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is geared toward anyone in the electronic design and publishing fields, from beginners to professionals. The carefully orchestrated exercises take you through an easy, step-by-step approach to fully understand some of the deeper power of Photoshop, one of the most capable programs in the computer graphics universe. A multitude of features are presented in a context of real world situations. Practical applications of some of the more difficult commands take away the mystery and enhance your creativity. Enjoy clear and concise tutorials from top professionals in the industry. Their expertise is passed on through a plethora of colorful and clearly explained images. Some of the topics covered are:
  • How to optimize speed performance
  • Selection techniques using the information in images instead of the standard selection tools
  • Techniques used for the enhancement and altering of existing imagery
  • Creating pictures from scratch
  • Tips and tricks for creating special effects with filters
  • An in-depth look at the alpha channels and layers
  • Image compositing and special effect with layers
  • Creating and enhancing textures
  • Integrating images with other applications

With its unique visual layout and step-by-step approach, here is an essential guide to Photoshop for both beginners and professionals involved in electronic design and publishing. The book's clear, colorful illustrations and concise, information-packed captions show how to surmount the dilemmas design pros face in their daily work.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780201489934
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley
  • Publication date: 12/12/1995
  • Pages: 138
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Bert Monroy was born and raised in New York City where he spent 20 years inthe advertising industry. He embraced the computer as an artistic medium andis considered one of the pioneers of digital art. His photorealistic style isused by a variety of clients including, Industrial Light and Magic and PacificData Images. Bert's work has been seen in MacWorld, MacUser,BYTE, Verbum, MacWeek, to mention a few. His work hasalso been featured in scores of books which include Making Art on aMacintosh, The Photoshop WOW Book, The Art of DigitalPainting and The Grey Book. Bert has recently moved his studio fromNew York City to the San Francisco Bay Area. There, he and David Biedny haveset up a full service multimedia production studio.

David Biedny is a leading digital effects and multimedia designer. Hiswriting, multimedia and special effects work have enjoyed global exposure.Working at Industrial Light and Magic, he produced digital effects for moviesincluding Terminator 2, The Rocketeer, Memoirs of andInvisible Man and Hook. Biedny was formerly president of IncredibleInteractivity, which created multimedia projects and products for companiessuch as General Motors, Knoll International, American Express, the AmericanInternational Group and AT&T. Biedny was founding editor of MacUserand Macintosh Today, is currently a Contributing Editor forMacUser, New Media, The Macromedia User Journal, andMorph's Outpost on the Digital Frontier, and has written forMacWorld, MacWeek, and Computer Graphics World, amongothers. He coauthored (with Bert Monroy) The Official Adobe PhotoshopHandbook.


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Table of Contents

1 Photoshop Basics 2
2 Optimized Performance 6
3 Cloning 10
4 Colorizing Grayscale 13
5 Transparency Effect 16
6 Instant Textures from Scratch 21
7 Water Reflection 24
8 Lens Flare 30
9 Lighting Effects Filter 32
10 Alpha Channels 38
11 Rings on a Planet 43
12 Cut-out Effect 46
13 Creating a Grid 50
14 Selecting Hair 54
15 Creating Templates for Illustrator 58
16 Patterns and Masks 62
17 Edge Enhancement 66
18 Working with Layers 68
19 Rainbow Blend 72
20 Retouching with Layers 75
21 Drop Shadows Using Layers 80
22 Complex Shadows Using Layers 82
23 Global Layer Adjustments 86
24 Wet Glass Effect 88
25 Color Correction 89
26 Overexposure, Correction with Layers 92
27 Variations 93
28 Interactive Inline Type 96
29 Metallic Type 98
30 Soft 3D Type Embossing 103
31 Quick and Easy 3D Buttons 106
32 Glory Shot 110
33 Painting 118
Formats 124
Glossary 127
Shortcuts/Resources 135
Index 136
About the Authors 138
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