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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Adobe Photoshop CS Classroom in a Book (Classroom in a Book)
Publisher: Adobe Press
Authors: Adobe Creative Team
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Works for me!


In addition to the Lessons folder (which contains the art source files for 20 lessons), there is a Folder with 35 Fonts, so that you can do the lessons.
It starts by telling you how to navigate the application, such as understanding the tools and palettes, using the image browser, defining and saving work spaces, and jumping to Image Ready and back. (Photoshop comes with a powerful application for making image maps, animated GIFs, rollovers for the web, etc. Chapters 14 - 18 cover Image Ready and its Photoshop features.) It tells you how to use the automated features for output. You can create a PDF presentation from the File Browser, save photos into a Web Gallery, make a Photo Package or a Contact Sheet.
Lesson 6 is all about masking and its many variations, such as gradient masks. Hidden in this chapter is the Extract command, showing you how to extract an image from its background.
It covers retouching and repairing photos, painting and editing, which includes blending images into a background and use of the History Palette.
Advanced layer techniques (Lesson 11) include creating clipping paths, adjustment layers, knock-out masks, importing layers from other files, using the liquify tool and more.
There’s even a pretty good discussion of Camera Raw (page 64) and the stuff you should know about it.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Oracle PL/SQL 101
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Christopher Allen
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
PL/SQL content rushed and insufficient


This book is indeed a great introductory book for SQL. Unfortunately, it is advertised as an introductory guide to PL/SQL. If you are new to SQL this is a great beginner's guide. However, you already know SQL and would like to dwelve into the world of PL/SQL find another book!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Photoshop Elements 2 for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Deke McClelland, Galen Fott
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A Good Beginner's Book


I found this to be a good beginner's book. It covers a great deal of basic detail on colors, saving documents in different formats and polishing up photos. It provides a good mix of theory and practicality. My major criticism is that the author's attempts at humor were trite and excessive. Too much space was devoted to feeble attempts at humor instead of more solid information on filters, layers and tools.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Office Access 2003 Inside Track (Bpg-Other)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: John Pierce, Paul Pardi
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Intermidiate learners, this is for you...


I found this book to be excellent for the levelI'm in. I bought MS Access 2003 Step-by-Step and this is the level right next to it. Very well written and extremelly well organized, this is definitely a work of reference.