alienideas has launched a 440 page CD-based manual full of imaging techniques for graphics arts professionals and digital photographers. Procedures for Professional Imaging includes step-by-step instructions on leading products from manufacturers such as Apple, Adobe, Epson, Fujifilm, Heidelberg-CPS, Kodak and X-Rite. The manual covers end-to-end imaging: including photographic techniques, scanning, printing, image management, Photoshop skills and special effects. It also covers the key files formats and cross-platform issues – as well as general skills (such as CD writing, OCR, Quark Xpress and the Web) and business skills (such as administration, copyright, accounts, marketing and pricing). The CD manual costs £245 including VAT and carriage. It is also available as a lower-resolution Web download for £225. Digit readers can obtain 25 per cent off the price if they mention the magazine when ordering (reducing the prices to £183.75 and £168.75 respectively).