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There’s a reason Photoshop is the world’s industry standard in image-editing software – the depth and breadth of the program is unheralded. Photoshop immediately sucks you in with its easy-to-use interface and powerful tools and commands. It is so feature-rich that you soon begin to lose track of time and start blowing off your commitments just to try one more thing.

Photoshop 7 All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies is written for the person who has a good grasp of using a computer and navigating the operating system and at least a cursory knowledge of Photoshop. It is intended to be a comprehensive reference book that you can read cover to cover or reach for when you’re looking for specific information about a particular task such as the following (and more!):

  • Resize an image without causing undue damage
  • Crop images and increase their canvas size
  • Correct or enhance color
  • Fix flaws and imperfections
  • Prepare images for the Web
  • Create vector shapes by using the shape tools
  • Work with gradients and patterns
  • Use multiple images to create a multilayered composite image
  • Work with quick masks, layer masks, channel masks
  • Use filters to make images sharper, blurrier, cleaner, smoother
  • Work with digital cameras and scanners

This essential guide to Photoshop 7 combines 10 minibooks in one, from Photoshop fundamentals to more advanced techniques such as creating contact sheets and photo galleries. Plenty of photos and a 16-page color insert illustrate techniques and important concepts. And the Cheat Sheet at the beginning of the book helps you remember all the shortcuts you’ll use most often. (Tear it out and tape it to your monitor.)

Photoshop 7 All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies has easy-to-understand steps, a plethora of tips, and bonus Putting-It-Together sections that will put you on your way to Photoshop guru-hood.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764516672
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/13/2002
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 832
  • Sales rank: 870,537
  • Product dimensions: 7.84 (w) x 8.78 (h) x 1.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Obermeier owns a graphic design studio and teaches computer graphics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is the coauthor of Illustrator 10 For Dummies.

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Table of Contents


Book I: Photoshop Fundamentals.

Chapter 1: Examining the Photoshop Environment.

Chapter 2: Getting to Know the Tool Palette.

Chapter 3: Getting Started and Finishing Up.

Chapter 4: Getting It on Paper.

Chapter 5: Viewing and Navigating Images.

Chapter 6: Customizing Your Workspace and Preferences.

Book II: Image Essentials.

Chapter 1: Specifying Size and Resolution.

Chapter 2: Choosing Color Modes and File Formats.

Chapter 3: Using and Managing Color.

Chapter 4: Time Travel — Undoing in Photoshop.

Chapter 5: Applying Annotations and Notes.

Chapter 6: Creating Actions for Productivity and Fun.

Book III: Selections.

Chapter 1: Creating Selections.

Chapter 2: Creating and Working with Paths.

Chapter 3: Modifying and Transforming Selections and Paths.

Book IV: Painting, Drawing, and Typing.

Chapter 1: Exploring with the Painting Tools.

Chapter 2: Creating Vector Shapes.

Chapter 3: Filling and Stroking.

Chapter 4: Creating and Editing Type.

Chapter 5: Masking, Shaping, and Warping Type.

Book V: Working with Layers.

Chapter 1: Creating Layers.

Chapter 2: Managing Layers.

Chapter 3: Playing with Opacity and Blend Modes.

Chapter 4: Getting Jazzy with Layer Styles and ClippingGroups.

Book VI: Channels and Masks.

Chapter 1: Using Channels.

Chapter 2: Quick and Dirty Masking.

Chapter 3: Getting Exact with Advanced Masking Techniques.

Book VII: Filters and Distortions.

Chapter 1: Making Corrections with Daily Filters.

Chapter 2: Applying Filters for Special Occasions.

Chapter 3: Distorting with the Liquify Command.

Book VIII: Retouching and Restoration.

Chapter 1: Enhancing Images with Adjustments.

Chapter 2: Repairing with the Focus and Toning Tools.

Chapter 3: Fixing Flaws and Imperfections.

Book IX: Photoshop and the Web.

Chapter 1: Prepping Web Graphics.

Chapter 2: Optimizing Images with Save for Web.

Chapter 3: Slicing Your Image.

Chapter 4: Creating a Web Photo Gallery.

Chapter 5: Looking to ImageReady.

Book X: Photoshop and Print.

Chapter 1: Working with Other Programs.

Chapter 2: Prepping Graphics for Print.

Chapter 3: Creating Contact Sheets and Picture Packages.

Appendix A: Working with Digital Cameras and Scanners.

Appendix B: A Visual Reference of Photoshop Tools.


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