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Speed Kills! When it comes to Photoshop, time is money, and this hot new Killer Tips book (from the creative forces behind Photoshop User magazine, Scott Kelby and Felix Nelson) is all about speed, speed, and more speed! It's about efficiency, productivity, and best of all, the fun (and bragging rights) that comes with knowing all the inside tips. Speed Freak! Wouldn't it be cool if there was a Photoshop book, where the whole book, cover-to-cover, was nothing but those cool little sidebar tips on the inside of ...
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Overview

Speed Kills! When it comes to Photoshop, time is money, and this hot new Killer Tips book (from the creative forces behind Photoshop User magazine, Scott Kelby and Felix Nelson) is all about speed, speed, and more speed! It's about efficiency, productivity, and best of all, the fun (and bragging rights) that comes with knowing all the inside tips. Speed Freak! Wouldn't it be cool if there was a Photoshop book, where the whole book, cover-to-cover, was nothing but those cool little sidebar tips on the inside of every great Photoshop book? If you love those little sidebar tips just as much as we do, if you love Photoshop as much as we do, if you want to be an outrageously fast Photoshop speed freak, then this book is for you. Fast and Furious! There are no special effects, no flaming type, no glows, no buttons, no bevels, etc. -- it's packed cover-to-cover with nothing but tips. It's designed to teach you those hidden productivity tips, inside shortcuts, and little-known tricks that the pros use every day to get twice the work done in half the time. The whole book is designed for one reason -- to help you smoke the competition.
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If you’re like us, you’ve found yourself choosing books based on the sidebars -- those great tips and nuggets that don’t fit into the narrative but often make the entire purchase worthwhile. Here’s a Photoshop book that’s nothing but sidebars.

Scott Kelby and Felix Nelson, the editor-in-chief and creative director of Photoshop User magazine, respectively, have pulled together more than 300 of the best Photoshop 7 tips they’ve come across.

You’ll find tips for every aspect of running Photoshop, from color to retouching, type to layers, and beyond. How to steal colors from anywhere, not just open documents. How to do lightning-fast feathering, how to get “dumb quotes” back even though “smart quotes” are now the default; how to get super-clean type for the Web; a cool undocumented airbrush toggle trick, and on, and on, and on.

You’ll especially appreciate the tips for efficient production (how to instantly find the center of any object; how to transform and copy at the same time, how to display your most recent tonal adjustment settings instead of Photoshop’s defaults). If you live in Photoshop, you’ve just hit the jackpot. 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: 9780735713000
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press
  • Publication date: 7/24/2002
  • Series: Killer Tips Series
  • Pages: 213
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

ABOUT THE AUTHORSABOUT THE AUTHORS Scott is Editor-in-Chief of Photoshop User magazine and president of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals, the trade association for Adobe® Photoshop® users. Scott is also Editor-in-Chief of Mac Design Magazine, a print magazine for Macintosh graphic designers, and president and CEO of KW Media Group, Inc., a Florida-based graphics training and publishing firm. Scott is author of the books Photoshop Down & Dirty Tricks and Photoshop Photo-Retouching Secrets from New Riders Publishing, and is a contributing author to the books Photoshop Effects Magic, also from New Riders; Maclopedia, the Ultimate Reference on Everything Macintosh from Hayden Books; and Adobe Web Design and Publishing Unleashed from Sams.net Publishing. Scott is an Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) in Photoshop, Training Director for the Adobe Photoshop Seminar Tour, Technical Chair for PhotoshopWorld (the convention for Adobe Photoshop users), and he is a speaker at graphics trade shows and events around the world. Scott is also featured in a series of Photoshop, Illustrator, and Web design video training tapes and has been training graphics professionals across the country since 1993. Scott lives in the Tampa Bay area of Florida with his wife, Kalebra, and his son, Jordan. For more background info visit http://www.scottkelby.com. Felix is the Creative Director of Photoshop User magazine and the Senior Art Director for the National Association of Photoshop Professionals. Felix is also the Art Director for Mac Design Magazine. Felix is a contributing author to the book Photoshop Effects Magic from New Riders Publishing and served as technical consultant for the book Adobe Photoshop Down & Dirty Tricks. He is also featured in a new Photoshop training video¿Photoshop Photorealistic Techniques. He's a traditional illustrator who took a "digital-u-turn" in 1988 when he was first introduced to a Mac IIcx. His design work and digital illustrations have been featured on NBA-, NFL-, and MLB-licensed sports apparel and have appeared in several national publications. Felix is a guest speaker at the Adobe Photoshop Seminar Tour and is a part of the PhotoshopWorld Instructor "Dream Team." Felix lives in Spring Hill, Florida, with his wife, Patty, and sons, Alex, Chris, and Earl. © Copyright Pearson Education. All rights reserved.

