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Permaculture Two: Practical Design for Town and Country in Permanent Agriculture

Permaculture Two delves deeper into the concept of “consciously designed agricultural systems.” Author, Bill Mollison, describes new approaches and solutions that have evolved around the world. Ways in which plants can modify climate and many forms of pollution are discussed. Highly productive, low-energy systems, are made clear, in this fascinating book that offers some concrete solutions for saving Mother Earth.

“…If there is a single claim, that I could make, in order to distinguish Permaculture from other systems of agriculture, with the notable exception of keyline concepts, it is that Permaculture is primarily a consciously designed agricultural system … a system that combines landscape design with perennial plants and animals to make a safe and sustainable resource for town and country. A truly appropriate technology giving high yields for low energy inputs, and using only human skill and intellect to achieve a stable resource of great complexity and stability.”

“Permaculture Two is about design, not gardening or livestock per se but as elements in a system intended to serve man, and the ends of good ecology … Good teachers have nothing to give but enthusiasm to learn; they cannot with the best will in the world, give their students knowledge. Thus it is ‘how’ to design, rather than designing your site which I am attempting here …”

“… both individual and competitive enterprise, and ‘free’ energy have faiIed us. Society is in a mess; obesity in the west is balanced by famine in the third world. Petrol is running out yet freeways are still being built. Against such universal insanity the only response is to gather together a few friends and commence to build the alternative on a philosophy of individual responsibility for community survival.”

Photoshop Elements 12 All-in-One For Dummies

Make ordinary photos extraordinary with Photoshop Elements 12 All-in-One For Dummies!

Whether you prefer to snap shots on your smartphone or don’t ever leave home without your DSLR, chances are you have way more photos than you ever dreamed possible. Photoshop Elements 12 All-in-One For Dummies is here to help you get those pictures organized and turn your favorite shots into amazing images. This information-packed, full-color guide features nine minibooks covering all aspects of the image-editing process. From learning what’s new with Elements 12, finding your way around the workspace, and bringing some order to your images to enhancing color, correcting flaws, working with filters and effects, sharing your work, and beyond, you’ll be on your way to picture perfection in no time.

Guides you through the Elements basics – working with the Organizer, importing photos, and using the tools and options
Explains how to enhance your images by adjusting color, brightness, resolution, contrast, and sharpness
Teaches you how to work with layers, masks, filters, effects, styles, type, and the Brush and Pencil tools
Shows you how to share your creative genius with the world via slide shows, photo books, Facebook, Twitter, Adobe Revel, and other fun photo projects and sites

Whether you’re new to image editing or just new to Elements 12, you’ll sharpen your skills and get your shots in shape with Photoshop Elements 12 All-in-One For Dummies!

Design School – Layout – A Practical Guide For Students And Designers

Design School: Layout is an instructive guide for students, recent graduates, and self-taught designers. It provides a comprehensive introduction to creating and changing layouts: a crucially important skill that underpins practically every aspect of graphic design.

You’ll get in-depth analysis of all the major areas of theory and practice used by experienced professional designers. Each section provides explanation and visual examples of grid systems and in-depth discussion of compositional principles and strategies. The text is interspersed with tests designed to help you retain key points you’ve covered in the preceding spreads, and includes illustrations sections with real world scenarios.

This in-depth guide avoids the temptation to stray into other areas of design technique, preferring to cover the essential, detailed skills of the professional graphic designer to arm you with the knowledge needed for a successful start to your chosen career.