This is a breathtakingly useful Photoshop reference for working graphics professionals. Look up any command in Photoshop 6's sprawling interface, and Donnie O'Quinn will tell you exactly what that command can do, when you should use it, when you shouldn't use it, and what you'd better watch out for.
Take, for example, feathering. O'Quinn tells you how it compares with anti-aliasing, and when to use each (anti-aliasing is intended to produce an invisible, seamless effect, but no matter how low you set your feathering value, it'll still be visible). Or Image: Adjust: Levels (don't try to get too delicate here; that's what Image: Adjust: Curves is for. And don't overadjust tonal range: you may get visible shade-stepping.)
There's an immense amount of working knowledge distilled into this book. Open it one day, and you'll learn how to avoid using incorrect PANTONE ink names in your duotones. Next time you look, O'Quinn's reminding you why it no longer makes sense to deactivate selections simply by clicking on screen (it's all too easy to drag while you're clicking, and if another tool, such as the Paintbrush, is active, you might accidentally edit the contents of your selection.) Flip to another page, and he's showing how to convert a QuarkXPress document to editable pixels.
The breadth is extraordinary. Masking. Color controls. Swatches. Styles. Actions. Layers. Paths. Text. Detailed appendices on automation, selection, cropping, resizing, file conversion, line art and halftone editing, and custom ink techniques. There's also a 24-page keyboard shortcut reference. Simply put, Photoshop 6 Shop Manual stands out as an indispensable resource for every print and web professional who wants to get the job done as efficiently and well as possible. (Bill Camarda)
Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer 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.