Comprehensive Video Course Helps Users Harness Power of Adobe Photoshop

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Award-winning Photoshop expert and trainer Mark Monciardini today announced the long-awaited release of Photoshop Top Secret, a comprehensive home-study course designed to teach users how to create cutting-edge graphics, special effects, and digital paintings using Adobe Photoshop.

Photoshop Top Secret is unlike any video tutorial out there. Almost two years of research and development have gone into the course, resulting in a cutting-edge training experience designed to push users' graphic-design capabilities to the max.

Award-winning Photoshop expert and trainer Mark Monciardini today announced the long-awaited release of Photoshop Top Secret, a comprehensive home-study course designed to teach users how to create brilliant graphics, special effects, and digital paintings using Adobe Photoshop.

Course producer Monciardini describes Photoshop Top Secret as "an extreme training course." The step-by-step instruction provided by Monciardini and co-trainer Melanie Stimmell shows even novice Photoshop users how to create advanced, high-level graphics. According to Monciardini, "Photoshop Top Secret is unlike any video tutorial out there. Almost two years of research and development have gone into the course, resulting in a cutting-edge training experience designed to push users' graphic-design capabilities to the max."

Stimmell, the presenter of the sections on digital painting and vector art, agrees: "I'm excited to be a part of Top Secret. Users have waited over a year for this tutorial, and now they'll see that Photoshop Top Secret is well worth the wait. Photoshop is an amazingly powerful program, and our course shows users how to tap into that power."

Photoshop Top Secret includes four DVDs containing 16 gigabytes (over 20 hours) of video tutorials and project files, along with a full-color gallery book that displays the final image created in each project. The course is directed toward users who work in Photoshop versions 7.0, CS, CS2 and CS3, and covered topics include:

Surreal, fantasy, sci-fi and pop art
Digital Painting and vector art
Unreal masking
Body alterations
Smoke and fog
Text effects
Shortcuts
Little-known secrets
Movie poster design
Competition graphics
Underwater effects
Dream worlds

Mark Monciardini is internationally recognized as one of Wacom's Top 40 Photoshop Experts. His digital image, "The View Finders," won a Worth1000 Grand Jury Award, and he has been a contender for the International Photoshop Hall of Fame Award. Mark has contributed to dozens of Photoshop publications and courses, and also shares his tips and tricks with users via his website (http://www.designsbymark.com), which has received 75,000 visitors each month since 1998.

Melanie Stimmell is an award-winning artist who creates in oils and soft pastels as well as digital media. Her work has been featured at cultural events around the world, and her street paintings have won numerous awards at festivals in Italy and Germany. Before returning to her roots in traditional art, Melanie worked in the entertainment industry, where she was part of the creative team behind the feature film and television series South Park. Melanie's website is http://www.melaniestimmell.com.

For more information on Photoshop Top Secret, visit http://www.photoshoptopsecret.com

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