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Photoshop 7 Down and Dirty Tricks Paperback – Apr 23 2002

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: New Riders; 1 edition (April 23 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735712379
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735712379
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 1.5 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 862 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 53 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #637,580 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Adobe is used to having a lot of books written on its products. They tend to be the most complex of any program on the market, but it is because they are so powerful. If you have got the Photoshop bug and can't make pretty changes to your pictures or projects, this is a good book to start with!!!
Yes it will not teach you a lot of the "Why???" of Photoshop, that can take some years to learn anyway. A lot of Photoshop books come it two groups, those that know Photoshop and those who don't. Most of those that are for the expert expect you to know your Gaussian Blur from your Unsharp Mask and what kind of effect it will have on your picture. Photoshop "cookbooks" as some have called them teach by example, this author's "recipe's" are easy to follow and will give hints in the margins to learn more indepth or customize. Again you might be mimicing the author, but sometimes that is all you need to feel good about your investment in Photoshop. The CS (PS 8) book was a complete rewrite from the Photoshop 7 book, I own both because both have a lot to offer that was different enough to almost consider them volumes 1 & 2. Also if you are just needing digital photographry help, I would check out Scott Kelby's books on just digital photographry.
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By A Customer on Dec 4 2003
Format: Paperback
This book should be a free ebook on the web since I can find most of these "tricks" on the web somewhere.
Also, the so called companion images on his website aren't complete & don't help.
He doesn't explain anything to you so you have NO IDEA what your doing or why your doing it, which means your learning NOTHING.
His "support" won't answer questions questions right, they give answers that have nothing to do with what I asked which means they either Don't read it well or they are extremely stupid and should NOT be answering questions about the book.
If all you want to do are the EXACT things Scott shows in his book with his EXACT text and images, well then go for it!
But if you want to learn something about Photoshop and do things to ANY of YOUR OWN images then get something else.
Seems the Photoshop worl just gave Scott some credibility cause he owns NAPP, but other than that, he isn't much and there are MANY BETTER such as everything Bert Monroy does!
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Scott Kelby has a way or writing books for the adverage person, but puts enough interesting information in there for experienced graphic designers. Photoshop 7 Down & Dirty Tricks is the top book of his in my opinion. You could start on any page and pick up something fun and interesting to work on. If you take the time, you even get friendly support from Scott in straight terms. When I read it, I get a sense of ease in being able to figure out how to create really cool tricks in a short amount of time. I could see some people being dissappointed in the book for this. Instead of diving deep into any design concepts or photoshop tools, he focuses right on particular effects. Once you complete the book, if you feel the need to read it from cover to cover, you may feel cheated if you're the kind of person who likes in depth explainations of tools and filters of photoshop. I see this book being best for someone who already has a basic understanding of photoshop and wants to pick up a few really cool tricks here and there. If it's the first time you're working with photoshop, you'll be able to put together some really impressive artwork in no time. I think the extent of your photoshop abilities will be pretty limited in the long run if you choose this book as your source of learning a highly developed graphics application, however. It's comparible to learning a couple songs on guitar, but skipping all the principals that could help you in playing or writing whatever song you want to.
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While it's certainly worth the time and effort to learn about Photoshop's features and functions the hard way, sometimes it's nice to just be able to whip out a cool effect in a few minutes. Scott Kelby gives users dozens of sample projects, as well as hundreds of individual tips and tricks, in a step-by-step format that even beginners can follow.
The effects are divided by broad category (type effects, photo effects, drop-shadow effects, etc.), which is helpful if you sort of know what you want your finished effect to look like -- but, it's also fun just to browse the book and try something that looks interesting. Kelby's writing style is clear, but funny at the same time; you certainly shouldn't get bored working your way through any of the effects. Also, his concise yet informative step-by-step captions will give new and experienced users material for further experimentation and tweaking.
Some reviews have commented that certain sections contained errors. I haven't worked my way through every single section of the book yet, but of those I have (roughly two-thirds) there have been no glaring errors or omissions. This isn't to say there aren't typos or errors; I'm sure there probably are, just as there are in almost every book. I haven't found any that have detracted from the value or clarity of the book, however.
PS7 Down & Dirty Tricks really isn't a "learn PS7" book, so I don't recommend it for that purpose, though it is instructional. Buy a good, comprehensive book first, and then buy this one so you can have some quick fun when you bog down on channels, paths, or some other confusing topic in your "big" book. Highly recommended!
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