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Photoshop 6 Down and Dirty Tricks Paperback – May 14 2001

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: New Riders; 1 edition (May 14 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 073571147X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735711471
  • Product Dimensions: 25.5 x 20.5 x 1.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 721 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,998,301 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Publisher

Yes, this is the very same book that’s been among the best-selling Photoshop 6 books since its release. Why is New Riders now publishing it? Because we’re proud to be partners-in-publishing with Scott Kelby and the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP).

Nothing has changed in the book: if you already own the NAPP-published version of this book, you’ve got everything you need. But if you’re serious about Photoshop and you don’t own this book, check it out. No other title is so packed with vital, intriguing tips and techniques. You get this stuff in a hurry, too; the content is truly the quick and dirty on how to get the most out of Photoshop. And where New Riders’ Photoshop Magic books each dig into stepped-out procedures that are an average of 15-to-20 pages long (think of them as being in-depth lessons), Scott cuts to the quick and loads his book with the kind of time-saving and high-quality material that’s made this book an instant classic.

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Down & Dirty Tricks is packed cover to cover with step-by-step tutorials on the coolest Photoshop 6.0 effects. The book is not another rehash of masking, pixels, and file formats or resolution--it's nothing but the cool stuff that will make your client's (or boss's) jaw drop.

Plus, it's an awesome Photoshop tips book too! That's because next to every tutorial, on every single page, there's a sidebar with a timesaving Photoshop 6.0 tip, trick, shortcut, or real-world technique to save you time, money, and make you more efficient. Written in plain English, you can jump in anywhere; simply open the book to the effect you want to create and follow along. It's that easy (and that much fun!).

Among many other tricks, the reader will learn: Amazing chrome and metallic effectsHow to create those dazzling high-tech Web interfacesCool 3D effects using Photoshop's own filtersShadow techniques that the pros really useInstant texture and background effectsThe most requested advertising effects

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This was the first photoshop book I ever bought. At that I was quite happy with it. Quickly I was able to make a few "Wow! How did you do that?" effects, which gives you appetite for more.
Do you know the Chinese proverb about giving a man a fish, and you feed him for a day, but give a man a fishing rod and you feed him for life?! Anyway, the way I see it, when you want to master a program like Photoshop or 3DS Max, you need 3 kinds of materials to take you to advanced level: Babysteps to show you around the program, teach you how things work and get you started on your first few projects; A detailed reference for later troubleshooting; And probably also some material on advanced effects or projects, that both can give you inspiration and get you through a few common advanced choke points.
This book is a little bit of 1 and 3. A shame because all beginners should be able to follow the instructions in the detailed tutorials. But still you don't learn anything about WHY did I just do what I did, or HOW can I use this in completely different situations. Also the focus of the book is more on touching up photos and applying effects to them, than creating illustrations, if that has your interest.
So without the focus, and the ability to teach you something valuable for the long run, I am hard pressed to give it more than 3 stars. A shame because there are nice effects in there, and everybody will be able to carry them out, thanks to the easy and detailed instructions. BUT they will not be able to understand them.
For users that need any of the 3 kinds of learning materials, described above, on photoshop. I would suggest the photoshop wow! book. It comes strong especially in the second and third cathegory, and is still very friendly and informative for beginners. Feel free to mail me if you have questions.
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I had always wanted to learn how to put a image inside text using PhotoShop. Until this book, I had never known how to do that. So the content on pages 48-49, alone, for me, is worth the price I paid for the book. Thanks to New Riders and Scott Kelby for teaching me - in 2 minutes - what I've wanted to know for years. The example I mention is shown in the "Look Inside This Book" link under book information in the left column of this book listing here on I'd take a look at them. I think you'll agree.
But this one trick is not all. This book easily, and effectively taught me how to combine gradients, strokes, and shadows - see page 36. In this example, the result was a professional-looking television logo. There are 210 other pages of tricks as well.
You should have basic PhotoShop experience, but you don't need to be a rocket scientest if you can use the help function or find that least-used command in PhotoShop.
My one thought is that you do have to be a semi-artist and creative to effectively utilize all these tricks. But if you are, you have it made.
A superb effort! This book will truly be on my most-used books bookshelf. I should have ordered 2 so that I'll have one when the first one wears out. Its that good.
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Photoshop 6, Down and Dirty Tricks AUTHOR: Scott Kelby PUBLISHER: New Riders REVIEWED BY: Barbara Rhoades
BOOK REVIEW: Scott Kelby writes this wonderful tips and tricks book with a sense of humor. Not only do you learn the tricks but, the humor helps you remember them. With 12 chapters of how-to's, you will learn drop shadows, type, rust, marble metal and chrome effects, changing colors in photos, gradients, tinting, adding motion, page curls, 3D, web buttons and even how to create a star field. There is even a whole chapter especially designed for web use.
Down and Dirty Tricks contains plenty of pictures so you can see exactly what each step should look like and, of course, it is all in vibrant color. A four-page index and table of contents makes it easy to locate the particular trick for which you are looking. The book contains slightly over 200 pages that allows you to learn quickly and start using the tips/tricks right away.
For anyone struggling to learn Photoshop or those who know the program but want a few easy tricks, Photoshop 6, Down and Dirty Tricks, is the very book to buy. This book is one that every graphic library should contain.
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For anyone who wants to learn how to create eye-popping, impressive graphics, this is the book to own. Free from long winded expositions on layer masking, spot channels, clipping paths, etc., this book cuts through all the technical jargon to present a concise, readable, step-by-step approach to maximize the creative tricks and design potential that Photoshop 6.0 has to offer. Broken down by chapters according to various artistic effects, one can skip to whatever section suits him best. Additionally, each page features a yellow sidebar filled with quick little 6.0 tips!
As the title suggests, this book is NO substitute to learn the actual program. One should already come with a working knowledge of Photoshop before availing himself of this book. It's a powerful reference tool and will serve in good stead any graphic designer who would like to know more about the creative ways in which Photoshop can be exploited.
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