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Author: Colin Smith
ISBN13: 978-1903450574
Title: Photoshop and Dreamweaver: 3 Steps to Great Visual Web Design
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Language: English
Category: Graphics and Design
Publisher: Peer Information; 1st edition (November 2002)
Pages: 272

Photoshop and Dreamweaver: 3 Steps to Great Visual Web Design by Colin Smith

Colin Smith is an award-winning graphic designer who has caused a stir in the design community with his stunning photorealistic illustrations that he composes entirely in Photoshop. He is also founder of the popular PhotoshopCAFE web resource. He has won several design contests and awards including: first place, illustration, Photoshop World Guru Awards 2001, Los Angeles; finalist, Macworld Design Contest 2002, New York; and first Place, illustration, Photoshop World Guru Awards 2002, San Diego.

From Photoshop to Dreamweaver : 3 Steps to Great Visual Web Design. by Crystal Waters and Colin Smith. Select Format: Paperback. Select Condition: Like New. - Very Good. 3 Steps is Right ! Published by Thriftbooks. com User, 15 years ago. If you are a casual or novice web designer and thought how do the professionals build web sites, than this book is for you. I have dabbled in web design without knowing the tricks of the trade and the web sites I have created lacked a professional touch.

The book's core purpose is to teach the fundamentals of designing for the web using Photoshop and Dreamweaver, through a combination of theory and practical examples. We will start with a brief look at the history of the Internet and some design theory, to lay the groundwork for what follows. We do not aim to bore you with theory! Projects and step-by-step examples will form a large part of this book-so that you can see the theory and good advice put into practice. The end goal of this book is to enable the reader to create a visually stunning, fully functional and aesthetically pleasing.

Colin Smith is an award-winning graphic designer who has caused a stir in the design community with his stunning photorealistic illustrations that he composes entirely in Photoshop. His latest book is How to Do Everything with Photoshop CS (McGraw-Hill Osborne, 2003). Colin writes weekly columns for Planet Photoshop and the National Association of Photoshop Professionals member site, and is a contributing writer for the Photoshop User and Mac Design magazines.

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Elearning Techniques: Visual Design.

This course shows how to create mockups, optimize web graphics, and design a site. Topics include: Setting up the Photoshop and Dreamweaver workspaces. Planning a site and defining site goals.

Take Your Visual Creativity to the Web!

Adobe Photoshop 7.0 – the industry-standard image editing tool.

Macromedia Dreamweaver MX – the professional choice for building websites and internet applications.

Imagine what you can do when these two heavyweights get together…

From Photoshop to Dreamweaver takes you straight to the heart of why these two applications are the best in their respective fields, and why they are made for one another. Written for the Photoshop user who wants to take their design flair and artistic creativity to the Web, this book will show you how to turn your Photoshop creations into fully-functional, fully-interactive, and visually stunning websites.

From designing a mock-up of your site to getting it online, From Photoshop to Dreamweaver shows you every step you need to get the most out of your Photoshop creativity – designing your site in Photoshop, streamlining your graphics in ImageReady and making your creations available to everyone on the Web using Dreamweaver. We assume you have used Photoshop before, but even if you are a complete novice with Dreamweaver and ImageReady, you'll find all the information you need right here…

Learn, with easy-to-follow examples, how to:

* Plan out your design, with the Web in mind * Optimise your images, so that they'll load quickly, but still look great * Create interactive buttons and animations using ImageReady 7.0 * Build templates and style sheets in Dreamweaver MX to keep your pages consistent and save yourself time * Edit, adjust, and redesign elements of your site with a minimum of effort * Upload your site to the Web and take full advantage of Dreamweaver MX's amazing site management tools

In addition, the final stages of the book will lead you step by step through the often daunting process of acquiring a web address for your site, and setting up somewhere to host your new design masterpiece, as well as giving you some expert tips on how to avoid some of the pitfalls of designing for the Web.

From Photoshop to Dreamweaver is the first book to recognise the unique partnership these two industry-leading tools offer you, the designer. In this book, we've used the latest versions of these tools: Photoshop 7 and Dreamweaver MX, but the principles and guidance provided remain the same and most steps can be achieved with earlier versions of these tools.

