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Focal Press Releases New Photoshop CS4 Titles

(Boston, MA, March, 2009) -- Focal Press, publisher of trusted resources for photographers since 1938, has released seven additional titles from among their ten Adobe Photoshop CS4 stable in support of Adobe's updated program. These new titles join the already released new editions of Martin Evening's bestselling Adobe Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: A Digital Image Makerís Guide, Photoshop CS4: Essential Skills by Mark Galer and Philip Andrews, and Steve Caplin's How to Cheat in Photoshop CS4.

The newly released Focal Press Photoshop CS4 titles include new editions of Creative Photoshop CS4 by Derek Lea, The Adobe Photoshop CS4 Layers Book by Richard Lynch, Black and White in Photoshop CS4 and Lightroom by Leslie Alsheimer and Bryan OíNeil Hughes, The Adobe Photoshop CS4 Dictionary by Philip Andrews, and two new titles: Digital Painting in Photoshop by Susan Ruddick Bloom, and the much-anticipated Adobe Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: The Ultimate Workshop by Photoshop Hall of Famers Martin Evening and Jeff Schewe. Printing with Adobe Photoshop CS4 by Tim Daly will publish in April to round out the list.

Each book is written by top-notch photographers--for all levels of Photoshop users--and packed with stunning images to illustrate and inspire. Many of the titles include DVDs with hours of tutorials and related websites.

Adobe Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: The Ultimate Workshop (Publication Month: March 2009, ISBN: 9780240811185, Paperback with DVD, $49.95) features powerhouse authors Jeff Schewe and Martin Evening teaming up to bring advanced Photoshop users to a new level. Building on Martin Evening's successful Adobe Photoshop for Photographers series of titles, this new guide takes Photoshop users to further depths exploring the power of Photoshop CS4. Highly visual, with clear, step-by-step tutorials, this advanced guide will appeal to those who want to take Photoshop beyond the boundaries with two renowned Photoshop gurus by their side. The accompanying DVD includes more than two hours of tutorials.

Philip Andrews' Adobe Photoshop CS4 Dictionary (Publication Month: March 2009, ISBN: 9780240521329, Paperback, $29.95) is a must-have desk reference for anyone who uses Photoshop. Regardless of level, this handy encyclopedic guide to Photoshop's multitude of terms and options will help users find solutions fast. Conveniently organized in a clear A to Z format, this attractive, illustrated desktop reference covers every action you are likely to make as you manipulate photographs and digital images in Photoshop.

Author Philip Andrews is Adobe Australia's official Photoshop and Elements Ambassador. He is an experienced photographer, author, magazine editor and online course creator. He is also the co-author of Photoshop CS4: Essential Skills and author of Adobe Photoshop Elements 7 and Advanced Photoshop Elements 7 for Digital Photographers, Langford's Starting Photography and the Complete Raw Workflow Guide, all from Focal Press.

Often misused and misunderstood, the Photoshop layers tool is the single most complicated aspect of this powerful software package. A full understanding of how it works opens up a limitless number of creative doors, allowing users to create a multi-layered image in which every aspect can be modified non-destructively. It is, quite simply, the key to really harnessing the power of what Photoshop can do.

The Adobe Photoshop CS4 Layers Book (Publication Month: March 2009, ISBN: 9780240521558, Paperback with DVD, $39.95) tackles the layers tool head-on, leaving no stone unturned. Project-based chapters cover every aspect of layers, and itís packed with images, screenshots, and essential tips and tricks. Author Richard Lynch teaches image editing and photography courses at, and he is a beta test for Adobe Photoshop.

Written by NAPP guru award winner and professional photographer Leslie Alsheimer, with the help of Adobe's own Bryan O'Neil Hughes, Photoshop product manager and Lightroom evangelist, Black and White in Photoshop CS4 and Lightroom (Publication month: March 2009, ISBN: 9780240521596, Paperback, $39.95) takes a head-on professional approach to black and white photography within a Photoshop/Lightroom workflow. Unlike so many photography books on the market today, everything about this offering is optimized for a highly visual audience. The practical content is supported with stunning images on every page, including the photo that won the highly coveted Vincent Versace award at Photoshop World 2008.

For digital artists, illustrators, cartoonists, graphic artists, designers, or serious hobbyists looking for new and interesting ways to use Photoshop, Creative Photoshop CS4 (Publication month: March 2009, ISBN: 9780240521343, Paperback, $39.95) is just the book. Creative Photoshop CS4 will challenge users to discover the more artistic aspects of the program with one of the world's best teachers by their side. In addition to three brand new chapters on real world projects, this new edition of award-winning digital artist Derek Lea's bestselling Creative Photoshop contains several brand new features such as "What you'll learn in this chapter" spreads, so you can quickly find projects using the specific tools you'd like to focus on, and "Where to go from here" information at the end of each chapter, containing useful resources and additional gallery images to provide further study and inspiration.

Susan Ruddick Bloom is a Professor of Art and Chair of the Department of Art and Art History at McDaniel College in Maryland. As well as being trained in drawing, painting and printmaking, Sue has also been teaching digital classes since the beginning of Photoshop. She is the author of the renowned Digital Collage and Painting, also from Focal Press. Digital Painting in Photoshop (Publication Month: February 2009, ISBN: 9780240811147, Paperback, $39.95) is a beautiful and inspiring new book that shows Photoshop users how to create visually stunning re-interpretations of images, turning everyday pictures into breathtaking works of art.

For a complete list of Focal Photoshop CS4 titles, chapter samples, video tutorials and companion websites, visit

Focal Press has been a leading publisher of Media Technology books for 70 years. We provide essential resources for professionals and students in many areas including: film and digital video production, photography, digital imaging, graphics, animation and new media, broadcast and media distribution technologies, music recording and production, mass communications, and theatre technology.