You would do best to buy individual books for each application.
Some books try to have an overview of several different applications, but they only give the barest amount of information on each one and are basically useless.
Some books like the Bible series are extremely large (Photoshop CS3 over 1,200 pages) but don't assume that more is automatically better.
I think they make some of them big just to impress people looking for an instruction book at their local bookstore.
The Bible and some other books include a CD of images and give step by step instructions using the supplied images.
But they really don't explain how the procedures work and why you would likely using this procedure rather than another.
They basically said, do this, now do that, do another thing, etc.
The Quick Start Guide series by Peachpit Press dispenses with the hand-holding step by step intructions.
It explains how and why to do things and has screenshots on every page to show the menus, tools and procedures of actually using Photoshop.
The Quick Start books just give solid information and are usually much more affordable, which is helpfull if you are buying several books for different applications.
Peachpit Press also has another series of books, their Real World series. These are larger books but without the CD, etc.
Over the last 20 years I've had many different books, but in my estimation the Peachpit books are the best of the bunch. Your mileage may vary.
Since CS3 is rather old, I'm assuming you are looking at Amazon or other online sellers. You might even be able to get some used books through Amazon resellers an a greatly reduced price.
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And ... if I were you, I would study the newest versions.
Good luck ...
Thanks for the reply.
Yeah, I was going to purchase individual books for each program...I'd rather have loads of books than a single watered down book that teaches me very little.
Thanks for the recommendations. I'm already looking into both series, and even though I can't find books on After Effects, Soundbooth, or Premiere Pro, what I have to go on right now should hold me until I get to that point. And yes, I've been looking at Amazon and will probably not spend more than $20 for all the books I'll be purchasing. Thanks again!
"newest versions" Not sure what you mean. If you speak of the newest Adobe programs then that isn't going to happen. My wallet can't handle the price tag, and I'm not in college anymore so getting a discount won't happen either. Thanks for the advice though.