Photoshop 7 (R): Tips and Techniques

Photoshop 7 (R): Tips and Techniques

by Wendy Willard


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Improve your use of Photoshop in Web and print design. Prepare and plan for Web page development and print output, then skillfully apply the latest design and production techniques. Perform simple adjustments as well as complex tasks -- optimize photographic imagery, build animation, add rollovers, adjust images to achieve perfect skin tones and transparent drop shadows, make appropriate color adjustments, create duotones, and more. Geared toward designers of all levels looking for exciting visual solutions, Photoshop 7 Tips & Techniques demystifies the complicated but enormously powerful features of Photoshop.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780072224467
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date: 06/21/2002
Series: Tips and Techniques Series
Pages: 500
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.01(d)

Table of Contents

Part IUsing Photoshop to Prepare for Web and Print Design
Chapter 1Customizing Photoshop for Web Design2
Check Your Screen Resolution8
Change Your Default Unit of Measurement to Pixels9
Customize the Color and Style of Your Ruler Guides10
Check Your Color Picker12
Use Web Color Sliders14
Use Web-Safe Color Swatches15
Create Your Own Swatch Libraries16
Customize the Info Palette17
Make the Color Management Settings Web-Specific19
Use RGB for the Default Proof Setup20
Make File Extensions Web-Friendly21
Determine Whether to Use Image Previews or Thumbnails22
Save Copyright Information for Files23
Define and Save Your Preferred Workspace25
Learn the Keyboard Shortcuts27
Enable Workgroup Functionality31
Chapter 2Customizing Photoshop for Print Design32
Pick a Color Mode39
Use Grayscale and Bitmap Modes for Black and White Images41
Set Up Your Swatches Palettes to Be Job-Specific42
Customize the Display of Your Swatches for Print Design44
Create a New Swatch in the Swatches Palette44
Use the Foreground and Background Colors for Quick Color Changes45
Calibrate Your Monitor46
Make the Color Management Settings Print-Specific48
Allocate More Memory to Photoshop49
Create a New Print Design File in Photoshop51
Customize Preferences for Print Design52
Maximize Your Screen Space, Minimize Palette Clutter53
Use the Rulers, Guides, and Grids54
Improve Performance by Freeing Memory57
Chapter 3Getting Content into Photoshop60
Use the Open Command to Bring an Existing Bitmap File into Photoshop66
Use the File Browser to Preview and Sort Images68
Rank Images in the File Browser for Customized Sorting70
Export Cache from the File Browser for Speedy Image Previews72
Dealing with Mismatching Color Profiles When Opening Images72
Create a New File in Photoshop74
Import a File into Photoshop Using the TWAIN Interface76
Capture Images Larger than You Plan to Use in Photoshop78
Adjust an Image's Resolution in Photoshop79
Use the Clipboard to Transfer Files Between Applications80
Use the Open Command to Open an Existing Vector File in Photoshop81
Use the Place Command to Import an Existing Vector File into Another File in Photoshop82
Trim Away White Space Around an Image84
Chapter 4Using Photoshop as a Web Page Layout Tool88
Create Sketches with Accurate Proportions92
Begin Designing with the Appropriate Page Size94
Use Guides to Plan Page Layout96
Customize Your Page for MSN TV and Other Set-Top Devices97
Create a Seamless Photographic Background Tile98
Create a Nonrepeating Photographic Background Tile101
Create a Seamless Graphical Background Tile106
Create Your Own (Hybrid) Web-Safe Colors111
Preview a Browser Tile in Photoshop112
Use Annotations to Ease Maintenance113
Save a Copy as a High-Quality JPEG for Client Approval114
Use Actions to Automate Common Processes116
Part IIUsing Photoshop to Design Web and Print Graphics
Chapter 5Using Selections and Masks122
Use Quick Mask Mode for Quick Paint-by-Number Selections133
Feather Selections for Soft Edges135
Use the Inverse Command to Select the Opposite136
Use Keyboard Commands to Quickly Add to and Delete from Existing Selections138
Use Multiple Tools Together for Quick Complex Selections138
Use the Magic Eraser to Remove Areas of Color with a Single Click140
Remove Fringe Areas to Clean Up Selections140
Use the Single Row and Single Column Marquee Tools to Create Quick Borders141
Stroke Selections to Create Quick Borders142
Save Selections for Future Use143
Use the "Snap To" Feature to Assist in Drawing Selections144
Copy Selections from One Image/Application to Another146
Export Paths to Illustrator147
Transform Selections with the Transform Command147
Use the Pen Tools to Make Detailed, Easily Changeable Selections149
Use the Magnetic Tools to Assist in Drawing Selections151
Save Selections as Clipping Paths to Define Transparent Sections of an Image153
Use the Color Range Command to Select Precise Areas of Color155
Use the Extract Command to Remove Objects from Complex Backgrounds156
Chapter 6Using Layers162
Turn On Thumbnail Views to Help Layer Recognition171
Name Layers for Easy Recognition172
Group Related Layers into Sets174
Link Layers to Transform Multiple Layers at Once177
Merge Layers to Reduce File Size178
Align and Distribute Elements on Multiple Layers180
Right-Click (CTRL-Click) to Jump to the Target Layer183
Lock Layers to Protect Their Contents184
Adjust Opacity to Allow Layers Beneath to Show Through186
Use Layer Styles to Customize Special Effects186
Add Adjustment and Fill Layers to Adjust Color on Single Layers Instead of Entire Images189
Use Clipping Groups to Mask One Layer with the Contents of Another193
Use Masks to Temporarily Hide Parts of Layers196
Chapter 7Using Text200
Create a Single Line of Text along a Horizontal Axis206
Create a Single Line of Text along a Vertical Axis207
Use the Type Mask Tool to Create Selections of Text209
Create and Modify Multiple Lines of Text210
