Sams Teach Yourself Adobe Photoshop 5.5 in 24 Hours

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780672317231
  • Publisher: Sams
  • Publication date: 10/28/1999
  • Series: Sams Teach Yourself Series
  • Pages: 460
  • Product dimensions: 7.33 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 1.11 (d)

Table of Contents

The Basics
Opening and Saving
Selection Modes
Color Modes and Color Models
Adjusting Color
Paintbrushes and Art Tools
Digital Painting
Moving Paint
Advanced Painting Techniques
Using Masks
Filters That Improve Your Picture
Filters to Make Your Picture Artistic
Filters to Distort and Other Funky Effects
Adding Type to Pictures
Special Effects
Photoshop, Plug-Ins and Add-Ons
Photo Repair - Black and White
Photo Repair - Color
Photoshop, for the Web
Appendix A Photoshop 5.5 Palette Quick Reference
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Photoshop 5.5 is the most recent version of a program that has set the standard for image manipulation since 1987. The new version has lots of new features, including a special Save for Web dialog box that optimizes images for the Web in GIF, JPEG, and PNG file format two new eraser tools to make transparencies, enhanced masking capabilities, the Art History brush tool that paints with stylized strokes to approximate the look of different paint styles, and improved type handling. The biggest news, though, is that Photoshop 5.5 includes Adobe ImageReady for preparing Web graphics, including a handy "jump" button that lets you toggle back and forth between the two programs. If you've used an earlier version, you'll be amazed at how much more powerful this one is. If this is your first experience with Photoshop, you'll be blown away. It's that good! The big surprise for first-time users is that it's really not as difficult as it looks. If you have used any other Adobe software, the Photoshop interface will be immediately familiar to you. If this is your first step into digital graphics, you'll find the going easier if you work on the chapters of this book one at a time and don't skip the activities or exercises.

There's honestly no way to become an overnight expert, be it in Photoshop or anything else, but this book will get you up and running in 24 hours or less. It's divided into two dozen one-hour "lessons," rather than chapters. Each one should take you about an hour to complete. Some lessons may need more time, others less. Please don't try to do it all in one 24 hour day, even if you could. The best way to learn isto take an hour or two between the lesson hours to try out what you've learned, and to simply poke around and see what's on the menus and what happens when you click here and there.

Here's one for you to start with: Open the About Photoshop window and wait for a minute. You'll see it start to scroll through the list of all the people who worked on the program. Watch carefully for the very last name on the list. To see the "secret" splash screen, press Control+Alt and then open Help, About Photoshop in Windows or press Command and open Apple menu, About Photoshop on a Macintosh. If you click the mouse in the space over the word Adobe in the main splash screen and wait for the credits to scroll through, you will see a bunch of funny quotes from Photoshop's programmers (Macintosh only).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2000

    A Photshop book for real dummies.

    I had no previous experience with Photoshop but within a few short hours I was up and running thanks to this book.Very informative and easy to follow instructions.A great book for anyone getting started and an ideal quick reference for anyone else.

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