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  Al Ward’s Photoshop Productivity Toolkit
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Photoshop puts an astonishing amount of power in your hands. But that power comes at a price: it's easy to get lost in the program's complexity and spend far too much time on repetitive tasks when you could be focusing on creative work. The secret is to do what power users do—let Photoshop’s automation features handle the monotonous work and free up your valuable time.

This unrivaled resource from actions guru Al Ward supplies you with over 600 Photoshop actions that you can instantly apply to your work. Tackling basic to complex processes, the actions on the CD allow you to automate routine production tasks, make color and tone enhancements, apply artistic effects, and much more—most of the time with just one click. Al also teaches you how to customize and create new Photoshop actions to suit your precise needs.

Here's just a sample of what Al Ward's Photoshop Productivity Toolkit can do for you:
•Correct color casts to restore natural tones
•Sharpen photos to prepare them for print
•Apply various aging techniques, from sepia toning to advanced wear and tear
•Convert your photos to line art, oil paintings, clip art, and watercolors
•Add impact to images with selective softening and focusing
•Apply warp effects directly to text
•Make stunning black-and-white images
•Add borders, frames, and drop shadows
•Resize images for different uses
•Generate instant contact sheets
•Format art for use on CD labels
•And much, much more!

The Review:
Books are always hard to write about because they are so subjective but in this case it was easy for me to give you my two cents worth. As most know, Adobe Photoshop is the cats meow of photo editing software and as well the learning curve to use all the tools made available is near impossible with either a tremendous amount of practice time or by getting help through books such as this one by Al Ward.

The book walks you through step by step in the editing artistically and as such it is a great tool to use with Photoshop. I wont go into details as the companies description can be found just above here. Needless to say, I would certainly recommend this book if you wish to expand your knowledge about some of the great stuff you can do with Photoshop.

Review ID Number: 584
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Sybex
Review Date: 2004-09-18
Reviewer: Nick Sardy
Rating: 10 out of 10
 
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