Lesson 14 "Groups and Layer Comps" (42 minutes) shows you how to organize your layers and how to assemble a base composition. You will learn how to add adjustment layers, create a layer group and group selected layers. You will also be introduced to layer comps and how to save your layer comps.
Lesson 15 "Opacity and Blend Modes" (83 minutes) quickly shows you the kind of power there is in blend modes. You will learn the difference between Opacity and Fill Opacity as well as how to change the values. The author also explains the lightening modes, contrast modes, comparative mode, composite modes and the brush only modes.
Lesson 16 "Transform, Warp, and Liquefy" (87 minutes) will explain how to scale a layer to fit a composition, replay the last transformation, and what are skews and perspective style distortions. You will learn of the envelope-style Warp function, the Liquefy command, how to adjust brush settings, and how to incrementally undo undesirable effects.
Lesson 17 "Vanishing Point 2.0" (68 minutes) is about planes and perspective. Here you will learn about Vanishing Point 2.0 and how you can take a non-perpendicular surface and wrap around multiple surfaces at a time. You will learn how to draw out perpendicular planes, bending the image to its new home, and wrap it around multiple surfaces.
Lesson 18 "Creating and Editing Text" (75 minutes) finishes this series out with "Type: The great imaging exception." Text is a different beast in Photoshop. It forces it self to its own layer as well as sometimes seems to have a mind of its own. Here you will learn how to edit vector-based text, resize the text frame, adding a ghostly shadow cast as well as many other tricks to working with type and text.
It would be helpful if you have already worked through Photoshop CS3 One-On-One: Part I – The Essentials With Deke McClelland, but if you are an experienced user of Photoshop, Photoshop CS3 One-On-One: Beyond The Basics will take you to the next level of understanding. I reviewed Part I in early August here on Blogcritics.