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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Adobe Photoshop CS One-on-One
Publisher: Deke Press
Authors:
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
O'Reiley Grand Slam!


I'm not sure if I can add much to the positive reviews so far. This is an excellent text - do yourself a favor and read all the reviews.
For me, I really appreciated the sidebars and "Pearls of Wisdom" scattered throughout the text. In these, the author gives quick insights like; why one tool works better than another or a keystroke reminder or a technical definition.
This book does much more than just tell you how to do something, it also explains why your image changes when using the various tools. In other words, it goes beyond just getting you from A to B. There are a million different ways to get from A to B in Photoshop, so it's nice to learn a few new ones to add to my current Photoshop knowledge.
I use Photoshop basically for two things. Fixing up photos I've taken with my digital camera or scanned in from the family archives and creating images for my personal web site. I found the chapters about highlights, midtones, and shadows and color correction invaluable, especially when trying to fix up some old color pictures of the family from '70s. =)
Excellent book, visually pleasing, highly recommend.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Mixing Engineer's Handbook (Mix Pro Audio Series)
Publisher: Artistpro
Authors: Bobby Owsinski
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Excellent Source Of Reference


This book does not tell you specific mechanics of how to do a mix: after all, that's the signature of the engineer. Rather, it explains the mechanics of the tools you'll be using to do your mixes. In addition, it's filled with interviews with a variety of top-notch engineers in a variety of different musical genres. You'll find that the insight that they provide will become invaluable when applied to those genres in which they specialize. Lots of tips and tricks reside in these pages as well as a variety of methods whether they are considered to be generally acceptable techniques or not. Covers a wide scope and provides a good knowledge base for the beginner/intermediate without bias to particular techniques.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Advanced CORBA(R) Programming with C++
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Michi Henning, Steve Vinoski
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Not easy to read but challenging...


The book is composed from two books. It's a mix of CORBA reference and tutorial. You have two books in one what is really great! However, from certain reasons the book is not easy to read. Reference and tutorial are not separated in any helpful way. They are mixed together. After the first part, during the remaining parts of the book, authors focus our attention on developing distributed Climate Control System. While reading you must actively skip some materials or go back depanding on your needs and skills. And this may be not easy, the book is not devided into levels of difficulty ( or everything is equally difficult? :), but is presented subject by subject in a reference manner.
Shortly, if you need some challenge, this is good place to look for because the book is definitely worth reading!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Macromedia Flash MX 2004 ActionScript Bible
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Robert Reinhardt, Joey Lott, Robert Reinhardt, Joey Lott
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An exceptionally comprehensive volume


It's not for beginners ? ok, it's not.

It's mainly for intermediate readers and it goes reasonably deep and covers an impressive wide range of topics.

It's not an reference guide, if you need one, get the ActionScript reference guide from Macromedia.

If you want to learn Object-Oriented Development with ActionScript 2.0 the Moock's book is the best choice. For me, the ActionScript Bible and the Moock's book are special volumes.