Photoshop 7 All-in-One Desk Reference for Dummies
Photoshop 7 AllinOne Desk Reference for Dummies Author:Barbara Obermeier, David D. Busch There’s a reason Photoshop is the world’s industry standard in image-editing software – the depth and breadth of the program is unheralded. Photoshop immediately sucks you in with its easy-to-use interface and powerful tools and commands. It is so feature-rich that you soon begin to lose track of time and start blowing off your... more » commitments just to try one more thing. Photoshop 7 All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies is written for the person who has a good grasp of using a computer and navigating the operating system and at least a cursory knowledge of Photoshop. It is intended to be a comprehensive reference book that you can read cover to cover or reach for when you’re looking for specific information about a particular task such as the following (and more!):
Resize an image without causing undue damage
Crop images and increase their canvas size
Correct or enhance color
Fix flaws and imperfections
Prepare images for the Web
Create vector shapes by using the shape tools
Work with gradients and patterns
Use multiple images to create a multilayered composite image
Work with quick masks, layer masks, channel masks
Use filters to make images sharper, blurrier, cleaner, smoother
Work with digital cameras and scanners
This essential guide to Photoshop 7 combines 10 minibooks in one, from Photoshop fundamentals to more advanced techniques such as creating contact sheets and photo galleries. Plenty of photos and a 16-page color insert illustrate techniques and important concepts. And the Cheat Sheet at the beginning of the book helps you remember all the shortcuts you’ll use most often. (Tear it out and tape it to your monitor.) Photoshop 7 All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies has easy-to-understand steps, a plethora of tips, and bonus Putting-It-Together sections that will put you on your way to Photoshop guru-hood.« less
While I did learn some good things from this book, it is poorly written. This book is written as though it should be read from beginning to end- a tall order for a 700-some page book! I'd prefer complete explanations for each project, and not "if you don't understand this go back and read chapters 2 & 3." That happens A LOT.
The illustrations are often on a different page from the directions they are supposed to go with- for visual people this is very frustrating! Following the directions doesn't always turn out the way its supposed to, which just ticks me off. All in all, this book is not for dummies, and is best used as a paperweight or flower press.