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Adobe Photoshop

*Adobe Photoshop: A Complete Course and Compendium of Features* is your guide to creating, editing, and enhancing images and designs in Adobe Photoshop. Whether you’re retouching a photograph, making a simulated chalk drawing, or creating a composite photo with a 3D drawing, Photoshop is the tool for you—and this book will teach you what you need to know.
First, with a complete Course that includes a set of projects and lessons derived from Adobe Certified Instructor Steve Laskevitch, you will learn the procedures needed to use Photoshop effectively and professionally. Dozens of lessons are included that can be applied to any graphics you have in mind. Through these step-by-step lessons, you’ll be exposed to all of Photoshop’s features in practical contexts and its best practices for optimal workflows. To complete the Course, we’ll supply lesson documents and their assets to download. These can even serve as starting points for your own projects.
Then, for greater depth of knowledge and subsequent reference, you’ll use the Compendium to uncover more of the “how” and “why” of Photoshop. With each topic easy to access, you can find and explore all of Photoshop’s key features and concepts in depth. With cross references between the Course and Compendium, the two parts of the book complement each other perfectly. Best of all, when the lessons in the Course are done, the Compendium will continue to serve for months and years to come.
Learn step by step how to:
• Set up an ideal workspace
• Master selections and masks
• Work with type and brushes
• Use blend modes for combining images
• Take advantage of Smart Objects
• Become more efficient and effective with actions and scripts
• And much more!

Aces

Children are not supposed to rescue their parents, life is supposed to be the other way around. And rescues aren’t supposed to be needed on the trip out to the new colony planet Valhalla. Slow, yes. Boring, yes. Dangerous? No, the trip is not supposed to be dangerous, never has been.
When thieves attack the transport ship to steal an ancient alien artifact, and young Kaylee and her brother Manny are cut off from their parents, they have to stop the thieves from getting what they want, because once the thieves have the artifact, they’re not leaving any witnesses…..

Accidentally Ever After

Fairy godmothers, an evil queen, and a Jersey salesclerk in a land far, far away! Mirror, mirror on the wall, who has the prettiest shoes of all? Antonia Vitali’s on the run and in hiding, working as a salesclerk in a designer outlet mall in Jersey. Toni’s life has been on a steady downward decline for three years now, the ghosts of her past always nipping at her heels. Little does she know, her life’s about to change when the OOPS girls whisk in for a day of Christmas shopping and fall through a wormhole in the store’s dressing room, taking Toni with them! Now Toni’s got a pair of sparkly purple heels gifted to her by the Good Witch of the South–gorgeous heels she can’t take off until she returns them to the king. With a trio of reluctant fairy godmothers and an ogre named Dannan, Toni’s on a mission to get to the castle to receive a happily-ever-after she never asked for. Along the way, she meets an amazingly handsome, utterly chiseled stable boy named Jon Doe, who offers to help them navigate the Not So Sherwood Forest and get them all to Castle Beckett before Christmas Eve. But if her happily-ever-after is at the castle, why would she rather make time with the stable boy? And why does the evil Queen Angria want Toni’s head on a platter? And how in the world has she developed her newfound, peculiar…um…talents? Join Toni, Marty, Nina, Wanda and Carl, as they journey along the treacherous road to love and eternal happiness in the magical realm of Shamalot! Accidentally Ever After from USA Today bestselling romantic comedy author Dakota Cassidy is a laugh-out-loud addition to the Accidentally Paranormal series that will get you in the holiday spirit as the girls from OOPS strut their stuff in a land far, far, far away. Accidentally Paranormal series by Dakota Cassidy Interview With an Accidental 10. Accidentally Aphrodite 11. Accidentally Ever After 12. Bearly Accidental 13. How Nina Got Her Fang Back 14. The Accidental Familiar 15. Then Came WandaWith a Baby Carriage 16. The Accidental Mermaid What readers are saying… “If you enjoy paranormal hi-jinks and strong characters, with just a bit of sexiness to keep it lively, I think you will love this story” ~Kay “A fun twist on happily ever afters, it’s always a fun story when you pick up one of these books!” ~adwest Perfect for fans of Larissa Emerald, Robyn Peterman, and Eve Langlais

Accidentally Demonic

**Love gets a bit devilish in this contemporary romance from the national bestselling author of *The Accidental Werewolf*.**
When mild-mannered Casey Schwartz wakes up in jail, she has no memory of how she got there. But after her sister, Wanda, bails her out, Casey has more to deal with than a foggy memory—like abrupt mood swings and fireballs shooting from her fingertips. But things really head south when a vampire shows up on her doorstep…
Vampire Clayton Gunnersson is seriously hot. And seriously taken—by a demon. In a ritual gone wrong, Clayton tried to get rid of his unwanted bond, but spilled some demonic blood on Casey, getting her possessed in the process. Now, Casey has to share her body and manage to keep her growing attraction to Clayton in check, because falling for her demon’s boyfriend just might get Casey killed…from the inside out.

