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Inside Photoshop 7 is as much a work of art as the art it teaches. Like never before, it's accessible and simple to shorten your learning curve and conquer the features you need most. The new organization in this edition focuses on a hub system -- a solid core of reference material and hands-on examples organized by areas of interest. Lead author Gary Bouton called on industry leaders to help flesh out every area of Photoshop interest from art to the web. Inside Photoshop 7 is your one-stop reference for ...
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Overview

Inside Photoshop 7 is as much a work of art as the art it teaches. Like never before, it's accessible and simple to shorten your learning curve and conquer the features you need most. The new organization in this edition focuses on a hub system -- a solid core of reference material and hands-on examples organized by areas of interest. Lead author Gary Bouton called on industry leaders to help flesh out every area of Photoshop interest from art to the web. Inside Photoshop 7 is your one-stop reference for understanding the concepts you need. Dozens of mini-tutorials and real-world assignments will make reading and learning from this book as much fun as the authors had creating it.
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Why shouldn’t learning Photoshop be fun? With Gary David Bouton, it always has been -- and Inside Photoshop 7 is no exception.

All the goodies new to Photoshop 7 are covered: not just how to use them, but when. For example, everyone’s all agog over the Healing Brush, which doesn’t just clone away unwanted areas but also considers lighting and texture, so it’s easier to get seamless effects. Bouton loves it, too, but also points out that it’s best used on small areas -- dents, marks, nicks, and face wrinkles, for which it’s better than Botox.

When’s the last time you saw screen captures with personality? You’ll find them here. Every technique is liberally illustrated, and the images are as much fun as the text (as, for instance, in Bouton’s example logo project, wherein you learn text effects by working through a bowling alley logo with the proprietor, a gentleman of exceptional taste).

Everything’s here: web graphics, automation, layer styles, retouching, color management, GIF animations, displacement mapping, droplets, you name it. When you need to learn something new about Photoshop, here’s one tutorial you’ll pick up with anticipation, not weariness. 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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735712416
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 7/24/2002
  • Pages: 1000
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 2.19 (d)

