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 III, Photoshop CS3 One-On-One: Advanced Techniques contains 9.5 hours of video training covering nine lessons that will show you all of advanced techniques 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 19 "Layer Effects and Styles" (66 minutes) begins with comparing Effects vs. Styles and moves quickly to Layer Styles. You will work with Layer Express and learn to direct a glow, edit effects and see how to save a Layer Style.
Lesson 20 "Vector-Based Shapes" (62 minutes) introduces vectors and explains what the benefits of using Vector-based shapes are. Here you will draw a shape layer, draw and insert shape as well as work with compound shapes. You will combine vectors and layer masks and draw custom shapes.
Lesson 21 "Using Adjustment Layers" (61 minutes) here you will learn how to make adjustments to your photos without actually doing anything to the original layer. Here you will create the layer, mask, convert to monochrome, to duotone, as well as work with hue, saturation, and color adjustments.
Lesson 22 "Smart Objects" (67 minutes) explores the technology of Smart Objects and how you can use them to create non-destructive transformations of your images. Here you will work with vector illustrations, replacing pixels with vectors, rasterizing a Smart Object, and swapping one Smart Object for another.