7 Savvy, written by Steve Romaniello, ISBN: 0-7821-4110-2
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Adobe Photoshop saga continues through version 7,
the latest in a long line of exemplary releases only
slightly tarnished by version 5. The wealth of tools,
features and functions in Photoshop 7 are exceeded
only by the enormous volume of instructional and
tutorial materials published digitally and in print
to help users come to grips with the complexity and
power inherent in the software. Some people say -
experts and amateurs alike - that the only way to
thoroughly understand Photoshop is by means of a
carefully taught course. Others justifiably believe
and prove all the time that the best way to learn
Photoshop is by using it, experimenting with photos
and graphics, trusting your instincts to guide you
through the online help system, the product manual
and so on.
. . . they're wrong. You need more guidance. Unless
one of the rare talents who can fully translate photos and
design concepts from your mind to the digital canvas,
are going to be lots of areas in Photoshop which just don't
make sense without a comprehensive reference and guide.
the online help system and the printed manual supplied by
Adobe fall down has nothing to do with their level of
The failure has to do with the enormous variety of Photoshop
users out there - the singularly direct approach in
help system and manual simply can't suit all of the marvelously
varied users of the software.
Photoshop 7 Savvy, published by SYBEX, written by artist and
teacher Steve Romaniello, the latest in a relatively new series
of "savvy" books designed to teach and provide comprehensive
references for complex software. It's a comfortable read which
uses language appropriate for each topic (and there are a
lot of topics). The overall impression the book leaves is
one of usability and clarity. There may be 656 pages, but
they're 656 well-organized pages and none of our guinea pigs
found the book overwhelming.
most clearly impressive thing about the book is the fact that
it covers every single tool in Photoshop 7. As an adjunct
to this deep coverage, and no less important, the book also
provides endless amounts of techniques and tricks related
to almost every tool and feature. The ubiquitous graphics
CD-ROM supplied with the book has been carefully assembled,
which makes it easy to perform the tutorials. On top of it
all, owners and users of Photoshop 4, 5 and 6 should note
that this book is extremely useful for their older versions
too. Some of the commands and user interface may have changed
over the years, but all the original tools, features and functions
are still there.
There are none.
Contains a short section on Photoshop and digital video (DV)
which includes topics such as the differences between square
bitmap graphic pixels and rectangular video pixels, aspect
ratios and preparing files in Photoshop for use in video.
After three weeks of use by six different Photoshop users
of varying skill levels, we were still trying to come up with
a reference not covered by the book. Superb coverage of everything
from dodging & burning to the vaunted Healing Brush and
everything in between. Best coverage of Photoshop typography
we've ever seen. Superb coverage of Web graphics. Very impressive.
Author Steve Romaniello has managed to write something which
fits beginners and experienced users alike - also very impressive.
Excellent index. Excellent topic organization. Even the most
seasoned professional Photoshop users will get something useful
out of Photoshop 7 Savvy. Highly recommended.
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