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Why We Wrote This Book

The inspiration for this book came when Felix saw what the car payment wouldbe on a new Porsche Boxster. He came to me and said, "Dude, I gotta write abook." Okay, you know we're kidding, but admit it—don't yousecretly wish that for once, when someone was doing something strictly for themoney, they'd just come out and say so. Just once, wouldn't you liketo hear someone admit it? Well, I hate to disappoint you, but I can tell youunequivocally that Felix and I absolutely did not write this book for the money.We wrote it to get free drugs. All authors get free drugs—it's inevery book contract. Always has been.

Actually, the reason we wanted to write this book is because of somethingthat is already in almost every Photoshop book ever written: the tips. Youknow—those cool little tips littered throughout the sidebars of all greatPhotoshop books. We found that those little tips were often our favorite partsof the book. In fact, Felix and I agreed that frequently we'd read allthose little sidebar tips first—before we'd ever sit down to actuallyread a chapter. It's those neat little tips that the great authors includethat make using Photoshop so much fun (and make their books so great). The onlyproblem is, there's just not enough of 'em.

So we thought, "Wouldn't it be cool if there was a Photoshop bookwhere the whole book, cover-to-cover, was nothing but those little tips on theside!" Then Felix jumped up and yelled, "Let's write thatbook!" I jumped up and yelled, "Yes, yes! We have to write that book.It's our destiny!" Then Felix yelled, "Then I can get myPorsche!" I mean, he yelled, "This book will help humanity and bewritten for the common good" (or something like that. I can'tremember. Probably because of all the drugs).

TIP

This is a sidebar tip. Every greatPhotoshop book has a few of them. But this book is nothing but them. Awhole book of cool sidebar tips, without the sidebars.

Is This Book for You?

Is this book for you? Are you kidding? This book is so for you thatit secretly freaks you out. Look, we don't know you personally, but we knowPhotoshop people. You're just like us—you love those little sidebartips just as much as we do. If you didn't, authors would've stoppedadding them to their books years ago, because, frankly, they're a pain inthe butt to compile. But we know what you're thinking. Sure, you love thoselittle tips—those inside secrets that make you look smart at parties andgain respect from your peers, homies, peeps, and other esteemed colleagues, butyou want something more. You want the one thing that those cool little sidebartips never seem to have. That's right, graphics. As cool as those sidebartips are, they're always just a tiny little box with a couple of lines oftext (like the sidebar we added above left). So we thought we'd expand theexplanations just enough to make them more accessible, and add an accompanyinggraphic to enhance each tip's innate juiciness. They must remain"juicy." They must be "juicy tips."

Now you're probably wondering, "Guys, Photoshop is one amazingprogram with an unrivaled power and incredible depth. Couldn't you havecome up with at least 1,000 Photoshop tips?" Absolutely. We could haveincluded loads of tips, such as "F7 brings up the Layers palette," and"Press Shift-G to get the Paint Bucket tool," but the problem is,those aren't "Killer Tips." Every Photoshop book has those tips.Heck, books about gardening probably even have those Photoshop tips. For a tipto get in this book, it had to be a "Killer Tip." Each tip had to beone that would make the reader smile, nod, and then pick up the phone to callanother Photoshop user just to "tune them up" with their newfoundpower. Remember, these are killer tips, so be careful. Someone could gethurt.

