Adobe Photoshop 6.0
Classroom in a Book

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Type of Book
coverTitle: Adobe Photoshop 6.0 Classroom in a Book
Author: Team Adobe Development
Publisher: Adobe Press--Adobe Press books are
published by Peachpit Press
Publication Date: December 15, 2000
Retail Price: $45.00
Pages: 500 with CD
ISBN: 0-201-71016-1
Adobe Photoshop 6.0 Classroom in a Book is part of an official training series from Adobe Systems, developed by experts at Adobe and tested in Adobe's own classrooms and labs. The Classroom in a Book series of hands-on software training workbooks help you learn the features of Adobe software quickly and easily and at your own pace. If you're new to Adobe Photoshop or ImageReady, you'll learn the fundamental concepts and fetures you'll need to master the programs. If you have been using Adobe Photoshop or ImageReady for a while, you'll find that Classroom in a Book teaches many advanced features, including tips and techniques for using these programs for preparing images for the Web. The lessons include new information on designing Web pages using multiple Adobe products, adding special effects, and creating slices and rollovers for Web graphics. In addition, existing lessons have been updated to incorporate new commands and tools. This is more a training book, rather than a complete reference book on all the features in Photoshop and ImageReady as only the commands and options used in the lessons are explained in this book. But as a step-by-step training manual, it is one of the best. The User Guide that comes with Photoshop contains a complete description of all features, but does not include the wealth of tutorials as this Adobe Photoshop in a Classroom. Price: $45.00. Adobe's Web site is worth visiting for information and tips, and free demo downloads.
User Level
Advanced Beginners, Intermediate, and Advanced computer users. You should have a working knowledge of your computer, its operating system, and Photoshop. This book is excellent for users new to Photoshop, as well as intermediate and more advanced users. It shows in clear, concise lessons, the most fundamental tools and techniques through many new and advanced features and shortcuts.

The Adobe Photoshop Classroom in a Book CD includes folders containing all the electronic files for the lessons. Each lesson has its own folder, and you must copy the folders to your hard drive to do the lessons.

Getting Started--This is a basic description of the book and how to copy the files and fonts to your hard driver.

Lesson 1: Getting to Know the Work Area--As stated, this chapter deals with the work environment: how to open files; select tools; use viewing options to enlarge and reduce the display of an image; work with palettes; and use online Help.With this lesson, there is really not a specific tutorial. You just use a photo from the CD to practice with as you learn the work environment of Photoshop.

Lesson 2: Working With Selections--Here the different selection tools aselectionsnd techniques are demonstrated, when certain options work best, and combining selection techniques. You learn to: select parts of an image using a variety of tools; reposition a selection marquee; deselect a selection; move and duplicate a selection; constrain the movement of a selection; choose areas of an image based on proximity or color of pixels; adjust a selection with the arrow keys; add to and subtract from selections; rotate, scale, and transform a selection; combine selection tools; and crop an image. You use pieces of fruits and vegetables provided and create Mr. Fruit and Vegetable Man! See image to the right for a view of the finished product.

Lesson 3: Layer Basics--Both Adobe Photoshop and Adobe ImageReady let you isolate different parts of an image on layers. Each layer can then be edited as discrete layersartwork, allowing unlimited flexibility in composing and revising an image. In this lesson, you learn to: organize your artwork on layers; create a new layer; view and hide layers; select layers; remove artwork on layers; reorder layers to change the placement of artwork in the image; apply modes to layers to vary the effect of artwork on the layer; link layers to affect them simultaneously; apply a gradient to a layer; add text and layer effects to a layer; and save a copy of the file with the layers flattened. See image to the left for a view of finished product.

