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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Photoshop Masking & Compositing (Voices That Matter)
Publisher: New Riders Publishing
Authors: Katrin Eismann
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A must to learn masking


If you want a realistic lesson in masking and composition then this book is for you. Lessons are methodically based as she takes you from one area to the next, building your knowledge as she goes. After reading this book you will no longer be asking, how'd they do that?



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Classical Electrodynamics
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: John David Jackson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The Classical text for E & M


Yes, it is very mathematically demanding. Yes, some of the discussions (particularly towards the ends of chapters) are thoroughly inpenetrable. And yes, each chapter features a few problems of the type "Show that (horrendous expression)=(even worse expression)=(multi-line, triple sum of modified Bessel functions expression)." But with a serious effort you'll make it through the first 3/4 of every chapter and >half the problems; the remaining parts are usually specialized topics anyway. The hardest part of studying this text is simply the large amount of time you need to invest; it doesn't read like Griffiths' book. And what did you expect, E&M to be easy?
To those of you who truly hate this book (and judging by the reviews, there's a fair number of you), you might try the following substitutes/supplements: 1) Landau's Classical Theory of Fields: covers E&M in vacuo, with special relativity present from the beginning. Worked problems, E&M section is ~200 pages. 2) Mathews and Walker, Mathematical Methods- useful for special functions (Jackson's Chap. 3 presentation is somewhat brief). 3) Landau's Electrodynamics of Continuous Media- covers E&M in matter. I haven't used this one (yet), but people seem to love it. Again, worked problems. (Of course, find them in the library first!)



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Teach Yourself HTML 4 in 24 Hours
Publisher: Sams.net
Authors: Dick Oliver, Molly Holzschlag
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Point Blank, Best beginning HTML Book there is


If you want to learn or brush-up on HTML then this is the one to read. Clear easy to understand instructions with a companion web site:



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Half-Life 2: Raising the Bar
Publisher: Prima Games
Authors: DAVID HODGSON
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Good Start


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Great Book, Specially if you liked the game., April 6, 2005
Reviewer:R. M. L. Padmini "sjinadasa" (Colombo,Sri Lanka) - See all my reviews
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When i got the book i wasnt expecting such a huge book. Anyway the book was great and it has alot of pictures and concept arts and cut monsters and scenes ! All in high quality gloss paper. This although doesnt give a very detailed descriptions about the engine and contains almost no pictures of the valve team who i wanted to see very much. I recommend this if you played HL2 and loved it and wants more insight of the game (not the engine but art)