Dear User Group members,

This month we have a little taste for almost every flavor of group. For our Mac groups we have two Apple Training Series: iLife books covering the new generation of digital lifestyle apps in iLife '09.

Legendary magazine photographer Joe McNally is back with The Hot Shoe Diaries, a treat for Photography groups looking to make great images using a flash. Also, the treats just keep coming—Martin Evening's cool new video will answer the question, "How black should I make my blacks?"

Web design and development groups should check out When Search Meets Web Usability, which will explain the "How" of search optimization and the "Why" of Web usability.

Photoshop Hall-of-Famer, Ben Willmore, is back with Adobe Photoshop CS4 Studio Techniques. This time he brought along a friend, Dan Ablan, an accomplished photographer and 3D animator. Together they will give you an in-depth understanding of how Photoshop works, cutting through the fat to focus on what they consider to be Photoshop's essential features.

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Special Announcements


Our new Peachpit 2009 catalog, packed with page after page of great training books, eBooks, Rough Cuts, online video, Short Cuts, and more, is now available! If you need some for your next meeting send an email to with your quantity. You can also download an electronic copy now.


Save 30% off list price on select Visual QuickStart Guides from Barnes & Noble Booksellers and on through 3/31/09.

Bonus Offer: Send us your receipt number and we'll give you a free video of Top 5 Features of Photoshop CS4: Video QuickStart Guide! Simply e-mail your B&N receipt number to Please be sure to provide the e-mail address associated with your account. If you don't already have an account, go to to sign up and let us know which e-mail address you used, so we can add the video to your Account page.


Peachpit author Martin Evening, of The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 Book: The Complete Guide for Photographers, has just posted a really cool new video to

The movie clip is all about how much to safely clip the blacks when working with different types of images, as well as how the black clipping point you set in Lightroom relates to the black clipping point of the print output process. The answer to the question "how black should I make my blacks?" may be easier than you think.


We want to whet your appetite a bit and give you a sneak peak at the Snow Leopard titles we're working on:

  • Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard: Peachpit Learning Series by Robin Williams and John Tollett
  • Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard: Visual QuickStart Guide by Maria Langer
  • Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Pocket Guide
  • The Little Mac Book, Snow Leopard Edition by Robin Williams

Sorry we don't have confirmed release dates yet, but stay tuned for more announcements in upcoming e-newsletters.


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Voices That Matter: Web Design ConferenceJoin our top Web design authors on April 27-30, at the Grand Hyatt in San Francisco, where they'll bring their years of experience and knowledge to the Voices That Matter: Web Design Conference. They will lead lively and interactive discussions with the hundreds of Web designers in attendance, answering questions, sharing experiences and helping you find new inspiration. Speakers include Steve Krug, Marty Neumeier, Sandra Niehaus and Stephanie Sullivan, just to name a few.

Visit for a complete list of speakers. Join us in San Francisco and become one of the voices that matter!


New articles:

Check out what's available now on Peachpit TV.

Upcoming Conferences/Author Appearances

March 25-27, 2009
John B. Hynes Convention Center
Boston, MA

Come check us out in the Peachpit/NAPP official bookstore in booth #100, where you can peruse our latest Photoshop and photography books. You'll also get the chance to explore all of the latest Photoshop plug-ins, digital cameras, scanners, printers, imaging software, hardware, storage devices, and new Photoshop-related peripherals from some of the key players in the market.

March 26-29, 2009
Fairmont Dallas Hotel
Dallas, TX

The 2009 SPE National Conference will convene in Dallas, taking up the theme of "Sprawl." Sprawl is a physical manifestation of civic growth and population migration, housing developments and "big-box" retail parks. The 2009 SPE National Conference will feature image-makers, historians, critics, and curators to illuminate the visual and cultural complexities of Sprawl as a defining concept and reality of our twenty-first century public experience. Come check out our booth, #43, at the Exhibits Fair, which will run Friday and Saturday.

Apple Store, San Francisco
Saturday, April 4, 2009
1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
1 Stockton St.
San Francisco, CA 94108

Join Peachpit author Norman Hollyn at the Apple Store in San Francisco on Saturday, April 4, from 1-2 p.m. He will give a presentation on his groundbreaking book, The Lean Forward Moment: Create Compelling Stories for Film, TV, and the Web.

Norman Hollyn is an Associate Professor and head of the film editing track at the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. As a picture editor and music editor, Norman has worked on a range of projects in film and television, with Hollywood greats such as Alan J. Pakula, Sidney Lumet, and Francis Ford Coppola.

April 20-23, 2009
Las Vegas Convention Center Las Vegas, NV

During the show, make your way to the Official Bookstore where some of our well-known authors like Diana Weynand, Stu Maschwitz, and Larry Jordan will be signing books. For a full listing of authors and scheduled times, go to

New Releases

Digital Photography

The Hot Shoe Diaries: Big Light from Small FlashesThe Hot Shoe Diaries: Big Light from Small Flashes
By Joe McNally
List Price: $39.99

The Photoshop Elements 7 Book for Digital PhotographersThe Photoshop Elements 7 Book for Digital Photographers
By Scott Kelby and Matt Kloskowski
List Price: $49.99


Online Communities Handbook: Building your business and brand on the WebOnline Communities Handbook: Building your business and brand on the Web
By Anna Buss and Nancy Strauss
List Price: $34.99

iLife 09

Apple Training Series: iLife 09Apple Training Series: iLife 09
By Michael E. Cohen, Michael Wohl, Richard Harrington, and Mary Plummer
List Price: $39.99

Apple Training Series: iWork 09Apple Training Series: iWork 09
By Richard Harrington
List Price: $39.99

Image Editing

Adobe Photoshop CS4 Studio TechniquesAdobe Photoshop CS4 Studio Techniques
By Ben Willmore
List Price: $54.99

Web Design & Development/Programming

A Project Guide to UX Design: For User Experience Designers In the Field or In the MakingA Project Guide to UX Design: For User Experience Designers In the Field or In the Making
By Russ Unger and Carolyn Chandler
List Price: $34.99

When Search Meets Web UsabilityWhen Search Meets Web Usability
By Shari Thurow and Nick Musica
List Price: $29.99

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