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Gary Bouton's learning methodology is set up to give you hands-on experience with Photoshop's features, using either the imagery created in the book, or the your own. Gary grounds you in the most practical and useful aspects of Photoshop-the real-world uses of this powerful program-before delving into the more complex, arcane, or esoteric uses of the program. Each chapter includes a balance of textual discussion, hands-on exercises, and review material, all written in Gary's highly praised style: compelling to ...

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Gary Bouton's learning methodology is set up to give you hands-on experience with Photoshop's features, using either the imagery created in the book, or the your own. Gary grounds you in the most practical and useful aspects of Photoshop-the real-world uses of this powerful program-before delving into the more complex, arcane, or esoteric uses of the program. Each chapter includes a balance of textual discussion, hands-on exercises, and review material, all written in Gary's highly praised style: compelling to more advanced users while never patronizing to the less experienced. The CD-ROM includes all exercise files used in the book so that you can follow the author exactly, duplicating everything discussed and shown in the book. The CD will also include numerous texture maps and custom photo art for use at your discretion; as well as filters and utilities; along with a digital computer graphics glossary compiled by the author and laid out in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.

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Gary David Bouton and Barbara Bouton's books on Photoshop have long offered the ideal combination of experience and enthusiasm. With all the new goodies in Photoshop 6, the Boutons are needed more than ever -- and they've come through.

With Photoshop 6, color management has matured a great deal, and the Boutons think it's finally ready for prime time. Early in the book, they provide a masterful (if uncharacteristically technical) guide to making color management work on your computer -- including a blow-by-blow explanation of creating custom color profiles.

You'll review techniques for acquiring images, from Kodak's PhotoCD to scanning to importing EPS files; and for outputting images, including print options and film recorders. There's also a full chapter on Photoshop's powerful, underutilized automation tools (not just Actions anymore, but also the handy new droplets -- miniature programs you can drag Photoshop-compatible files onto, in order to process them).

Next, it's on to Photoshop's powerful layer capabilities (the Boutons, once skeptical about layers, are now believers). There are chapters on painting with Photoshop's pen and path selection tools; working with shape tools; and creating special type effects. By popular demand, the Boutons have also tripled the book's coverage of retouching and photographic manipulation. You wouldn't expect them to scant web graphics, and they haven't: The book's three ImageReady chapters cover all the fundamentals, from file optimization and image slicing to rollovers and animations.

If you like to learn hands-on, through real projects, the Boutons give you lots of them on CD-ROM. Poke around the disk and you'll also find 140 MB of intriguing fonts, plus a 300-page Photoshop/computer graphics eGlossary full of shortcuts, definitions, and full-color examples. (Bill Camarda)

Bill Camarda is a consultant and writer with nearly 20 years' experience in helping technology companies deploy and market advanced software, computing, and networking products and services. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735710382
  • Publisher: New Riders
  • Publication date: 12/19/2000
  • Series: Inside Series
  • Edition description: BK&CD-ROM
  • Pages: 1002
  • Product dimensions: 7.26 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 2.27 (d)

Meet the Author

Gary David Bouton, principal author, has written more than 16 books on computer graphics for New Riders; Inside Photoshop 6 is his 13th book on Photoshop. Bouton is a seasoned advertising art director who is also a columnist for, Corel's, and an illustrator for brick- and-click installations. Gary and his wife, co-author Barbara, hold four international awards in desktop publishing and design.
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Table of Contents

(NOTE: Each concludes with a Summary.)


1. Photoshop 6: A New Imaging Adventure for Novices and Pros Alike.

Bouton's Version of the History of Photoshop. The Three Ultimate Truths About Photoshop. Quick Keys to Get You Going in the Right Direction. At What Does Photoshop Excel? Terms and Features New to Photoshop. The Verdict?

2. Getting Your Feet Wet: Your First Masterpiece.

Understanding the Bottom of Photoshop: Selections and Layers. Using Photoshop Filters and Free Transform. Digging Deeper into Layers.

3. Understanding Photoshop's New Color Management System.

Understanding Photoshop's New Color Management System (CMS). Coming to Terms with Color Management. Preparing to Create a Custom Profile. Creating an ICC Profile for a Monitor. Setting Photoshop's Color Management Defaults. The Color Settings Dialog Box, or Laying Down the Rules. Choosing Between Assigning and Converting to Profile. Soft-Proofing, or Seeing Onscreen What an Image Will Look Like When It's Printed. Resources.

4. Optimizing Your Workspace: Photoshop Preferences.

Locating the Preferences Dialog Box. Setting the General Preferences. Setting Your Preferences for Saving Files. Specifying How Documents and Cursors Display. Understanding How to Choose Transparency & Gamut Settings. Determining Which Units and Rulers to Use. Specifying Guides and Grids Measurements and Colors. Plug-Ins, Scratch Disks, Memory, and Image Cache. Analyzing Your Computer's Performance.

5. Introducing Image Formats, Image Modes, and Color Capability.

Learning About Color Capability. Moving Up the Color-Capability Ladder. Getting the Authors' File Format Recommendations. A Reference of Photoshop File Formats.

6. Acquiring Photoshop Images.

Working with Kodak PhotoCDs. Using a Scanner to Acquire an Image. Using a Digital Camera.

7. Outputting Your Photoshop Work.

Interpolation Means “Interpretation” . Going from Continuous Tones to Halftones. PostScript and Image Resolution. Printing Options in Photoshop. Film Recording.

8. Enhancing Productivity: Automation and Other Cool Tools.

Introducing Actions. Using Droplets. Using the Photoshop Batch Command. Automating Photoshop Externally. Exploring Other Automation Features. Another Cool Tool: The Preset Manager. Resources.


