Web Designer's Guide To Adobe Photoshop

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While Adobe Photoshop is the standard application for editing images for print, its powerful features also make it useful for editing images placed on the Internet. Web Designer's Guide to Adobe Photoshop goes beyond an explanation of creating and editing images by focusing on the next step in web development: placing images and graphics into working web pages. Whether your goal is to expand your professional skills or simply handle your local club's website, this book will help you not only create web pages but ...
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Overview

While Adobe Photoshop is the standard application for editing images for print, its powerful features also make it useful for editing images placed on the Internet. Web Designer's Guide to Adobe Photoshop goes beyond an explanation of creating and editing images by focusing on the next step in web development: placing images and graphics into working web pages. Whether your goal is to expand your professional skills or simply handle your local club's website, this book will help you not only create web pages but also get them working properly on the World Wide Web.
Learn how to work with layers, layer styles, and patterns; create shapes with selections; combine and crop images; create web buttons, headers, and backgrounds; add content to a web page using Macromedia Dreamweaver; design web pages of various styles.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598220018
  • Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning
  • Publication date: 12/16/2005
  • Edition description: 1E
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 8.76 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments x
Introduction xi
Part I Web Design Basics
Chapter 1 The World of Web Design 3
Information Every Web Designer Should Know 5
Navigating the Web 6
Exploring Digital Images 7
Understanding Digital Image Color 7
Digital Image Dimensions 8
Types of 2D Graphics 10
Bitmap Images 10
Web Image Resolution 11
GIFs or JPEGs: The Web Images of Choice 12
Vector Images 13
Where to Go from Here 14
Chapter 2 Getting Started with Photoshop 15
Style Requirements for Logos 16
Starting Photoshop 17
The Splash Screen 17
The Photoshop Work Area 18
Creating a New Image 20
Setting Preferences for Web Design 21
Changing the Unit of Measurement 21
Using Layers 22
Creating a New Layer 22
Selecting Layers 23
Naming Layers 23
Working with the Toolbox 24
Creating Text 25
Moving Image Elements 26
Creating Subtext for Your Logo 27
Drawing Lines 27
Adding a Graphical Element to Your Logo 29
Where to Go from Here 31
Chapter 3 Working with Layers 33
What Are Layers? 34
The Layers Palette 34
The Layer Modification Options 36
The Layer Lock Options 38
The Background Layer 39
Unlocking Layers 39
Using Layer Styles 40
Accessing the Layer Styles 41
Using the Blending Options 44
Changing Blending Options Settings 44
Copying and Pasting Layer Styles 46
Adding Patterns to Your Layers 48
Managing Layers 50
Changing the Order of Layers 50
Creating Layer Sets 51
Where to Go from Here 53
Chapter 4 Creating Shapes with Selections 55
What Are Selections? 55
Style Requirements for Web Buttons 56
Creating a Web Button 56
Exploring Photoshop's Selection Tools 57
Creating Shapes with the Marquee Tools 59
Selecting Colors with the Toolbox 61
Creating a Selection from an Image 62
Adding Blending Effects 64
Adding Text to Your Web Button 65
Using Preset Styles with Your Web Button 67
Defining a Button (for a Rollover Effect) 69
Where to Go from Here 73
Part II Pulling It All Together
Chapter 5 Combining Images 77
Removing and Combining Parts of Images 78
Using the Marquee Selection Tools 79
The Marquee Tool Options 79
Tool Presets 80
Creating, Adding, Subtracting, and Intersecting Selections 81
Using the Feather Option 82
The Anti-alias Option 83
The Style Option 84
Separating a Part of an Image 85
Cropping an Image 86
Crop Tool Options 88
Creating Irregular Selections with the Lasso Tools 92
Where to Go from Here 96
Chapter 6 Creating Web Headers 97
Exploring the Pen Tool 98
Creating Curved Lines with the Pen Tool 101
Creating Straight Lines with the Pen Tool 103
Editing with the Path Selection Tools 105
Moving Closed Paths with the Path Selection Tool 106
Fine-Tuning a Closed Path with the Direct Selection Tool 107
Editing with the Point Tools 109
Fine-Tuning Paths with the Convert Point Tool 110
Changing Paths to Selections 111
Filling a Selection with Color 111
Adding Patterns to Your Selection 112
Where to Go from Here 113
Chapter 7 Pulling a Web Page Together 115
Defining the Web Page 116
Adding a Watermark to your Images 118
Adding Duotone Tinting to Images 123
Pulling Your Images Together onto One Web Page 126
Slicing Your Web Images 128
Planning for Slicing Layout 129
Using Photoshop's Slice Tool 130
Saving for the World Wide Web 132
Which Graphic Format Is Best for Web Pages? 132
Where to Go from Here 135
Chapter 8 Creating Web Backgrounds 137
Types of Web Backgrounds 138
How Backgrounds Work 139
Sizes for Background Images 140
Creating a Repeating Gradient 140
Creating a Sliver 143
Where to Go from Here 145
Part III Publishing to the World Wide Web
Chapter 9 Working with Dreamweaver 149
Finding a Copy of Dreamweaver 150
The Dreamweaver Environment 150
Exploring the Dreamweaver Environment 152
The Document Toolbar 153
The Standard Toolbar 154
The Insert Bar 155
Exploring the Properties Inspector 156
Creating Background Images 157
Creating Rollover Buttons 160
Adding Text to Your Web Page 164
Previewing Your Web Pages 165
Where to Go from Here 166
Chapter 10 Creating a "Professional" Web Page Style 167
The Navigation Bar/Title Bar Style 168
Creating a Metallic Navigation Bar 168
Creating a Logo 174
Adding a Steel Plate Graphic to Your Web Page 177
Adding Text to your Steel Plate Graphic 180
Creating a Contents Area 182
Creating Slices in Photoshop 185
Editing Your Web Page in Dreamweaver 186
Where to Go from Here 190
Chapter 11 Designing a "Modern" Web Page Style 191
The San Simeon Software Group 192
Creating a Modern Logo Layer 192
Creating the Navigation Bar Layer 194
Creating a Watermark Layer 195
Adding Menus to the Navigational Bar 198
Creating Colored Menu Sections 201
Adding Photos to Your Web Page 204
Replacing Traditional Photography Filters 205
Dodging and Burning Your Photos 208
Slicing Your Images in Photoshop 212
Editing Your Web Page in Dreamweaver 214
Creating Background Images 215
Slivers and Backgrounds 216
Drawing a Layout Table Cell 217
Merging Cells 218
Adding a Background and Sliver Image 219
Adding Content 220
Where to Go from Here 221
Chapter 12 Going Live with Your Website 223
What Kind of Website Are You Publishing? 223
Personal (or Hobby) Websites 224
Business Websites 225
E-commerce Websites 225
Publishing to the World Wide Web 226
Using Dreamweaver to Publish to the World Wide Web 227
If You Build It, They Will Come... 230
Appendix A Top Ten Web Design Mistakes 231
Appendix B Recommended Books 239
Appendix C Web Designer's Glossary 247
Index 253
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