Reviews: 7
I thought the book could be done a little better. If I wasn't familiar w/ Photoshop 7, then I would have been lost on several occasions while following the examples in the book.
Bad Sunny
This book is a great book. It will show you how to use Photoshop to create your design and how to ultimately bring it into Dreamweaver. However, there is a reason I didn't give the book 5 stars.
First of all, I think the book presumes that you are more than just a novice in Photoshop. So if you know nothing about PS, then you could get frustrated. Also, as another reviewer mentioned, the book is not designed with creativity in mind. That is, I don't think anyone would create a masterpiece using this book. What I did was use a Photoshop template already designed and started from there. The book eventually tells you how to create slices and import them to Dreamweaver.
As for Dreamweaver, it will tell you how to set things up in DW after you've sliced things up in PS. Again, its pretty much basic stuff. Although if you don't know much about DW, the book does a good job in pointing the reader in the right direction. However, again, I think the books lacks a bit of creativity because it doesn't tell you how to do a lot once you've got it in DW. I'm proficient in DW and so was able to do what I wanted to do. That is, add forms, hotspots, etc. However, for the person that doesn't know much HTML or no HTML at all, they will probably be left with the empty feeling that they haven't accomplished much because you may be wondering what to do next once you've got your slices in DW.
Overall, its a good book. I think I know a lot more about PS than I did before reading this book.
This is my third book from Friends of ED (Apress). I also own Flash MX Most Wanted and Photoshop 7 Professional Photographic Techniques. Each friendsof Ed book is packed with useful, easy to understand information and links to download support files. All their books are well organized with easy to follow steps and plenty of screenshots/illustrations.

The book takes you through the steps of building and publishing a complete web site. From initial planning to uploading and updating the completed site.

The first chapter gives you tips on how to plan for your site, such as deciding who your target audience will be and layout/navigation of the site. You'll then start to build a site using Photoshop and Imageready. Some of the things you'll do is create a textured background with some filtered effects like motion blur. You then start blocking out the main areas of your site. They also show you how to use layer styles and custom shapes to enhance your website.

One of the most important steps when building a web site is slicing and optimizing your site. Photoshop to Dreamweaver does an excellent job explaining and demonstrating how to slice your page properly. They go into great detail to make sure the reader understands how and why optimizing your images is important.

The chapter(s) on Dreamweaver was awesome. They do a great job at taking a novice designer and explaining how to define your site. The screenshots of different palettes in Dreamweaver was very helpful too. I especially liked the fact they dedicated several pages to CSS.

To finish out the book, friendsof Ed leave you with some useful advanced tips for both Photoshop and Dreamweaver.

I would have liked to seen some different looks/situations when slicing the site and a chapter for troubleshooting when things don't quite go as planned. Overall the book is very good. I really like how you have the exercise files so you can work along with each chapter. I give the book a strong 4 out of 5 stars and suggest anyone who isn't quite sure of how to tie the two programs together; Photoshop to Dreamweaver is for you. Even those who have used the two programs would find this book helpful. It's well worth the time to read this book.

Ernest Phillips

Member, D-MAG.org
Photoshop to Dreamweaver, or should it be called Photoshop to Image Ready to Dreamweaver to Really Cool Site published on the Web. This book does exactly what it says it will do, geared toward Intermediate PS users and Beginning DW users. I found the section on Image Ready most helpful. IR was not an application I ever found much use for. Well, I have been doing some things the hard way. This book demystifies IR, slicing, and quick cool rollovers. I found the DW sections to be a little novice, but it is designed to be. I also found myself thinking a bit ahead in the PS chapters, but you are always being led in a direction for a reason. So, follow the steps... Having complete and accurate tutorials in important. This book is complete and correct. If you create and think in Photoshop and then want to put your creations, interfaces and navigation on the web, this book is for you. If you are new to web design, it is standardized on the best applications for the job, Photoshop/Image Ready and Dreamweaver. By the way, this was a very fast read. You will be shocked that you have finished the book and have a nice site mock-up to show for it.
Great designers, aren't always great writers. Colin & Crystal are rare exceptions, blending engaging design with virtual story-telling ability. Well Done...