Essential Photoshop 5 for Web Professionals

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9780130128331: Essential Photoshop 5 for Web Professionals

Now, learn Photoshop fast, as you build two Web sites that reflect today's most common scenarios: a company selling products and educating visitors; and a content site selling ads and subscriptions. Coverage includes: creating backgrounds and layers; working with rulers and guides; masking, gradients; scaling, filling, drop shadows, slicing images, using GIFs and JPEGs correctly, Web-safe color palettes, retouching, filters, effects, tiling, reducing file sizes, and more. The finished sites are posted on the Web, so you can reuse the code, and see how your pages should look -- and work! Essential Photoshop for Web Designers is one of a new series of books that share the same dynamic Web site, and can teach all the Web development skills you need, from PERL to DHTML -- fast!

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Adobe Photoshop--a robust application capable of handling immense print-resolution images--has become the tool of choice among print graphic designers. But not everyone uses Photoshop for print. Essential Photoshop 5 for Web Professionals focuses on the rapidly growing base of new-generation Photoshop enlistees who are using this flexible tool for low-resolution Web-based graphics.

This handbook-size softcover is geared toward those with some Web skills--and maybe some exposure to Photoshop--who are essentially novices in Web design and graphic construction. The opening chapters cover the raw basics (how to create a new document, how to fill a page with the foreground or background color, and so on) and moves through Photoshop's basic tool set. Later chapters cover the Despeckle filter and using layers.

Each new idea is presented via a specific tutorial, such as the one that teaches how to remove flash-induced red eye from a photo or glare from eyeglasses, or the one on creating tiling patterns. Chapter 8 discusses miscellaneous issues for images in general, Photoshop in particular, and Web graphics, including vital topics such as how to set up low-source versus high-source images, and how to check your work against various platforms and browsers.

The book doesn't come with a CD-ROM, and it lacks color images and graphics; but then again, it is simply an "essentials" book--which means no fluff. If you are new to Photoshop and you intend to use it for Web graphics, Essential Photoshop 5 for Web Professionals will get you up to speed quickly and have you using the application in a practical manner almost immediately. If you already have some Photoshop experience but are new to Web graphics, you may still derive a great deal of information from this book. But it may not be much use for anyone with more than a little Web-design or Photoshop experience. --Mike Caputo

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Introduction Who Needs This Book?

If you are asked to create a Web site using images, and your have a limited knowledge of creating Web images with Photoshop, this book is for you. By following along while we create the two example Web sites, you will acquire the knowledge necessary to create solutions to real-life problems.

This is more than just a bible or dictionary of Photoshop terms and tools. In those types of books you have to know what the tool can do in order to look up how to do it. And if you know what the tool can do, you probably don't have to be told how to use it.

This book answers real questions such as, "How do I take the green out of facial tones?" or "Now that I have an image, how do I make it a Web image?" This is not a reference book that will sit and gather dust on your library shelf. This book will sit on the edge of your desk with Post-It notes or bookmarks sticking out of your favorite pages. This book shows you how to get the job done.

How This Book Is Laid Out

You will follow along as two Web sites are created using Photoshop. Each chapter starts with a problem that requires a quick solution. We don't just point to the tools in Photoshop. We take you through each step, showing you several different ways to fix the problems. There are also exercises at the end of each chapter so you can practice the different techniques you learn. The Projects

We'll be creating Web sites for two different types of companies. The first is Shelley Biotechnologies, a fast-growing biotech start-up. We've been asked to create a corporate site without many frills in the design area. The second company is Stitch, an online fashion magazine. This project is a little more fun in the design area. Both Web sites present unique problems. Work alongside us as we take you through projects that allow you ample time and some that are deadline-sensitive. An Introduction to Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop is the best image-editing software available. If you can imagine it, you can do it with Photoshop. Photoshop is pixel-based softwareÑthat means that every image is made up of tiny little squares. If you zoom in as far as you can on any image in Photoshop, you will see that the picture is created with many little squares of color. Some drawing programs such as Illustrator or Freehand are vector-based, which means they can draw a perfect circle. Those applications assign the mathematical coordinates to each piece of the line. In order to manipulate those lines, you must move or alter the line segment. In Photoshop, you manipulate one pixel or square at a time. When you draw a circle it has to be made up of squares, and many little squares appear to be a perfect circle. Photoshop is a very powerful tool. In fact, almost every image you see in magazines and catalogs has been altered or manipulated in Photoshop.

Go ahead and jump in! Turn the page and begin learning your Photoshop Web essentials.

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