Photoshop for the Web


In this second edition, author Mikkel Aaland updatesPhotoshop for the Web to include important new techniques and workarounds for the latest release of Photoshop—version 5.5. The first edition was loaded with step-by-step examples and real-world solutions from some of the world's hottest Web sites. The second edition adds coverage of Photoshop 5.5's newest features, including a compression tool that ultimately leads to faster download times and higher quality Web graphics. This edition also details features new ...

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In this second edition, author Mikkel Aaland updatesPhotoshop for the Web to include important new techniques and workarounds for the latest release of Photoshop—version 5.5. The first edition was loaded with step-by-step examples and real-world solutions from some of the world's hottest Web sites. The second edition adds coverage of Photoshop 5.5's newest features, including a compression tool that ultimately leads to faster download times and higher quality Web graphics. This edition also details features new to version 5.0, including the changeable type tool, color profiling, and the history palette.If that's not enough, Photoshop for the Web, 2nd Edition also covers Adobe's ImageReady 2.0 Web graphics production software, now part of the Photoshop 5.5 package, and includes 64 pages of color inserts. You'll find information on ImageReady 2.0's image slicing, animation, and JavaScript rollover capabilities.Topics include:

  • Using 5.5's powerful Save For Web feature
  • Automatically creating an interactive web photo gallery with 5.5
  • Image manipulation and processing with 5's history brush
  • Working with browser-safe colors to create stunning images regardless of platform or hardware
  • Using Photoshop 5's contact sheet feature to organize digital photographs
  • Quickly building Web backgrounds, buttons, and graphical type
  • Creating JavaScript rollovers with ImageReady 2.0
  • Streamlining Web production with Photoshop 5's changeable type tool
  • Using Photoshop 5.5's new color decontamination features
  • Using Photoshop as a Web layout tool
  • Customizing Photoshop for Web production, including 5's color profiling
  • Improving photos taken with a digital camera
  • Controlling anti-aliasing with custom brushes
  • Getting rid of the dreaded halo syndrome
  • Optimizing images for JPEG compression
  • Coding layout information in a Photoshop layer
  • Changing Photoshop's matte color to match your Web page color
  • Importing vector graphics into Photoshop
  • Straightening scans with Photoshop 5's ruler tool
  • Working with browser-safe colors to create stunning images regardless of platform or hardware
  • Integrating PS and ImageReady to create the most efficient web production environment
In its first edition, "Photoshop for the Web" has received praise from press and readers alike:
• The Canada Computer Paper picked it as one of the 10 best computer books of 1998.
• Hewlett Packard's E-Business Web site called it "one of the most useful Photoshop books I've ever picked up."
• And My Mac magazine said, "Aaland knows Photoshop inside out and how to maximize it for Web creation."Readers were even more effusive:
• "This is the first book that gives me both ready-to-use recipes and enough information to experiment with and learn my own solutions. Highly recommended!"
• "Aaland has provided an excellent and detailed analysis of using Photoshop to produce web pages ... a must-read book!"
• "Within minutes of perusing Aaland's book, I found exactly 4 new tricks that I immediately applied to improve my web site."
• "This book now rests on my most hallowed piece of real estate - on my desk next to my mouse."Photoshop for the Web, Second Edition shows you how to use the latest version of Photoshop to create Web graphics that look great and download blazingly fast.
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Editorial Reviews

Focuses on using Adobe Photoshop for professional web production. The second edition is updated to cover Photoshop 5.5 and its companion product, ImageReady 2.0. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
Ray Duncan

A Murky Guide to Clearer Images

Photoshop for the Web is an odd piece of work. On the surface, it's a tutorial in how to use Adobe Photoshop to prepare graphics for the web. But Aaland appears to be befuddled about the book's audience, and this severely limits the book's usefulness. The "cookbook" instructions for processing images are mostly unaccompanied by rationales or explanations of what is actually going on, so only a Photoshop expert would be able to generalize the instructions to other situations. On the other hand, a Photoshop expert probably wouldn't need this book in the first place.

