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Overview

Photoshop 5 is today's #1 Web graphics tool—and now you can learn the Web Photoshop 5 skills you need, right now, by example, from leading Fortune 500 Web developers! Master all you need to get results as you build real-world practice sites that sell products, educate visitors, offer subscriptions, and display ads. Best of all, the finished sites are on the Web—so you can see exactly how your images should look and work on any platform or browser!

Master all these Web Photoshop skills—and much more!

  • Web backgrounds, gradients, and tiling
  • Minimizing file sizes
  • Using Web-safe color palettes
  • Image retouching and editing
  • Layers, filters, and effects
  • Masking, scaling, filling, and drop shadows

Rely on Essential Guides for ALL the Web Skills You Need!

All these books share the same great format, and the same dynamic Web site. . .

so once you've used one, they're all a piece of cake!

  • Essential CSS & DHTML for Web Professionals
  • Essential PERL 5 for Web Professionals
  • Essential Photoshop 5 for Web Professionals
  • Essential JavaScript for Web Professionals
  • With more to come!
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This guide to using the Photoshop image-editing program to create web graphics covers color palettes, minimizing file sizes, retouching, backgrounds, gradients, layers, filters and effects. A full half of the book consists of appendices that list descriptions of tools and filters. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780130128331
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall Professional Technical Reference
  • Publication date: 8/4/1999
  • Series: Essentials for Web Professionals Series
  • Edition description: PACKAGE
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.99 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.85 (d)

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PREFACE:

Introduction

Who Needs This Book?

If you are asked to create a Web site using images, and your have a limited knowledge of creating Web images with Photoshop, this book is for you. By following along while we create the two example Web sites, you will acquire the knowledge necessary to create solutions to real-life problems.

This is more than just a bible or dictionary of Photoshop terms and tools. In those types of books you have to know what the tool can do in order to look up how to do it. And if you know what the tool can do, you probably don't have to be told how to use it.

This book answers real questions such as, "How do I take the green out of facial tones?" or "Now that I have an image, how do I make it a Web image?" This is not a reference book that will sit and gather dust on your library shelf. This book will sit on the edge of your desk with Post-It notes or bookmarks sticking out of your favorite pages. This book shows you how to get the job done.

How This Book Is Laid Out

You will follow along as two Web sites are created using Photoshop. Each chapter starts with a problem that requires a quick solution. We don't just point to the tools in Photoshop. We take you through each step, showing you several different ways to fix the problems. There are also exercises at the end of each chapter so you can practice the different techniques you learn.

The Projects

We'll be creating Web sites for two different types of companies. The first is Shelley Biotechnologies, a fast-growing biotech start-up. We've been asked to create a corporate site without many frills in the design area. Thesecond company is Stitch, an online fashion magazine. This project is a little more fun in the design area. Both Web sites present unique problems. Work alongside us as we take you through projects that allow you ample time and some that are deadline-sensitive.

An Introduction to Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop is the best image-editing software available. If you can imagine it, you can do it with Photoshop. Photoshop is pixel-based softwareÑthat means that every image is made up of tiny little squares. If you zoom in as far as you can on any image in Photoshop, you will see that the picture is created with many little squares of color. Some drawing programs such as Illustrator or Freehand are vector-based, which means they can draw a perfect circle. Those applications assign the mathematical coordinates to each piece of the line. In order to manipulate those lines, you must move or alter the line segment. In Photoshop, you manipulate one pixel or square at a time. When you draw a circle it has to be made up of squares, and many little squares appear to be a perfect circle. Photoshop is a very powerful tool. In fact, almost every image you see in magazines and catalogs has been altered or manipulated in Photoshop.

Go ahead and jump in! Turn the page and begin learning your Photoshop Web essentials.

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Table of Contents

1. Basic Doodling.
The Big Projects. Task: Create a Secondary Page Template for Shelley Biotechnologies. Creating a New Document. Dealing with Layers. Deconstructing the Layers Palette. Paint Bucket and Color. Placing and Editing Text. Rulers, Guides, Moving, and Linking. Drawing Lines.

2. Intermediate Doodling.
Correcting Mistakes with the History Palette. Getting the Size Right by Scaling. Selecting and Modifying Selections. Single Row and Single Column Marquees. Draw a Perfect Circle or Square. Start the Square or Circle from the Center. One More Modification. Lasso Tool. Polygonal Lasso Tool. Magnetic Polygonal Lasso Tool. The Magic Wand Tool. Removing a Background. Some Additional Tips on Making Selections. Fading Effects with Masking, Gradients, and Blur. Fuzzy Edges. Using the Gradient Tool to Fade. Changing Color by Filling. How to Make a Drop Shadow.