9. Selecting in Photoshop: Ah, the Many Ways to Select Stuff.

Using the Selection Tools. Extending the Possibilities. Resources.

10. Building Images Layer by Layer.

Becoming Familiar with Layer Basics. Exploring More Layers Features.

11. Painting with Pen and Path Selection Tools.

Understanding the Pen Tool Rule-Think of Points. Using Paths to Help Paint an Image. Mixing Images with a Path.

12. Introducing Shapes: Someplace Between Paths and Selections.

Exploring the Shape Tools. Using Someone Else's Custom Shapes. Creating Your Own Preset Shapes.

13. Creating Special Effects with Type.

Examining Type Modes. Text Effects.


14. Color Correcting and Exposure: Basic Image Improvement.

Defining the Goal of Color Correcting. Touring Photoshop's Color Correcting Commands.

15. Repairing an Heirloom Photo.

Recognizing Issues Unique to Old Photographs. Knowing the Characteristics of Your Output. Restoring a Damaged Photograph.

16. Finding (and Fixing) Mistakes in Pictures.

Assessing and Correcting the Compositional Errors.

17. Using the Clone Stamp Tool, Image Selection, and Distortion.

Skillfully Using the Clone Stamp. Using the Pattern Stamp Tool. Extracting a Foreground Object. Using the Liquify Command.

18. Making the Impossible Look Plausible: Surrealistic Photoshop.

Developing a Surrealistic Concept. Resources.

19. Saving the Day with Photoshop and a Scanner.

Connecting Your Scanner to Photoshop. Composing for the Magazine Article.

20. Mixing 3D Graphics with Photographs.

Understanding Modeling. Isolating the Foreground Hero: Introducing Lars Wuhdqax.

21. Using a Boatload of Native Photoshop Filters.

Using Filter Effects. Resources.

22. Working with Type.

Understanding Typefaces and Type Design Principles. Using Photoshop's Type Tool. Resources.


23. Optimizing Images for the Web.

Optimizing Means Making Smaller, Right? Not Entirely. Saving Images for the Web. The Portable Network Graphic: PNG. Creating an Optimized Thumbnail Image. Using Droplets to Optimize and Automate Processes. Compressing Only Part of an Image: Masking for Compression in Photoshop. Slicing Images: Another Way to Optimize.

24. Creating Image Maps and Instant Web Galleries.

Exploring the Power of Image Maps. Photoshop's Web Photo Gallery.

25. Creating Rollovers and Animations.

Understanding a Rollover and Scripting Language. Introducing ImageReady GIF Animations. Blueprints for Future Animations.


251/2. Here's Where the Path Divides.

What's on the Companion CD? Can I Make a Career Out of Photoshop? What Stuff Didn't This Book Cover? Should I Read Other Books? Where Do I Go From Here? Resources.

Appendix. The Inside Adobe Photoshop 6 CD-ROM.

Instructions for Installing Acrobat Reader 4. What's on the Companion CD? Special Offers. What to Do If You Have Problems with the Companion CD.


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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2001

    This has to be one of the Best Photoshop 6 books out there

    Inside Photoshop 6 is wonderful, the illustrations are clear and use large crisp arrows and circles to highlight important areas. This book goes far beyond the Adobe Classroom book and is much clearer then the Photoshop 6 Bible. This book is great. If your serious about Photoshop then this is the book for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2001

    Gary Bouton - You're Still The Man

    I can't wait any longer to write my review of Gary's new book. No, I have not finished the book yet, but I have been through many pages and words describing Adobe's phenominal new product; Photoshop 6! As Gary pointed out, Photoshop 6 is a whole new ballgame. It's almost twice as large as Photoshop 5.5, but somehow 'friendlier'. Or at the very least, easier to use. I noticed that one reviewer complained about errors in the book. I want you to know that every time I saw what I thought was an error, it was my interpretation of what was being said. I bring a lot of paradigms to my reading and studying. A man doesn't give up a whole summer of his life to produce a piece of garbage. I'm trained in Photoshop because of Gary Bouton and his wife. In the early days I would read every word and do every lesson until I understood it. It has paid off. I don't have time for that anymore and I miss doing it. It was a right of passage for me. Now, with the new Photoshop, Gary has had to have help. This will give you an idea of the magnitude of this endeavor. It takes what I call a '3 inch' book to learn these new, heavy-hitter programs. I did the same thing with Adobe Illustrator. If you want to learn Adobe Photoshop, you are going to have to bite-the-bullet, as they say, and knuckle down and study it. I can think of no better book to do it with. I can think of no better author to do it with. Spend your money and your time wisely and purchase this book. In the future you will thank me for this review, and you will thank Gary Bouton and his helpers for all his/their hard work. Thank you Gary, you're still THE MAN.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2001

    GREAT reference

    I always knew Photoshop was a Power Program and Inside Adobe Photoshop 6 with CD proves this to be true. With over a thousand pages, the authors didn¿t miss a thing this program can do. For those of us that are just learning Photoshop, the first chapter provides a good foundation for what can be found in Photoshop. Chapter Three which is approximately 60 pages long goes through Color Management. There are two chapters on images and one on Tools and automation. And all of this can be found in Part I. Part II contains information on layers and special effects using type. Part III takes the reader through Color Correction, working with pictures and repairing them, using the tools and making surrealistic images. Part IV brings the reader to the Web itself. Finally, in Part V, there is information on the CD that comes with the book, resources and what wasn¿t covered in the book. Even though the book is very long, there are graphical examples throughout plus Tips, Notes, and Warnings. This book is not made for overnight reading but is definitely one that anyone using Photoshop should have on hand. It may not be one that you read from cover to cover, but it will be certain to have the material to answer your questions.

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