The Skinny Books released for Photoshop, Lightroom and Photoshop Elements

When you need to quickly get up to speed on a topic, check out the new series of The Skinny Books by best-selling author and speaker Lesa Snider.

The Skinny Books are short, yet comprehensive e-books that are finely focused on a single subject. A collection of the best QuarkXPress tips and techniques will be available soon.

In the meantime, titles include:

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 The Skinny on Photoshop Tips, volume 1 ($2.99)

A collection of more than 150 incredibly practical and useful tips that cover multiple versions of Photoshop.

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The Skinny on Photoshop Elements 12 ($7.99)

Learn the essential differences between Photoshop and Photoshop Elements, and how to use Elements’ three editing modes: Guided, Quick, and Expert.

You’ll also learn how to perform a slew of practical editing techniques such as replacing backgrounds, cropping and resizing without losing important objects, removing blemishes and objects, correcting colors, lightening teeth & eyes, moving and cloning objects, colorizing black-and-white images and artistically converting color images to black-and-white, stitching a panorama, adding a dark edge vignette, placing text behind an object and placing a photo inside text, tinting an image, fading images together for a collage, adding creative edges, and intelligent sharpening.

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The Skinny on Photoshop Lightroom 5 ($9.99)

Learn all the essential techniques to get the most value from Lightroom, quickly. Part 1 provides an overview of what Lightroom is and isn’t, and how it compares to Photoshop. Then we dive into the organization of the program, so you’ll know how to set up your Lightroom world, and where to find its various parts.

In Part 2, you’ll learn how to edit your photos like a pro, including enhancing specific areas and applying creative effects.

Part 3 takes you through working with Lightroom and an external image editor such as Photoshop, as well as how to export and share photos, create printed photo books, make slideshows, Web galleries, and print packages.

At the end of each book is a cheat sheet of the most useful keyboard shortcuts you’ll use every day.

The books are available in EPUB and PDF formats compatible with various book readers from Kindle to iBooks that you can read on a computer, tablet or even a smart phone.

See all The Skinny Books at www.TheSkinnyBooks.com

Jeff Gamet is a contributing editor for Design Tools Monthly, the executive summary of graphic design news. He is also the morning editor and reviews editor for The Mac Observer and iPodObserver.com, and contributing writer for Layers Magazine and Photoshop User. He writes the InBrief column for InDesign Magazine, and is the author of “The Designer’s Guide to Mac OS X,” from Peachpit Press

When Jeff isn’t writing about the graphic design world, he’s talking about it on the Design Tools Weekly podcast with co-host Jay Nelson. He also talks about Apple and the Mac world every week on The Mac Observer’s Apple Weekly Report.

Jeff studies, tests and reviews new software and technologies for the Macintosh community as well as the design and print industries. He is a former Pre-press specialist, and has nearly 25 years experience with computer technology. Jeff trains, lectures and consults on techniques for more efficiently using Mac OS X in creative environments throughout the country.

In the rare moments when he can get away from his MacBook Pro, Jeff spends his time climbing and biking in the Colorado mountains.

50% Off O’Reilly E-books

Today through 11am Pacific time tomorrow, O’Reilly is offering all their e-books at 50% off. And if you spend more than $100, you’ll get 60% off! Just use the code CYBER3 on checkout.

If you’re looking for a great book on Photoshop, try Lesa Snider’s Photoshop CC: The Missing Manual, which we reviewed here (editions are also available for previous versions of Photoshop):

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Besides their own imprint, O’Reilly also publishes books under the following imprints — all of which are available during this sale:

  • Microsoft Press
  • Wiley
  • No Starch Press
  • Sybex
  • For Dummies
  • Rocky Nook
  • Sitepoint
  • Rosenfeld
  • Maker Media
  • Syngress
  • Packt Publishing
  • Morgan Kaufmann

 

 

Jeff Gamet is a contributing editor for Design Tools Monthly, the executive summary of graphic design news. He is also the morning editor and reviews editor for The Mac Observer and iPodObserver.com, and contributing writer for Layers Magazine and Photoshop User. He writes the InBrief column for InDesign Magazine, and is the author of “The Designer’s Guide to Mac OS X,” from Peachpit Press

When Jeff isn’t writing about the graphic design world, he’s talking about it on the Design Tools Weekly podcast with co-host Jay Nelson. He also talks about Apple and the Mac world every week on The Mac Observer’s Apple Weekly Report.

Jeff studies, tests and reviews new software and technologies for the Macintosh community as well as the design and print industries. He is a former Pre-press specialist, and has nearly 25 years experience with computer technology. Jeff trains, lectures and consults on techniques for more efficiently using Mac OS X in creative environments throughout the country.

In the rare moments when he can get away from his MacBook Pro, Jeff spends his time climbing and biking in the Colorado mountains.

BLAG Magazine Created in App Studio

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Wanna see an interesting publication created in the new App Studio? Check out the latest edition of BLAG magazine, which is free!

