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Adobe(R) Photoshop(R) 7.0 Studio Techniques Paperback – July 6, 2002

ISBN-13: 007-6092018209 ISBN-10: 0321115635 Edition: Pap/Cdr

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Ready to learn not just the "how," but the "why" behind Photoshop's most powerful features? Photoshop guru Ben Willmore believes the only way to master Photoshop is to go beyond simply memorizing steps, and gain an under-the-hood understanding of the program. He does the job masterfully in Adobe Photoshop 7.0 Studio Techniques, a well-known favorite that delivers the essential information you need in a fun, well-written, easy-to-read style. Rather than detail every mind-numbing feature of Photoshop, Willmore's compact book cuts through the fat to focus on the concepts, features, and techniques that will truly make a difference in how you use Photoshop 7 every day. If you've ever wanted to understand complex concepts like curves and channels, or learn the logic behind Photoshop's keyboard commands, look no further.

Fully updated to cover the new features of Photoshop 7, Adobe Photoshop 7.0 Studio Techniques starts with the working foundations of Photoshop--the basic tools, palettes, layers, and masks--and quickly moves on to real-world production techniques, such as how to sharpen scans, correct and optimize images, and use color curves to your advantage. By the time you finish the book, you'll have explored the creative aspects of Photoshop, such as how to blend or enhance images, master colorizing techniques, and create advanced type effects. Included is an entirely new chapter on color management that gives you practical instruction on implementing a color-managed workflow from monitor to press. A section on Web graphics rounds out the book, with chapters on image slicing and rollovers, creating effects for interface design, animating effects, and optimizing images for Web. If you want to get beyond conventional step-by-step instruction and become "Photoshop enlightened," this is the book for you.

About the Author

Ben Willmore is a well-known author and the founder of Digital Mastery, a training and consulting firm dedicated to the teaching of graphic arts, Ben is also a columnist for Photoshop User and Step-By-Step Graphics magazines, as well as a regular contributor to PEI Magazine. He has personally trained more than 12,000 Photoshop users and is a featured speaker at national publishing conferences and events worldwide. He is the author of all previous editions of this book.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Adobe Press; Pap/Cdr edition (July 6, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321115635
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321115638
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,686,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Photoshop Hall of Famer, Ben Willmore, has taught over 100,000 Photoshop users on six continents. His bestselling books, DVDs, and hit seminars have established Ben as one of the America's favorite Photoshop instructors, and he is often the top-selling speaker at design and photography conferences throughout the world. He writes for numerous digital imaging publications, including a monthly column for Photoshop User magazine, and his award-winning books have helped helped hundreds of thousands of design and photography professionals make the transition from blindly following step-by-step techniques, to "Ah-ha! I finally GET Photoshop!"

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I highly recommend this book to help you really understand Photoshop.
Anna-Marie
If you want to really learn Photoshop and not just follow steps 1 - 10 like most books do (and end up just knowing how to follow steps) this is the book to get.
MARK BAU
The lessons are well laid out with many clear photos demonstrating the techniques you are learning and the results you are trying to achieve.
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85 of 87 people found the following review helpful By MARK BAU on August 2, 2002
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I come from a strong photographic background and have been using Photoshop since version 4.0 for preparation of web and print material. I only wish I had this book 4 years ago instead of wasting my money and time on a dozen fluffy Photoshop books. If you only buy one Photoshop book, this is the one to get.
Willmore has a gift for explaining the most complex subjects in a way that is very easy to understand. He holds your hand through many excercises but doesn't fall into the trap that most writers do by telling you step by step, you will learn Photoshop much more thoroughly with Wilmore's method.
Thinking of taking a college Photoshop class? Buy this book, work through all the chapters and you probably will end knowing more than than most teachers, this book is that good.
If you want to really learn Photoshop and not just follow steps 1 - 10 like most books do (and end up just knowing how to follow steps) this is the book to get.
The section on color management and color correction is worth the price of the book alone!
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Anna-Marie on February 7, 2003
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I highly recommend this book to help you really understand Photoshop. Ben Willmore's Photoshop 7 Studio Techniques is a book required by my latest Photoshop class. With a previous professor I was using Classroom in a Book. What a difference everything makes!
First thing, you open the book and it is filled with lovely color pictures. Imagine that? Sounds silly, but maybe, gasp, all computer graphics books should be in color? After all, we don't live in Pleasantville.

