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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (July 12 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201722089
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201722086
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 19.4 x 2.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 48 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,462,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Whether you're a Photoshop pro or a demanding amateur, The Photoshop 6 Wow! Book contains the widest selection of useful projects, tips, tutorials, techniques and examples of professionally produced work you're likely to find in one place.

What's remarkable about this book is that every page contains something worth knowing. While other Photoshop books have their strengths, be it web production, photographic retouching and repro-techniques or illustration, The Photoshop 6 Wow! Book provides in-depth knowledge on just about every aspect of Photoshop 6.

Tutorials covering techniques you might already be familiar with often provide better ways of doing things or additional related information. Where they cover new ground the results are so stunning you'll want to try them out and add them to your repertoire.

As well as the staples--framing with masks, fixing problem photos, quick masking and blending, filters and so on--you'll find gems such as focusing attention with colour, blurring backgrounds while retaining grain, hand tinting black and white photos, applying images to textured surfaces and painting with the art-history brush.

The book focuses strongly on new Photoshop 6 features such as layer styles, vector shapes and fill layers as well as improved text handling. This makes it ideal for getting up to speed on the new features and interface enhancements in Photoshop 6, but anyone using older versions would do better with The Photoshop 5/5.5 Wow! Book or The Photoshop 4 Wow! Book by the same authors.

Screen shots, before and after examples and galleries of professionally produced work in full colour throughout make this an easy book to dip into as well as a good basis for a structured course. --Ken McMahon

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Real World Photoshop 6 explains in clear language the essential concepts and techniques for producing professional quality images quickly and efficiently, covering in depth the key Photoshop tools--not just how to use them, but also why and when. Richly illustrated in full-color throughout, this book is entirely updated to cover the new features of Photoshop 6, and is destined to become a well-thumbed reference for graphic designers, illustrators, and production professionals.

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I've reviewed quite a few other Photoshop books and they've all come up short. However, I think this one goes the distance. It has a ton of color photographs which, for a change, are not other people's art work but are parts of the lessons, thankfully. For an art program that explodes with color (Photoshop), it is nice to see a book that does the same. The visuals showing you how-to operate Photoshop are simply first rate. Next, the book is well laid out, not jam packed together in an unreadable, overwhelming style or format. Third, there is a CD-ROM that goes with it to further amplify the material. Finally, it is well written yet stays with the task at hand. The authors do not annoy you with misplaced humor and witticisms throughout. Maybe there is a better book out there than this one but I've not run into it if there is. A word of caution: buy this new before accepting a used one that is missing the CD-ROM. I bought it new for this reason. I wish I had discovered this book first instead of after buying 5 other ones. I could have saved myself a lot of money.
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Jack Davis never ceases to amaze me. He has outdone himself again! I don't think there is a man on the planet that has a more in-depth, and complete knowledge of Photoshop, not even the people who developed the app or the manual writers at Adobe.

I had the opportunity to see Jack at the Photoshop Wow! Seminar for the 5.5 book. His methods of teaching are concise, intelligent, extremely well-thought-out, and easy-to-follow and understand. His pacing was so perfect, no one really lost him at all, even the beginners in the room, yet he intrigued and fascinated the experts. I learned more in a day than I had in my 4 years as a Web Designer.

The Photoshop 6 Wow! Book is a "must have" for anyone who uses Photoshop. Period. Even if you own the 5.5 Wow! Book, you still need this book. Some authors tend to "sell-out" from version update to version update, in an effort to milk the sales of a book, by offering a mildly reworded volume of useless pap. No such practice from Jack! He has extensively expanded upon an already legendary tome. I merely bought the book because I am a fan and wanted to "support the team" regardless of book content. When the book came, I realzied I got more than my money's worth, once again. The layer styles on the CD are alone worth twice the price. The chapter on "painting" will have you buying a Wacom tablet the following day [I did]. He does things that no one ever knew Photoshop could do. The gasps of astonishment in his classes are proof. And no wasted pages. Jack dives right in! Page ONE [1] actually has a useful tip on it! - making star shapes with the Polygon tool. And it's blast into orbit from there on out!

I agree wholeheartedly with the awards - "Most useful Photoshop book" ever - hands down. A vast amount of work went into this book to offer the most brilliant Photoshop book in the world. Maika'i Hana, Jack!
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Linnea Dayton and Jack Davis have done it again. The Photoshop Wow! series of books just keeps getting better (and thicker) with each new version of Adobe's Photoshop. Found on the shelves of most Web designers the Wow! series has become a standard other books can only hope to match. The latest v6 edition outdoes the previous series with over 200 stunning full-color before/after tutorials.
Designed to help you get the most out of Photoshop and Imageready, this book covers the gamut from what's new in version 6, to fancy special effects, filter use, handy shortcuts, scans and color corrections, and Web graphics optimization and animation. The photo retouching chapter alone is worth the price of admission.
One of my favorites is chapter 8, where you learn how to make special effects for type and graphics. Learn how Apple got that cool clear plastic look, how to do neon, glass, and custom chrome.
The companion CD-ROM comes chock full of matching tutorial files, 300 preset layer styles, 50 automated rollover styles, improved actions, gobs of ready to use artwork, and more.
Unlike the earlier "blow-them-away-you-already-know-Photoshop" editions, this one shows you how to work more effectively with Photoshop, *and* blow them away with your graphics expertise. The book is a wonderful way to improve your Photoshop skills, and an inspiration with its example artwork from top designers.
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THE PHOTOSHOP 6 WOW BOOK by LINNEA DAYTON & JACK DAVIS
This book has some of the best project tutorials I've ever seen. They are fun, amazing and all can be applied to projects and issues facing today's designers.Besides instruction, the WOW includes wonderful screen captures and special sections with beautiful color plates of other digital artists work, including a synopsis of their methods. The authors also generously include many extra pre-set goodies on the CD rom along with before and after images for the projects. Thankfully, the "after" files are with the layers in tact, so you can peek at specific settings when you need to in order to match settings, which do vary from the text specifics at times. The beginning of the book has in depth definitions and "how to's" of Photoshops commands, functions, tools, palettes etc. The rest of the book is divided into 9 category specific tutorial sections. There are many tutorials which cover different ways to approach desired outcomes. The authors also do some of the work for you, so it is most benificial to read through several paragraphs before attempting "hands on" and to be observant of the "before image" layers, channel, and paths palettes. The authors include Alpha Channels storing the selections for most of the projects that require selections; this saves much time for the Photoshop student so they can get into the heart of the project without having to spend time making selections. I especially like this book for its in depth coverage of the new features & tools of Photoshop 6. The amazing things you can do with Shape Layers and it's interchange with Adobe Illustrator is my most favorite new feature. That alone will make you shout "WOW!" I teach Advanced Photoshop for Designers at Nashville State Tech and this was my choice "hands down & thumbs up" for the class textbook!
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