See the press release below for details.

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BLAG Magazine Debuts New Digital Editions with App Studio

Entertainment Magazine Celebrates 21st Birthday with Brand New Apps

BLAG, the cutting-edge entertainment and culture magazine produced in London, is now using the new App StudioTM to create highly interactive digital apps for the iPad and iPhone. Established in 1992 by twins Sally A. and Sarah J. Edwards, BLAG features exclusive photo shoots and interviews with top musicians and actors from around the world. Ahead of their time in interview style, layout, and content, BLAG’s creators have taken a completely new approach to designing BLAG’s iPhone and iPad apps.

“As designers, creatives, and magazine publishers, we certainly consider print a high value medium,” said Sally A. Edwards, co-founder of BLAG. “But, as we explored the digital format and began designing for the iPad, we realized how truly radical it is as a new way to communicate. It’s more playful. It gives us more room to experiment and to create a connection with our readers.”

Two iPad issues and one iPhone issue of BLAG are available on the iTunes Store now. The apps have been completely redesigned to take advantage of App Studio’s new functionality offered through HTML5, such as searchable text and social sharing.

Sally said, “We set out to offer our digital readers a completely new, different experience than the one they get with our print edition. I wanted them to engage with the content and find something new each time they visit the issue. With App Studio I can use scrolling layouts to make pages look like pop-up books, create customized buttons that lead to more content, add layers to give it an almost three dimensional feel, loads of video, and soften text for a highly-readable experience.”

BLAG readers will flock to the digital editions for the unique experience and for special content. The second iPad issue, which features Chuck D and ?uestlove interviewing the Sally and Sarah, will showcase video and images that will not be available in any other format. Ninety percent of the video in the second issue is exclusive to the versions for iPad and iPhone, as are the “Bathtime” photos and filmed interview Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises, Lawless, Inception) and Noomi Rapace (The original Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy, Prometheus) conducted in a bubble bath.

“The digital edition of BLAG captures our vision of the magazine as an interactive, engaging showcase of innovative talent and ideas. It is meant to be explored and investigated and revisited again and again. Combined with our print issues, we are able to offer our readers a complete experience.”

BLAG Turns 21
Late this summer BLAG will publish a special issue to commemorate its 21st birthday and is inviting all creatives, from designers and photographers to illustrators and typographers, to create a piece for the issue using only three items. For example: one pencil, one paintbrush and one pot of black paint. Or one camera, one light and one subject. Perhaps, one style, one word and one color. Or one character, one location and one challenge. The top 10 will appear in the birthday edition and app. Visit http://bit.ly/BLAG21 to register and for more information.

Also to celebrate its 21st birthday, BLAG is inviting readers to reserve their edition and send in a photo for the ‘You & Yours’ feature. Read more about it here: http://www.weareblag.com/products/reservation-21st-birthday-edition.

About App Studio
App Studio (www.AppStudio.net) is the next generation digital publishing solution that uses HTML5 to push the bounds of user experience without the high cost and effort associated with custom app development. App Studio is the only digital publishing solution that allows users to create branded content apps using QuarkXPress, InDesign, HTML5, and XML. Through a managed cloud environment, designers, authors, and extended teams are able to collaborate to create rich, interactive content that can be delivered across multiple platforms and devices.

Jay Nelson is the editorial director of PlanetQuark.com, and the editor and publisher of Design Tools Monthly. He’s also the author of the QuarkXPress 8 and QuarkXPress 7 training titles at Lynda.com, as well as the training videos Quark includes in the box with QuarkXPress 7 . In addition, Jay writes regularly for Macworld and Photoshop User magazines and speaks at industry events.

Free Color Management Guide

X-Rite has commissioned a 32-page white paper titled: “Complete Guide to Color Management“. You can receive it free by registering with them at http://www.psd.usa.canon.com/how/Pages/ScriptPage.aspx

Jay Nelson is the editorial director of PlanetQuark.com, and the editor and publisher of Design Tools Monthly. He’s also the author of the QuarkXPress 8 and QuarkXPress 7 training titles at Lynda.com, as well as the training videos Quark includes in the box with QuarkXPress 7 . In addition, Jay writes regularly for Macworld and Photoshop User magazines and speaks at industry events.

The Future of eBooks

If you’re producing eBooks, or thinking about it, get Book: A Futurist’s Manifesto, by Hugh McGuire and Brian O’Leary. This collection of current writings by eBook thought leaders is a fast way to leapfrog your brain into thinking correctly about our present and future. For example: social networking inside eBooks?

304 pages, $24.99 from O’Reilly.

Jay Nelson is the editorial director of PlanetQuark.com, and the editor and publisher of Design Tools Monthly. He’s also the author of the QuarkXPress 8 and QuarkXPress 7 training titles at Lynda.com, as well as the training videos Quark includes in the box with QuarkXPress 7 . In addition, Jay writes regularly for Macworld and Photoshop User magazines and speaks at industry events.