Here's an example from page 13:

"In the first photo, the colors are washed out. The background is full of electronic 'noise' and there is a glare in the glasses caused by the digital camera's flash.

"To fix it, I adjusted the curves (Image:Adjust:Curves) by clicking on the Auto button. I used the Clone tool to spot the glasses to reduce the glare. Then I applied an Unsharp Mask (Filter:Sharpen:Unsharp Mask) set at a radius of .4 pixels and 100%. Then I applied the Dust and Scratches (Filter:Noise:Dust & Scratches) filter with a 1-pixel radius to the selected background. I applied a Gaussian blur (Filter:Blur:Gaussian Blur) with a 5-pixel radius to the blue channel. And finally I applied an Unsharp Mask with a .3-pixel radius to the entire image."

After reading this, I was shaking my head and wondering to myself what "used the Clone tool to spot the glasses" actually means, or how the heck the author knew to pick a radius of .4 pixels in one place and .3 pixels in another, but comforted myself with the expectation that this would all be made clear eventually. Well, it wasn't.

I was also disappointed to find that Photoshop for the Web did not benefit from O'Reilly's usual impeccable editing. For example, "compliment" is confused with "complement," and one section begins and ends with a virtually identical sentence (p. 50-52). Of course, this merely brings the book partway down toward the industry standard -- most computer book publishers don't bother with manuscript editing in the traditional sense at all.

There are better books on PhotoShop, and there are books on preparing web graphics that are considerably more clearly written. You can pass this one by.--Dr. Dobb's Electronic Review of Computer Books

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565926417
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/8/1999
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 7.97 (w) x 9.17 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Mikkel Aaland is a photographer, writer, Web producer, and the author of six books, including Sweat (1978), County Fair Portraits (1981), Digital Photography (1992), Still Images in Multimedia (1996), Photoshop for the Web (1998), and The Sword of Heaven (not yet published). He has contributed both text and/or photography to Wired, Digital Creativity, Pre, American Photo, Newsweek, Graphis, Publish, and MacWeek, as well as several European publications. His photography has been exhibited in major institutions around the world, including the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris and the former Lenin Museum in Prague. He is the recipient of the National Art Directors award for photography. Aaland is also the co-founder of Tor Productions, a multimedia company founded in 1989 and based in San Francisco specializing in the use of the still image in new media. He has lectured and taught on that subject at Stanford University, Drexel University, and University of California at Berkeley, as well as at computer graphics conferences around the country.

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Table of Contents


1 Making Photoshop Web-Friendly
     Photoshop 5 color preferences
     Stop wasting bytes
     Other web-friendly preferences
     Changing Photoshop's default background color
     Selecting web-safe colors
     Using Actions for web production
     Calibrating your monitor
     Take the time

2 Improving Photos for the Web
     Global corrections
     Selective corrections
     Enhancing acquired images
     Putting your photos on the web

3 Making Great GIFs
     GIF or JPEG?
     Using Save for Web
     The Indexed Color option

4 Creating GIFs from Scratch
     From RGB to indexed color
     Controlling anti-aliasing with custom brushes
     Working in Indexed Color mode
     Creating an illusion of translucency
     Hijacking a color palette
     Creating your own browser-safe colors
     On to transparency

5 Special Effects with Transparent GIFs
     Save for Web
     Indexed Color mode
     Selecting Transparency in the Color Table
     Using the GIF89a Export module
     Familiarity counts

6 JPEG: All the Color You Want
     Compression versus quality
     Saving JPEG files
     Optimizing for compression
     Other JPEG issues
     Pushing the envelope

7 Creating Background Tiles
     Working with tiling strips
     Creating patterns with square tiles
     Compressing backgrounds with JPEG
     Grabbing backgrounds
     Remembering the balance

8 Photoshop Web Type
     Working with Photoshop 5's Type tool
     Working with rendered type
     Going that extra mile
     Blur for readability
     The inherent beauty of type
     Making a difference

