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Preface

Preface

About the Author

Carla Rose started her photography career at the age of 8 with a Brownie Hawkeye. A graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, she has been a TV news photographer and film editor, as well as advertising copywriter and graphic artist, before discovering the Macintosh. She has written all or part of about two dozen computer books, including Maclopedia, Sams Teach Yourself Digital Photography in 14 Days, Sams Teach Yourself Photoshop 4 in 14 Days, The Whole Mac, Managing the Windows NT Server, PageMaker 6.5 Complete, Sams Teach Yourself Photoshop 4 in 24 Hours, Sams Teach Yourself Photoshop 5 in 24 Hours, Mac Online, The First Book of Macintosh, The First Book of PageMaker 4 for Macintosh, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Mac, Turbocharge Your Mac, and Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Mac. She has also written for publications ranging from the Atlantic Fisherman to Adobe Magazine to the New Yorker. She lives near Boston, Massachusetts, with her husband, audio guru Jay Rose, and three large, friendly cats. She welcomes email addressed to momcat@pinkcat.com.

Acknowledgments

No project this big could ever get started, much less completed, without help from a lot of wonderful people. I'd like to thank the folks at Macmillan, especially Randi Roger and Amy Patton. Thanks to Bob Correll for a good technical edit, Jon Steever for a strong development, Pat Kinyon for copy editing, and George Nedeff for keeping it all on track. Thanks also to Michele Okamoto and the Adobe folks for providing beta software and for coming up with a wonderful product. As always, thanks to my friends in the ABC's for their moral support as I worked 20-hour days to meet the deadlines. Thanks to D'Angelo's, Rainbow Noodle House and Village House of Pizza for keeping us fed.

Apologies and a hug to everyone I had to ignore or chase away while I worked, especially the cats. And the biggest hug and deepest gratitude of all to my wonderful husband, Jay, who always does what needs to be done.

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Introduction

Photoshop 5.5 is the most recent version of a program that has set the standard for image manipulation since 1987. The new version has lots of new features, including a special Save for Web dialog box that optimizes images for the Web in GIF, JPEG, and PNG file format, two new eraser tools to make transparencies, enhanced masking capabilities, the Art History brush tool that paints with stylized strokes to approximate the look of different paint styles, and improved type handling. The biggest news, though, is that Photoshop 5.5 includes Adobe ImageReady for preparing Web graphics, including a handy "jump" button that lets you toggle back and forth between the two programs. If you've used an earlier version, you'll be amazed at how much more powerful this one is. If this is your first experience with Photoshop, you'll be blown away. It's that good! The big surprise for first-time users is that it's really not as difficult as it looks. If you have used any other Adobe software, the Photoshop interface will be immediately familiar to you. If this is your first step into digital graphics, you'll find the going easier if you work on the chapters of this book one at a time and don't skip the activities or exercises.

Note

I've provided many of the source images for the exercises on the Macmillan Web site dedicated to this book. To download the images, go to http://www.mcp.com/product_support/. Enter this book's ISBN—0672317230—in the Book Information and Downloads text field and click Search.


There's honestly no way to become an overnight expert, be it in Photoshop or anything else, but this book will get you up and running in 24 hours or less. It's divided into two dozen one-hour "lessons," rather than chapters. Each one should take you about an hour to complete. Some lessons may need more time, others less. Please don't try to do it all in one 24 hour day, even if you could. The best way to learn is to take an hour or two between the lesson hours to try out what you've learned, and to simply poke around and see what's on the menus and what happens when you click here and there.

Here's one for you to start with: Open the About Photoshop window and wait for a minute. You'll see it start to scroll through the list of all the people who worked on the program. Watch carefully for the very last name on the list. To see the "secret" splash screen, press Control+Alt and then open Help, About Photoshop in Windows or press Command and open Apple menu, About Photoshop on a Macintosh. If you click the mouse in the space over the word Adobe in the main splash screen and wait for the credits to scroll through, you will see a bunch of funny quotes from Photoshop's programmers (Macintosh only).

Ready? Let's get to work.

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