Photoshop for the Web shows you how to use the world's most popular imaging software to create Web graphics and images that look great and download blazingly fast. The book is crammed full of step-by-step examples and real-world solutions from some of the world's hottest Web sites, including HotWired, c|net, Discovery, National Geographic Online, SFGate, and many more.Photoshop for the Web starts where other Photoshop books leave off. Topics include:
Creating Photoshop Actions to automate Web production
Using Photoshop as a Web layout tool
Making graphics and images leap from the screen with transparency
Improving photos taken with a digital camera
Working with browser-safe colors to create stunning images regardless of platform or hardware
Quickly building Web backgrounds, buttons, and graphical type
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 on the cover of Photoshop for the Web is an Amazon parrot, also known as a blunt-tailed parrot. There are over 320 species of parrots, all of them easily distinguishable from other species of birds because of their large, hooked bills and their feet, on which the first and fourth toes are reversed, creating a pincer that aids in climbing trees. Most parrots also use their beaks to help in climbing.There are 26 species and 52 subspecies of blunt-tailed parrots. These birds are mostly green, with bright coloring on their heads, wings, or elsewhere. The names of the subspecies tend to be descriptive: blue- fronted parrot, yellow-headed parrot, orange-winged amazon parrot. As their natural habitat is thickly grown forests, blunt-tailed parrots are excellent climbers, but awkward at flying and walking. In captivity, they often stop flying altogether.Parrots were among the first domesticated animals. A helmsman of Alexander the Great was the first to bring live parrots to Europe. One reason for their popularity as pets is their ability to mimic human speech. Parrots have never been observed displaying this ability in the wild. They are naturally intelligent and gregarious, and it is believed that when they are kept in solitary cages they learn to mimic sounds as a way of entertaining themselves.Legend has it that Christopher Columbus saw a flock of parrots in the air and they prompted him to change his course, thus discovering America. ... Nancy Priest designed the interior book layout for FrameMaker and the color insert layout in QuarkXPress 3.32. Edie Freedman designed the cover of this book, using a 19th-century engraving from the Dover Pictorial Archive. The cover layout was produced with QuarkXPress 3.32, using the Gill Sans Condensed and Garamond Light Italic fonts. Mike Sierra implemented the interior layout in FrameMaker 5.0. The illustrations that appear in the book were prepared by Robert Romano in Photoshop 4.0 and Macromedia Freehand 7.0. This colophon was written by Clairemarie Fisher O'Leary.Whenever possible, our books use a durable and flexible lay-flat binding. If the page count exceeds the lay-flat binding's limit, perfect binding is used.