Photoshop 4 is reknowned for its powerful painting and selection tools, along with its color adjustment controls, multiple layer and channel capabilities, and special effect filters. These features make Photoshop the standard for desktop image design and production -- enthusiasts in all graphics industries turn to Photoshop again and again to refine the images that define our world.These same features make for an extremely complex product. Photoshop is sprawling and immense, catering to an incredible quantity of graphic-editing needs. Even experienced designers familiar with most of the features can have trouble remembering every detail.Unlike most Photoshop books -- which try to teach Photoshop -- Photoshop in a Nutshell is a detailed reference that will enable Photoshop 4 users to make informed choices as they work, eliminating time spent searching for just the right combination of filters and effects, and reducing the risk of incorrect editing decisions.This book defines and describes every tool, command, palette, and sub-menu in Photoshop 4. Each item is accompanied by a list of its most common uses and misuses, as well as production-oriented background information. Where appropriate, the common uses contain step-by-step techniques, and the common misuses include experience-based advice and solutions.There are four sections:
Photoshop's toolbox, including the Options Palette settings for each tool
The menu commands, including every item of every dialog
The floating palettes, including the function that each palette provides, as well as the ramifications of every value and palette submenu
The information in this book is organized in an encyclopedic reference fashion, following the structure of Photoshop itself. All topics are easy to find and fully cross-referenced, allowing you to intuitively explore the cause-and-effect relationships of each command.Any serious Photoshop 4 user will find Photoshop in a Nutshell an invaluable guide.
Our look is the result of reader comments, our own experimentation, and feedback from distribution channels. Distinctive covers complement our distinctive approach to technical topics, breathing personality and life into potentially dry subjects. The animal featured on the cover of Photoshop in a Nutshell, while resembling an owl, does not exist. According to Alison Pirie of the Museum of Comparative Zool ogy at Harvard University, this bird is entirely a product of the artist's creation. Owls are easily distinguished from other birds by their forward-facing eyes, lack of a neck, and large heads. Their hearing range approximates that of a human, though their directional hearing is much more sensitive. Some owls have tufts of feathers on their heads that resemble ears, but are actually decorative. Despite popular belief, owls are not actually blind in daylight, and, while they cannot see in complete dark ness, their eye structure allows them to see with very little light. There are two families and approximately 180 species of these birds of prey distributed throughout the world, with the exception of Antarctica. Most species of owl are nocturnal hunters, feeding entirely on live animals, ranging in size from insects to hares. ... Edie Freedman designed the cover of this book, using a 19th-century engraving from the Dover Pictorial Archive. The cover layout was produced with Quark XPress 3.32 using the ITC Garamond font.The inside layout was designed by Nancy Priest and implemented in FrameMaker by Mike Sierra. The text and heading fonts are ITC Gar amond Light and Garamond Book. The illustrations that appear in the book were created in Adobe Photoshop 4 and Macromedia Freehand 7 by Robert Romano. Whenever possible, our books use RepKoverTM, a durable and flexible lay-flat bind ing. If the page count exceeds RepKover's limit, perfect binding is used.