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Just because a program is one-size-fits-all doesn't mean that a book about it has to be. Take the case of Adobe Photoshop 7.0 Web Design: Even though the popular digital imaging program is geared toward designers of all types (graphics, print, Web), this book that covers it isn't. Instead, it's written just for you--the Web site designer who wants to get answers to Web-related Photoshop questions without wading through a lot of explanations that simply don't apply.
Through clear, direct text and a gorgeous four-color layout, this volume both instructs and inspires--in the process delivering all of the information you need to produce better-organized, faster-loading Web sites. As you follow along with best-selling author Michael Baumgardt, you'll learn how to create and optimize Web graphics, produce GIF animations, manage Web colors, and more. You'll also learn about all that's new in Photoshop 7: an enhanced Rollover palette to manage Web page rollovers, animations, and image maps more easily; Web output enhancements to easily apply transparency to Web page elements; and the new "selected" rollover state for creating more sophisticated Web site navigation bars without hand-coding--and these are just the tip of the iceberg. Whatever your level of experience, if you're ready to take on Web design with Photoshop 7, this is the book for you.'
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Finally, the book I have been searching for!,
By A Customer
This review is from: Adobe(R) Photoshop(R) 7 Web Design with GoLive(TM) 6 (Paperback)I finally found out how PhotoShop is used to create all of those graphically beautiful Web pages you see online these days. Now I know. The author has an excellent follow-along tutorial along with additional information, tips & tricks. Michael Baumgardt left NO questions unanswered.
Before reading this book I had a working knowledge of PhotoShop, GoLive, Illustrator but there were so many missing pieces when I tried to create Web designs. This book filled in the blanks and I now have rebuilt our company's intranet, a friend's club's home page, another's consulting page and my own personal home page. Buy this book, you won't be disappointed.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Wynne Stevens MyMac.com Book Review,
This review is from: Adobe(R) Photoshop(R) 7 Web Design with GoLive(TM) 6 (Paperback)Adobe Photoshop 7 Web Design by Michael Baumgardt is a very comprehensive study in Web design. Pages are beautifully illustrated with colorful samples and diagrams. The author goes into great detail explaining many nuances of this craft that the most of us tend to ignore.
The book starts with design basics and concepts, which include interviews with professionals in the trade, plus many examples of successful designs in practice. The middle of the content gets into some Photoshop and ImageReady techniques that have application in Web design. There are a few tutorials that some readers may find helpful in reinforcing concepts.
Maybe my expectations were confused by the title, but I found Adobe Photoshop 7 Web Design to be disappointing in its treatment of Photoshop as a Web design tool. The focus of the book's substance seems to be on the left brain area, to the detriment of any creative potential that might otherwise be discovered.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A slick presentation but no nuts & bolts!,
This review is from: Adobe(R) Photoshop(R) 7 Web Design with GoLive(TM) 6 (Paperback)Was I ever happy to find this title! I bought it instantly. When I started to try to make some sense of where to start, I found myself jumping all around the chapters to try to get going with my first Photoshop/Go Live project. Today, I'm still stuck and can't find anything to tell me how to get from finished Photoshop layers to a finished Go Live site. Obviously I'm extremely disappointed with this book. The author seems to gloat over having done mega dollar sites and has friends in that club whom he quotes and shows samples from. I'm not there yet and perhaps the bigger problem is that Adobe never could make GoLive as user friendly as Dreamweaver (which they recently BOUGHT).
Do yourself a favor. Unless you want to pay for a beautiful, almost coffee table book, find something that gets to the nuts & bolts of building a site and give this book to your grandma.
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