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I just took a look, and sure enough, it’s there (early)—my new book, “The Digital Photography Book, Vol. 3” is in stock at (well, at least it was last night when I wrote this). Plus, it’s only $16.50. (Cheap!) >> Update: it’s now only $14.99!

If you want to see what the book is all about, I did a video about what’s in this volume (which is all new, from the ground up), over at the World Wide Photo Walk site (here’s the link; watch the video on the home page called “A Message From Scott.”).

I got my first copy late last week, and I was really excited. A big thanks to my amazing in-house production staff (including my in-house Editor Kim Doty to whom the book is dedicated); a hugh high-five to my awesome assistant and digital tech Brad Moore who helped with so many of the production and product shots, and thanks to everyone at Peachpit Press, including Ted Waitt, Scott Cowlin, Sara Jane Todd, and Nancy Ruenzel.

My book, The Photoshop CS4 Book for Digital Photographers is used in classrooms around the world to teach Photoshop, and today with the help of our friends at Peachpit Press/New Riders and Pearson Education, we’re releasing a truly groundbreaking free Instructor’s Kit for educators who use it as the textbook for their students.

Here’s a short two-minute video I put together to explain the free Instructors Kit, what you get, how it was developed, and how it’s going to make a big difference to you and your students.

Here’s the link to register to get your free Instructors Kit, and they’ll even send you a copy of my “CS4 Book for Digitial Photographers” absolutely free for your use in the classroom.



I’ve got a two-headed problem on my hands, and I guess I brought it on myself, so now I have to try and fix it myself. 

For the entire first half of my career as a Photoshop educator, I was probably best known for teaching Photoshop special effects. It started with my “Down & Dirty Tricks” column in Photoshop User magazine, and then that grew into one of my best selling books ever; Photoshop Down & Dirty Tricks (A whole book of nothing but special effects), and every Photoshop seminar I’ve ever done has included a “Down & Dirty Tricks Class.” In fact, I’ve been doing a Down & Dirty Tricks class at nearly every Photoshop World Conference & Expo since the thing started back in 1999. 

So, here comes the problem. For the 2nd half of my career, I’ve been focusing on teaching Photoshop for photographers, or just photography in general (through my “The Digital Photography Book” series), so now most folks probably know me better as a Photoshop & Photography trainer.

I guess that’s why some people are so shocked (or even disappointed), when they come out to my new “Photoshop Down & Dirty Tricks” seminar tour and learn that I’m not teaching Camera Raw, or printing, or color correction, or sharpening.

Of course, it doesn’t mention that I’ll be teaching any of this on the Web site, or in the mailer, or  here on my blog, but some people still showed up expecting that I’d be teaching my photography workflow, and they were kind of cranked when I didn’t, and instead I did what I’ve been doing in the “Down & Dirty Tricks” column in Photoshop User for nearly 10 years—teaching commercial Photoshop special effects.

That problem is now extending to my new book, “Photoshop CS4 Down & Dirty Tricks.” I saw on (link) some really harsh reviews because the book isn’t what they expected. If you read the reviews, you can see they were expecting another Camera Raw/Sharpening/Color Correction book but that’s just not what that book is all about—it’s to teach all the latest Photoshop special effects—the same ones we see used on the Web, in Print, in Ads, in Hollywood, and in magazines and all the techniques are grabbed directly from what you see in that media every day. It says all that right on the book itself (the back cover is shown above—click on it for a larger view). 

One reviewer said that Type effects have no use for photographers (it’s only one chapter of the book mind you, but if you’ve caught my “Designing with Type” class at Photoshop World, you’d probably disagree that type has no use for photographers), but again, it’s just one chapter. Anyway, besides telling people here on my blog, on the Web site, on the front and back covers of the book, I’m not sure what I can do to change people’s perception of what the book is, who it’s for, and why it’s OK to write a book that’s not on Camera Raw, not on sharpening, and instead one that unlocks the power of the other side of Photoshop. 

Any ideas you have to help me get this message out to potential readers (before I have an average review of 1-star, which at this rate won’t be long), I’m all ears.

Should I do a video clip? Should I rewrite the Amazon description? Should I do something else? I’m all ears, because I put so much work into that book, and I’ve gotten such amazing feedback from readers who totally “get” what the book is all about, but I’m also getting some really harsh feedback from people that bought it that shouldn’t have. Any suggestions would be warmly embraced. :)

During this past week, while finishing up my Volume 3 of “The Digital Photography Book,” I was able to finally go through the entire list of your suggestions for topics to include in the book (nearly 300) and not surprisingly, I found even more great ideas.

Well, ya know that means—-some more of you are going to get a free signed copy of my book, because your idea wound up getting covered in the new book. Here’s the names of the other readers who’ll be getting a free signed copy:

  • Alex Kess
  • Mark Celvin
  • Daniel Laflor
  • Rosario Mannino
  • Dwight Atterhol
  • MivillePhoto
  • Jeff Grandon
  • Lee Johansen
  • Mark Roberg

Thanks you guys—-you really made a difference, and the book is better because of your suggestions.

One interesting thing about this exercise: I was surprised at how many people listed that they wanted me to cover Photoshop or Elements or Lightroom workflow stuff in the book. Here’s the thing: I actually already have written books that do exactly that (here’s the Photoshop one, the Elements one, and the Lightroom one).

My “Digital Photography Book” series is really about the photography itself—about taking better photos—about how to use your camera—how to work with studio lighting, and off camera flash—stuff like that; not the post-processing that happens after the fact, so Photoshop or Lightroom editing workflows really aren’t appropriate and haven’t been covered in Vols. 1, Vol. 2, or in the upoming Vol. 3. But hey, at least I know books on post-processing workflow still have an eager audience.

One more thing: I’m expecting our in-house shipment of my new Photoshop Down & Dirty Tricks Book any day now, and as soon as they arrive, I’ll be signing and sending out copies to those folks who helped me out with ideas for that book.


Hey gang: I just this minute checked and my “Photoshop CS4 Down & Dirty Tricks” book is now in stock at (here’s the link).

NOTE: Just a reminder—like my live tour of the same name—this is packed cover-to-cover with how to create Photoshop special effects—the same ones you see today in print, on the Web, on TV, and in Hollywood. There’s no sharpening, or color correction, or color management, or any of that stuff that I cover in all my other books. This is “The funk and not the junk, baby!” By the way; although this is titled CS4, almost all the techniques work in CS3 as well.