Photoshop 5.5/ImageReady 2 Hands-On Training


When Photoshop 5.5 released in the Fall of 1999, it included ­ to the delight of many Web artists ­a full copy of Adobe¹s ImageReady 2. This powerful Web-tools combo needed a good teacher to demonstrate how to use them to their fullest potential. Enter Lynda Weinman and her Hands-On Training (H.O.T.) series.

Using classroom-proven techniques from her Ojai training center, Weinman shows readers ‹ in her characteristically warm and approachable ...
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When Photoshop 5.5 released in the Fall of 1999, it included ­ to the delight of many Web artists ­a full copy of Adobe¹s ImageReady 2. This powerful Web-tools combo needed a good teacher to demonstrate how to use them to their fullest potential. Enter Lynda Weinman and her Hands-On Training (H.O.T.) series.

Using classroom-proven techniques from her Ojai training center, Weinman shows readers ‹ in her characteristically warm and approachable style ‹ how and when to use both Photoshop 5.5 and ImageReady 2 to create appealing Web graphics that load quickly online while also easing artists¹ workloads during their creation.

As with her other Hands-On Training books, Photoshop 5.5. and ImageReady 2 Hands-On Training guides readers through a series of exercises of increasing complexity, to give them actual step-by-step experience in optimizing and previewing GIF and JPEG graphics, slicing Web images for faster loading, using layers to create rollovers and Layer Effects to automate buttons, using ImageReady to "tween" animations, and much more. The book includes a CD-ROM with QuickTime movies that illustrate some techniques, and sample files for all of the exercises.

Even experienced artists may be surprised at how much they¹ll learn about Photoshop from this pioneering Web author, whose pure enthusiasm for the medium is evident throughout the book.
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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.

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The most popular image-manipulation tool today, Photoshop is used in conjunction with ImageReady. Designers initially create images in Photoshop, then export them to ImageReady, which converts them into web graphics like rollovers and transparent gifs. Weinman, a specialist on web graphics and web design, does not cover every tool of Photoshop and ImageReady but instead focuses on their web-friendly features. This second title in Weinman's "H.O.T." series teaches by detailed imitation and is targeted to beginning to intermediate web designers. Recommended for all libraries. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
Aimed towards beginning to intermediate level Photoshop users who want to learn all of Photoshop and ImageReady's new Web features, this visually pleasing tutorial guide for computers using MacOs 7.6/+ and Windows 95/98/NT provides concrete training in building sophisticated Web graphics. Includes insiders' tips, detailed graphics, and a CD-ROM with exercise files and QuickTime movies. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780201354676
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press
  • Publication date: 3/23/2000
  • Edition description: BK&CD ROM
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 7.62 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Table of Contents

