Lesson 23 "Non-Destructive Smart Filters" (95 minutes) continues your education on Smart Objects by looking at how to use Smart Filters. You will learn how to work with filters within a stack, masking Smart Filters, swapping Gallery filters and exploring the difference between Smart Filters vs. Layer Effects.
Lesson 24 "Working with Camera Raw" (78 minutes) takes you through the use of the new Camera Raw 4 that was released with CS3. You will work with all phases of Camera Raw including importing, working with the exposure controls, white balance, the new Tone Curve adjustment sliders, the HSL controls, the non-destructive Retouch tool, as well as the Camera Raw Smart Objects.
Lesson 25 "Auto-Align, Auto-Blend, and Photomerge" (63 minutes) examines the improved Auto-Align command in CS3. Here you will load files into Stack Script, Auto-Align a panorama, use the Auto-Blend command and learn how to use the new Panorama Command.
Lesson 26 "Recording and Playing Actions" (38 minutes) show you how to use Actions to save time when working on repetitive tasks. You will step through all that you need to create, debug and save your Actions.
Lesson 27 "Printing and Packaging" (41 minutes) finishes up with exploring how to generate a quality image. Here you will go over output options, Color Management options, the printing of a contact sheet and packaging multiple images on a sheet.
It would be helpful if you have already worked through Photoshop CS3 One-On-One: Part I – The Essentials and Photoshop CS3 One-On-One: Part II – Beyond The Basics With Deke McClelland, but if you are an experienced user of Photoshop, Photoshop CS3 One-On-One: Advanced Techniques will take you to the next level of understanding. My reviews of Part I and Part II are available here on Blogcritics.
It is obvious that McClelland has been doing this for a while and is very comfortable with teaching Photoshop. His style is entertaining, natural, and never hurried. He takes you from one point to another keeping attuned to the task at hand, but never, never falling into staleness. He constantly shows you tips and tricks that make your use of Photoshop an easier and more enjoyable experience.