From the Author
The immense popularity of Adobe Photoshop is in part attributable to the fact that it enables us to alter the reality of images. And who, after all, can resist the temptation to alter pictures? Photoshop 7 Savvy is for anyone who has ever unconsciously scribbled a moustache on a face in a magazine while talking on the telephone. Its for those of us who take photographs, draw, paint, and cut and paste pictures. Its for computer artists, graphic designers, web designers and printers. It is intended to help master the software, at whatever level you may be in the learning curve.
The focus of Photoshop 7 Savvy is to present a systematic and comprehensive guide to the tools and operations of Adobes amazing image editing software. It is intended to offer descriptions, explanations, and techniques that will make all aspects of the software more accessible and familiar to you without oversimplifying or "dumbizing" the information.
How you work in Photoshop will be defined by your specific output goals. In Photoshop 7 Savvy, you will find everything you need to know to use this powerful program to create and alter images for print, multimedia and the World Wide Web. The book explores the basic concepts that are fundamental to your understanding of the digital image. Each chapter contains information to help you master the Photoshop skills you need. Most chapters contain step-by-step modules, and many conclude with Hands-On projects, which will further enhance your capabilities so that you can ultimately apply the techniques to your own images.
Steve Romaniello June, 2002
From the Back Cover
"If subsequent releases are as good as this, the series deserves every success."
Savvy – n. Practical know-how.
Just about anyone who works with digital images needs to know to how to use Photoshop. But its complexity can be confounding even to experienced users. In Photoshop 7 Savvy, artist and teacher Steve Romaniello draws back the curtain to reveal the secrets behind Photoshop's power,
showing you how to combine theory with practical techniques to get results that are inspirational and satisfying. Whether you’re a desktop publisher, graphic artist, printer, photographer, or Web designer, if your goal is to become Photoshop Savvy, this is the book that will get you there.
Work your way through from cover to cover or zero in on a topic, whether you're managing color, retouching images, or creating Web graphics. In Hands On tutorials you'll apply your knowledge to complex real-world projects, mastering the techniques your own projects demand. A 32-page full-color section showcases numerous color-related examples. Coverage includes:
Core Photoshop Skills: selections, type, layers, paths, paint effects, alpha channels, Quick Mask, scanning, transformations.
Photoshop 7's New Features: File Browser, Healing Brush, Auto Color, new paint tools, custom workspaces, Web enhancements.
Image Retouching: Dodge and Burn tools, cloning and healing, History Brush, Dust and Scratches filter.
Color Management and Correction: levels and curves, color mapping, hue and saturation, channel mixing, CMYK conversion, printing.
Photoshop, ImageReady, and the Web: page layout, optimization, image maps, animations, rollovers.
Advanced Techniques: difficult selections, compositing, automation, duotones and spot color, advanced layering, preparing images for digital video.