9 Creating Navigational Graphics
     Layer effects with Photoshop 5
     Creating photo bubbles
     Creating beveled boxes with the Gradient tool
     Painting beveled buttons
     Embossing and debossing type
     Bullet balls with light effects
     Creating flashy round buttons
     Creating navigational triangles
     Using found objects
     Creating an interactive navigational bar
     Instructions in layers
     The personal touch

10 Importing Vectors into Photoshop
     Importing vector files
     Avoiding color shifts
     Two are better than one

11 Laying Out Pages in Photoshop
     Painting design on a web page
     Redesigning with layers and grids
     Animating your graphics with Actions
     Using guides to design and crop
     Keeping boundaries with templates
     Working within the "live" area
     Coding layout information in a layer
     Unintended uses

12 ImageReady 2.0
     From Photoshop to ImageReady and back
     Using ImageReady
     Slicing images
     Making dolls come alive

A The PNG Format

B Third-Party Software

C Contributor Notes


2.5 compatibility, 5
216-color palette, 63
      (see also browser-safe colors)
3D effect, creating, 123
Action Xchange, 217
      animating images with, 179-180
      compatibility between Photoshop and,
      compression settings, automating, 102
      prerecorded, 11, 217
      saving time with, 60
Actions palette, 11
Adaptive palette, 50, 159, 180
      customizing, 59
Add Noise filter, 70
adjustment layers, 30
Adobe GoLive, 205
aliases for browsers, 52
animating images, 179-180
Animation palette, 190
      controlling, 64-67
      preserving with multicolored
backgrounds, 88
archiving images with PNG format, 210
arrows, creating, 151
Atkinson, Bill, 104, 221
      blurring in Lab mode, 104
Automate/Batch feature, 54
automating tasks (see Actions)
auto-slices, 193
Background Eraser, 72
backgrounds (background tiles)
      3D effect, creating, 123
      color, 90
      color bands, 118-119
      color shifts, 94
      compressing, 124-126
      creating, 111-127
      full-size images, 113
for, 124-126
      "grabbing" via the Web, 126
      HTML tag for, 111
      loose ends, connecting, 120
      multicolored, preserving anti-aliased
look with, 88
      Offset filter, 120-123
      previewing in, 204
      sidebars, creating
            soft-edged, 114
      single-color, 87, 111
      techniques for making, 111
      textured effects, creating, 121
      tiled, improving, 61
            matching, 120
creating, 120
            square, 119-123
            tiling strips,
bars, navigational, 160
Baseline format options, 99
batch optimization, 50, 54
Beeler, Julie, 222
beveled boxes, creating, 152-154
beveled buttons, 154
bicubic image changes, 6, 168
bilinear image changes, 6
bitmaps, converting to (see vector files, importing)
blending square tiles, 119
      global, 103
      in Lab mode, 104
      selective, 102
      smaller file size and, 100
boxes, creating, 152-154
Boxtop Software, 215, 218, 220
Brightness/Contrast tool, 23
browser dither, 56
Browser Dither menu, 52
browser-safe colors, 10, 63
      creating, 69, 215
      hybrid color makers, 218
      imported files and, 169
      Indexed Color mode, 67
      loading, 64
      default, changing, 52
      imported files and, 182
      layout screenshots, 180
bullet balls, creating, 156
"bump" grayscale image, 123
Burn tool, 28
buttons, 154, 157
Caston, Casey, 61, 221
channel masks, 81
Channels palette, 37, 81
checkered transparency pattern, 81, 92
Circular Selection tool, 68
clipped overlays, 139-141
Clouds filter, 121
color bands, creating, 118-119
color bleeding, preventing, 80-82
color burn, 24
color mode, RGB, 63
color picker, Macintosh System 8.5 and, 12
Color Range tool, 72
color shifts, avoiding, 168-172
      when jumping between applications, 189