Add Anti-Aliasing to Smooth Edges212
Change Text Color213
Spell-Check Photoshop Text214
Control How Words Wrap Across Lines in Paragraphs216
Control How Words Break Across Lines in Paragraphs217
Use the Appropriate Composition Method for Paragraphs of Text219
Find and Replace Words or Characters in Photoshop219
Align Text on Multiple Layers220
Use the Free Transform Command to Scale, Skew, Rotate, Distort, or Change the Perspective of Text222
Use the Warp Text Command for Curved Lines of Text224
Apply Gradients to Text226
Fill Text with Patterns227
Fill Text with Photos or Other Images229
Add Layer Styles to Create Easy Drop Shadows and Other Special Effects230
Simulate HTML Text in Web Mockups233
Rasterize Type Layers to Apply Photoshop Filters235
Save Type Settings for Customized "Style Sheets"235
Create Text along a Path237
Chapter 8Drawing and Painting240
Use Brush Presets257
Load Additional Shapes261
Load Additional Patterns263
Create and Save Custom Brush Tips, Shapes, and Patterns264
Create and Save Custom Brushes266
Create and Save Custom Tool Settings267
Use the Preset Manager to Manage Saved Tool Settings268
Use Photoshop's Pattern Maker271
Paint with Patterns274
Paint with Texture275
Paint with Two Brushes at Once278
Scatter Brush Strokes to Achieve Unique Paint Textures279
Vary Paint Settings According to Pen Pressure281
Change the Brush Size with One Click283
Use the Blur and Sharpen Tools to Adjust the Focus Within Small Areas of an Image284
Use the Smudge Tool to Enlarge an Image's Canvas Size285
Use the Dodge and Burn Tools to Adjust the Exposure of an Image287
Change the Blending Mode to Paint Highlights and Shadows290
Duplicate Part of an Image with the Clone Stamp291
Remove Blemishes with the Patch and Healing Brush Tools292
Restore Part of an Image to the Previously Saved Version295
Use the History Brushes to Combine Creative Effects296
Add Layer Styles to Shapes for Quick and Easy Buttons300
Use Font Dingbats for Easy Icons302
Chapter 9Using Favorite Creative Effects306
Create a Fake Duotone308
Add Noise to an Image308
Add Motion to an Image309
Apply a Gaussian Blur to Bring an Object into Focus310
Use Bitmap Mode to Create Interesting Effects312
Create a Drop Shadow that Will Remain Transparent When Exported into Other Page Layout Programs314
Apply Preset Styles for Quick Special Effects317
Remove Blemishes from Human Faces319
Make the Color of Human Faces More Vivid320
Quickly Remove Common Color Casts321
Remove Red-Eye from Photographs322
Create a Perspective Cast Shadow323
Change the Color of Someone's Shirt, Shoes, Bag, or Any Other Object in a Photo326
Add Objects or People to Existing Images327
Adjust the Color of a Pasted Object to Match Its New Surroundings330
Straighten a Crookedly Scanned Image332
Remove the Dot Grain from a Scanned Image334
Add Color to Black and White Images336
Quickly Add Clouds to an Image337
Turn Clouds into Water338
Make Flat Objects Appear Spherical340
Transform Objects into Three Dimensions341
Add Lighting Effects345
Retouch an Old Photograph347
Add Frames to Photographs348
Part IIIUsing Photoshop to Produce Web and Print Graphics
Chapter 10Slicing and Optimizing Web Graphics352
Slice Web Designs According to Page Layout357
Customize Output Settings360
Select the Best File Format for the Job362
Optimize GIFs364
Optimize JPEGs368
Optimize PNGs370
Optimize WBMPs373
Use Dithering to Smooth Edges in GIF and PNG-8 Files374
Manipulate the Colors in GIF and PNG-8 Files376
Optimize Transparent Web Graphics378
Use Transparency Dithering When Placing a Transparent GIF or PNG-8 on a Patterned Background378
Use Weighted Optimization380
Optimize by File Size382
Link Slices to Optimize Multiple Slices at Once382
Use Photoshop/ImageReady to Preview in a Browser383
Use Photoshop/ImageReady to Build HTML Code384
Import Sliced Photoshop Files into GoLive to Build HTML Code385
Import Layered Photoshop Files into GoLive to Build DHTML Code387
Use Photoshop Mockups as Tracing Images When Building Pages in GoLive388
Chapter 11Animated, Interactive, and Data-Driven Graphics390
Jump to ImageReady for Animation and Rollovers394
Use Layers to Build Animation395
Use the Animation Palette to Build Animation398
Copy and Paste the Contents of Frames400
Preview an Animation and Adjust the Timing401
Tween Frames for Instant Animation401
Optimize GIF Animations403
Preview Animation in a Browser404
Animate with the Liquify Command405
Place Layered Photoshop Files into LiveMotion when Creating Flash (SFW) or QuickTime (MOV) Content408
Use the Rollovers Palette to Build Rollovers409
Add Layer Styles for Quick and Easy Rollover Effects412
Create Rollover Styles to Speed Development of Navigation Systems413
Preview Rollovers414
Optimize Rollovers415
Combine Animation and Rollovers416
Create an Image Map417
Preview and Optimize an Image Map419
Combine Image Maps and Rollovers419
Create a Template Used to Bulk-Produce Multiple Graphics with Adobe AlterCast421
Create a Web Photo Gallery423
Create High-Resolution, Web-Friendly Images425
Chapter 12Optimizing Print Graphics428
Make All Adjustments in RGB Mode, then Convert to CMYK429
Create a Duotone Image430
Edit a Duotone Curve431
Use Variations to Quickly Alter Color and Tone432
Use Levels to Correct Color and Tone433
Adjust Images for Perfect Skin Tone435
Make Sure Your Whites Are Really White435
Pay Attention to the Gamut Warning in the Color Picker436
Add Noise to Drop Shadows for Better Results on Press437
Colorize Grayscale TIFFs in Page-Layout Programs438
Rasterize EPS Files Created in Other Programs in Photoshop439
Drag and Drop Graphics from Other Programs into Photoshop440
Drag and Drop Graphics from Photoshop into Other Programs441
Save as EPS or TIFF for Placement in Page-Layout Programs442
Save Your Document as a PDF for Easy File Sharing445
Print Files Directly from Photoshop447
Specify Accurate Halftone Screen Options450