Okay, How Do I Get Started?

In both of my previous Photoshop books, Photoshop 7 Down & DirtyTricks and Photoshop 6 Photo-Retouching Secrets, I used a techniquethat really worked well. I gratuitously mentioned both of my other books in theintroduction, just in case I didn't get to plug them later. No, wait...that's not it. What I did tell the reader was that my booksaren't set up like a novel. They're purposely not designed to make youstart at Chapter One and read your way through to the back (where hopefully,I'll again have an opportunity to plug, I mean casually mention, my otherbooks). Instead, this book is designed so you can jump in anywhere, in anychapter, and immediately try the tips that interest you the most, regardless ofyour level of experience in Photoshop. You don't need to load any specialimages from a CD-ROM or go to a Web site to download special photos—theseare just cool tips. No flaming type, no multilevel glows—just timesavingshortcuts and efficiency tips that will make you faster and better at Photoshopthan you'd ever thought you'd be.

Also, like my previous books, we spell out everything. So if you've beenusing Photoshop for years, don't let it frustrate you because instead ofjust writing, "Create a new layer," we usually write, "Create anew layer by clicking on the New Layer icon at the bottom of the Layerspalette." We do that because we want everyone, at any skill level, to beable to open the book to any page and start applying these cool tips to theirwork immediately.

This book is built on the premise that "Speed Kills." Because afterall, if you get faster at Photoshop, you'll have more time to be creative,and the more time you spend being creative, the more fun you'll have.

TIP

You're doing it again! Stop lookingat these sidebars. See, they're intoxicating—you're drawn to themeven after you know it's not really a tip. Okay, here's a real tip: Ifyou like sidebar tips, buy this book.

Is This Book for Macintosh, Windows, or Both?

This book is not only for Mac and Windows users, it's for people whodon't even have a computer. In fact, it's ideal for anyone with $39.99(kidding). Because Photoshop is identical on both the Macintosh and Windowsoperating systems, the book is for both Mac and Windows users. However, thekeyboards on a Mac and PC are slightly different, so every time we give akeyboard shortcut, we give both the Mac and Windows shortcuts. (Well, there isone other difference—in Mac OS X you'll find Photoshop'sPreferences under the new Photoshop menu instead of the Edit menu like it usedto be in the Mac OS and still is in Windows).

How To Use This Book

This book is designed to be read while moving at a high rate of speed. Ifyou're barreling down the highway going 80 mph, weaving in and out oftraffic, that's the ideal time to turn to Chapter 6 to read the tip on"How to assist EMS workers with using the Jaws of Life." Okay,admittedly, that's probably not a good idea, so instead, just make sure youopen this book in front of your computer so you can dive right into the tips.Remember, the one who dies with the most cool tips wins.

What Not To Do

You're almost ready to get to the tips, but first a word of caution:"Caution." There. Now you're ready. Actually, we did want topoint out that the only two actual sidebar tips in the entire book are in thesidebars on these two pages. So, don't go rippin' through the booklooking for all those little sidebar tips because we intentionally left thesidebars blank. Why? So we could write another book called The Missing KillerTips Sidebars, just in case Felix ever sees what the payment is for a houseon the beach.

