Adobe Photoshop 5.5 Classroom in a Book, Special Web Edition
, like others in the fine Classroom in a Book
series, is somewhere between a manual and a tutorial; the lessons can be read straight through or referenced on a need-to-know basis.
Photoshop 5.5, a significant upgrade to the top image manipulation software, now comes packaged with ImageReady 2.0, Adobe's web graphics application. Combined they comprise an extremely powerful and very user-friendly set of tools for creating well-executed and optimised JPEGs, GIFs, GIF animations, sliced GIFs, rollovers and many other complex images.
Each lesson in the book begins with an overview and ends with review questions, making it easy for experienced users to skip around to new material. Files for the lessons are on the accompanying CD-ROM but there is plenty of room to experiment with your own images within each lesson.
The first two chapters in Adobe Photoshop 5.5 CIB are Quick Tours adapted from the CD-ROM that comes with Photoshop 5.5, each tour covering the key features of the two applications, respectively. The remaining lessons go into greater depth on these features.
And there's an amazing amount of information here: Lessons that cover layers, masks, channels, filters and actions, not to mention the newest tools in 5.5, the Magic eraser and the Background eraser, both of which make silhouetting an image a breeze. Readers learn the new and easy ways to use compression previews in both applications. Slicing images and applying different compressions to each slice is also made simple.
The writing is thorough and concise with each step well illustrated. A full colour section demonstrates colour illustrations of selected tutorial steps and finished projects. There are toolbox overviews with a colour illustration of each tool in action. Similarly effective are the pages with thumbnails of different mode selections (multiply, dissolve, soft light, etc.). And throughout the book, sidebars address special web issues and tips.
Like Photoshop 5.5, Adobe Photoshop 5.5 CIB, Special Web Edition is specifically aimed at the web designer, however print designers benefit as well with the book's extensive instruction on new tools and colour management. For those who plan to upgrade, Adobe Photoshop 5.5 CIB will get them up and running within just a few hours. --Angelynn Grant, amazon.com
Topics covered: using Adobe Photoshop 5.5, including ImageReady 2.0,with emphasis on new features and creating for the Web; including lessons on optimising image compression, slicing and animating GIFs, working with tools, layers, gradients, channels and masks; retouching images, basic pen tools, advanced layer techniques, special effects and filters, combining Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop images, working with spot colours, colour management techniques and preparing CMYK art for the press; CD-ROM contains files for all lessons as well as preview tours of other Adobe products
From the Back Cover
PhotoShop 5.5, Adobe's powerful image-manipulation tool, continues to set the industry standard for graphics professionals and hobbyists alike. New features, such as the Art History Brush, Web optimization, and the inclusion of ImageReady 2 make the latest version even richer than before.
The best-selling PhotoShop tutorial, Adobe PhotoShop 5.5 Classroom in a Book, has been revised to cover all the new Web graphics features of PhotoShop 5.5, and to deepen the instruction in creating, optimizing, and even slicing images destined for the Web.
Beginning to intermediate users of PhotoShop will find the basics covered in the introductory lessons: getting comfortable with the PhotoShop interface, using the toolbox and palettes, and working with layers, masks, and filters. Using the building-block approach, the Adobe Development team then leads readers into more complex tasks of image editing and photo retouching. Production issues, color management, working with other Adobe applications in the PhotoShop environment, and the new Web material, are covered in short, focused lessons that lead users into mastery of this popular graphics program.
- Self-paced lessons teach beginning to intermediate users how to master Adobe PhotoShop 5.5, with a new chapter on preparing graphics for the Web
- Includes hands-on training materials from the experts at Adobe Systems in the popular Classroom in a Book format
- Learn useful techniques in image manipulation for print, multimedia, and the Web from the Adobe Development Team