Walk into a design studio and you just might see the popular ThePhotoshop 5.0/5.5 Wow! Book
on the shelf. If there's a technique or effect that would work perfectly for the job at hand, whether it's adding a chrome or chiselled-in-stone look or simply better understanding the usage of the lasso tool, designers, photographers and illustrators know to reach for this book.
The recent edition incorporates the updated features of Photoshop versions 5 and 5.5, including layer effects, "magnetic" options for many of the selection tools, actions that "record" a sequence of commands and the art history brush that applies textured strokes to an image.
Even with all this great new content, the original organisation mirrors from previous editions. The first two chapters cover fundamentals. Subsequent chapters begin with basics pertinent to the techniques covered but each entry can be read independently. The techniques are shown in step-by-step instructions accompanied by full-colour illustrations and, for many, digital files on the CD-ROM accompanying the book.
It's possible to dive right into the middle and tackle whatever problem is currently facing you. Silhouetting out a person's portrait is always tricky, particularly getting a good selection around hair. With potential time-wasters like this, Photoshop 5.0/5.5 Wow! is a lifesaver. And readers who have put off learning how to make full use of layers will find a whole chapter and a fun set of "dress up" files on the CD-ROM (digital equivalents of paper dolls) that will have you shamelessly proficient in no time.
With hundreds of illustrations, tips for making work quicker and easier, a gallery of work and advice from experienced Photoshop users, illustrated demos for each filter and so much more, it's quite a hefty book. The CD-ROM has stock images, plug-ins, actions and tutorial files. From "Making a Mezzotint" to "Making Buttons from Photos", The Photoshop 5.0/5.5 Wow! book is The Joy of Cooking for digital image-making. It'll have you cooking with Photoshop in no time. --Angelynn Grant, Amazon.com
Topics covered: Step-by-step instructions on tools, techniques and effects in Adobe Photoshop 5.0/5.5, including using layers, masks and channels; enhancing photographic images by solarizing, applying a mezzotint and other effects; making well-executed collages; using filters; painting effects; going from Illustrator to Photoshop and vice versa; adding special effects such as multicolour glow and others; using the new Web tools in version 5.5. CD-ROM contains tutorial files with before-and-after images; try-out applications and plug-ins; actions, gradients, brushes, stock photos and a teacher's guide that outlines course projects using The Photoshop Wow! Book.
From the Back Cover
Photoshop users the world over are awaiting the release of The Photoshop 5/5.5 Wow! Book as eagerly as they awaited the new software release itself. The newest version of the most popular image-editing software ever is packed with the features users want and have asked for, like multiple levels of undo, editable text, enhanced color managements, easy-to-apply special effects,extended automation tools, and more.
The Photoshop Wow! books have set new standards for computer book publishing. Readers find creative techniques and solutions developed by renowned artists and designers, plus no-nonsense practical advice on using the software, and galleries of professional artwork for print, the Web, and video. This combination of time- and work-saving tips and techniques for illustration, photo manipulation, special effects, and painting, all shown in full color, has garnered professional awards for the Most Useful Book, Best Computer Book, and Best Advanced How-To Software Book and has earned praise from readers everywhere.
For the first time, by popular demand, the CD-ROM for this fully updated edition provides the original photos used for many of the book's techniques, so readers can work through the step-by-step instructions as tutorials. There's also an Instructor's Guide that educators can adapt for any course from a weekend workshop to a full-semester class.
- Now cross-platform, with both Windows and Mac in a single volume
- Fully updated with new tips and techniques specific to Adobe Photoshop 5,
- Including an expanded Web graphics section
- Beautifully illustrated throughout with full-color artowrk by top Photoshop
- Professionals, and a bound-in Wow! poster
- Cross-platform CD-ROM contains more custom Actions for automation, stunning
- special effects, tutorial photos, an instructor's guide, valuable filters,
- sample programs, and more treats
- Photoshop Wow! books are indispensable resources in top design studios and
- Corporate art departments and are widely used as textbooks in college and
- University art and design departments and interactive communication classes.