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  • Paperback: 616 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (16 Aug. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201882841
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201882841
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 3.2 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,012,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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

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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.

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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Jun. 2003
Format: Paperback
This is a superb book that gets straight to the point for anything you want to do in Photoshop. Want to create a drop shadow without using an effect? Six steps and you're done. Convert a path to a selection? 3 steps and you're there.
The pages are set out in two column format (think newspaper columns). The text is in one column and the screenshots showing you where you are and what's going on are in the other column. It's also loaded with tips and shortcuts and even the section entitled "The Basics" contained points, techniques and shortcuts that I wasn't aware of.
What it is missing is the "suppose you wanted to put a new hat on your Aunty" or "you want to see what your family pet would look like with green eyes". You're not going to find that in this book. But, if you look up "Replace color" in the index and flick to the correct page, 8 steps later and Rover is sporting those green eyes you had in mind.
Overall, this book is brimming over with facts. If you're looking for a book that you can use as a reference book and as a "what else can I find out about Photoshop today then?", you would be well rewarded to give this book a try.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By "richard22931" on 3 Nov. 2003
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Visual Quick Start guides are by far the best learning books ever made, forget the 'for dummys books' these are the real deal. I cannot recomend these enough.
I'm dyslexic and had real problems with the dummy books but the visual guides are so well written even i could understand them and they helped me through all my exams
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Hale on 26 Sept. 2009
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This book is a thorough guide to all possiblities Photoshop7 offers. It explains clearly with numerous b&w illustrations a step by step guide which is easy to follow. It is also easy search and to check up on parts forgotten.
Although there are some interesting examples of artists' work in colour there is no explanation as to how they were made, which is a pity and seems therefore rather pointless. We all know what can be done but we want to know how to do it. That is why we buy such books. Some coloured examples, instead of so many small b&w ones, which show the processes would enhance the book no end.
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The first time I read a copy of this book was at my local library and had it out a few times after that.I ask them where I could buy a copy.Amazon was suggested where I found a few copies being sold for £1 plus postage.When it arrived it was as quoted "shelf soiled".The books condition was as if I had bought it from my local bookshop which is the reason for 5 stars

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Worth Every Penny 17 May 2003
By Maccurt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I had been using PaintSho Prop, but I knew I needed to use Photoshop. I bought this book because I wanted to know how to use the majority of the tools, I didn't need to know how to "WOW" or do special effects. I read every chapter and did every example. I immediately uninstalled paint shop pro. I don't claim this to be the best book in the world. But if you just need to learn how to use Photoshop, this is the book for you. This is not a "WOW" book, it shows you how to use the tools and that is how you want to start out. This is worth every penny. TRUST ME! I don't usually give good reviews!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
not for beginners 11 Oct. 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
All in all this book's title and description on front page is misleading,and for that they deserve a poor review
Its cover claims that you can teach yourself Photoshop the quick and easy way and that it is a visual quick start. This book is not for beginners, unless you have used other bitmap editors and are therefore familiar with concepts and terms in bitmap editing and are now interested in learning Photoshop.If I were a beginner, I would be completely confused during the first few chapters and would never have made it past that.The first few chapters spew out all these terms that are for intermediate and advanced users. Generally speaking, if you did know a thing or two about image editors, but not everything, you might find the explanations to be fair to average and could use clearer explanations;perhaps with an example here and there.
I have used Photoshop for a couple of years and was comfortable with the book, but I remember what is was like when I was first learning it. This book would have scared me and greatly underminded my confidence in taking on a program with such a high learner's curve. While reading this book and introduced to methods that I did not know,I sometimes found myself surfing the net for better explanations.
There are better books out there for beginners and even intermediate users
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
NO, NOT FOR ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS, BUT.... 13 Dec. 2003
By M. ANDERSON - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you are just starting out in Photoshop then don't buy this book, it will confuse you. But, if like me, you've dabbled about in Photoshop and really wanted to get to grips with the basics through to intermediate then definitely buy this book. I've been using Photoshop for several years ( self taught) in the beginning a friend showed me how to use layers etc but I got lazy and tried to cheat. A few weeks back I decided to get a book and start from the beginning.
I already know all the tools etc so I didn't want a complete learners book.
This was perfect, I'm more than happy and I've learnt tons.
Right now I'm reading Real World Photoshop 7 which is fantastic.
Anyway, as I said, this is NOT a book for the absolute beginner.
Hope this helps
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Layout...?? 18 Feb. 2006
By Joshua K. Briley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book, as well an several other Peach Pit Press books, did a great job of immediately losing my interest. The layout doesn't seem to flow from one section to the next. It seems like the author thought of a new topic at random, and dumped that information in the book with no consideration for logical order. In general, it seems that most of the Peach Pit Press books that I've read follow this "shuffling of information" approach.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Not for beginners 4 Dec. 2005
By Big Ed - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is not for beginners. Very confusing and poorly written.

I don't know if it makes a good reference because I'm new to Photoshop, but I do know one thing, this book does not teach a beginner anything.

I am taking it back.
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