My New Book: CS2 Up to Speed

UtsI just sent my newest book to the printer (197 pages, full color)… it’s scheduled to be available by mid June and Amazon is taking pre-orders at 35% off the cover price, making the cost only $16.49!

The first and only book to focus exclusively on the new features of Photoshop CS2
It’s designed for anyone who has a working knowledge of CS and want to get ‘up to speed’ with CS2 in the most efficient way possible. The book covers every change made in CS2 and features full chapters devoted to Bridge, Variables, Smart Objects, the new Layers Palette, Camera Raw and HDR Imaging. It’s also designed to let you quickly learn what’s been moved, renamed or eliminated from the previous version, making your transition to CS2 as painless as possible.

See what the experts think of the book after the jump.

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Gallery: Bert Monroy Photo-realistic Master

BertportToday marks the start of a new feature on WhereIsBen where I present examples of digital art from artists that I enjoy.

The first gallery is that of Bert Monroy who is the best photo-realistic illustrator I have ever had the pleasure to meet. His images are simply amazing, especially when you know that they are all 100% hand made using programs like Photoshop and Illustrator. He’s been creating digital art for over 20 years and started with a 128K Mac back in 1984.

Bert has also agreed to an interview, which is scheduled to be posted later this month.

You can find out about Bert’s books and his Creativity seminar that is currently touring the U.S. at his web site at www.bertmonroy.com

(portrait by Jeff Schewe)

Great Bookstores

StoutWhenever I have a free day in San Francisco, I usually drop by the William Stout Architectural bookstore on Montgomery Street. They seem to have a never ending selection of books on architecture and design with a few photography books mixed in for good measure. If you’re a visual person, then I doubt you’ll be disappointed (just make sure you don’t forget to venture downstairs to see the whole collection).

Mark Your Spot with PagePoints

PpI used to fold over the corner of a page to mark my spot in a book. But after folding and unfolding the corners of multiple pages, it became more difficult to find my place in a book. Not only that, but I’d also fold the corner on pages that had important information. I discovered PagePoints a few years ago and have been using them religiously ever since.

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Great Bookstores

Store01_1In my travels around the U.S., I’ve found some great bookstores. The Hennessey & Ingalls Art and Architecture bookstore is one that I could spend all day in. In fact, they had to kick me out of the place when they closed. If you’re graphically inclined and are going to be visiting Santa Monica, CA, then drop by… you won’t be disappointed.

Rate Your Books

DlIf you’re like me and have a gazillion books on your bookshelf, then you might be interested how I deal with all my personal improvement and business books. As I read a book, I underline any passages that I might want to re-read in the future. Then after finishing a book, I rate the book on a scale from one to ten, note the date I finished the book and write a brief note that reflects what I thought of the book. I put all this information on the inside cover of the book.

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