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The Photoshop 4 Wow! Book with CDROM Paperback – January 26, 1998


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 329 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press (January 26, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201688573
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201688573
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #415,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

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.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 3, 1999
Format: Paperback
I bought this book as a gift to teach my father how to use Photoshop 4, in the end, i found it so facinating and useful that I kept it for myself. The CD-Rom was great as well. It showed me how to produce neat effects that I was able to use in the workplace and home - Step by Step and with automated actions. One of the best photoshop books I've ever bought.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 29, 1999
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This book was more than incredible, being a professional designer I envy the creators of this book. With a simple and easy to follow layout, the book describes amazing techniques which will astonish anyone. It effectively describes every aspect of photoshop and how to use it. Even for beginners, this book is a smash hit! It features images by people from intustrial light and magic (Made Star Wars) and it has great details on rotoscoping quicktime movies! If all else fails, there is a CD included that contains over 50 actions, filter demos, and images, A definite MUST BUY!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By reddingo99@yahoo.com on November 2, 1999
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I bought this book on it's graphics alone, and I was rewarded by my choice. The only reason that I didn't give it 5 stars is that the tutorials could be a little less confusing. As well as a couple of mistakes that I had to write in the book to remind myself of. Other than that, the price of the book is almost worth it just to get the cd. The actions included are unstoppable. Plus the tutorials, which as I previously stated could be a little clearer, compliment the actions on the disk. Giving you the step-by-step to mimic them(actions). Plus you can amaze and astound your friends with the techniques learned from this book. I definitely recommend it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 6, 1999
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I was not able to use this book. I found it confusing and overly technical.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "lapie@hotmail.com" on October 15, 2001
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This book provides examples of how to do certain special effects.
It was definitely more of a "tips and tricks" book than it was a learning resource. Just follow the steps, and go "WOW" just like the title.
It doesn't really explain in detail how the trick was done and why you're doing a certain step. Most photoshop gurus will just scoff at this book, and most newbies will walk away amazed, but no smarter about photoshop than before they read it.
The latter portions of the book was nothing more than a summary of the different photoshop filters found in commercial filter packages. I question why thoese filters were even in the book; it seemed like advertising that does not benefit the readers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 21, 1998
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If you are looking for a beginning or intermediate book for Photoshop 4, don't buy this one. As a long time user of Photoshop, I was looking for some hints in making better graphics. The layout of the book was a wasteland, meaning it was difficult to find info and not layed out well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By greerski@gci-net.com on May 15, 1998
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Although this book is somewhat daunting for the beginner, it is an excellent resource once you get your Photoshop feet wet. The WOW CD is simply great, so many special effects in an instant. I have read it over and over and in some cases dissected each section by writing out each step of the process before actually trying it on my own projects. It helped me immensely to "ace" my Photoshop class this semester. I would only recommend it however, for the "tenacious" beginner. You really need to know the basics of the software...it isn't a beginner's guide.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 3, 1998
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The moment I saw this book, I fell in love with it. It's a superb book with clear pictures and good tips. The examples are explained in a guided way. I wish they had icluded few more examples in the book.
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