Accidentally Dead, Again

*He was just looking for a night of fun.*
After a wild work-sponsored Halloween party, entomologist Sam McLean wakes up with a spotty memory—and a pointy set of fangs. Sam’s one-night stand wasn’t just dressed as a vampire; she had the bite to match. Somehow, Sam’s unconscious body ends up at the OOPS office, where paranormal crisis counselors Nina, Marty and Wanda give him the down-low on accidentally becoming a creature of the night.
*What he got was an eternity of trouble.*
Dealing with a newbie like Sam is no easy task, but things get even more crazy when Phoebe Reynolds—a woman who claims to be Nina’s sister—storms into the office and causes a catfight that ends when Phoebe is accidently bitten by Sam’s recently formed fangs. Now, the OOPS girls have two fledgling vamps on their hands, and their powers—and the attraction building between them—are unlike anything they’ve seen before…

Accidentally Aphrodite

Dakota Cassidy is better than CHOCOLATE!” ~J. Carlson An apple a day keeps the Goddess in play… Mythology buff Quinn Morris has always wanted to visit Greece, where her inner hardcore romantic envisioned proposing to her boyfriend . And she’s finally here–with her friend Ingrid. She might not have found love at the Parthenon, thanks to her cheating ex, but she has found big boobies…and swirly purple eyes…and sparkling skin. Oh, and Greek hottie Khristos, who claims to be descended from a goddess and swears Quinn’s the new Aphrodite . With help from Khristos, and support from Ingrid’s employers–Nina, Wanda, and Marty–Quinn has to learn all the tricks of the matchmaking trade, STAT, lest she has her new friend Cupid sticking arrows in all the wrong places. All while dealing with her man-hating mother, guarding her own heart from Khristos, and protecting herself from an invisible foe who might want to snatch Quinn’s newfound powers from her–dead or alive . Get swept away to Greece in this international romp where you’ll meet a few Gods and Goddesses, and fall in love with Quinn Morris as she transforms from a heartbroken mess to the goddess of love. Dakota Cassidy, USA Today bestselling romantic comedy author of The Accidental Dragon , brings you Accidentally Aphrodite , Book 10 in the Accidentally Paranormal series. A laugh out loud, romantic comedy featuring shifters, vampires, and the OOPs crew. Accidentally Paranormal series by Dakota Cassidy Interview With an Accidental 10. Accidentally Aphrodite 11. Accidentally Ever After 12. Bearly Accidental 13. How Nina Got Her Fang Back 14. The Accidental Familiar 15. Then Came WandaWith a Baby Carriage 16. The Accidental Mermaid What readers are saying “Once you start reading you are spellbound and whisked away into her supernatural world of humor and romance!” ~Laura Driscoll “The characters are funny and witty and the kind of people one wishes were real.” ~Deborah Mohn Perfect for fans of Larissa Emerald, Robyn Peterman, and Eve Langlais

Able One

Can an experimental defense system stop North Korean missile strikes?

A World of Vampires: Volume 2

Vampires around the world are coming forth to remind humans they are not romantic fantasies to be sought, nor are they souls that can be redeemed. These are the stories they must tell. This is the collection of novellas 5-8 of A World of Vampires Series: Asanbosam, Lilith, Peuchen, and Aufhocker.Asanbosam: It’s the 1930s and Maryanne is accompanying her Oxford research professor to the Akan Empire to do anthropology field research, but little did she know the consequences of stepping into the jungle at night. Lilith: Robin Bennet has joined the King’s Crusade to reclaim the Holy Land in 1191 and forget his past, that is until he runs into an old legend from the dawn of time, a legend filled with more darkness than he could ever imagine.Peuchen: Apachita was once a powerful machi in the 1500s, that was until the strangers crossed the ocean and came into her land and she must decide at what lengths she will go to save her people. Aufhocker: The Berlin Wall is up and Ade must choose between staying in East Berlin in 1965 with his mother, or taking a position with Herr Schmidt, an old family friend, as an apprentice tailor in order to be able to support his family. However, he finds that maybe this opportunity was just a little too good to be t