Color Table, selecting transparency in, 77
color tables, creating and loading, 171
Color Table palette, 190
color-based transparency, 78-80
      bleeding of, preventing, 80-82
      blue skin tones, 37
      blue tint, removing, 25
      browser-safe, 10, 51, 69
            creating images
with, 64
            hybrid color
makers, 218
      color casts, 24
      Color Range tool, 72
      contrast and saturation, boosting, 169
      dominant, preserving anti-aliased look,
      filling shapes with, 169-171
      graduated, 139-141
      "hijacking" palettes, 68
      hybrid color makers, 218
      non-browser-safe, replacing, 57-59
      Photoshop window, changing background,
      shifts, avoiding, 168-172
            when jumping
between applications, 189
      tint to warm images, 38
      tinting images, 24
      tools, 24
      translucency, creating, 68
      transparency, changing default, 79
      unused, handling, 59
      unwanted, avoiding, 6
      values of when changing modes, 66
ColorSafe hybrid color maker, 218
ColorWeb plug-in, 216
combined menu, accessing, 52
      data, losing, 107
      displayed for JPEG files, 101
      JPEG compression, 97
      options for, 52
      settings for, 95-98
contrast, adjusting, 22-29
copies, working from, 18
copyright, caution with, 126
Ctein, 221
      global blurring, 103
Curves tool, 23
custom brushes, creating, 64-67
custom palettes, creating, 60
data, losing, 107
Debabelizer program
      2.5 compatibility option and, 5
      software, 220
debossed type, 155
default browser, changing, 52
Despeckle filter, 20
Difference Clouds filter, 121
Digital Frontiers, 104, 214
dithering, 50, 161
      avoiding, 63
      for browsers, 56
      JPEG files, 106
      selective, 61
Dodge tool, 18, 28
drawings (see images)
Dreamweaver, 205
dreamy glow, 92
drop shadows, creating, 153, 158, 160
Dust and Scratches filter, 17, 20
dust, removing, 17-21
dynamic range, increasing, 22-29
edges, matching, 119
Emboss filter, 123
embossed type, 155
EPS (Encapsulated PostScript) files, saving, 165
Equilibrium, 5, 220
erasers, cutting to transparency, 72
Exclude Non-Image Data option, 101
Eyedropper + tool, 28
eyedropper tool, 51
fast merging, 85
feathering, 158
      for gradients, 116
      selections, 75, 92
figures (see images)
file extensions, 7
file formats, 7
      GIF vs. JPEG, 45-48
file size, 62
      2.5 compatibility and, 5
      actual/final, 62
      compression settings and, 95-98
      with Gaussian blur filter, 100
      high spatial frequency, 107
      image previews and, 4
      minimizing, 3-7
      small for full-size images, 124-126
      specifying with Save for Web plug-in,
      unwanted colors and, 6
      Add Noise, 70
      Clouds, 121
      Despeckle, 20
      Difference Clouds, 121
      Dust and Scratches, 17, 20
      Emboss, 123
      Gaussian blur, 37, 142
      Lighting Effects, 123, 151
      Noise, 20
      Offset, 117, 120-123
      Sharpen, 22
      Sharpen Edges, 22
      Spherize, 151
      Texturizer, 142
      Unsharp Mask, 17, 22
"flashy" buttons, 157
frames, editing, 196
Free Transform layer, 151, 152
FreeHand files, importing, 168
Frick, Brian, 165-167, 221
      boundaries, keeping, 182
      coloring shapes, 169-171
      halos, avoiding, 88
      masking technique used, 84
Gamma control panel, 13
gamma settings
      adjusting, 14, 29
      PNG format, 211
Garcia, Bea, 120, 221
Gaussian blur filter, 18
      applying for smaller file size, 100
      blurring texture, 142
      cleaning images with, 20
      cleaning photographs, 39
      degradation, compensating for, 37
      Lab color, applied after, 104
GIF (Graphics Interchange Format) files
      animated, 197-199
      converting images to, 45-62
      converting to JPEG, 107
      creating from scratch, 63-70