Lesson 4: Painting and Editing--You can create graphics by painting and drawing in Photoshop. You learn to: use the basic painting tools and experiment with different options for each tool; work with colors, gradients, or patterns in a layer; use layers to paintingpaint, adjust, add effects, and make color changes to specific portions of the image; set the blending mode and opacity of a layer to adjust how colors and each element of the image combine with the others; set the blending mode and opacity of a painting tool to adjust how a paint stroke combines with other pixels in the image; use the eraser tool, history paint brush, and history palette to make corrections; use a pattern from a different image to create a border; and create custom brushes and settings that appear in the tool options bar for any painting tool. See image to right for view of the finished product.

Lesson 5: Masks and Channels--Masks and channels in Photoshop are one of the masksmore complex concepts. In this chapter you will learn to: refine a selection using a quick mask; save a selection as a channel mask; view a mask using the channels palette; load a saved mask and apply effects; paint in a mask to modify a selection; make an intricate selection usign the extract command; and create and use a gradient mask. See image to the right for a view of the finished project.

Lesson 6: Photo Retouching--Adobe Photoshop and Adobe ImageReady include a variety of tools and commands for improving the quality of a photographic image. This lesson steps you through the process of acquiring, resizing, and retouching a photo.You learn to: choose the correct resolution for a scanned photo retourchingphotograph; crop an image to final size; adjust the tonal range of an image; remove a color cast from an image using an adjustment layer; use the replace color command to change the hue and saturation of a selected color in a photograph; adjust the saturation and brightness of isolated areas of an image using the sponge and dodge tools; use the clone stamp tool to eliminate an unwanted object from an image; replace parts of an image with anothr image; apply the unsharp mask filter to finish the photo-retouching process; and save an Adobe Photoshop file in a format that can be used by a page-layout program.

Lesson 7: Basic Pen Tool Techniques--The pen tool draws precise straight or curved pen toollines called paths. You can use the pen tool as a drawing tool or as a selection tool. In this chapter, you learn to: practice drawing straight and curved paths using the pen tool; save paths; fill and stroke paths; edit paths using the path editing tools; convert a path to a selection; and convert a selection to a path. See image to the right for view of starting and ending file.

Lesson 8: Vector Shapes and Clipping Paths--You can make simple illustrations usingvector shapesvector paths in Adobe Photoshop or Adobe ImageReady. Working with vectors allows you to create shapes, which can be filled or stroked, and use clipping paths to control what is shown in an image. In this lesson, you are introduced to advanced uses of vector shapes and clipping paths. You learn how to: differentiate between bitmap and vector graphics; use clipping paths to control what's shown in a layer; create a logo using vector shapes and clipping paths; work with text in Photoshop; and use actions and styles to re-create a vector graphic. See image to the left for a view of the finished product.

Lesson 9: Advanced Layer Techniques--You can create complex effects in your artwork using layer masks, clipping groups, and style layers. In this lesson, you learn the following: create clipping groups, which let you use an iamge on one layer as a mask for advanced layer techniquesartwork on other layers; create layer sets to organize and manage layers; add adjustment layers to an image, and use them to apply color and tonal adjustments withoyut permanently changing pixel data; create knockout layers to use one layer selectively to reveal others; import layers from other Photoshop files; work with type layers; duplicate and clip layers; add layer styles to a layer, and apply the effects to multiple layers; rasterize layers; convert clipping paths to masks; liquify a layer, giving it a melted appearance; and flatten and save layered files, greatly reudcing their file size. See image to right for a view of the finished product.

Lesson 10: Creating Special Effects--The huge assortment of filters available for Adobe Photoshop lets you transform ordinary images into extraordinary digital artwork. You can select filters that simulate a traditional artistic medium--a watercolor, pastel, or special effectssketched effect--or you can choose from filters that blur, bend, wrap, sharpen, or fragment images. In addition to using filters to alter images, you can use adjustment layers and painting modes to vary the look of your artwork. In this lesson, you learn to: add a grid to an image to help you make precise selections; desaturate a selection without affecting the color in other parts of the image; paint on a layer above the artwork to color the underlying artwork without changing it permanently; choose colors that are safe to use on the Web; add an adjustment layer to make a color correction to a selection; and apply filters to selections to create various effects. See image to the left for a view of the finished product.

