Deke McClelland's latest book, Photoshop CS4 Channels & Masks One-on-One released right as Macworld 2009 began, and arrived hot off the press (literally) just in time for the show. Those of you who were lucky enough to see it there know that it's a fantastic resource for everything regarding Photoshop CS4's most complex tools: channels and masks.
With 12 self-paced tutorials and three hours of all-new video instruction, this book allows you to learn at your own pace, while engaging you in real-world projects that have you try out actual techniques and learn concepts in a hands-on way.
Deke leads you through step-by-step text lessons, DVD-video demonstrations, and real-world projects. You'll learn how to select and composite highlights, shadows, clouds, fabric, feathers, glass, flame, lightning, eyes, all varieties of hair, and then some. Deke's expert advice and guidance is like working with a personal coach.
If you've been stumped by channels or masks in the past, now is your chance to get a handle on these confusing but essential tools. Post a comment letting me know what you would use it for and I'll randomly pick one winner in a week. Best of luck!