      GIF89a Export module, 47
      photographs, saving as, 83
      third-party creation software for, 213-
      transparent, 71-94
      vs. JPEG, 45-48
GIF Prep utility, 220
GIF89a Export module, 78-94
      applying masks with, 83
      creating transparency from layers, 88-
      downloading, 78
      images, designating as transparent, 71
global blurring, 103
glow effect, 92
grabbing video frames, 18, 33
Gradient tool, 140
      balls, creating, 156
      beveled boxes, creating, 152-154
      flashy round buttons, creating, 157
      interactive navigational bar, creating,
      graphic type for the web (see type)
      navigational (see navigational
      using Actions palette for, 11
      vector-based (see vector files,
      (see also images)
grayscale images
      "bump", 123
      improving, 108
Green, Chuck, 145, 221
Grid Creator plug-in, 178
      page layout using, 177, 178, 183
      time-saving settings, 8
      designing/cropping images with, 180-182
      page layout using, 177, 183
      time-saving settings, 8
halos, avoiding, 75, 85-87, 88
Hartling, Gregg, 117, 119, 222
      guides, using, 180-182
Hersey, John, 118, 222
      color, 169
hexadecimal values, 10
hiding slice information/lines, 193
histogram, 23
historical photographs, 22
Hitchcock, Corey, 63, 222
      soft-edged sidebars, 114
HTML editors, page layout and, 178, 182
HTML tables, creating, 192
HTML tag for backgrounds, 111
Hue/Saturation tool, 25
HumanSoftware Inc., 219
HVS ColorGIF plug-in, 213
HVS JPEG plug-in, 104, 124, 215
ICC (International Color Consortium), 1
      color profile settings, 101
illustrations (see images)
Illustrator (Adobe)
      files, importing, 163-166, 171
      type created in, 140
image maps, creating, 205
Image type, 193
      animating, 179-180
            preparing for,
      archiving with PNG format, 210
      borders, removing, 23
      color tools, 24-25
      copies, working from, 18
      creating with browser-safe colors, 64
      cropping with guides, 180-182
      digitized, 28
      examining, 19
      filling type with, 139
      gaining speed and control over, 84
      grayscale, improving, 108
      historical, working with, 22
      indexing, 47
      linking areas of, 205
      navigational (see navigational
      optimizing, 48-52
compression, 102-106
      original, importance of saving, 107
      previews of, 52
            turning off, 4
      quality, compression settings and, 95-
      size of, 6, 168
      skin tones, improving, 37
      slicing, 192-196
      transparent, designating as, 71
      vector-based (see vector files,
      (see also photographs)
ImageVice filter, 214
index numbers, 47
Indexed Color mode, 53-62, 67
      color values and, 66
      converting to, 64
      transparent areas, designating, 76
indexing images, 47
      Indexed Color mode, 53-62
palettes and, 59
Info palette, changing settings, 8
instructions placed in layers, 161
interactive graphics (see navigational graphics)
International Color Consortium (see ICC)
Jablonsky, Stephen, 126, 222
jaggies, avoiding, 75
JFIF (JPEG File Interchange Format), 104
Johnson, Brad, 19, 222
      time-weary photographs, 21
JPEG (Joint Photographic Experts Group) files, 95-109
      compression, 97
      converting to GIF, 107
      creating, 98-102
      dithering, 106
      format options for, 99
      HVS JPEG plug-in, 124
      lines/text and, 99
      plug-ins, 106, 215
      premium quality, 104-106
      progressive, 99, 108
      transparency, faking, 100
      vs. GIF, 45-48
JPEG file converter, 104
JPEG File Interchange Format (JFIF), 104
JPEG Options dialog, 101
jumping between applications, 187-189
Jump-to buttons, 187
Kai's Power Tools (KPT5), 217
Knowland, Luke, 82, 222
KPT Actions, 217
Kruschwitz, Steve, 32, 222
Lab mode, blurring in, 104
Lasso tool, 28
