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The Photoshop 6 WOW! Book

The Photoshop 6 WOW! Book

by Jack Davis, Linnea Dayton
Looking for state-of-the-art practical advice and inspiration? The Photoshop 6 Wow! Book stikes the perfect balance, giving you creative, timesaving tips and techniques for Web graphics, illustration, photo correction and compositing, and special effects. Packed with stunning new examples of Photoshop artistry, Photoshop 6 Wow! presents real-world, full


Looking for state-of-the-art practical advice and inspiration? The Photoshop 6 Wow! Book stikes the perfect balance, giving you creative, timesaving tips and techniques for Web graphics, illustration, photo correction and compositing, and special effects. Packed with stunning new examples of Photoshop artistry, Photoshop 6 Wow! presents real-world, full-color artwork accompanied by clear, step-by-step instructions that you can use immediately to create your own projects. This updated edition shows you how to get the most from Photoshop 6's redesigned interface, new Shape tools, improved typesetting, and other vector-based features. You'll also get expert instruction on ImageReady's automated rollover states and one of the hottest new features--Layer Styles--for instant, elegant special effects.

The accompanying Wow! CD-ROM is invaluable, loaded with "before and after" tutorial files for the techniques in the book, with layers, adjustments, and Styles intact. You'll also find dozens of preset Wow! Layer Styles and improved Actions designed to automate Photoshop creativity and productivity, along with libraries of new Wow! Patterns, Custom Shapes, Gradients, Brushes, and bevel Contours. Educators can use the Instructor's Guide PDF to design a Photoshop class--whether a single seminar or a semester-long course--based on the book-and-CD package.Find out why the award-winning Photoshop Wow! is the best-selling Photoshop book of all time--and why this edition tops them all!

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The Barnes & Noble Review
The Photoshop Wow! Book virtually invented its genre: powerfully visual, full-color, project-based graphic design books with contributions from many of the world's best designers. It's got imitators now, but Linnea Dayton and Jack Davis haven't sat around eating petit-fours and sipping tea. They've worked hard to make The Photoshop 6 Wow! Book bigger, better, and more indispensable than ever.

There's extensive coverage of Photoshop 6's new features, in large ways and small. For example, Layer Styles, Photoshop's new and streamlined set of effects tools, are explained and used heavily throughout the book's Special Effects chapter, and throughout the book. Photoshop's new Liquify command shows up in the Filters chapter; new improvements to the Crop tool in the Retouching chapter. ImageReady 3's new Rollover Styles are covered in the book's extensive chapter on Web and motion graphics. New vector-based shapes and custom shapes are found all over the place.

Every page delivers new and powerful skills. But skills aren't enough. You need inspiration, too. And this book's full of it -- especially in the chapter-ending Galleries of stunning real-world projects, each explained in detail from its creator's viewpoint. Wow.

--Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer with nearly 20 years' experience in helping technology companies deploy and market advanced products and services. He served for nearly ten years as Vice President of a New Jersey-based marketing company, where he supervised a wide range of graphics and web design projects. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2002 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition. 0201746131|Know Your Enemy If you're responsible for protecting networks against crackers, you need to clearly understand your adversary. But there's an enormous amount of misinformation and disinformation about the "black hats." What's the best way to learn how they really work? With a honeynet: a live network built specifically to attract bad guys, and wired to control, capture, and contain their traffic, so it can be tracked and analyzed.

Some 30 security professionals created The Honeynet Project to build such a network. This book tells you what they've learned, and it's fascinating reading. Over two years, they've been able to extrapolate a remarkable amount of knowledge about the black hats' tools, techniques, motives, and psychology ("the social structure of the blackhat community is a robust, strong, complex meritocracy with very stable characteristics"). Especially fascinating, Know Your Enemy's chapter full of annotated IRC conversations from a group of crackers who took over Spitzer's honeynet, notably "D1ck," an overweight 17-year-old living with his parents in Karachi, Pakistan.