A World of Vampires Volume 1

Vampires around the world are coming forth to remind humans they are not romantic fantasies to be sought, nor are they souls that can be redeemed. These are the stories they must tell.
This is the collection of the first four novellas of A World of Vampires Series: Hooh-Strah-Dooh, Baobhan Sith, Strigoi, and Jiangshi.
Hooh-Strah-Dooh: Anne Fitzgerald gives the tale of her involvement with the Irish gangs in the 1930s and how her life is full of love, loss, and abuse as she is forced to turn into the Wyandot’s vampire, the hooh-strah-dooh.
Baobhan Sith: Captain Henry Williams had everything he wanted back home in England, the woman of his dreams waiting for him, all he had to do was make it home after the war. But as he travels through the Highlands, he finds that fate has another plan for him.
Strigoi: Amalia loved living as a traveler through the country of Romania, listening to the music of the night, until she found out the evil that was behind the music. Now she must decide to save her own skin, or bring forth the most evil strigoi ever to roam the world.
Jiangshi: Hui Zhang was given a chance to follow his dreams in San Francisco and he took it, but was the money worth the price he paid? Especially when the evil he had done haunts him and his family?

A Wizard in War

**THERE’S NO JUSTICE, AND LITTLE FREEDOM, IN A WORLD WHERE MIGHT MAKES RIGHT…**
The medieval planet of Maltroit seems to be repeating Earth’s bloody history in the worst possible manner: endless feudal warfare, at the expense of peasants just trying to survive. It’s up to the Rogue Wizard to give the downtrodden a crash course in revolution, and set in motion a plan for the common soldiers to take back power and end the bloodshed.
Disguising himself as a mercenary soldier, teaching nobles the rudiments of democracy and schooling peasants in the basics of radical politics, before you can say “Magna Carta,” the Rogue Wizard has bent the course of history and set the planet on a course toward peace and democracy.

A Wizard in the Way

Under the nom de guerre of Gar Pike, renegade psychic wizard Magnus D’Armand travels the stars fighting injustice and oppression, like his father, Rod Gallowglass, the Warlock in Spite of Himself. But unlike his famous father, Magnus refuses to play by the rules, sowing the seeds of freedom and revolution throughout the galaxy.
*A Wizard in the Way*
When his longtime traveling companion settled down and got married, Gar Pike—the Rogue Wizard—had thought it would be even better to work alone: no distractions, no disagreements, no one to care about but himself. But he wasn’t alone for long. He recently managed to saddle himself with a new companion: Alea, a young woman with a certain amount of psychic ability and a heavy dose of attitude to boot. The funny thing is, he’s beginning to like having her around—particularly when they land on the planet of Oldeira.
The problems Gar and Alea encounter on Oldeira include not only the tyrannical Wizard Lords who rule the provinces, but also the attitude that has been beaten and bred into their serfs. To complicate matters, Gar and Alea adopt two desperate peasants who are perfect examples of the mind-set of the entire lower class. How to raise morale and shape these people into a force that will overcome their oppressors while not getting caught or killed themselves—these are all questions that Gar and Alea must answer fast. And the only way to do it is: *The Way.*

A Wizard in Peace

**LIBERTY IS TREASON**
Interstellar liberator Magnus Gallowglass, the renegade psychic wizard, travels the stars fighting injustice and oppression. But this time the Rogue Wizard may have encountered a tyrant even he can’t overthrow: a stern Protector whose oppressive regime makes Oliver Cromwell’s Commonwealth look like a Sunday-school picnic. For hundreds of years, this lost colony planet has preserved order by dictating every detail of its citizens’ lives – where they live, what they think, even whom they may love and marry. Any dissent is punished with the torturer’s rack. So successful is this brutal system that Magnus is hard-pressed to find anyone willing to oppose it – until he recruits a pair of star-crossed lovers to lead the revolution, and reeducates a band of deluded would-be aristocrats to become the planet’s new rulers.
Here is Christopher Stasheff in top form: swashbuckling, stylish, and slightly subversive adventure from the author of the bestselling “Warlock” chronicles.