Inside Adobe Photoshop 4.0
COMPUTER BOOK REVIEW
Title: Inside Adobe Photoshop 4.0; Gary David Bouton
& Barbara Bouton; New Riders Publishing;
ISBN: 1-56205-681-6; Paperback, 867 pages, US$44.99,
Reviewer: Christopher Stewart, "All things considered,
Inside Adobe Photoshop 4.0 is an invaluable resource
for an application as complex as Adobe Photoshop 4.0."
Photoshop Clarified in a Big Book
Adobe Photoshop 4.0 is a general-purpose graphics
application used by a variety of professionals, from
artists and animators to desktop publishers and
This reviewer has not spent any length of time with
Photoshop 4.0's manuals and considered that a
little bit of reading certainly couldn't hurt his
skills. I'm happy to report that my time with
"Inside Adobe Photoshop 4.0" has been well spent.
The application has more depth than most people
utilize and it can take a well written, and
comprehensive resource manual to illustrate all
the possibilities Adobe Photoshop 4.0 has to offer.
The authors, Gary David Bouton & Barbara Bouton
have provided just that.
Inside Adobe Photoshop 4.0 is directed at the
rank beginner and intermediate user, who desire
to explore the real-world application of the software.
For the most part it is organized into a series of
short projects that cover a variety of tasks.
Project subjects include; lighting effects, WWW
design issues, layers, paths, photographic
retouching, image correction, photo compositing
and collage, printing (at home or service bureau)
and many, many more.
One subject of special interest was the proper
set-up of the computer and environment to
properly utilize Photoshop 4.0. Items such
as monitor calibration and the myriad of options
available for the various tools can greatly
increase knowledge and productivity.
Other tricks can increase speed; for example,
when making a button for the web, many artists
boot up a 3D application such as Newtek's Lightwave
3D. This is no longer necessary as there are many
ways to create the same effects without leaving
The authors effectively cover the more mundane
subjects such as tool definitions, uses of the
various filters, plug-ins, color models and
methods of output in an easy-to-understand manner
and include a complete index for reference purposes.
The accompanying CD-ROM provides utilities for
use in the projects; an online glossary, over
100 links to online resources (in a nifty Adobe
Acrobat document) and a collection of useful
imagery that the authors have collected for
the readers use.
All things considered, Inside Adobe Photoshop 4.0
is an invaluable resource for an application as
complex as Adobe Photoshop 4.0.
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