Adobe(R) Photoshop(R) 5.5 Classroom in a Book

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9780201658958: Adobe(R) Photoshop(R) 5.5 Classroom in a Book

Photoshop 5.5, Adobe's powerful image-manipulation tool, continues to set the industry standard. Adobe Photoshop 5.5 Classroom in a Book is a thoroughly revised version of the bestselling tutorial that covers all the new features in Photoshop 5.5(including the History palette and spot color channels), with a new, in-depth chapter on preparing graphics for the Web.

Beginning to intermediate users will find the basics covered in the introductory lessons: getting comfortable with the Photoshop interface, using the toolbox and palettes, and working with layers and filters. Using a building-block approach, the Adobe Development Team then leads you into the more complex tasks of image editing and photo retouching. Production issues, color management, working with other Adobe applications in the Photoshop environment, and the new Web material are covered in short, focused lessons that you can follow at your own pace on your way to Photoshop mastery.

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Adobe Photoshop 5.5 Classroom in a Book, Special Web Edition, like others in the fine Classroom in a Book series, is somewhere between a manual and a tutorial; the lessons can be read straight through or referenced on a need-to-know basis.

Photoshop 5.5, a significant upgrade to the top image manipulation software, now comes packaged with ImageReady 2.0, Adobe's Web graphics application. Combined they comprise an extremely powerful and very user-friendly set of tools for creating well-executed and optimized JPEGs, GIFs, GIF animations, sliced GIFs, rollovers, and many other complex images.

Each lesson in the book begins with an overview and ends with review questions, making it easy for experienced users to skip around to new material. Files for the lessons are on the accompanying CD-ROM, but there is plenty of room to experiment with your own images within each lesson.

The first two chapters in Adobe Photoshop 5.5 CIB are Quick Tours adapted from the CD-ROM that comes with Photoshop 5.5, each tour covering the key features of the two applications, respectively. The remaining lessons go into greater depth on these features.

And there's an amazing amount of information here: Lessons that cover layers, masks, channels, filters, and actions, not to mention the newest tools in 5.5, the Magic eraser and the Background eraser, both of which make silhouetting an image a breeze. Readers learn the new and easy ways to use compression previews in both applications. Slicing images and applying different compressions to each slice is also made simple.

The writing is thorough and concise, and each step is well-illustrated. A full-color section demonstrates selected tutorial steps, finished projects, and toolbox overviews. Similarly effective are the pages with thumbnails of different mode selections (multiply, dissolve, soft light, and so on). And throughout the book, sidebars address special Web issues and tips.

Like Photoshop 5.5, Adobe Photoshop 5.5 CIB, Special Web Edition is specifically aimed at the Web designer, however print designers benefit as well from the book's extensive instruction on new tools and color management. For those who plan to upgrade, Adobe Photoshop 5.5 CIB will get them up and running within a just a few hours. --Angelynn Grant

Topics covered: using Adobe Photoshop 5.5, including ImageReady 2.0, with emphasis on new features and creating for the Web; lessons on optimizing image compression, slicing and animating GIFs, working with tools, layers, gradients, channels, and masks; retouching images, basic pen tools, advanced layer techniques, special effects and filters, combining Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop images, working with spot colors, color management techniques, and preparing CMYK art for the press; CD-ROM contains files for all lessons as well as preview tours of other Adobe products.

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The Adobe Development Team is made up of creative employees from Adobe's User Education group. They take their expertise in training users to work with Adobe products, combine it with the creative talents of Adobe's product design teams, and add the rich content of the CD-ROM to make a unique learning package from Adobe Systems.

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