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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.