If you're looking for guidance on creating excellent effects in Photoshop 4.0, this is a great book to get. As with a lot of other Photoshop books, The Photoshop 4 Wow! Book
teaches you how to paint; use filters; create special effects; manage selections and layers; correct photos; create montages and collages; work with Illustrator and Photoshop together; and output your work for 3-D, multimedia, and Web applications. But here, each chapter is broken down into discrete tips, and each tip is highlighted on one, two, or three well-laid out, full-color pages, so it's easy to find exactly what you need. For example, you might jump from the tip on "using images to make selections" in the second chapter ("Selections, Masks, Layers, and Channels") to "chiseling" in the eighth chapter ("Graphics Special Effects").
Everyone from beginner to advanced users can glean plenty from this book. The initial chapters are pretty basic, offering an introduction to Photoshop's interface and various digital-imaging and memory-management issues. Besides lots of screen shots you also get thorough instruction, so there's not much room for messing up or being led astray. At the same time, most of the tips include suggestions for producing your own variations on the artwork presented. Galleries show artwork produced by several Photoshop experts, along with explanations of how each artist produced his or her effects.
The bundled CD-ROM has stock photos; demo versions of filter software; demo versions of Adobe packages, such as Photoshop PageMaker, Premiere, and Illustrator; and ready-made Actions (Photoshop's batch processes) that run special effects. There's also a Macintosh edition of this book, which is identical except for keyboard commands and the platform-specific advice in the first chapter.
From the Back Cover
The first edition of The Photoshop Wow! Book set new standards for computer book publishing. Readers found techniques and solutions developed by renowned artists and designers, plus no-nonsense practical advice on using the software, and galleries of professional artwork for print, multimedia, video, and film.
The Photoshop 4 Wow! Book has been thoroughly revised with new tips and techniques, new projects, and hundreds of new illustrations. Readers will learn how to make the best use of the new tools and keyboard shortcuts, Adjustment layers, Actions and Navigator palettes, and Photoshop's new features for creating graphics for the World Wide Web.
Included is a CD-ROM filled with hundreds of dollars' worth of filters, photos, and prerecorded "Actions" for special effects that readers can apply to their own images, as well as sample applications and other goodies.
The book has won the International Digital Imaging Association's "Most Useful Book" award, the Computer Press Association's award for the "Best Advanced How-To Software Book," and the Publishers Marketing Association's "Benjamin Franklin award for "Best Computer Book."
Teachers: Linnea and Jack have created a suggested course guide to help you use The Photoshop 4 Wow! Book and its accompanying CD-ROM as a text for classes in computer imaging and design using Adobe Photoshop. It's available in Peachpit's Acadmic Resource Area.