Layer Effects, 129
      activating, 175
      animating images with, 180
            preparing for,
      changes, applying in 0, 196
      duplicating, 160
      effects with, 149
      fast merging, 85
      flattening, 175
      Free Transform, 151, 152
      guide layer, 184
      hiding, 174
      instructions in, 161
      layout information coded in, 183-185
      neon effect, creating with, 138
      organizing type with, 132
      page layout with, 180
      redesigning pages with, 178
      special effects created with, 175
      transparency, creating, 88-92
      turning into links, 205
Layers palette, 30, 39, 65, 174
layers-based transparency, 78
laying out pages (see page layout)
Levels tool, 23
Lighting Effects filter, 123, 151
Line tool, 160
Linear gradient tool, 64, 115, 118
links made from layers, 205
Lossy GIF setting, 50
      file extensions added automatically, 7
      System 8.5 and color picker, 12
Magic Eraser, 72
Magic Wand tool, 68, 141, 153, 168, 182
Magnify menu, 52
Marquee selection tool, 155
      1-bit/8-bit, 74
      for animation, 180
      applying with GIF89a Export module, 83
      channel, 81
      creating from transparent layer, 85
      Kodak Photo CD with, 28
      for type filling, 139
      working with, 82
matching edges, 119
Matte drop-down menu, 74
McMillan, Anna, 178, 222
melting square tiles, 119
MetaCreations, 166, 217
Mogensen, Tom, 201-204, 223
moiré patterns, eliminating, 32
monitors, calibrating, 11-14
Move tool, 140
navigational bars, 160
navigational graphics, 149-161
      arrows, 151
      beveled boxes, 152-154
      bullet balls, 156
      buttons, 154, 157
      complex bars, 160
      objects, real-life, used as, 158-160
      photo bubbles, 150-152
      triangles, 158
nearest neighbor image changes, 6
neon effect, creating, 138
No Image type, 193
Noise filters, 20
non-browser-safe colors, replacing, 57-59
objects, real-life, used in navigational graphics, 158-160
Offset filter, 117, 120-123
opacity, 74
Optimize palette, 190
optimizing images, 48-52
      using batches with, 50, 54
      for compression, 102-106
Original tab (Save for Web plug-in), 48
Ottopaths, 219
overlays, clipped, 139-141
page layout, 173-185
      browser imported files and, 182
      browser screenshots, 180, 181
      grids, 177, 178, 183
      guides, 177, 183
            aligning text
and graphics with, 182
            designing and
cropping with, 180-182
      HTML editors and, 178, 182
      layers, 174, 178, 180
information in, 183-185
      painting designs on, 175
      redesigning, 178
Paint Bucket tool, 170
Paint tool, 154
Painter files, importing, 166
      216-color, 63
      Actions, 11
      Adaptive, 50, 159, 180
      Animation, 190
      browser-safe, 56, 63
      Channels, 37
      Color Table, 190
      custom, creating, 60
      "hijacking", 68
      Info palette, 8
      Layers, 30, 39, 65, 174
      Optimize, 190
      Path, 158, 159
      Perceptual, 50, 59
      Rollover, 190, 199
      Selective, 59
      size, 51
      Slice, 190, 205
      Slices, 193
      Styles, 190
      Swatches, 64
      Web, 66
Pantone, Inc., 217
Parker, Sean, 179, 197, 223
Path palette, 158, 159
      creating with square tiles, 119-123
      (see also square tiles)
Pen tool, 158, 159
Pencil tool, 65, 161
Perceptual palette, 50
      customizing, 59
photo bubbles, 150-152
Photo CD module (Kodak), 218
      as background, preparing, 124
      blue tint, removing, 25
      blurred, sharpening, 21
      cleaning, 20
      compression and, 96
      contrast and dynamic range, 22-29
      digital, quality of, 36-40
      dust and noise removal, 20-32
      gamma settings adjustments, 29
      historical, 22
      masking with Kodak Photo CD, 28
      moiré patterns, eliminating, 32
      quality, improving for web use, 17-44
      red-eye, eliminating, 28
