Adobe Photoshop 6.0 Studio Techniques

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Adobe Photoshop 6.0 Studio Techniques is the definitive guide to mastering the most essential features of Photoshop. Experienced Photoshop instructor Ben Willmore provides lessons that will help all users truly understand this popular image editing software.

The text starts out with basic Photoshop techniques and moves on to more complex tasks and features, including layers, resolution, line art scanning, ...

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Overview

Adobe Photoshop 6.0 Studio Techniques is the definitive guide to mastering the most essential features of Photoshop. Experienced Photoshop instructor Ben Willmore provides lessons that will help all users truly understand this popular image editing software.

The text starts out with basic Photoshop techniques and moves on to more complex tasks and features, including layers, resolution, line art scanning, compositing, color correction, and displaying images on the Web. With these concepts and skills explained in a `technobabble-free' way, readers will master even the most complex Photoshop concepts. This is not a special effects cookbook or a primer on digital design; rather, this reader-friendly book is designed to boost users' productivity by showing how and why to use certain Photoshop tools.

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Moves the reader from basic techniques to more complex tasks and features of Adobe Photoshop 6.0, including layers, resolution, line art, scanning, compositing, color correction, and displaying images on the Web. Written to be of use to beginning users who are comfortable with their computers through advanced computer users, it also presents both Windows and Macintosh keyboard commands throughout. Color illustrations. CD-ROM includes supplemental chapter material, additional techniques, a demo version of Photoshop 6, and numerous example images. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780201716122
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 6/15/2001
  • Series: Professional Studio Techniques Series
  • Edition description: BK&CD-ROM
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 576
  • Product dimensions: 7.36 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Ben Willmore is the founder of Digital Mastery, a Boulder, Coloradobased training and consulting firm that specializes in electronic publishing. Ben has always been known to be a little nutty about all things technical, even as a child. Not long after he traded in his tricycle for training wheels, he started building cameras out of do-it-yourself kits. In 1981, at the tender age of 14, he made his official debut into computer nerd-dom when he attended CompuCamp. That's where he discovered his first two loves, computers and graphic design, and where he learned how to use a graphics tablet to produce art on an Apple ][ computerthree full years before the Macintosh said its first "Hello."

Not surprisingly, he went on to become a graphic designer. In those days that meant knowing all about such primitive things as typesetting, keylining, and stat cameras. When the first tools of electronic publishing started showing up, Ben began his trend as an aggressive early adopter of new technologies. While most people in the business were holding back in a wait-and-see attitude, Ben was charging ahead and embracing the new tools like long-lost friends. His first serious push into the new arena was when he converted his college's daily newspaper from traditional techniques to electronic tools in the late '80s.

Ben became known as someone who likes to push his tools to the limit, causing many printing companies and service bureaus to ask "How'd you do that?" His obsession with the nuts and bolts of electronic publishing turned him into an unwitting one-man customer support center for all his friends and coworkers. It was this, he discovered, that was his third love-helping others truly understand graphics software. And so he decided to go out on his own and teach his favorite program (Photoshop) full time.

In 1994, he created what has become the hugely successful seminar, Photoshop Mastery (aka Master Photoshop in 3 Days). Since then he has taught over 10,000 Photoshop users, and travels all over the country presenting his seminars and speaking at publishing events such as PhotoshopWorld. He is an alpha and beta tester for Adobe Photoshop and writes a monthly column for PEI magazine and Photoshop User magazine. Ben can be reached at willmore@digitalmastery com.

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Chapter 1: Tool and Palette Primer

What's New For 6.0
Adobe made some pretty radical changes and enhancements to Photoshop's tools and palettes in 6.0. If you've read this book before, you'll definitely want to revisit this chapter because the new features will have a noticeable impact on your everyday work. In addition to looking at the more subtle refinements made to existing tools, we'll take an in-depth look at the new Options bar, Palette well, Stacking Palettes, as well as some of the exciting new tools like the Shape tool, and Annotation tool.

