The Barnes & Noble Review
Running Photoshop 7? Want to cut to the chase? Want quick step-by-step instructions for the tasks you really need to learn? Want straight-to-the-point explanations of everything from rollovers to monitor calibration? Want it all in full color? Photoshop 7 In Easy Steps gives you all that for less than ten bucks.
This book would be worth twice the price (check out the competition, and see what full-color Photoshop tutorials normally go for). The explanations are clear and direct. The layouts are simple, so it’s easy to get at what you’re looking for. There are bonus tips on just about every page.
In 240 pages, Robert Shufflebotham has managed to cover virtually all of Photoshop’s key tools, and a broad array of its most important techniques. You’ll find the basics, of course: mastering the Photoshop 7 interface; creating and managing files; rotating, resizing, and cropping; applying borders, assigning colors, and so forth. There are full chapters on painting, editing, selections, layers, paths, and filters.
Shufflebotham then walks you through creating channels and masks (including Quick and Layer Masks); and color correction (with easy guides to the Levels, Curves, and Color Balance dialog boxes). The book wraps up with four chapters on Web and multimedia imaging: everything from JPEG optimization to GIF animation, slicing to image maps.
Photoshop 7 In Easy Steps -- you may someday forget what a bargain it was, but you won’t forget how useful it is. 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.