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JohnsonUsing Photoshop to Create Images for the Web
What is Photoshop?
Photoshop is a program that allows you to create and edit images (photos, graphics). Youcan use it to tweak photos (lighten, darken, crop, add special effects, etc.) as well ascreate graphics such as page banners, navigation buttons and even animation.Photoshop offers a lot of high-end features aimed at professional photographers andgraphic designers. But, we’ll be sticking to the basics in this introductory tutorial.In this tutorial you will learn:1.How to resize, crop and correct photos for use on web pages.2.How to create graphical elements for use on web pages: page banner, text, etc.
Some General Tips
1.You will find the photos for this tutorial in a folder called “Photoshop Practice.2.As you work through the tutorial remember that you can use “undo” if you makea mistake or want go back. (Hit the control key, type Z or click Edit > Undo in themenu. You’ll also learn to use the “History” palette to undo multiple steps atonce.)
Photoshop’s Interface
Photoshop is an Adobe product. If you have used other Adobe products the interfaceshould seem familiar. The desktop includes a toolbox on the left and numerous paletteson the right-hand side of the screen. Context-sensitive menus appear at the top of thescreen depending on which tools you’ve clicked on.2ToolboxPanels
The Toolbox
There are many buttons in the toolbox, however, we will focus on just the few that weneed to get the job done. Here are the tools that we care about:
Images and Graphics
There are two formats to keep in mind when you are creating art for web pages: . jpg and .gif.It’s likely you’ve seen these file types. What are they?.jpg = A type of file usually reserved for photos. Allows photos to be compressed for easier download online. Smaller file sizes equal faster downloads!.gif = A file type usually reserved for graphics(Used for maps, charts, cartoons, drawings, and text.)Yes, you can save a graphic as a .jpg file or a .gif file as a .gif as a .jpg, but you’ll get better results if you use the .jpg format for photographs.3SelectCropType ToolMagnifier 

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