Photoshop is too big for anyone to become a world-class expert by sitting alone in an artist’s garret. It takes interaction with other Photoshop pros -- the more, the better. By that standard, the authors of this book know more than just about anyone.
Peter Bauer is help desk director for the National Association of Photoshop Professionals. (Maybe you’ve attended his “Stump the Experts” sessions.) Foster, a Photoshop World “Dream Team” instructor, has developed and taught computer graphics and multimedia curricula throughout the California state university system.
Their Special Edition Using Photoshop 7 delivers the goods. You’ll find all of Photoshop here: new features like the revamped painting engine; in-depth coverage of color theory and color management; a full section on image composition, retouching, and compositing; four chapters apiece on web and print graphics, including detailed coverage of prepress issues; and -- not least -- loads of efficiency and automation techniques.
You’ll especially appreciate the book’s new coverage of using Photoshop with pretty much all of the leading web, print, and video packages, including Illustrator, GoLive, Dreamweaver, InDesign, QuarkXPress, Pagemaker, After Effects, Premiere, Final Cut Pro, Flash, and LiveMotion. We haven’t seen another Photoshop book match that. 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.