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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Professional Photoshop: The Classic Guide to Color Correction
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Dan Margulis
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
One Star Rating is just about enough


PRO: Author provides some useful information on assessing each image and its problems. Also gives some good info how brain works against the color.
CON: Let me put it simple. While author is a photoshop "legend" member of Adobe "Hall of Fame", etc... he focuses on some rather old techniques. Dan pushes user into editing in CMYK only, while he disregards advantages of 16bit over 8bit, and is totally against profiling CMYK output devices.
In my opinion this is an approach of the man that is rather old and rather old people tend to reject the 'new stuff'. His arguments against newer techniques (RGB editing, 16 bit editing and complete color managed workflow till the very end) are rather poor.
Beware: If you are new to image preparation for press, this book can misslead you. If you take it as your basic knowledge source, it will hit you back in the head like a boomerang once you see how this book limits you and your workflow.
Bottom line: Buy this book only if you understand all about image correction and you want to see some other (dinosaur) appraches.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Photoshop Book for Digital Photographers
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Scott Kelby
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
A very disappointing book


If you are a PRO with digital imaging, but need some help with getting to know Photoshop 7.0- buy this book! Scott will teach you everything you need to know to make you works look incredible! If you are pro with digital photography AND photoshop- BUY IT! Because Scott will teach you how you can do things in Photoshop easier!!!! The best book I've ever read in my life about photoshop. Easy, step by step instructions- and you know something really cool about digital photography! Hurry up, stop thinking- ORDER it NOW! Just one easy step- and you're getting to be a PRO a+++++ with photoshop! I promise..no, not me- Scott.... ;-)



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Network+ Study Guide, 4th Edition
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: David Groth, Toby Skandier
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great For The Exam


I decided to write because other people's review helped me a lot, hence "my turn now". I just passed the Netwok+ exam an hour ago with a score of 789 (minimum passing score 752). It's far from a record, but Hey! this is my first certification exam and i only past 10 hours at max on this book (not even a week-end!), so i'm satisfied.I really recomend that you go through it in depth though, and don't you worry you'll do just fine. Everything on the test was on the book, but you need understanding rather than memorisation to answer some of the scenarios on the test. In conclusion 5 very well deserved stars for Mr Groth... and anybody who's interested in taking network+, i advise you hurry before the new exam comes in, i read it's 147 questions instead of 65 (that's gotta be a pain) Good Luck eveybody !...



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Tricks of the Windows Game Programming Gurus
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Andre Lamothe
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great beginner book


I felt lucky to find this book, because it was at the EXACT level i needed to start learning how to program games. I had just finished a high school C++ class. I had some good programming skills, but all i could create were text console programs. This program starts by explaining the basics of windows programs, which got me on my feet to start creating win32 apps, and then it goes into directX. It is very well written, and I have been fortunate to have a good CD which has very helpful demos.