© Copyright Pearson Education. All rights reserved.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Life in the Fast Lane: Production Tips 2
Ch. 2 Born to Run: Essential Tips You've Got to Know 28
Ch. 3 Greased Lightnin: Way Cool Tips 56
Ch. 4 Burn Rubber: Smokin' Type Tips 76
Ch. 5 Fast & Furious: Killer Web Tips 92
Ch. 6 Fast Company: Photoshop Design Tips 108
Ch. 7 Speedy Gonzalez: Layer Tips 120
Ch. 8 Speed Freak: Troubleshooting Tips 144
Ch. 9 Speed 2: Image-Correction and Prepress Tips 162
Ch. 10 Speed Kills: Advanced Tips 182
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Preface

Why We Wrote This Book

The inspiration for this book came when Felix saw what the car payment wouldbe on a new Porsche Boxster. He came to me and said, "Dude, I gotta write abook." Okay, you know we're kidding, but admit it—don't yousecretly wish that for once, when someone was doing something strictly for themoney, they'd just come out and say so. Just once, wouldn't you liketo hear someone admit it? Well, I hate to disappoint you, but I can tell youunequivocally that Felix and I absolutely did not write this book for the money.We wrote it to get free drugs. All authors get free drugs—it's inevery book contract. Always has been.

Actually, the reason we wanted to write this book is because of somethingthat is already in almost every Photoshop book ever written: the tips. Youknow—those cool little tips littered throughout the sidebars of all greatPhotoshop books. We found that those little tips were often our favorite partsof the book. In fact, Felix and I agreed that frequently we'd read allthose little sidebar tips first—before we'd ever sit down to actuallyread a chapter. It's those neat little tips that the great authors includethat make using Photoshop so much fun (and make their books so great). The onlyproblem is, there's just not enough of 'em.

So we thought, "Wouldn't it be cool if there was a Photoshop bookwhere the whole book, cover-to-cover, was nothing but those little tips on theside!" Then Felix jumped up and yelled, "Let's write thatbook!" I jumped up and yelled, "Yes, yes! We have to write that book.It's our destiny!" Then Felix yelled, "Then I can get myPorsche!" I mean, he yelled, "This book will help humanity and bewritten for the common good" (or something like that. I can'tremember. Probably because of all the drugs).


TIP

This is a sidebar tip. Every greatPhotoshop book has a few of them. But this book is nothing but them. Awhole book of cool sidebar tips, without the sidebars.

Is This Book for You?

Is this book for you? Are you kidding? This book is so for you thatit secretly freaks you out. Look, we don't know you personally, but we knowPhotoshop people. You're just like us—you love those little sidebartips just as much as we do. If you didn't, authors would've stoppedadding them to their books years ago, because, frankly, they're a pain inthe butt to compile. But we know what you're thinking. Sure, you love thoselittle tips—those inside secrets that make you look smart at parties andgain respect from your peers, homies, peeps, and other esteemed colleagues, butyou want something more. You want the one thing that those cool little sidebartips never seem to have. That's right, graphics. As cool as those sidebartips are, they're always just a tiny little box with a couple of lines oftext (like the sidebar we added above left). So we thought we'd expand theexplanations just enough to make them more accessible, and add an accompanyinggraphic to enhance each tip's innate juiciness. They must remain"juicy." They must be "juicy tips."

Now you're probably wondering, "Guys, Photoshop is one amazingprogram with an unrivaled power and incredible depth. Couldn't you havecome up with at least 1,000 Photoshop tips?" Absolutely. We could haveincluded loads of tips, such as "F7 brings up the Layers palette," and"Press Shift-G to get the Paint Bucket tool," but the problem is,those aren't "Killer Tips." Every Photoshop book has those tips.Heck, books about gardening probably even have those Photoshop tips. For a tipto get in this book, it had to be a "Killer Tip." Each tip had to beone that would make the reader smile, nod, and then pick up the phone to callanother Photoshop user just to "tune them up" with their newfoundpower. Remember, these are killer tips, so be careful. Someone could gethurt.

Okay, How Do I Get Started?

