thorough in covering everything from production to postproduction to making money from your investment, this is a book that should be on every filmmaker’s desk and in their kit bag.” —Norman Hollyn, Film Editor, Instructor, and author of The Lean Forward Moment “If you want to see how the pros are using the RED camera, you need this book.” —Nancy Schreiber, ASC, Cinematographer, Every Day

Final Cut Pro 7

Newly updated for Final Cut Pro 7, this Visual QuickPro Guide is hands-down one of the most sought out books on Apple’s non-linear editing system. An undisputed master of the digital video medium, Lisa Brenneis once again demystifies the complexities of the program with her straightforward approach that uses tasked-based, step-by-step instructions and loads of visuals and time-saving tips. Busy professionals and newcomers alike will appreciate that they can quickly find and learn tasks specific to their needs, benefiting from the award-winning Visual QuickPro style. Topics covered include essential editing tasks and media-management strategies, transitions, effects and filters, rendering options, and much more. It includes coverage of new features such as the new speed tools, iChat theater support, and additional export options via the new Share menu, for delivering content to multiple devices including iPhone, iPod, and MobileMe. This is a must-have reference for anyone wanting to learn to use Final Cut Pro, whether they are new to the program or are upgrading.

Scriptin’ with JavaScript and Ajax

JavaScript is the brains of your Web page—it enables you to modify a document’s structure, styling, and content in response to user actions without requesting new pages from the server. Scriptin’ with JavaScript and Ajax teaches you how to master this powerful and elegant language so you can develop intuitive user interactions that take the user experience to new levels of sophistication and responsiveness. Today’s application-like Web experiences (such as Salesforce.com and Google Maps) and Web 2.0 sites (such as Flickr.com and Twitter) are powered by JavaScript and Ajax. Using the techniques shown in this book, you will be able to start creating similar experiences in the sites you design. Scriptin’ with JavaScript and Ajax will teach you how to: Start developing with JavaScript fast! Write lightweight but powerful object-oriented code Modify the Document Object Model “Progressively enhance” your pages with JavaScript to provide the highest levels of accessibility to all users Learn sophisticated techniques for making your pages respond to user actions Use the downloadable Scriptin’ library of helper functions to speed development and ensure cross-browser compatibility Use Ajax scripting techniques to update specific areas of the page with data from the server Create powerful interface interactions, such as sliding panels and tree menus Evaluate frameworks such as jQuery and Prototype to find the best one for your needs Build an online application that looks and responds like a regular desktop application Easily adapt the Scriptin’ code examples for use in your own projects—download them at www.scriptinwithajax.com