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The world's best way to master Photoshop/ImageReady web graphics is to sojourn to Ojai, California, and learn from the world's best teacher, Lynda Weinman. The second best way is to buy her Photoshop 5.5/Imageready 2.0 For The Web Hands-On Training, and load the practice files on the accompanying CD-ROM, and get rolling.
Weinman based this full-color, start-to-finish course on years of teaching at her design center, and it shows. This isn't simply "click here, do this, don't do that": it's in-depth, real-world insight for applying your new skills to the problems web designers really encounter.
Along the way, Weinman teaches all the fundamentals of image mapping, slicing, rollovers, transparent GIFs, animation, optimization, automation, and lots more. You'll find cogent explanations of mysteries like Gamma and spacer.gif; as well as a full chapter on exporting to both Dreamweaver and GoLive. And when ever the subject gets really dicey, there's usually a QuickTime movie to show you how it's done.
We're well aware that few people actually start at the beginning of a book-length course, and work straight through to the end. But consider making an exception for this book. The material is beautifully organized. You won't get bored or distracted, no matter how short your attention span. You will master this software — fast.