I’ve had lots of emails and posts about when I’m going to release the CS3 version of my “Photoshop CS3 Book for Digital Photographers.” Well, I’m delighted to let you know that I’m just wrapping up the latest edition and the book should be available in late June. I made an awful lot of changes since the last edition (for CS2), with completely “rewritten from the ground up” chapters on The CS3 Bridge, Camera Raw 4.0, Color Correction, and printing & color management.
I guess what surprised me the most was how many new techniques I’ve learned since the CS2 version of the book came out over two years ago. So, I not only added in the new features of CS3, I also updated a lot of the existing techniques with new settings or faster, better, easier or more effective ways to pull them off. Plus, of course I couldn’t help but add all my latest stuff, and my favorite new techniques, photo effects, photo fixes, and repair techniques.
The big challenge is keeping the book from becoming 700 or 800 pages long (most readers don’t like those huge unwieldy-sized book). This is more challenging than you might think, because each time a new version of Photoshop comes out, I add in all the new techniques for photographers, and this book started back on version 7, so if you add only 100 pages for each version, it’s not long before you’ve got a “phone book-sized” tome. So I carefully went through this new version to “cherry pick” only the best, most useful, most relevant techniques for the book (the real meat and potatoes of what serious photographers will really use), and the more obvious, or esoteric techniques will be available online just to people who buy the book at a special Web site I’m creating just for them. Of course, even with all that, the book is pretty darn big, but know that I did my level best to keep the page count under control.
If you want to be among the first to get it as soon as it comes off press, you can pre-order it from Amazon.com.