Latest Books Offer Training in Creative Suite and QuarkXPress

What request do I receive most often from newspapers? Lately, it’s been for advice or assistance in moving up to full pagination using the Adobe Creative Suite. Over the next four weeks I’m scheduled to visit with three newspapers and lead seven training events related to learning more about these products. Fortunately, you don’t have to wait for me to come to your town to start learning to use these applications. Here are a few new reference books related to Creative Suite and other applications:

Photoshop CS Visual Quickstart Guide
by Elaine Weinann & Peter Lourekas
ISBN 0-321-21353-X Peachpit Press

The Peachpit Press Visual Quickstart series is an excellent method for persons to learn about specific topics related to an application. This version, written with the Photoshop CS user in mind, is no exception. Quickstart Guides work like reference books. You look up what you need and then get straight to work.

My favorite chapter: Shadow and Highlight Adjustment.

Real World Photoshop CS
by David Blatner and Bruce Fraser
ISBN 0-321-24578-4 Adobe Press

The Real World series from Adobe Press and Peachpit Press has become my favorite series for professional designers. The authors share their hands-on production techniques in “real world” situations. Real World Photoshop CS is packed with four-color illustrations and expert tips that will have you producing better graphics in no time.

Questions covered include:

- Why is it so important that I set up the Color Settings correctly?

- How do I calibrate my monitor, and should I?

- How do I bring out shadow detail without blowing away the highlights?
- How can I use my desktop printer to predict press output?

My favorite chapter: Tonal Correction Fundamentals

Real World Acrobat 6 Pro and Standard
by C. Smith, M. Tawil and A. Dennis
ISBN 0-321-19440-3 Adobe Press

In twelve years of teaching newspapers about PDF files, I’ve yet to come across a perfect reference guide for newspaper designers. Real World Acrobat 6 is as close as I’ve seen. I found this book especially helpful in explaining features of Acrobat 6 Professional that seem foreign to the everyday user. Some of the topics that are of particular interest to publishers include:

- Reviewing and commenting PDFs using Acrobat’s mark-up tools
- Check and correct PDFs for high-resolution printing
- Converting paper documents to PDF

My favorite chapter: PDF: Future of Prepress

Real World QuarkXPress
by David Blatner
ISBN 0-321-19959-6 Peachpit Press

I was teaching an InDesign class a few days ago when a student asked, “Am I the only one who still likes to work in QuarkXPress?”

Of course, the answer is no. There are still - and will be for some time - a lot of QuarkXPress users in our business. Even with the current conversion to Adobe InDesign by a lot of papers, QuarkXPress still dominates the newspaper industry. Real World QuarkXPress 6 is the world’s number one reference on QuarkXPress. If you’re a beginner, this book will help you get up to speed quickly. For advanced users, Blatner’s tips, tricks and techniques will prove especially valuable. This is the authoritative guide to QuarkXPress.

My favorite chapter: Tools of the Trade

Adobe InDesign CS Classroom in a Book
ISBN 0-321-19377-6 Adobe Press

When I’m getting ready to teach a new class related to an Adobe product, the first place I usually turn is to the Classroom in a Book series. Adobe InDesign CS Classroom in a Book helps you learn the features of Adobe InDesign CS quickly. Developed with the support of Adobe product experts, this reference contains fifteen lessons, covering the basics of learning InDesign, along with numerous tips and techniques to help you become more productive. Also included is a CD containing files to go along with each chapter.

My favorite chapter: Working With Typography

Photoshop CS Down & Dirty Tricks
by Scott Kelby
ISBN 0-3757-1353-7 New Riders Publishing

Looking for something for the advanced Photoshop user? This is it. Scott Kelby is president of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals and author of several best-sellers on this application. In every page, Scott includes a tip, trick or timesaving shortcut. Topics include:

- Tricks professional photographers use
- Effects used by Hollywood studios
- The latest cutting-edge photographic special effects
- Advanced effects that look hard, but are easy once you know the secrets

My favorite chapter: Advertising Effects

These reference guides can be found in many book stores. To order online, or for more information concerning these and other titles, visit
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