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The Photoshop 6 Wow! Book

The Photoshop 6 Wow! Book
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The Photoshop 6 Wow! Book
by Linnea Dayton, Jack Davis
Paperback - 480 pages Book & Cd edition (July 11, 2001)
Peachpit Press
ISBN: 0201722089
Dimensions (in inches): 1.14 x 9.21 x 7.62

This design cookbook now features nourishing meals along with its famous desserts. Most design professionals already own books in the Wow! series, and they're likely dog-eared from constant use. Authors Dayton and Davis have incorporated the latest changes in Photoshop 6 Wow! Book and added a lot of new material based upon readers' suggestions.

Although this is a series better suited to experienced users, Photoshop newbies will like the new opening chapter on fundamentals. Each of the subsequent chapters--color, retouching, compositing, using filters, painting, using type, and Web graphics and animation--also begins with a "Basics" section that goes over pertinent tools and issues. For example, the chapter on color begins by explaining adjustment layers, blending modes, color management, and other important topics. The remainder of each chapter is made up of techniques, from one to six pages long, each a recipe/tutorial showing how to cook up a Wow! effect.

Also new are complete .psd files (on the CD-ROM) for most of the images, including before and after files used in the techniques. For those who prefer takeout to cooking from scratch, the CD-ROM contains a bunch of custom layer styles, rollovers, actions, and more. In many cases, one button gets you a fast result. There's even a new pullout page, a "One-Click Styles Sampler," which shows exactly what you get on the CD-ROM.

Users can also get to the Wow! factor sooner in the "Catalog" sections, which are series of quick options under one theme (e.g., Fast Filter Embellishing, Quick Tone and Color Adjustments), that enable readers to grab, at a glance, just the right solution (masking curves? auto contrast?). One great new section is "Anatomy of a Layer Style," in which readers learn the mystery behind making perfect clear-blue-plastic effects, just like the ones used in Mac OS X (and everything else these days). On the whole, this is a new and much improved Photoshop Wow! book; it's not just about glitz, chrome, and neon (although that's all still here). Beginners will get more guidance, and experienced users will love the yummy desserts. -- Angelynn Grant.

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