Front Matter 1
I. Introduction 2
Note from Lynda 2
How This Book Works 4
Exercise Files on the H-O-T CD-ROM 5
Software Files on the CD-ROM 6
Troubleshooting FAQ 6
Skill Level 6
RAM, RAM, and More RAM 7
System Requirements 7
About 8
About Me 9
Acknowledgements 11
2. Interface 12
Interface Overview 13
Photoshop 5.5 and ImageReady 2.0 Toolbars 14
Jump To Buttons 15
Exercise #1 Using Flexible Palettes and Tabs 16
Exercise #2 Returning the Palettes to Default Settings 18
Palette Shortcuts 19
Shortcuts 20
How to Set a Tool's Default Setting in Photoshop 21
How to View Hidden Tools in Photoshop and ImageReady 21
3. Color Management 22
Exercise #1 Changing Photoshop Color Settings for Web Design 24
Exercise #2 Changing Your Photoshop Preferences for the Web 27
4. Optimization 28
What Affects Speed on the Web? 29
GIF or JPEG? 29
Transparency and Animation 30
Lossy or Lossless? 31
How Can You Make Small JPEGs? 32
How Can You Make Small GIFs? 33
What About PNG? 34
What is Bit Depth? 35
Exercise #1 Saving for Web Using JPEG 36
Exercise #2 Saving for Web Using GIF 42
Exercise #3 Choosing the Right Palette 50
Exercise #4 Reducing the Colors 53
Exercise #5 Previewing Gamma and Browser Dither 56
Exercise #6 Changing the Dimensions of a Graphic 59
Exercise #7 Previewing in a Browser 60
Exercise #8 Setting Up for Optimization in ImageReady 62
Exercise #9 Optimizing a JPEG 64
Exercise #10 Using a Matte Color on a JPEG 66
Exercise #11 Previewing and Writing HTML 69
Exercise #12 Using Lossy Compression 72
5. Web Color 76
What is Web-Safe Color Anyway? 77
Why is Web-Safe Color so Important? 80
What is Hexidecimal Color? 81
What Happens If You Don't Use Web-Safe Color? 82
Exercise #1 Changing the Info Palette 86
Exercise #2 Copy Color as HTML 88
Exercise #3 Only Web Colors 90
Exercise #4 Snapping to Web Colors 94
Exercise #5 Setting the Color Palette to Web Colors 95
Exercise #6 Setting the Swatches Palette to Web Colors 96
Exercise #7 Loading the Swatch 98
Exercise #8 Previewing Dither 100
Exercise #9 Fixing a Non-Safe Image 102
Exercise #10 When Dithering is Good 107
Exercise #11 Preserve Transparency 110
Exercise #12 Filling with Ditherbox 116
Exercise #13 Previewing Gamma 119
6. Type 122
Differences in Type in Photoshop 5.5 and ImageReady 2.0 123
Exercise #1 Type Basics 124
Exercise #2 Jump To 130
Exercise #3 Changing the Update Feature 132
Exercise #4 Editing Type 136
Exercise #5 Rendering Type 139
Exercise #6 Setting Up Artwork for Buttons 144
What Is Preserve Transparency? 142
Exercise #7 ImageReady Layer Effects 148
Exercise #8 Photoshop Layer Effects 152
Exercise #9 The Gradient/Pattern Layer Effect 156
Exercise #10 Applying Styles 160
Exercise #11 Making Your Own Styles 163
Exercise #12 Stroked Text Using Styles and Filter Affects 168
Exercise #13 Stroked Text Using Selections 171
Exercise #14 Clipping Groups 175
Exercise #15 Painting Inside Type 178
7. Background Images 180
What is a Background Image? 181
Background Image Sizes 182
Exercise #1 Defining, Editing, and Previewing a Background Image 184
Exercise #2 Saving a Background Image 189
Exercise #3 Recoloring Background Image Artwork 192
Exercise #4 Seamless Background Tiles 198
Saving Options in ImageReady 202
Exercise #5 Copying and Pasting with Offset 203
Ways to Access the Offset Filter in ImageReady 207
Exercise #6 Seamless Photographic Background Images 208
Which program is best for Background Images? 213
Exercise #7 Full-Screen Background Images 214
Exercise #8 Large-Screen Photographic Background Images 219
Exercise #9 Directional Tiles 222
8. Transparent CIFs 224
What Does Anti-Aliasing Look Like? 226
How to Recognize a Transparent Layer 227
Offset Problems in Browsers 228
Transparency, Masks, and GIFs 229
Exercise #1 Creating and Previewing GIF Transparency 230
Exercise #2 Fixing Bad Images 233
Exercise #3 Adding a Drop Shadow 236
Exercise #4 The Pitfalls of Broad Backgrounds 238
Exercise #5 Saving Transparent Images 241
Exercise #6 Transparency in Photoshop 242
Exercise #7 Transparency Layer Versus Transparent GIF 244
Exercise #8 GIF 89a Export 247
9. Image Maps 248
Server-Side or Client-Side Image Maps? 249
What Does an Image Map Look Like? 251
Exercise #1 Making an Image Map 252
Exercise #2 Making an Invisible Layer an Image Map 257
Exercise #3 Jumping to Photoshop with an Image Map 262
10. Slicing 264
What are Slices? 265
Slice Icons 266
GoLive or ImageReady Code? 267
Exercise #1 Slicing and Selecting 268
Exercise #2 Optimizing Slices 272
Exercise #3 Previewing and Saving Slices 278
Exercise #4 Using the Slice Palette 282
Exercise #5 Setting Auto-Slices to No Image 286
Saving Slices Recap 291
11. Rollovers 292
Exercise #1 Single-Button Rollover with Styles 293
Exercise #2 Image Map-Based Rollovers 298
Exercise #3 Saving a Rollover 300
Preferences for Saving Rollovers 303
Exercise #4 Single-Button Rollover with Layers 307
What JavaScript States Are Allowed? 310
Exercise #5 Remote Rollovers 311
Exercise #6 Saving Complicated Rollovers 324
Exercise #7 Creating Navigation Bar Layers 326
Exercise #8 Aligning Layers 332
Exercise #9 Adding Slices to a Navigation Bar 339
Exercise #10 Adding Rollovers to a Navigation Bar 340
12. Animated CIFs 344
Animation Terms 345
Animated GIF Format 348
Compression Challenges 348
Controlling the Timing of Animated GIFs 349
Animated Aesthetics 349
Exercise #1 Frame-by-Frame Animation with Layers 350
Exercise #2 Setting the Speed and Looping 354
Exercise #3 Optimizing and Saving an Animated GIF 356
Exercise #4 Making a Transparent Animated GIF 358
Exercise #5 Tweening with Opacity 363
Exercise #6 Selecting, Duplicating, and Reversing Frames 367
Exercise #7 Tweening a Tweened Sequence 370
Different Ways to Duplicate Frames 372
Exercise #8 Tweening with Position 373
Exercise #9 Tweening with Effects 376
Exercise #10 Animated Slide Show 379
Exercise #11 Animated GIF Rollovers 384
Exercise #12 Designing Entire Interfaces 389
13. Automation 396
What is the Web Photo Gallery? 397
Actions that Ship With Photoshop and ImageReady 398
Exercise #1 Creating a Web Photo Gallery 399
What Do All the Web Photo Gallery Settings Do? 403
Exercise #2 Creating an Action 404
Exercise #3 Batch Processing with an Action 410
Adding, Changing, Deleting, or Pausing an Action 414
Exercise #4 Creating a Preview in Browser Action 415
Exercise #5 Previewing Backgrounds with an Action 418
Exercise #6 Automating Animation with a Droplet 422
More About Droplets 427
14. Importing/Exporting 428
Exercise #1 Update HTML 429
How Does HTML Work? 434
Exercise #2 Getting ImageReady Rollovers into GoLive 436
Exercise #3 Getting ImageReady Rollovers into Dreamweaver 443
Exercise #4 Exporting Illustrator 8.0 Files 453
Exercise #5 Exporting from Earlier Illustrator Versions 456
Exercise #6 Exporting ImageReady to QuickTime 458
Exercise #7 Converting from QuickTime to ImageReady 460
15. Troubleshooting FAQ 461
Index 470
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    As an industry professional, student and lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley, I found this book to be exceptional! From beginning to end the book is not only aesthetically competent, but is also easy to understand and follow along. It is a quick read and for you experts who want to brush up on your teaching skills you can finish this book in one sitting. Very helpful! The full color diagrams and practical examples make this book a must have for Web Developers and Beginner Designers alike. Way to go... and thanks for making such a great book! (Note: Advanced Users may find this book redundant, although it is very well written and a good reference for teaching)

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