      saving as GIFs, 83
      sharpening, 22
      time-weary, 21
      tinting, 24, 38
      treatment for groups of, 31
      (see also images)
pixels, settings for, 8
Platform Preview menu, 52
      Grid Creator, 178
      HVS ColorGIF, 213
      HVS JPEG, 124
      PNG, 207
      ProJPEG, 215
      Save for Web, 47-53, 98
PNG (Portable Network Graphics) format, 207-211
      resources for further information, 15
points, using as measurement unit, 8
Portable Network Graphics format (see PNG format)
      benefits of, 15
      file extensions, setting (Macintosh), 7
      time-saving, 7-9
Preserve Transparency tool, 175
Printing Inks Setup dialog, 171
Progressive format option, 99
progressive JPEG files, 108
ProJPEG plug-in, 215
pseudo-multibit mask, 74
      custom, 75
pseudo-transparent look, 100
Quackenbush, Bruce, 193, 223
Quick Mask, 85
Read Me button, creating, 151
recording tasks, 11
red-eye, eliminating, 28
resizing images, 6, 168
resources for further information
      Actions, prerecorded, 217
      browser-safe colors, products for, 215-
      Debabelizer program, 220
      GIF creation software, 213-215
      GIF Prep utility, 220
      hybrid color makers, 218
      JPEG plug-ins, 215
      PNG format, 15
revealing slice information/lines, 193
RGB colors, 10
RGB mode, 63
      color values and, 66
      converting to browser-safe colors, 63
      customizing palettes and, 59
Robbins, Valerie, 48, 72, 78, 223
      grayscale photograph as background, 124
      navigational graphics, 150-154
      painting on web pages, 175-177
      textured effects, 121-123
Rollover palette, 190, 199
rollovers, 199-205
      previewing/testing, 201
      states in, 200
Rubber Stamp tool, 20
ruler settings, 8
Save for Web plug-in, 47-53, 98
      compression, applying, 96
      file size, 62
      transparency and, 71-76
      Web Snap feature, 51
scratches, removing, 17-21
      Dust and Scratches filter, 17, 20
seamless tiles, creating, 120
Sears, Erika, 223
      navigational graphics, 154-158
      scrap buttons, 159
Selection tool, 65
selection-based transparency, 78
selections, expanding, 75, 92
selective blurring, 102
selective dithering, 61
Selective palette, customizing, 59
      quality, in different Photoshop
versions, 106
      saving for other images, 50, 54
shadows, creating, 153, 158, 160
Sharpen Edges filter, 22
Sharpen filter, 22
Sharpen tool, 22
shortcuts for browsers, 52
sidebars, creating
      ribbon-shaped, 117
      soft-edged, 114
single color for backgrounds, 87, 111
size of images, 6, 168
skin tones, improving, 37
Slice palette, 190
      slice linked to URL, 205
Slice select tool, 193
Slice tool, 192, 193-196
Slices menu item, 189
Slices palette, 193
      auto-slices, 193
      editing, 193
      from guides/selections, 192, 195
      hiding/revealing information/lines, 193
      numbering, 193
      types, 193
      user-slices, 193
Smudge tool, 20
spatial frequency, 107
special effects
      glow effect, 92
      pseudo-transparent look, 100
      with transparent GIF files, 71-94
      transparent look, 93
      with layers, 149
Spherize filter, 151
Sponge tool, 18, 28
square tiles
      blending/melting, 119
      repeating patterns with, 119-123
      adding GIF animation to, 203
      of rollovers, 200
Stevens, Bobby, 160, 223
      page layout, 184
stroking type, 141-142
Styles palette, 190
Swatches palette, 64
switching between applications, 187-189
Taylor, Dave, 195, 223
Terbo Ted, 158, 223
testing tiling strips, 115
      adding to type, 141-142
      creating effect of, 121
Texturizer filter, 142
Thorngren, Johan, 168, 224
3D effect, creating, 123
Tile Maker filter, 204
tiles (see backgrounds, tiles)
time-saving settings, 7-9
time-weary photographs, 22
tinting images, 24, 38
      Brightness/Contrast, 23
      Circular Selection, 68
