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Brushed Metal Effects in Photoshop
In this tutorial we’ll look at using some of Photoshop’s tools to produce realistic brushed-metal effects. You can easily apply these effects to text or to other objects such as geometric shapes and interface bars.
Introduction to Photoshop Layers
This beginner’s tutorial explains the concept of layers in Photoshop. Layers are a very powerful tool for image editing, and are a fundamental tool in Photoshop for creating complex images.
In this tutorial, I’m going to look at Paint Shop Pro’s Cutout effect, and show how you can use it to produce some nice cutout text. The text will be used as a template to “cut out” part of an image.
Saving Graphics for the Web in Paint Shop Pro
In this tutorial, I’m going to look at the GIF and JPEG Optimizer commands, and show how you can use them to make good-looking, fast-loading Web graphics. (Paint Shop Pro 7 also features the PNG Optimizer, which I may cover in a later tutorial.)
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Creating Bevels in Paint Shop Pro
In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to use Paint Shop Pro’s Inner Bevel effect to create smooth 3D graphics and text.
Using the Paint Shop Pro Text Tool
This tutorial walks you through some cool features of Paint Shop Pro’s versatile text-making tool, and shows you some groovy tips and tricks along the way!
Making a Rollover Menu Bar
This Photoshop 4 tutorial (also works with later versions of Photoshop) is quite a big one. I’ll show you how to make one of those trendy menus that look like one image, but are in fact several images joined together, with each image changing as the mouse moves over them. Oh, words will never do – take a look at it in action!
Understanding Image Formats
In this tutorial, we’re going to look at the three common image formats used on the Web: GIF, JPEG and PNG. You’ll learn how these image formats work, and where to use each type of image in your Web pages.
Photoshop’s Save for Web Feature
As of version 5 and greater, Photoshop includes a very handy “Save for Web” command. This feature allows you to produce a copy of your image that is optimised for Web use. This means that the image file will be as small as possible, and that the image will use only Web-safe colours (if desired). Save for Web can produce GIF, JPEG, or PNG format images.