Second, the book is easy to read. When you read a chapter you don't want to be bogged down reading a page for half an hour. The book informs you well, with a flow that makes you feel as though Ben is right there in a chair next to you.
Third, the book doesn't make you follow directions without letting you know the how and why of it all. This book actually teaches you how things work, without the pocket-protector. Anybody with the most basic understanding of their computer should easily learn from this text.
Fourth, all computer books should be accompanied by a cd-rom. There is also a web site mentioned in the book that the author runs that is well worth a bookmark.
I actually wanted a Classroom in a Book for an Illustrator class, because I was used to the format, and now I only wish that Ben Willmore wrote books for that program as well. All textbooks should be this informative and easy to read. Worth every penny.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Mary Beth House on September 22, 2002
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Mr. Willmore started off on the right foot with me in the intro when he states that he would include at the end of each chapter a "technobabble decoder ring," which serves to demystify the terminology thrown around in most software guides.
Coming from a web design background, I was mostly interested in how I could use Photoshop to do website layouts - material which is covered in only two or three chapters at the end of the book. Before actually reading the book, I was a little disappointed at first that internet design was given such little attention. Then I started reading through the chapters.
As I continued through the pages, I was delighted to see that ninety percent of the book covered material that would prove to be invaluable in learning to master the program, both for offline and online designs. With humor and insight, Mr. Willmore takes the mystery out of blending modes, curves, layer masks and channels - tools that, as he puts it, "separates the amateur from the professional."
I wish Mr. Willmore would write books covering other programs like Paint Shop Pro, which badly needs a guide as in depth as this one is for Photoshop 7. Needless to say, this is a MUST-HAVE for any aspiring or established Photoshopper.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Willow on October 3, 2003
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I'm a beginner at Photoshop 7 and this was definitely NOT the book to start with. Because one review said that it covered the basics, I thought it would be okay, but I just don't have the experience with the program yet to benefit from what is no doubt an excellent book.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 11, 2003
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I really just want to tack on another very positive assessment to the others posted here. Mr. Wilmore is a very good technical writer and a Photoshop master. I've been using the program since v3.0 and, while we all know it as the Cadillac of digital imaging programs, it has a very steep learning curve indeed. I have lots of PS books, many of them follow the step 1, then step 2, recipe. This is definitely not that kind of book, and doesn't employ that approach to learning.
As others have already stated, the section on color correction is hands-down the best I've seen - even with the new auto-color correction in PS v7.0, his explanation is not only worth reading -- with what you learn you can sometimes do better manually.
This is one great book for a fantastic program.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Swammy on April 4, 2003
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Perfect!...Exactly what I needed. If you're looking for a great PhotoShop book that's for beginners, but that's "Not-For-Dummies", this is the real deal. Extremely well written, great "insider" info. Will not bore you....very fun to real. I never wanted to close this book! Highly recommended.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. Grizzle on November 24, 2002
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I have read a few Photoshop books before I read this one and now I wish I had read this one first. If you really want to know what you are doing and why it works rather than just following a recipe for a certain effect, then it gets no better than this book. Learn to use the tools the masters use and truly understand what you are doing!
One of the greatest things about this book is that it made all my other Photoshop books make sense. I went back and re-read other books and it all came together. I not only use this book now but I can use other "recipe type" books and I understand what I am doing and therefore I can modify the steps to get "My Look" and not the authors.
The book is easy to read. Ben Willmore uses a language everyone can understand and if you want to learn the advanced termonology he lists the terms and definitions at the end of every chapter.
This book should be the next Photoshop book you should read!
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