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Photoshop 6 Web Magic Paperback – 10 Jan 2001
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Adobe is trying to stay ahead of the technology curve by making sure Photoshop 6 has all the features a Web graphics designer needs, and then some. In fact, the combination of Photoshop 6 and its sister application ImageReady make for a powerful Web-graphics design suite, and Photoshop 6 Web Magic shows how to get the most from it.
A quick introduction leads into 21 tutorials for doing specific Web-oriented tasks in Photoshop. In projects three through five, for example, seamless tiles and textures are created from scratch and used as background elements on Web pages. Other projects deal with creating elements designed to be animated, such as rollovers, warping text and pop-ups. Some projects are oriented toward the newer Photoshop user, while others are more geared toward the Web designer, but all offer useful tips and techniques.
Photoshop 6 Web Magic provides valuable examples and sparks countless ideas. If you use or are planning to use Photoshop and ImageReady to create Web graphics, the tutorials in this book are fun, educational and inspiring. --Mike Caputo
For courses in Photoshop and Web Graphics & Design. Photoshop is releasing a new, updated version of Photoshop, creating the opportunity to create new and much more exciting web graphics. This book will open the horizon to creating more interesting web pages through the use of integrated graphic programming. Each exemplar project will be from 3 to 10 pages in length and designed in a 2-column format with step-by-step instructions on the left and corresponding graphics (or code) on the right. In addition, sidebars will be used to provide additional tips and tricks. Any effect, technique, or tip can easily be customized to fit a your own design needs. The CD-ROM includes Project files.See all Product description
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The book is well formatted and look's good on a coffee table. The cover is nice, the layout is nice. But they book's content is very shallow. The first 4-5 lessons were pretty good in my opinion but after that the book became very redundant. Every lesson starts with applying a style to slightly different shape, and ends with creating a SLIGHTLY different gif animation in Image Ready. Any half intelligent human would only need 1/4 of this examples. Do you really need someone to show you how to animate a blue sailboat across the screen, then follow that up with how to animate a green sailboat, then a yellow one. Hey Mr. Foster what happens if I'm ever am confronted with a purple sailboat, I won't know what to do?! There was no sailboat lesson really, but my point is the book teaches the same concepts over and over and over. 15 of the 21 lessons are slight variations of the exact same concept.
The quality of the end result in most cases is also fairly low. Gif animations are ugly and annoying enough usually, but if you use the authors examples... well, please don't. Examples include, the old text 'Sale' in an exploding star shape animated to fly at the viewer; animations of text dripping and twisting and bending and twirling (all different lessons of course), and looping over and over again.
There seem to be 2 types of Photoshop users, those who want to press a button and be immediately sastisfied with an instant 'magic' result, and those who want to understand how the program really works. I would like to think that users with experience (which is this book's target) would not fall into the instant result category, but based on the number of 5 star reviews of this book, this is not the case. I suspect some of these reviewers haven't finished the book, I liked the book when I was on chapter 4.
The book should be really be called 'PS 6 Style Application Gimmicktry'. This is not a 5 star book. There are so many great photoshop books available that it would be best to get another one with more insight and less gimmicks. Generally the magic books are a good series, but this one's an exception.
Many thanks for helping someone totally in the dark - I've started to see the light with your help! Keep writing, Jeff!