      color, 24
      Curves, 23
      Dodge and Burn, 28
      Eyedropper +, 28
      Gradient, 140, 152-154, 156, 157, 160
      Hue/Saturation, 25
      Lasso, 28
      Levels, 23, 25
      Line, 160
      Magic Wand, 141, 153, 168, 182
      Marquee Selection, 155
      Move, 140
      Paint, 154
      Paint Bucket, 170
      Pen, 158, 159
      Pencil, 161
      Preserve Transparency, 175
      Rubber Stamp, 20
      Sharpen, 22
      Smudge, 20
      Sponge, 28
      Type, 143, 145, 160
      Type Mask, 139
      Variations, 25
translucency, creating, 68
transparency, 71-94
      checkered pattern, 81, 92
      Color Table, selecting in, 77
      color-based, 78-80
      cutting to, 72
      default color, changing, 79
      direct from layers, 88-92
      editing transparent areas, 81
      GIF89a Export module, 78-94
      index color, setting, 92
      layers-based, 78
      pseudo-transparent look, 100
      selection-based, 78
      transparent look, 93, 100
Transparency Index Color, background color, 90
Transparent Rainbow fill, 118
triangles, creating, 158
troubleshooting JPEG files, 102
Tween options, 195, 198
216-color palette, 63
      (see also browser-safe colors)
type, 129-147
      adding texture to, 141-142
      created in Adobe Illustrator, 140
      anti-aliasing, 143, 160
      choosing for aesthetics, 145
      clipped overlays with, 139-141
      color, changing, 191
      embossed/debossed, 155
      filling with images, 139
      graduating fill colors, 139-141
      layers used to organize, 132
      neon effect, creating, 138
      small, making readable, 142
      stroking, 141-142
Type Mask tool, 139
Type tool, 129-136, 145, 160, 195
      anti-alias option, 143
      limitations/problem areas, 131
Type tool dialog box, 130
units, settings for, 8
Unsharp Mask filter, 17, 22
      Actions, prerecorded, 11, 217
      animating graphics, 195, 196
      browser-safe colors, products for, 215-
      Debabelizer program, 220
      GIF creation software, 213-215
      GIF Prep utility, 220
      GIF89a Export module, 78
      Grid Creator plug-in, download, 178
      hybrid color makers, 218
      JPEG plug-ins, 215
      slices linked to, 205
user-slices, 193
Variations tool, 25
vector files, importing, 168-172
      color shifts, avoiding, 163-172
      FreeHand files, 168
      Illustrator files, 163-166, 171
      Painter files, 166
      saving files, 165
Vetrone, Judd, 94, 224
video frame grabs, 18, 33
Walker, Tom, 70, 224
web graphics (see images)
web pages, painting on, 175-177
Web palette, 66
      applying before converting work, 64
      indexing images and, 59
web-safe colors (see browser-safe colors)
web type (see type)
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2001

    An Excelent Beginers Resource for Photoshop

    This is an excelent book for those who do not know much about utilizing different image formats, cleaning up pictures, and using general Photoshop tools. It utilizes short tutorials and color examples to communicate to the reader. If you are a beginer and eager to start learning this is an excelent resource.

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    Posted April 1, 2000

    Not 'just another Photoshop book!'

    Photoshop for the Web is not 'just another Photoshop book of shortcut commands and tool tips. It IS an invaluable collection of insider techniques that the experts use everyday in their combined art and occupation to exploit the usefulness of this truly amazing program. I love how this software has been so widely adopted and used in ways never imagined in its conception. The question rapidly becomes what can't Photoshop do? Mikkel does a great job of showing you this tool's versatility in an easy to follow text.

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