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Adobe Photoshop 7.0 Classroom in a Book (Classroom in a Book (Adobe)) Paperback – 25 Jun 2002
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Adobe Photoshop 7.0 Classroom in a Book features consistently well-written and conceived lessons, which are part of Adobe's official training and certification programme. They guarantee solid instruction, taking readers step by step through professional-level projects with top-notch artwork. Adobe Photoshop 7.0 Classroom in a Book assumes no prior knowledge, and beginners will benefit from the slow and deliberate pacing. However, more experienced Photoshop users won't find it difficult to speed ahead through familiar material, and there's a thorough index for troubleshooting specific problems. It will help to find new techniques to make workflow more efficient, and, perhaps, "unlearn" any bad habits (for example, getting a better grayscale conversion for a colour photo by using the Channel Mixer rather than clicking "Mode > Grayscale").
Chapters cover the fundamentals: the work environment and help resources; making selections (with the wand, lasso and marquee tools); using layers and masks; working with the pen tool and other vector graphics techniques; retouching and colour correcting; selected effects such as hand colouring; colour-management issues; and creating images for print or the Web. Areas new to version seven include working with the File Browser, using the new paint engine to create custom brushes and patterns and working with the healing brush and cloning stamp.
All lesson project files and fonts are on the companion CD-ROM. Each lesson begins by outlining what will be learned and how long the project should take, and ends with review Q&A. The colour section not only shows finished artwork for several projects, but also includes some useful reference pages: a toolbox overview (with colour illustrations of what each tool does), a layer blending mode sampler and a set of images helpful in colour management.
In addition to the above topics, the book also shows how to create slices and optimise images in both Photoshop and ImageReady, make rollovers and animations in ImageReady and use droplets for batch processing. You may not become a power user after these tutorials, but you'll certainly have a firm working knowledge of Photoshop upon which to build expert skills. --Angelynn Grant, Amazon.com
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When it comes to digital imaging software, Adobe Photoshop has long set the standard. Thus, when a new version of the popular program appears, designers tend to stand up and take notice--hen get down to the serious business of learning about it! And for that, there's no better place to turn than the book from the people behind the product: Adobe Press' Adobe Photoshop 7.0 Classroom in a Book.
Using the same style of self-paced instruction employed in the best-selling previous edition, this comprehensive set of Photoshop lessons provides everything you need to dive into the world of print, Web, and graphic design with Photoshop 7. Completely revised to cover all of Photoshop 7's new features (including the new Healing Brush, color correction commands, and file management tools), the book starts with an introductory tour of the software and then progresses on through 16 lessons, covering everything from Photoshop's interface to more complex topics like color management, Web graphics, and photo retouching. You'll find step-by-step instructions for a variety of projects (from beginning to advanced) and review questions at the end of each chapter to reinforce what you've learned. Easy-to-use project files on the accompanying CD-ROM complete the package.See all Product description
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Firstly, it is written by the 'Adobe' people themselves, and is split into 18 'Lessons' (Chapters, if you like). The CD-Rom included with the book contains sample photographs for you to manipulate with instruction, and I had no problem loading the CD-Rom onto my machine.
I found that each 'lesson' takes about one to two hours to complete, so you are talking about 30-40 hours in total. The lessons are clearly laid out in step-by-step format, and I was truly impressed with what 'Photoshop' manipulation can do to tidy up ordinary photographs.
Every topic is covered, from simply how to remove 'red-eye', to layering, and preparing pictures for the 'web'.
All in all, a superb book, well written and easy to understand. The only (minor) gripe I could find was that the cover shows up greasy fingerprints very easily, so protect your purchase with a clear, wipe-clean plastic cover (99p a roll).
A book of this price should come with a decent, hardwearing outer cover.
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