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Creating Your Own Web Graphics [Paperback]

Andrew Bryce Shafran


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2.0 out of 5 stars Not much substance here 21 Jun 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is only useful if you have PSP and no experience in graphics whatsoever, and need a "How-To" on PSP. There is really only 80-100 pages of real text, the rest being filler and cliches like "Colors make web sites more intereting", only for several paragraphs.
This book will get you started with PSP, but not much else. For example, he does not explain how to correct "red-eye" in a photo or how to set the magic wand's sensitivity. Unless you are a complete neophyte to graphics and have PSP, best look elsewhere.
5.0 out of 5 stars For < $100, PSP and this book pack a big Web Graphics Punch! 24 Jun 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
For those of us who are most concerned with content and cost on Web Pages, and don't have any kind of graphics background, Paint Shop Pro offers an inexpensive image manipulation package that is hard to beat. This book gives you a running head start on learning its capabilities.

Let's say you have already experimented with a few of the features in PSP, but don't really know what a lot of the filters, deformations, special tools and color adjustments can do for you. Shafran and Oliver show you through every feature, step by step, with "original" and "result" side by side for each process. Better yet, the CD provides the sample images they use for demonstration, so you can follow along, perform the same steps, and even experiment a little on your own as you go along. As one who "learns by doing", this was an invaluable part of this book's design from my perspective. I especially liked learning how to make a "seam-free" background tile "the hard way".

For those of us who really haven't begun to tap the resources on the web yet, the authors also discuss pre-existing graphics -- how to find them, and how to use them (and the legal ramifications thereof); newsgroup resources, websites with information, tutorials, plugins, and the like; and aspects such as dither-free color palettes and how to use them. There are plenty of "plug-n-play" graphics on the CD as well, in case you are lazy or in a big hurry. If you are neither, you can wax creative and come up with your own combinations and aberrations.

Of course there are bigger, fancier graphics packages and bigger, fancier books about them, but if you want to concentrate on "lite" Web Graphics ("look great, less load time") for your "poor man's web page", you can do much worse. The pros can have their "Adobe Mansions" -- I'll keep this book and PSP.
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a "must" for any web developers' library! 10 Dec 1997
By Jodi M. Cornelius - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
"Creating Your Own Web Graphics with Paint Shop Pro" is an excellent addition to any graphics library. Andy Shafran and Dick Oliver work well together as they tell you which graphics to use on your web page, how to create them from scratch, how to work with existing graphics and more. If you have ever wanted to create or rework existing graphics but didn't know where to start, this book is for you. If you are already comfortable with manipulating graphics, get this to learn stuff you may not even know. The CD-ROM that is included gives you all the software you need to get started. It's a great addition to your library!
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book for beginners 12 Jun 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This is quite an interesting book for beginners to paintshop pro. It teaches you all the basic tools and several tips on polishing your graphics. The only disappointment is that it didn't give teach you more extensive tips and advance techniques. Maybe the author will write another book for intermmediate to advance users. If you already know how to use paintshop, this book will not be of much use to you. For beginners, it's an excellent book
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book for beginners 12 Jun 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is quite an interesting book for beginners to paintshop pro. It teaches you all the basic tools and several tips on polishing your graphics. The only disappointment is that it didn't give teach you more extensive tips and advance techniques. Maybe the author will write another book for intermmediate to advance users. If you already know how to use paintshop, this book will not be of much use to you. For beginners, it's an excellent book
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