Opening Photoshop for the first time and seeing all the tools and palettes competing for space on your screen can be a dizzying experience. You might find yourself thinking "that's great, but they forgot to leave room in there for me to work!" Some of the more fortunate Photoshoppers get to have a second monitor, just to hold all their palettes. The rest of us make do and find ways to keep our screens neat and tidy. You'll discover that finding places to put your tools and palettes is almost as important as knowing how to use them. This chapter is all about effectively managing your workspace and getting acquainted with the oodles of gadgets and gizmos found in the tools and palettes.

Preparing Your Workspace

Before we get into functionality, we'll talk about how to control that prodigious profusion of palettes. But first, a word of advice: no matter how many times you feel like nuking a palette when it's in your way, no matter how many times your screen turns into a blinding jumble of annoying little boxes, just remember that you can organize the clutter into an elegant arrangement in just a few seconds.

Controlling Those Palettes

The first order of business is to get you enough space to work effectively with your images. We'll accomplish this by organizing the palettes so that they don't obstruct your view of your document. I don't think you'll like the default position of the palettes-that is, unless you use a 36" screen. The palettes take up too much valuable screen real estate (Figure 1.1).
Collapsing the Palettes
One way to quickly maximize your workspace is to collapse the palettes when you're not using them and move them to the bottom of your screen. To collapse a palette, doubleclick any of the name tabs at the top of the palette. To
Note
To force a palette to snap to the edge of your screen, press the Shift key as you reposition the palette.

reposition a palette, click the little gray bar at the top of the palette and then drag it toward the bottom of your screen. When you move a palette close to the bottom of the screen, it should snap in place (Figure 1.2).

Note
If you click on the Zoom tool and then turn on the Ignore Palettes button in the Options bar, Photoshop will ignore your palettes whether or not they're close to the right edge of your screen.

One thing you need to make sure of when repositioning your palettes is to not place any palettes too close to the right edge of your screen. This edge, affectionately known as palette alley, can cause you great pains when zooming in on your images (Figure 1.3). Here's why: If you have a palette too close to the right edge of your screen and you press Command-+ (Macintosh) or Ctrl-+ (Windows), Photoshop can't resize the document window to the width of your screen. Instead, it leaves palette alley open and doesn't allow the document window to intrude into this space. This means your efforts to reposition the palettes in order to save space were futile.

If you need access to any of these palettes, double-click the palette's name tab and the palette will instantly pop open (Figure 1.4). When you're done using the palette, just double-click its name tab to collapse it again.

Regrouping the Palettes
Another way to maximize your screen real estate is to change the way your palettes are grouped. For example, if your most frequently used palettes are the Color and History palettes, you can put them in one group so that you have one palette open at any given time instead of two. To regroup the palettes, drag the name tab of the palette you want to move (in this case, Color) on top of the palette grouping you want to move the palette into (History, in this case). You can then remove any palettes you don't want in this grouping by dragging the name tab of a palette onto an open area of the screen (Figure 1.5)....
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Table of Contents

Introduction
Pt. I Working Foundations
Ch. 1 Tool and Palette Primer 3
Ch. 2 Selection Primer 51
Ch. 3 Lawyers Primer 91
Pt. II Production Essentials
Ch. 4 Resolution Solutions 125
Ch. 5 Line Art Scanning 145
Ch. 6 Optimizing Grayscale Images 163
Ch. 7 Understanding Curves 185
Ch. 8 Color Correction 209
Ch. 9 Channels 247
Pt. III Creative Explorations
Ch. 10 Shadows 291
Ch. 11 Image Blending 311
Ch. 12 Enhancement 355
Ch. 13 Retouching 407
Ch. 14 Type and Background Effects 429
Pt. IV Web Graphics
Ch. 15 Interface Design 473
Ch. 16 Slicing and Rollovers 501
Ch. 17 Animation 515
Ch. 18 Optimization 525
And the Beat Goes On 543
Index 545
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