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Introduction

Introduction

Photoshop 6 is the latest and greatest version of a program that has set the standard for image manipulation since 1987. The new version has lots of new features, including a Tool Options bar that places all of your tool options right next to an image so that you can set them quickly and easily. The Type Tool has been totally reworked, and you can now set type right on a picture and even set it on a path! Additional type and paragraph controls give you the ability to kern and adjust line spacing and much more. There are new Vector Shape Tools that let you create shapes and shaped paths with a mouse click.

If you've used an earlier version of Photoshop, 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 to work with 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 creating 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.

I've provided many of the source images for the book's exercises on the Web site dedicated to this book. To download the images, point your Web browser to http://www.mcp.com/sams/detail_sams.cfm?item=0672319551.

Once the main book page has loaded, click the Downloads link to get to the files.


There's honestly no way to become an overnight expert, be it in Photoshop or anything else, but Sams Teach Yourself Adobe Photoshop 6 in 24 Hours 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 sessions to try out what you've learned. You'll want 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. It's a pleasant surprise…

Ready? Let's get to work.

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