Table of Contents

Part I Getting Your Feet Wet
1 Getting Creative When You Have No Idea What You're Doing 5
Meet Bouton's Idea of a Picnic 6
Creating Your Own Special Effects Without a Clue as to What You're Doing 27
Summary 45
Part II Photoshop Core Concepts
2 Optimizing and Customizing Photoshop Preferences 49
Glomming Over Photoshop's Preferences 50
Determining Which Units and Rulers to Use 68
Checking Out the Guides, Grid & Slices Preferences 71
Plug-Ins, Scratch Disks, Memory and Image Cache 73
Doing Some Photoshop House Cleaning 79
Who Wants So Many Palettes in a Group? 80
Customizing the Shapes Feature 82
Exploring Near-Infinite Brush Variations 85
Layers, Layers--Oh How Do You Control Layers? 96
Introducing the Tool Preset Palette 100
Summary 109
3 Harnessing the Power of Selections 111
Basic Selections 101 with Lab 112
Introducing the Marquee Tools 112
Rounding Up the Lasso Tools 123
Getting the Best Selections (in the Least Amount of Time) 125
Let's Lasso Somebody 127
Saving and Loading Selections 132
Magic Wand Tool Magic 134
The Layer Mask 140
Replacing an Overcast Sky 140
Making a Quick Panorama Using Selections 143
Summary 147
4 Enough Selections! The Layers and Shapes Chapter 149
Examining the Flexibility of Layers 150
New! Layer Sets 159
Using the Layer Mask Feature 161
Imagine Color Correction by Painting It On 167
Shapes and Clipping Paths 172
Summary 198
5 Working with Channels and Paths 201
Channels: A Definition and the Keys to Mastering Them 202
Alpha Channels: Storage Space for Special Information 217
Paths, as in Those Things in Illustrator and CorelDRAW 229
The Anatomy of a Path 233
The Pen Tool and Special Effects 237
Taking Paths to the Max 243
Summary 252
6 Using the Clone Stamp, Healing Brush, and Patch Tools 255
Copying Pixels Is the Name of the Game 256
Introducing the Healing Brush Tool 263
The Patch Tool at Work 265
Optional Independent Study 268
Summary 271
Part III The Important and Headache-Causing Stuff: Calibration, Input, and Output
7 Understanding Photoshop's Color Management System 275
Understanding Photoshop's Color Management System (CMS) 278
Coming to Terms with Color Management 278
Preparing to Create a Custom Profile 287
Creating an ICC Profile for a Monitor 290
Setting Photoshop's Color Management Defaults 296
The Color Settings Dialog Box, or Laying Down the Rules 297
Choosing Between Assigning and Converting to Profile 312
Putting Theory into Practice 314
Soft-Proofing, or Seeing Onscreen What an Image Will Look Like When It's Printed 321
Summary 326
Resources 326
8 Input, Output, and Resolution 329
Bringing Images into Your Computer 330
Getting Images from the Creative Side 331
Getting Pictures from Digital Cameras 331
Scanning Pictures 335
Working with Kodak PhotoCDs 340
Output Essentials 342
Interpolation Means "Interpretation" 342
Going from Continuous Tones to Halftones 346
PostScript and Image Resolution 349
The Input/Output Chart 354
Printing Options in Photoshop 360
Film Recording 365
Summary 369
Part IV Photoshop for Photographers
9 Basic Picture Editing 373
Opening Pictures by Name 374
Using Photoshop's New File Browser Feature 376
Rotating a Picture 380
Always Work on a Copy 382
Cropping a Photograph 382
The Anatomy of a Digital Picture 389
Types of Graphic Files 396
Summary 398
10 Color and Tone Correction 401
Working with Tones 402
Examining the Curves Command 412
Colors, Color Shifting, and Color Correcting 422
Using the Variations Command 425
Summary 428
11 Restoring an Heirloom Photograph 431
Scanning Modes and Resolution 433
Become a Detective Before Retouching 433
Different Approaches for Different Problem Areas 436
Replacing the Image Background 447
Summary 456
12 Retouching an Heirloom Photograph 459
Adding Original Colors and Tonally Correcting the Image 460
Introducing New Image Elements 467
Summary 473
Part V Photoshop for Artists
13 Using Paths 477
Understanding the Pen Tool Rule--Think of Points 480
Using Paths to Help Paint an Image 490
A Ton More Path Talk--Only Kidding 520
Summary 527
14 Bringing Out the Artist in You 531
Painting for the Non-Painter 532
Becoming One of the Great Painters in Art History 541
Adding to the Illusion Using Extra Texture 554
Summary 558
15 Out of This World A.R.T. (Advanced Rendering Techniques) 561
Rendering: What Is It? How Much Does It Cost? 562
Adding Modeling for Dimension 574
Applying Textures and Other Effects for Added Realism 596
Part VI Typography and Special Effects
16 Typography 615
Type Is Your Personality on Paper 617
Types of Type 622
Choosing Type 634
Using Type 639
Summary--Have Fun with Type! 657
Where to Buy Fonts on the Web 658
17 Special Effects with Type 661
Pleasing Clients with Multiple Versions of Text Handling 662
Summary 685
Part VII Photoshop for the Web
18 Creating Interface Elements 689
Interface Design 101 690
Creating an Interface from Scratch 691
Summary 735
19 Rollovers, Slicing, and Optimization 737
Preparing an Interface for ImageReady 739
Wrapping Up in ImageReady 750
Summary 760
20 Animation 763
Animation Guidelines 764
Creating Animated Dissolving Text 764
Preparing Channels and Layers for Animation 765
Round and Round We Go: Creating Loops 775
Creating a Bulging Pipe Animation 778
Using Displacement Maps for Special Animations 779
Digging into the Whys and Wherefores of Displace 780
Creating Displacement Map Visual Content 781
Animated Fog/Scrolling Texture 789
Getting Your Hands on Some Clouds 789
Summary 796
Post Script (Pun Intended) 796
21 Scripting and Actions 799
Splitting Images with Actions 800
Splitting Images with Scripting 805
Scripting for Complex Tasks 811
Summary 821
Part VIII Photoshop Tricks and Closing Thoughts
22 Gary Cauldron and Photoshop Tricks 825
Trick 1 Making Julian Float 827
Trick 2 Borrowing an Image's Color Palette 851
Trick 3 Creating a Photoshop Book Cover 855
Trick 4 Removing Fringing from Leaves 863
Trick 5 Making a Painting from a Photo 874
Trick 6 Fun with Fractals: Creating Seamless Tiles 884
Trick 7 Removing Red Eye 894
Trick 8 Creating a Bronze Guy 901
Trick 9 Becoming Gaugin in Your Spare Time 905
Trick 10 Fixing a Chopped-Off Drop Shadow 916
Grand Chapter Summary 920
PostScript 921
22 1/2 Where Do We Go from Here? 923
Closing Thoughts 923
Part IX The Back O'The Book
A The Inside Photoshop 7 CD-ROM 931
Instructions for Installing Acrobat Reader 5 932
What's On the Companion CD? 932
Special Offers 941
What to Do if You Have Problems with the Companion CD 942
B Keyboard Shortcuts and Power User Tricks 945
Undoing a Potential Disaster 946
Clipboards and New Images 947
Dump Your Clipboard 947
Keep Plenty of Drive Space Available 947
Scratch Disk No-No 947
Closing All Open Images 948
Drawing a Straight Line in Photoshop 948
How to Hide Those Pesky Marching Ants 948
Quick Frame 949
Fade Power 950
Another Fade Trick (Windows Only) 950
Stuff for Retouching 950
New Photoshop 7 Brushes Palette 951
Making the Palettes Go Away (Temporarily) 951
Think Before You Reset All Brushes 951
Creating Irregularly Shaped Brushes 951
Great Fill Tricks 952
Great Zoom Tricks 952
The Best Zoom Setting Possible 953
Getting Around an Image Fast 953
Removing Blue Cast from Digital Camera Photos 953
Reapplying Filters 954
Resetting Filters to Default Settings 954
Adjustment Layers 954
Dragging Layers Between Images 955
A Context Menu Trick 955
Auto Selecting Layers 956
Layers and the Clone Tool 956
Quickly Toggling Between Measuring Tools 956
Speaking of Measuring Tool Tricks--Did Ya Know? 957
Making Better Grayscale Images from Color Ones 958
An Easy Way to Create Complex Selections Automatically 959
Creating a Selection Using Channels 960
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  • Anonymous

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    This is a must have!

    Gary Burton and 5 contributors have put together a comprehensive step by step reference guide to Photoshop 7.0. The book is well thought out with practical tutorials in a user friendly format and in such a way that anyone can follow along. My reference to this being a 'reference guide' is demonstrated in part one, for instance, the author gives you a detailed list of definitions of Photoshop's Blending Modes and throughout the book this same practice is applied. In part two you're guided through Photoshop's Core Concepts such as, Preferences, understanding Photoshop's Color System Management and the importance of Scratch Disks and so much more. I could simply go on and on, as there is so much valuable information in this book. To top it off, on the accompanying CD ROM are, resource files for the chapters examples, a inside Photoshop e-glossary, fonts, textures, tiles and 6 software demos. All in all, the author makes sure you walk away with a deeper understanding of how the application works, along with being able to create, touch up, restore and materialize digital imagery like never before.

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