View Full Version : Question? Upgrading to CS3 Extended. Recommendations?
January 9th, 2008, 06:47 AM
Upgrading from PS Elements 5. Tired of working in 8 bit color. Would like to be able to create Actions. As well as other limitations in Elements.
I'm looking for recommendations that will shorten the learning curve.
Books? Websites? Other?
January 9th, 2008, 08:03 AM
Just do it!!!
I've tried books and the photoshop academy.
Best way is to get into the forums where they do exercises on photos.
Plus they are always full of tips etc.
Plus I milk the knowledge off friends and colleagues!!!
January 9th, 2008, 08:09 AM
Here's a link for some actions that you can download:
January 9th, 2008, 08:31 AM
I'm a fan of Scott Kelby's books. I'm working my way through his 7-Step Point System book right now. It gives some great tips for quickly accomplishing the most common tasks in Photoshop. It's not one of the exhaustive discussions of all the intricacies of Photoshop, but a great book to work through with access to downloads of the files used so you can work along while you read.
Kind of off topic, but if you happen to have any children in school I'd check into the education discount. It's a very good deal and anyone with school aged children is eligible. I bought the full extended version for about $250. All I had to do was submit my son's latest report card Adobe to prove eligibility. (Lightroom was only $99).
January 9th, 2008, 10:01 AM
Adobe has quite a few how to videos that you can access from the tutorials portion of the help files of CS3, and the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) has a good library too. However
the best free educational resources I know of are ron bigelow's site at
http://ronbigelow.com/articles/articles.htm and http://www.russellbrown.com/tips_tech.html
The only decision you have to make is whether to go for the extended version of CS3 or the basic version. there is a side by side comparison of the two on the adobe website.
January 9th, 2008, 11:49 AM
Going with the extended version and getting student pricing because my wife is currently in Grad school. The pricing was the straw that put me over.
CS3 extended was ordered at the time I started the thread and is on the way.
Currently do listen to NAPP's Photoshop TV and Matt's Photoshop tips.
Was wondering about Scott Kelby's books...
Attempting to 'milk the knowledge ...' here
Thanks for all the help.