You may find the honeynet concept so intriguing that you'd want to build your own. Know Your Enemy shows you how. Lance Spitzer covers each element of a honeynet, walks through constructing one which looks sufficiently real without putting actual corporate IT assets at risk, and then shows how to analyze the traces your "friends" leave behind. There's even a CD-ROM full of network traces, logs, images of actual compromises, and source code for your very own 21st-century "Spy-vs.Spy" initiative. (Bill Camarda)

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer with nearly 20 years' experience in helping technology companies deploy and market advanced software, computing, and networking products and services. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.

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Adobe Photoshop, especially in combination with Adobe ImageReady, is one of the most powerful visual communication tools ever to appear on the desktop. Together the two programs allow the new generation of information architects to forge ahead in creating onscreen imagery for the Web and other interactive digital delivery systems. Photoshop has also expanded the visual vocabulary of designers, illustrators, and fine artists. And Photoshop makes it much easier for photographers to do the resizing, cropping, and basic color correction of production work, both for print and for the Web. Beyond that, it provides a laboratory for synthesizing textures, patterns,and special effects that can be applied to photos,graphics, video, or film. It can even automate many of these tasks, everything from routine production operations to graphics special effects.

What's New in Photoshop 6 & ImageReady 3?

In terms of work processes, the step up to version 6 of Photoshop has the potential to be the biggest improvement since layers were added in Photoshop 3. Photoshop 6 brings numerous improvements that long-time Photoshop users will appreciate,both for creating images and for making production work more efficient. If you're new to Photoshop,you can consider yourself lucky to be starting out with a version that's more versatile and potentially easier to use than ever.

Beyond Pixels

Many of the best new features in Photoshop 6 are either vector-based or procedural which means they're stored as instructions that define their effects, rather than as pixels, the tiny squares of color that make up a typical photo or painting. Vector-based shapes and procedural effects can be changed without degrading the image, and they take less file space than pixel arrays. Here are some of the new "non-pixel-based " features:
  • Shapes are drawing and masking tools — rectangle, ellipse, polygon, and star — and you can also define or import your own Custom Shapes. Because Shape outlines are vector-based — that is, stored as geometric descriptions rather than pixels — you can redraw, stretch, rotate, and otherwise edit them repeatedly, without degrading the edges; as you edit, Photoshop simply changes the geometry in the description and redraws the Shape, so you don 't get the softening and blurring that can happen when pixel-based elements are transformed. When you send your file to a Postscript printer, the Shapes will be printed with the sharpest edge the printing device is capable of. Shapes can be filled with colors,gradients,or patterns, and can also be used to mask photographs. Chapter 2, "Basic Photoshop Techniques," and Chapter 7, "Painting & Drawing," provide the basics of using Shapes, and you'll find examples of good uses for Shapes throughout the book.

  • Photoshop 6 shows big improvements in layer effects,now grouped as Layer Styles. These are sets of instructions for adding shadows, glows, texture, beveling and other treatments like those shown at the left. First of all, version 6 has more kinds of effects than versions 5 and 5.5, such as the new Color, Gradient, and Pattern Overlays used for color fills. Strokes, Textures, and the Satin effect are also new. You can set the numeric options higher for layer effects than before, so you can use these effects on higher-resolution images. Equally as important, combinations of layer effects treatments can be saved as preset Layer Styles, so you can apply them to other layers, even to other files. Since Layer Styles are procedural — saved as a set of instructions rather than as pixels — a Style, including all its component effects, can be quickly scaled to fit elements of different sizes and shapes, so it's easy to reproduce the same bevel or glow effect on both large and small elements.

    Layer Styles are introduced in Chapter 2 (see "Anatomy of a Layer Style"),are also used heavily in Chapter 9, "Special Effects for Type & Graphics," and are an important ingredient in many other techniques presented in the book.

  • Photoshop's typesetting has also improved. Version 6 gives you easier and more comprehensive character-by-character control of color, more options for setting character width and height, and extensive paragraph composition tools brought over from Adobe InDesign. Text wraps automatically at the end of a line, and there are several alignment and spacing options. The new Warp Text command lets you reshape blocks of type to fit within preset "envelopes."

