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In this second edition, author Mikkel Aaland updates Photoshop 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 updates Photoshop 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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
12 ImageReady 2.0
From Photoshop to ImageReady and back
Making dolls come alive
A The PNG Format
B Third-Party Software
C Contributor Notes
Posted April 24, 2001
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 1, 2000
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.