In both of my previous Photoshop books, Photoshop 7 Down & DirtyTricks and Photoshop 6 Photo-Retouching Secrets, I used a techniquethat really worked well. I gratuitously mentioned both of my other books in theintroduction, just in case I didn't get to plug them later. No, wait...that's not it. What I did tell the reader was that my booksaren't set up like a novel. They're purposely not designed to make youstart at Chapter One and read your way through to the back (where hopefully,I'll again have an opportunity to plug, I mean casually mention, my otherbooks). Instead, this book is designed so you can jump in anywhere, in anychapter, and immediately try the tips that interest you the most, regardless ofyour level of experience in Photoshop. You don't need to load any specialimages from a CD-ROM or go to a Web site to download special photos—theseare just cool tips. No flaming type, no multilevel glows—just timesavingshortcuts and efficiency tips that will make you faster and better at Photoshopthan you'd ever thought you'd be.

Also, like my previous books, we spell out everything. So if you've beenusing Photoshop for years, don't let it frustrate you because instead ofjust writing, "Create a new layer," we usually write, "Create anew layer by clicking on the New Layer icon at the bottom of the Layerspalette." We do that because we want everyone, at any skill level, to beable to open the book to any page and start applying these cool tips to theirwork immediately.

This book is built on the premise that "Speed Kills." Because afterall, if you get faster at Photoshop, you'll have more time to be creative,and the more time you spend being creative, the more fun you'll have.


TIP

You're doing it again! Stop lookingat these sidebars. See, they're intoxicating—you're drawn to themeven after you know it's not really a tip. Okay, here's a real tip: Ifyou like sidebar tips, buy this book.

Is This Book for Macintosh, Windows, or Both?

This book is not only for Mac and Windows users, it's for people whodon't even have a computer. In fact, it's ideal for anyone with $39.99(kidding). Because Photoshop is identical on both the Macintosh and Windowsoperating systems, the book is for both Mac and Windows users. However, thekeyboards on a Mac and PC are slightly different, so every time we give akeyboard shortcut, we give both the Mac and Windows shortcuts. (Well, there isone other difference—in Mac OS X you'll find Photoshop'sPreferences under the new Photoshop menu instead of the Edit menu like it usedto be in the Mac OS and still is in Windows).

How To Use This Book

This book is designed to be read while moving at a high rate of speed. Ifyou're barreling down the highway going 80 mph, weaving in and out oftraffic, that's the ideal time to turn to Chapter 6 to read the tip on"How to assist EMS workers with using the Jaws of Life." Okay,admittedly, that's probably not a good idea, so instead, just make sure youopen this book in front of your computer so you can dive right into the tips.Remember, the one who dies with the most cool tips wins.

What Not To Do

You're almost ready to get to the tips, but first a word of caution:"Caution." There. Now you're ready. Actually, we did want topoint out that the only two actual sidebar tips in the entire book are in thesidebars on these two pages. So, don't go rippin' through the booklooking for all those little sidebar tips because we intentionally left thesidebars blank. Why? So we could write another book called The Missing KillerTips Sidebars, just in case Felix ever sees what the payment is for a houseon the beach.

© Copyright Pearson Education. All rights reserved.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2002

    Good Photoshop Tips

    PHOTOSHOP 7 Killer Tips AUTHOR: Scott Kelby and Felix Nelson PUBLISHER: New Riders REVIEWED BY: Barbara Rhoades BOOK REVIEW: Photoshop 7, Killer Tips is a wonderful book chock full of quick tips on using Photoshop. Each is given half of one page so the information is in concise form. You won¿t have to read a chapter to find out how to do the tip. Also, each tip contains at least one graphic to visually explain what is going on. The down side of this book is the way the Chapters are named and the tips indexed. If you are looking for a specific topic, you better know how the authors think because the Chapters have such names as Greased Lightnin¿ and Fast & Furious. While these names are cute, they do nothing to help a reader locate what they need. Also the names of each tip in the Chapters are not listed in alphabetical order. For example, the first tip in Chapter 5, Fast & Furious is Zoom Out for Sharper Web Images and the second to last is Exercising Your Influence on GIFs. Neither Zoom or Exercising tells you what the tip is about; you have to read the whole name. So even if they were in alphabetical order, it wouldn¿t help. The bottom line: Get the book if you want to do some reading to locate your needs. It has all kinds of wonderful tips; it is just not labeled well.

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