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Introduction

This Fast & Easy guide from Premier will help you find success with Adobe Photoshop 7.0 for Windows, whether you are altogether a beginner to working with digital images or simply new to working with Photoshop. This book will show you how to master the many and diverse features in Photoshop, so you can begin to become a digital artist.

Adobe Photoshop 7.0 Fast & Easy teaches techniques that will enable you to create logos, images for published documents, Web page graphics, and more. You also will learn how to use filters, correction tools, plug-ins, and other tools to enhance and improve images that you’ve created from scratch, scanned, or shot from a digital camera.

If you want to create high-quality artwork and have the widest variety of tools and controls, Photoshop 7.0 and this book provide everything you need to exploit your imagination and build arresting, effective images.

Who Should Read This Book?

This book is geared for novices who are new to digital image creation or new to Photoshop. Because it’s the most feature-rich graphics program, Photoshop can be tough to learn. Nearly every step in this book includes a clear illustration, so you won’t have to struggle to learn a process or find the right tool in the toolbox. The nontechnical language also helps smooth the transition from newbie to comfortable user.

With each task clearly identified by a heading, you’ll also find it easy to use the table of contents to find the steps you need. So, whether you want to work through the book from beginning to end or find just the tricks that you need, this book will accommodate your style and enhance your results.

Mac users also can use this book to learn how to use Photoshop. The features of the Mac version of Adobe Photoshop 7.0 are nearly identical to those in the Windows version (with the exception of a few features). Appendix C, “Mac Command Equivalents,” explains the few differences between working with Photoshop in Windows and working with Photoshop on a Mac.

Added Advice to Make You a Pro

Once you get started, you’ll notice that this book presents many steps, with little explanatory text to slow you down. Where warranted, however, the book presents these special boxes to highlight a key issue:

  • Tips give shortcuts or hints so you learn more about the ins and outs of Photoshop 7.0.

  • Notes offer more detailed information about a feature, food for thought, or guidance to help you avoid problems or pitfalls in your work.

  • Cautions point out trouble spots and traps to avoid.

Valuable appendixes at the end of the book highlight additional skills and topics. Learn how to work with digital watermarking, how to set preferences in Photoshop, which command changes you need to know to use Photoshop on a Mac, and where to go online to find more information about Photoshop and Photoshop plug-ins. Finally, the glossary explains key terms that you need to understand to work effectively in Photoshop.

Whether you have an image to edit or want to start with a “blank canvas,” have fun as you dive in now!

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