Adobe Photoshop 7.0 is impressive, both for its new creative resources and its new tools for streamlining design and production. Now’s a great time to upgrade, if you haven’t already -- especially if you’ve skipped a revision or two. When it’s time to learn Photoshop 7, one package gives you training created by Adobe and proven in Adobe classrooms and labs: Adobe Photoshop 7.0 Classroom in a Book.
Like every book in Adobe Press’s Classroom in a Book series, this one organizes its subject into a series of modular, hands-on lessons -- each one using images from the accompanying CD-ROM, and concluding with review questions to make sure you’re comfortable with what you’ve learned.
The authors begin with the updated Photoshop interface and work area, then present a completely new lesson on the new File Browser, one of Photoshop’s niftiest improvements. (Suddenly, you can rotate, rank, and sort thumbnails, easily create proofsheets, avoid opening digital images that aren’t worth your time; even read and use the XIF image data stored by your digital camera. Goodbye, “Open” dialog box -- and good riddance.)
You’ll also find an entirely new lesson on basic photo correction with Photoshop’s suite of automatic color correction tools -- including the new AutoColor tool, far better than AutoLevel for removing unwanted color cast.
Next, the authors cover selections using the marquee, lasso, magic wand, and move tools; and layers for isolating different elements of images for independent editing. Sounds like stuff you might know already, but -- especially in the case of layers -- even experienced users are likely to find some extremely useful nuggets here. After that, you’ll gain a solid understanding of masks and channels, features that many Photoshop users have never fully grasped.
Adobe Photoshop 7.0 Classroom in a Book includes updated coverage of painting that reflects Photoshop’s powerful new painting engine; a complete overview of color management; and a lesson on prepping images for two-color printing. It also contains extensive hands-on coverage of photo retouching, especially Photoshop 7’s new Healing Brush and Patch Tool -- way quicker than the old Clone Stamp.
Last but not least, you’ll find practical, step-by-step web graphics projects -- including walkthroughs of creating image maps and animations, optimizing images, and managing them with Photoshop 7’s unified Rollover palette.
Simply put, this Classroom in a Book is superior training for superior software. Bill Camarda
Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.