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Photoshop 7 (R): Tips and Techniques 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I work in the field of marketing and have dabbled with Photoshop for a while. I now find myself using it more and more since getting this book. I like that the book breaks things down and makes the program easy for the user to understand yet isnt't so simplistic an avid user would get bored. One of my favorite features of the book is the center section; here there are color photos of color swatches, different blending techniques, layering effects, etc. I refer to this section often, rather than choosing each effect on the menu bar and undoing until I find what I'm looking for. This book has a permanent spot within arms reach of my computer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wendy makes learning Photoshop fun and easy, teaching her readers the most practical and useful aspects of Photoshop by featuring examples of real-world uses. With this book, users can mix-and-master Photoshop skills at their own pace by applying the book's easy to understand tips and techniques to everyday project tasks. The book teaches Photoshop's capabilities through easy to follow step-by-step techniques that are specifically designed to create effects that readily transfer to other uses of design and photo image editing. The book is packed with intuitive 'Quick Tips' (my favorite part), helpful 'Notes' and invaluable high-end techniques that quickly result in top- quality, professional images. The best part about this book is that it overlooks nobody. Both professional and amateur web designers, photographers and print designers will appreciate the attention Wendy brings to their specific and often unique industry requirements, helping to streamline their tasks, improve their quality of work and enhance their Photoshop experience.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I work in web design and until now I mainly used Macromedia products. As much as I wanted to I never really found the time to learn how to use Photoshop efficiently, until now. After reading Wendy Willard¿s book I am very impressed with its layout and content. Even though it states that each chapter is independent, and you can skip around, I would suggest you read from start to finish. Wendy¿s easy conversational style, without chatter, makes the book as enjoyable to read as a novel. The flow of information is presented in the logical order necessary to develop a site while maximizing productivity. Wendy scatters tips throughout the pages and it would be a shame to miss any of them. I found Photoshop 7 Tips & Techniques to be a perfect companion to the technical Photoshop 7 book that shipped with the software. The technical book was great at outlining what Photoshop 7 could do. Tips & Techniques goes the step further to tell you the how and why. Two points I found outstanding about the book were the chapters on Customizing Photoshop for Web and Print design, which will save me hours in design time with each project, and her use of Try It tips. The Try It tips encouraged you to try it so you would remember it. Using this learning technique works. The Try It tips are quick and easy to follow examples that you can readily try out on your computer and then return to reading. This book helped me to become comfortable adding Photoshop to my design tool bag in a very short time. I am going to put it on the suggested reading list for the other webmasters at work but they¿ll have to get their own copy. This one¿s mine!