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Got questions about Photoshop? Odds are, someone’s asked them before. And someone’s answered them: the National Association of Photoshop Professionals. Now NAPP’s senior developer of education and curriculum brings together hundreds of the issues he’s seen most often -- together with clear, proven solutions. You won’t just find troubleshooting help; you’ll learn how to stay away from trouble in the first place.
Dave Cross starts with strategies for tracking down virtually any problem. You’ll find a full chapter on Photoshop’s warning dialogs: why they appear, how to fix them, how to avoid them. Cross shows how to set up more flexible, trouble-resistant documents, then turns to the specific areas where Photoshop users are most likely to run into difficulty.
You’ll find solutions for working with color, capturing and editing images, sizing, selections, layers, type, automation, painting, special effects, and more. There's a big catch-all “general operations” section, too, covering everything from guides to Free Transform.
Want to hide floating palettes? Stop things (or just some things) from aligning automatically with your grids? Repeat a transform, like in Illustrator? Zoom in while a dialog’s open? Transfer custom brushes to another computer? Place the results of a Vanishing Point operation on a separate layer? Make one of your drop shadows use a different angle from the rest? It’s all here.
There’s a full chapter of tips for integrating Photoshop with other Adobe applications (plus help for coexisting with PowerPoint, too). Finally, Cross offers Photoshop customization solutions ranging from Actions to patterns, workspaces to contact sheets. If you live in Photoshop, you need this book. Bill Camarda, from the August 2005 Read Only