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Photoshop 7 Savvy

Meant mainly for beginners, Savvy showcases many of the new features of Photoshop 7 By Adam Bell
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Photoshop 7 Savvy
Steve Romaniello
Sybex http://www.sybex.com
$50.00 US/$80.00 CAN
625 pages
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I love Photoshop. While there's a lot of great things to say about Macromedia Fireworks, especially their web compression algorhythms, I start many of my web designs in Photoshop and then bring it into Fireworks for final compression. Sometimes I don't even do that. I start in Photoshop and finish there. There's a lot to thank Adobe for creating Photoshop along with Illustrator, AfterEffects and almost everything else (Well, you could excuse LiveMotion).

My one major beef is their instruction manuals might be the most boring manuals ever written. You might have thought someone from Microsoft or Oracle wrote these manuals. (Actually, Microsoft writes better manuals than Adobe's.) It is as if Adobe purposely makes these books boring so you'll spend another 50 bucks on top of the 600 bucks you spent of Photoshop (or whatever Adobe app) and buy a book on the software at Borders.

Which brings me to Photoshop 7 Savvy. A new 'bible'-like book from the good folk at Sybex. Meant mainly for beginners, Savvy showcases many of the new features of Photoshop 7 (by use of an eyeball with a '7' around it in the margins.) and does explain things very, very well in the process. The book is mainly in black and white, so you have to go to a color insert inside the book to see how certain effects were actually created.

The book offers a series of 'Hands-on' mini-tutorials that illustrate different ways to create various effects in Photoshop. While no substitute for thw many Photoshop books that teach you all sorts of different effects, it at least offers a nice start.


One of my complaints about all 'bible' books is there usually isn't enough information on various subjects in the book. As a result, certain subjects end up getting the glossed-on treatment and some are not mentioned at all. For example, while the book does talk a bit about correcting problems that occur during the scanning process, there isn't much of an explanation on how you can correct this problem. So even though this book may be 625 pages deep, it doesn't mean anything if you think an additional 6 pages should be added on a subject you're really interested in.

Overall, I liked Savvy and I think that this book will make an excellent introduction to a beginner trying to master the Photoshop learning curve. If you already know Photoshop real well, I would skip this book and look for one that really digs down deep into the new features of Photoshop 7 and how to use them effectively like the Healing Brush and the Patch tool.

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Adam Bell is the Design Director, CEO, Videographer and sometimes janitor with dzign@datatv.com (http://datatv.com/) amazingly not getting plastered in the French Quarter of New Orleans, LA.
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