If you have seen the Adobe Photoshop CS3 One-On-One book review that I did back a while ago, you will have some idea what all of this one-on-one stuff is all about. The Photoshop CS3 One-On-One training video's from Lynda.com are like the book on steroids. If you buy the DVD it contains over 30 hours of one-on-one training. Because it is available online in three parts, I am going to break my review into the three individual reviews that correspond with the online training system.
For Part I, Photoshop CS3 One-On-One: The Essentials contains 8.75 hours of video training covering nine lessons that will show you all of the essentials of Adobe Photoshop CS3 as taught by Deke McClelland; the award winning author and Photoshop Hall-of Famer. Exercise files accompany the tutorials on the DVD as well as with the premium subscription which will give you all you need to learn the fundamentals of Photoshop.
Lesson one, "What Photoshop Can Do" (39 minutes), begins by taking a tour around Photoshop CS3 and introducing you to what Photoshop can do. You will learn about combining images, adjusting colors, cloning, adding layers, cropping, sharpening and adding text to an image. This gets you familiar with how to use Photoshop and some of the basic techniques that are used regularly.
Lesson two, "Setting Up Shop" (75 minutes), continues on with learning fundamental techniques used in Photoshop while working with images. In this lesson you will learn to open images, how to work with the zoom tool and how to use shortcuts. You will learn about the Navigator palette as well as keyboard shortcuts, modifying shortcuts, organizing palettes, saving your workspace and how to set your preferences.
Lesson three, "The New and Improved Bridge" (60 minutes), introduces you to the Bridge. This lesson guides you in the basics of managing files. Here you will learn about rotations, ratings and labels, how to manage thumbnails, how to move, copy, and delete images, batch renaming, and how to customize and save the workspace. You will also learn about the loupe, compare and stack features as well as previewing images in the slideshow.