If you're the kind of person who never takes the stairs (even for one floor) when there's a lift, loves filter coffee, but always makes instant and never eats their crusts, then Photoshop 7 Down & Dirty Tricks
is the Photoshop book for you.
Scott Kelby shows you how to create all those visually stunning effects you see, get excited about and want to emulate, before coming back down to earth and saying to yourself, "that would take far too long", or "I just don't have the skill/talent/knowledge..." And here's the good bit--it's not difficult or time consuming and anyone can do it, even if the only thing you've ever done in Photoshop 7 is spend 10 minutes making your boss look absurd with the liquefy tool.
The effects are explained in four to six easy-to-follow plain-English steps, accompanied by colour screen grab. If you've been impressed by a particular technique--Apple's Aqua-gel effect buttons and type, distressed type, metal effects, water drops, TV scan lines, texture mapping--there's a good chance you'll find something like it in these pages.
There are a few more involved projects, a single-image montage, movie poster and 3-D packaging and an entire chapter is devoted to producing a high-tech interface of the kind that has proliferated on the Web in the last couple of years.
Scott's boundless Photoshop knowledge, friendly style and an abundance of quick tips--one on every page--keep the pace moving fast. If you want to produce stunning effects such as these, but don't have the time to make a decent cup of coffee Photoshop 7 Down & Dirty Tricks is instant gratification. --Ken McMahon
From Library Journal
It seems to be the year for launching new versions of old standards. Photoshop 7 introduces a number of new features that should drive demand for manuals. Everything addresses Photoshop beginners, with two chapters on resources and solving common problems that should be especially helpful; appropriate for public libraries. Teach Yourself, for beginning to intermediate users, is more thorough, covering the channels, masks, and other techniques that Everything omits, in addition to the basics. Chapter Q&As, quizzes, and exercises help users learn on their own; a valuable purchase for all public libraries. A full-color guide for intermediate users, Down & Dirty explains step by step "cool tricks," showing how to achieve easily impressive special effects, from wrapping type around a circle to creating backlit photo backgrounds. Sidebar tips offer additional information, and images in the book are available for free online. Magic also instructs intermediate to advanced users on creating cool, full-color effects but contains longer projects that each combine several techniques. The CD includes project files and demonstration software. Larger public libraries should consider either title.
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