Where would graphics professionals be without Visual QuickStart Guides such as Photoshop 7 for Windows & Macintosh
? Economically priced, they offer great value--hundreds of screen shots, all precisely annotated, step-by-step instructions for virtually every feature and menu, numerous insightful tips and sidebars, reference pages filled with keyboard shortcuts, a thorough index for pinpointing just the right problem area, and much more. This latest entry is one of the best. The authors have the ability to clearly articulate what each tool and feature does, why you might want to use it, and how it works, all in a concise form--usually in eight steps or less. However, perhaps due to the multi-tool versatility of Photoshop, this QuickStart Guide may not the best starting point for all beginners. These are not tutorials that take you from simple ingredients to complex outcomes. Instead, the authors put the tools in your hands and help you discover what you can do with them on your own images. An analogy would be that this book is like a great car manual, but not necessarily one that advises on driving lessons. You have a problem in a project, look up the appropriate keywords in the index, and apply the steps to work out a solution.
For the experienced user, this is a fabulous reference to have on hand. (Especially for those Mac users who've upgraded, since most screen shots are from OS X). It takes readers through all the many parts of Photoshop: colour management; resolution; making selections; compositing (moving, copying, sharpening and blurring, cloning and more); using layers; the history palette (including using snapshots and the history brush); adjustment layers; working with colour (including levels and curves and the spot colour channel); painting; blending; masks; paths; type; filters; actions; preparing images for print or for exporting to other applications; optimising for the Web; and making slices, rollovers, and animations. And new features have a "7.0" call-out--for example, the new File Browser or the Healing Brush and the Patch tool, to quickly bring you up to speed with version 7.0. --Angelynn Grant, Amazon.com
From the Back Cover
Adobe Photoshop is one of those programs that both dazzles and dismays: You can do extraordinary things with it--as long as you don't get lost in its maze of palettes and toolbars. Luckily for you, with Photoshop 7 for Windows and Macintosh: Visual QuickStart Guide,, that needn't be a problem! If you're ready to take on image editing in Photoshop 7, this straight-ahead visual reference is the place to start.
Veteran authors Elaine Weinmann and Peter Lourekas are back with a completely revised edition of the guide that's become the standard for Photoshop instruction in classrooms, homes, and offices. Through clear, concise instructions and a multitude of screen shots, this book steps you through the basics of photo editing, manipulation, optimization, and correction. It also provides complete coverage of all that's new in version 7: native Mac OS X support, a new painting engine that facilitates wet and dry brush effects, and more--all in a task-based format that constantly reminds you of where you are in the program and what you're trying to accomplish.