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:
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.
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.
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.