3. Making Images Web-Ready.
GIF versus JPEG File Formats. GIF. JPEG. Transparency. Interlacing. Saving as GIF or JPEG. Creating a GIF. Creating a JPEG. Web Safe Colors and Dithering. Animation.

4. Altering Photos.
Task: Cleaning Up the CEO's Picture. Livening Color with Brightness and Contrast. Getting Rid of Blemishes by Rubber Stamping. Fudging by Smudging. Lightening with the Dodge Tool. Altering Color with Variations and the Polygonal Lasso Tool. Selecting the Tie. Actually Changing the Color. Resizing for the Web. Unsharp Mask.

5. Filters and Effects.
Task: Create the Artsy Homepage for Stitch Magazine. Creating Smooth Backgrounds with the Gradient Editor. A Cool Effect with Plastic Wrap. Dynamic Effects with Motion Blur. Saving Time with Eliminate White. Useful Effects with Blur and Blending.

6. The Art of the Cut.
Why You Need to Cut Up Your Image. Preparing Your Image for the Cut. Where to Place the Guidelines. Making the Cut. Using Photoshop to Make the Cut. Other Methods of Cutting. GIF or JPEG Once Again. Compressing Your Files. GIF Compression. JPEG Compression. Putting It Together.

7. Advanced Photo Altering.
Advanced Rubber Stamp Tool. Scratched Negatives or Images. Removing Glare from Eyeglasses. Removing "Red Eye." Updating Old Photos. Creating Duotones: Adding Color to Black-and-White Images. Hue and Saturation. Changing Dress Colors. Changing Icon Button Colors. Getting the Red Eye Out—Part II. Color Balance. Changing Facial Tones. Changing Background Images. Using Levels. Cleaning Up Previously Printed Materials. Using Despeckle to Clean Up Images. Using Median to Clean Up Images. Using Blur/Sharpen to Clean Up Images.

8. Tips and Tricks.
Using Lower-Resolution Images. The Low Source Trick. The Low-Resolution Thumbnail Trick. Small Image Clicks to a Larger Image. Image Sizing in HTML. Defining Patterns. Creating Repeating Background Patterns. How to Test Your Background Image. Using Existing Patterns. Creating New Patterns. Checking Your Work. Platform. Color Calibration and Contrast. Type. Browsers. Browser Versions. Screen Size. Screen Resolution and Color Depth. Go Forth and Prosper.

Appendix A: Photoshop 5.0 Tools Reference.
Appendix B: Photoshop 5.0 Extras Reference.
Appendix C: Photoshop 5.0 Filters Reference.
Index.
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Preface

PREFACE:

Introduction

Who Needs This Book?

If you are asked to create a Web site using images, and your have a limited knowledge of creating Web images with Photoshop, this book is for you. By following along while we create the two example Web sites, you will acquire the knowledge necessary to create solutions to real-life problems.

This is more than just a bible or dictionary of Photoshop terms and tools. In those types of books you have to know what the tool can do in order to look up how to do it. And if you know what the tool can do, you probably don't have to be told how to use it.

This book answers real questions such as, "How do I take the green out of facial tones?" or "Now that I have an image, how do I make it a Web image?" This is not a reference book that will sit and gather dust on your library shelf. This book will sit on the edge of your desk with Post-It notes or bookmarks sticking out of your favorite pages. This book shows you how to get the job done.

How This Book Is Laid Out

You will follow along as two Web sites are created using Photoshop. Each chapter starts with a problem that requires a quick solution. We don't just point to the tools in Photoshop. We take you through each step, showing you several different ways to fix the problems. There are also exercises at the end of each chapter so you can practice the different techniques you learn.

The Projects

We'll be creating Web sites for two different types of companies. The first is Shelley Biotechnologies, a fast-growing biotech start-up. We've been asked to create a corporate site without many frills in the design area.Thesecond company is Stitch, an online fashion magazine. This project is a little more fun in the design area. Both Web sites present unique problems. Work alongside us as we take you through projects that allow you ample time and some that are deadline-sensitive.

An Introduction to Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop is the best image-editing software available. If you can imagine it, you can do it with Photoshop. Photoshop is pixel-based softwareÑthat means that every image is made up of tiny little squares. If you zoom in as far as you can on any image in Photoshop, you will see that the picture is created with many little squares of color. Some drawing programs such as Illustrator or Freehand are vector-based, which means they can draw a perfect circle. Those applications assign the mathematical coordinates to each piece of the line. In order to manipulate those lines, you must move or alter the line segment. In Photoshop, you manipulate one pixel or square at a time. When you draw a circle it has to be made up of squares, and many little squares appear to be a perfect circle. Photoshop is a very powerful tool. In fact, almost every image you see in magazines and catalogs has been altered or manipulated in Photoshop.

Go ahead and jump in! Turn the page and begin learning your Photoshop Web essentials.

Read More Show Less

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