    The basics of using type are covered in Chapter 2, "Basic Photoshop Techniques ";exporting type to page-layout programs is covered in "Silhouetting Images & Type " in Chapter 8, in Chapter 9,"Special Effects for Graphics &T ype," you'll find numerous examples of coloring,patterning,and dimensioning type; and you'll find other examples of using type throughout the book.

  • New Fill layers let you assign a color, gradient, or pattern in a procedural way — that is, as a set of instructions rather than an array of colored pixels — so it's easy to change your fill choice later. Like the adjustment layers familiar from earlier versions, Fill layers can include both pixel-based and new Shape-based masks to control where the color is applied.

Changes to the User Interface

The new version of this powerful program is easier to understand and operate. In Photoshop 6 you won't need as many "secret handshakes," in the form of helper keys, to get your work done. You'll find more context-sensitive menus than before. Opened by right-clicking (or Control-clicking on a one-button Mac mouse), these context-sensitive menus appear right where you need them, and they make it clear what your options are.

Listed here are some of the other interface improvements. In Chapter 1, "Getting the Most out of Photoshop 6," you'll find tips for setting up your workspace to take advantage of these and other changes:

  • One of the most obvious elements of Photoshop 6's new interface is the Options bar, with its context-sensitive buttons and input fields, both of which change depending on what tool you're working with. For instance,when you choose a selection tool,four little iconic buttons make it easy to either make a new selection, or add to a current selection, or subtract from it, or select the intersection. These buttons eliminate the need to remember a list of helper keys to use with the tool.

  • Overall, the new interface makes more economical use of screen space too, with the slimmed-down Options bar and the ability to dock palettes in its palette well. You can now arrange it so that once you've assembled all the palettes you need, there's still plenty of room left for the image you want to work on!

  • The Preset Manager, available in the Edit menu, lets you load libraries of preset Gradients, Styles, Patterns, Contours, and Custom Shapes, as well as the familiar Brushes and color Swatches. Many of the presets stored in the Preset Manager can be reached via pop-out palettes in the Options bar. This palette changes to offer the library that's appropriate for the tool you're currently using.

  • Creating and managing layers, layer masks, and layer effects has gotten easier. Out-in-the-open buttons at the bottom of the new Layers palette let you add layer effects or adjustment layers from a pop-out list. You can also color-code and lock layers, and group them into sets that can be manipulated together. Also, individual layer effects appear in the Layers palette for easy access if you want to change them. (You'll find a thorough description of the improved Layers palette and how to use it in Chapter 2, "Basic Photoshop Techniques.")

Other Additions and Improvements

A new "widget" in Photoshop 6 is the Liquify command. The filterlike Liquify dialog box lets you push pixels around to your heart's content, warping, twisting, and otherwise distorting an image. As you work, you can protect parts of the image from change. And if you go too far with your changes, you can partially or fully restore the image to its original state. Because of its similarity to Photoshop's filters, Liquify is covered mainly in Chapter 6, "Using Filters & Liquify...."

Meet the Author

Linnea Dayton is a contributing editor to Step-By-Step Electronic Design, a full-color monthly newsletter for graphic designers and illustrators, which she edited for the first five years of its existence. Formerly managing editor of Verbum magazine, she is co-author of the Verbum book series (PostScript Illustration, Electronic Page Design, Digital Painting, Scanned Imagery, and Digital Typography) as well as The Desktop Color Book, The Photo CD Book, The Photoshop Wow! Book (Mac and Windows editions for Photoshop 2.5), Aldus PageMaker: A Visual Guide for the Mac, and Adobe Illustrator: A Visual Guide for the Mac.

Jack Davis is the principal of JHDavis Design and art director of Presto Studios. He founded the Computer Graphics program at Platt College in San Diego, CA. Jack is the former graphics editor of Verbummagazine and has been a contributing author and illustrator for nine books on creative computer imagery and design. Jack resides in the San Diego area.

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