Media praise for Photoshop for the Web

"Most books on Photoshop devote one or two chapters to designing graphics for the Web, but the art and craft of using this image-creation software could fill its own book. To that end, O'Reilly comes to the rescue with Photoshop for the Web.

"The book is written by Mikkel Aaland, a photographer, writer and Web producer who knows more than a little about Web graphics. He interviewed many graphic artists behind such well-known Web sites as HotWired, C|Net, Discovery Channel and Second Story, and learned the many tips and tricks of their trade. This book is not merely a dry manual on how to use Photoshop, it's a detailed and well-written guide with advice from experienced users.

"There are plenty of neat tricks in this book for getting the best results using Photoshop for the Web. It includes tips on adaptive palettes, creating usable non-Web palette colors, and optimizing images for clarity and file size. It also has tricks derived wholly from experience with digital media. For example, most pictures taken with a digital camera look better by enhancing the blue filter (most digital cameras are weak in capturing blue). The book also looks at how to use Photoshop to automate the production of images for the Web, using Photoshop as a Web layout tool and avoiding color shifts when importing vector images. In short, Photoshop for the Web has plenty to keep Photoshop users interested.

"The steep price is largely due to the number of color illustrations (just under 90 examples) that accompany the text. Unfortunately for the `author, technology never stands still, and neither does Photoshop developer, Adobe. Shortly after the release of this book covering features found in Photoshop 3.0 and 4.0, Adobe launched Photoshop 5.0, which comes with new, Web-specific features.

"Despite this handicap, this book is well-written, easy to follow (even for a graphically challenged Photoshop novice like myself) and with plenty of hands-on examples, Photoshop for the Web is easily one of the best specialized computer books I've read this year. It is highly recommended for Photoshop users."

Rating: Information content: **** Readability: **** Intended for: Intermediate/Expert Overall Rating: ****

--By Keith Schengili-Roberts, TCP Online August 1998 Issue, Copyright 1998, Canada Computer Paper Inc.

"It's not about Photoshop 5, but this may still be one of the most useful Photoshop books I've ever picked up. Others have amazed me with complicated techniques and examples, but Photoshop for the Web is grounded. With the first chapter, it dives right in with byte-saving tips to help you reduce file size. Even discussion regarding program preferences and file size are filtered through the lens of 'what this means for your Web graphics.'

"Photoshop for the Web is loaded with examples that provide clear step-by-step instructions for achieving certain effects. A color insert in the middle contains well-annotated color samples; all others are black and white. In a book about graphics, black and white is almost always a minus, but the information in Photoshop for the Web is useful enough to make up for the lack of color.

"Sections on fixing photos, creating background tiles, Web type, and navigation graphics target the most common tasks of the Web designer and offer numerous tips, tricks, and workarounds that even seasoned Photoshop users may not know."

--E Business Magazine

"Photoshop was not originally intended as a Web graphics development tool. It was meant to improve and modify photographs for print media. This book will help you optimize your Photoshop graphics for the Web, as well as teach you how to create more interesting graphics.

"Creating images for the Web is a constant struggle to reduce file size?
Photoshop for the Web will teach you how to:

Turn off previews Avoid superfluous colors Create a browser-safe color swatch

"Once you have your preferences set, you'll be off and running to create great Web graphics, but that's just the first chapter of this book. Chapters two through six detail how to create great photos, GIFs, and JPEG images for use on your Web page.

"What you see on your monitor is usually a good approximation of what others will see on theirs?

"I love the chapter on laying out pages. When I do pages with lots of images, I like to layout the entire design in Photoshop so that I can see what it will look like. Then I take slices of the page to build a table that will recreate the page in HTML. (It is possible to do this in Macromedia Fireworks and build the HTML right there, but it's hard to learn Fireworks, and I already know Photoshop.)

"One of the best things I learned was how to create JPEG images that were really small. Because of the way that JPEGs compress images, if you apply a Gaussian blur over the entire image, it will create a smaller file size when compressed. This is well demonstrated in the full color center photos in the book which detail the same image with different effects to create a smaller file size."

--Jennifer Kyrnin,