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20 Things About Photoshop You Have to Know


These are some of the tools and features that I find myself using on a regular basis when creating images for the web. These include using the slice tool on images to decrease page load times and using pre-set effects that save time when creating forms or menus for your site.

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By: Dan Wellman
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October 25, 2004
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
  1. · 20 Things About Photoshop You Have to Know
  2. · Image Maps, Web Photo Gallery and Paste Into
  3. · Perspective Function, Plugins, and Styles
  4. · Vector Graphics, Preferences, and Shading
  5. · The Window Menu, Scripts, and the Actions Manager
  6. · File Browser, the Layers Panel, and Effects
  7. · Animation, Defringe Tool, and Save for Web

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20 Things About Photoshop You Have to Know - Perspective Function, Plugins, and Styles
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Perspective Function

This is grouped with other similar functions under the Edit -> Transform Path menu and is used to add, surprisingly, a perspective effect.  It works best with angular images, but can also be used to add the appearance of movement. To use it, select the image you want to add perspective to and choose the function in the above menu. Your image will acquire a border with handles around the edge. Drag these handles in the appropriate direction to add the required amount of perspective.  Click the tick at the far right of the tool bar at the top of the screen when done.

Plugins

Plugins are like applets that can be installed in the plugins directory and used to add functionality to Photoshop. If there’s something you’re trying to do in Photoshop that is remotely difficult, there is probably a plugin that will help you do it more easily. They can be downloaded from numerous sources on the Internet and are often free.

Styles

The styles panel is a repository of pre-set effects; if you draw a shape and then double-click one of the styles, those effects are automatically applied to your shape. There are a number of different categories of styles which can be selected by clicking the right-facing arrow at the top of the panel. There are a number of web styles including push buttons and roll-overs, and they can save you huge amounts of time when creating forms or menus for your site.


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