Adobe Photoshop 6.0 Classroom in a Book

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9780201710168: Adobe Photoshop 6.0 Classroom in a Book

Adobe Photoshop is like having a darkroom right inside your computer. And now, with Photoshop Classroom in a Book, created by Adobe's own training experts, it's like having an expert tutor in your own book. Photoshop Classroom in a Book gives you a comprehensive set of Photoshop lessons to teach you everything you need to know to use this powerful image-editing software. And best of all, you can learn at your own pace.

Start with the basics of Photoshop, from navigating the interface to creating layers and selections to working with Photoshop tools, then move on to more complex Photoshop features, like masks, channels, retouching techniques, and special effects. In no time flat, you'll master these skills like a grade-A student, and you don't even have to bring an apple for the teacher.

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If you're the kind of person who'd rather read the telephone directory than a software manual, Adobe Photoshop 6.0 Classroom in a Book could be just what you need to get a grip on the latest version of the world's best image-editing software.

Seventeen project-based lessons take you through every aspect of Photoshop. The book starts with the basics--the revamped interface, selection tools, and working with layers--and then moves on to more involved projects like retouching, using the new vector shape and clipping path features, advanced layer management, and special effects. Each lesson begins with a clear introduction and finishes with a brief review section, which is a good way of assessing how much you've learned and whether you need to go over anything again.

Anyone who is, or wants to be, a Photoshop pro must eventually tackle color management, and two lessons are devoted to this difficult subject. "Setting Up Your Monitor for Color Management" examines the principles of color management and shows you how to calibrate and create an ICC color profile for your monitor using the Adobe Gamma control panel. "Producing and Printing Consistent Color" deals with proofing images on a CMYK PostScript printer and creating color separations for commercial printing. There's also a chapter devoted to spot-color printing. The remainder of the book deals with producing Web graphics using ImageReady 3.0.

While it lacks the depth of some of the other Photoshop tomes, this is probably one of the most effective courses there is for beginners and intermediate users. --Ken McMahon, Amazon.co.uk

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Adobe Photoshop is the tool of choice for anyone wanting to prepare images for print or for the Web, and knowledge of this software is a must for anyone working in the graphic design industry. Described as a “must-have upgrade,” Photoshop 6 offers a huge assortment of new features, including expanded Web graphics and design tools, a completely revamped text engine, added PDF compatibility, added layers, a new context-sensitive tool options bar, and even tighter integration with ImageReady 3.0. In addition, Photoshop 6 will ship with a trial version of Adobe GoLive, Adobe's professional Web-authoring application.

In Adobe Photoshop 6.0 Classroom in a Book, Adobe's own training experts provide readers with a comprehensive tutorial to this powerful image editing software. Readers tackle the basics of Photoshop, starting with navigating the interface, creating layers and selections, and working with Photoshop tools. From there, readers will move on to more complex Photoshop features, including masks, channels, retouching techniques, and special effects. The cross-platform CD includes all the images and project files needed for each lesson.

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