Lesson 11: Setting Up Your Monitor for Color Management --In this lesson, you learn to: examine the principles associated with color management; calibrate your monitor using Adobe Gamma; and create an ICC profile for your monitor using Adobe Gamma.

Lesson 12: Producing and Printing Consistent Color --To produce consistent color, you define the color space in which to edit and display RGB images, and in which to edit, display, and print CMYK images. In this lesson, you learn how to do the following: define RGB, grayscale, and CMYK color spaces for displaying, editing, and printing images; prepare an image for printing on a PostScript CMYK printer; proof an image for printing; create a color separation, the process by which the colors in an RGB image are distributed to the four process ink colors: cyan, magenta, yellow, and black; and understand how images are prepared fore printing on presses.

Lesson 13: Preparing Images for Two-Color Printing--Printing in two colors using a two-color printinggrayscale image and spot color can be an effective and inexpensive alternative. In this lesson, you will learn how to use Adobe Photoshop to prepare full-color images for two-color printing. You learn how to: convert a color image to monochrome, and improve its overall quality; adjust the tonal range of the image by assigning black and white points; sharpen the image; convert a color image to grayscale; and add spot color to selected areas of the images. See image to the right for a view of the finished project.

Lesson 14: Optimizing Images For the Web--Adobe Photoshop and Adobe ImageReady let you optimize the display and file size of your images for effective Web publishing results. In this lesson, you learn to do the following: optimize JPEG and GIF files, and adjust the optimization settings to achieve the desired balance between file size and image quality; adjust the amount of dithering applied to an image; define a transparent background for an image; create a hypertext image map; and batch-process files to automate the optimization process.

Lesson 15: Creating Web Graphics Using Slices and Rollovers--You can divide your image into individual slices so you can optimize each slice in different web image formats. Slices can be animated, linked to URL addresses, and used for rollover buttons. slicesIn this lesson, you learn how to: slice an image using four different methods; optimize each image slice using various settings and file formats; create "no image" slices to contain text and HTML; create rollover buttons in a banner; apply a warped text style to the image that appears only when the rollover button is in its Over state; show or hide certain layers in the image when a rollover button is in its Over state or Down state; and generate an HTML page that contains the sliced image in a table. See image to right for view of an example of Web page that was sliced.

Lesson 16: Designing Web Pages Using Multiple Adobe Programs--Adobe Photoshop works well with other Adobe programs to help you create your Web site. You can design the content for your Web pages in Photoshop, review the designs and share review comments in Adobe Acrobat, add rollovers or animations in Adobe ImageReady, and import the designs into Adobe GoLive to create the Web pages. In this chapter,you learn to: create and annotate a PDF (Portable Document Format) file in Photoshop; annotate the Photoshop PDF file in Acrobat and reopen it in Photoshop with all its layers intact; import a layered Photoshop file into a GoLive document as separate DHTML layers; use a Photoshop file as a tracing image in GoLive; and link your Web page to an ImageReady file using a GoLive Smart Object.

Lesson 17: Creating Animated Images For the Web--To add dynamic content to your Web page, use Adobe ImageReady to create animated GIF images from a single image. Compact in file size, animated GIFs display and play in most Web browsers. In this chapter, learn to: open a multilayered image to use as the basis for the animation; use the layers palette in conjunction with the animation palette to create animation sequences; make changes to single frames, multiple frames, and an entire animation; use the tween command to automatically vary layer opacity and position across frames; preview animations in Adobe ImageReady and in a Web browser; open and edit an existing animated GIF image; and optimize the animation using the optimize palette.

Personal Comments
Adobe Photoshop 6.0 Classroom in a Book is an excellent tutorial book for beginners to advanced users. It's well written and gives you solid instruction in Adobe Photoshop and ImageReady.

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