Photoshop is one of the most elegantly designed, yet feature-deep pieces of software available. Before you get defensive and proudly stamp your feet in support of Apple, Avid, or Sony, hear me out. No other application has so many tools and processing power combined with the ability to export to multiple formats. Adobe Photoshop is the most flexible program you'll ever work with, but being a master will take time.
Working professionals use Photoshop for a variety of tasks. From graphic designers and Web developers to photographers and scientists, nearly everyone uses Photoshop. Because it is the tool-for-everybody, Photoshop sometimes gets a little crowded. There are so many features (distractions) that have nothing to do with video. I am not suggesting that you write Adobe asking for a refund on unused features. Instead, accept that all you need (and more) is waiting for you. The pros know that the best approach is to learn what you need first, and then dabble with the rest over time.
Honestly Evaluate Your Skill Level
It is OK to be a beginner in some applications and an expert at others. Photoshop requires a "strong bench" of skills.
If you've used Photoshop before, be prepared to change your viewpoint. Video pros often want to understand every bell and whistle in their applications. This obsession is rooted in the belief that absolute knowledge is absolute power. Personally, I don't subscribe to this mindset. Rather, I would argue that speed and wisdom (knowing what tools matter to the video pro and how to get the job done quickly) should be the true goal.
This book is not a catalog of every feature of Photoshop. What it will do is show you the tools that are likely to be used by video artists. The book is squarely focused on both technical expertise and design aesthetics. The book will also dip into some third-party plug-ins and related technologies that may help you.
I will waste no time talking about achieving great four-color printing or how to get faster download times. This is a video book, and you work (or want to work) in the video industry—a fast-paced, deadline-driven, technical industry. I respect that, because I am right there with you, and it is my goal to help you get faster and feel more confident in using the world's best image-editing application.
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