Adobe Photoshop 7.0 Classroom In A Book: Lesson 13 - Preparing Images for Two-Color Printing

30 January 2008 |

Not every commercially printed publication requires four-color reproduction. Printing in two colors using a grayscale image and spot color can be an effective and inexpensive alternative. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to use Adobe Photoshop to prepare full-color images for two-color printing...

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Search Engine Optimization For Dummies

22 January 2008 |

Welcome to Search Engine Optimization For Dummies. What on earth would you want this book for? After all, can’t you just build a Web site, and then pay someone $25 to register the site with thousands of search engines? I’m sure you’ve seen the advertising: “We guarantee top-ten place­ment in a gazillion search engines!” “We’ll register you in 5,000 search engines today!”

Well, unfortunately, it’s not that simple. (Okay, fortunately for me, because if it were simple, Wiley Publishing wouldn’t pay me to write this book.) The fact is that search engine optimization is a little complicated. Not brain surgery com­plicated, but not as easy as “give us 50 bucks, and we’ll handle it for you.”...

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Adobe Photoshop 7.0 Classroom In A Book: Lesson 12 - Creating Special Effects

18 January 2008 |

The huge assortment of filters available for Adobe Photoshop lets you transform ordinary images into extraordinarydigital artwork. You can select filters that simulate a traditional artistic medium—a watercolor, pastel, or sketched effect—or you can choose from filters that blur, bend, wrap, sharpen, or fragment images. In addition to using filters to alter images, you can use adjustment layers and painting modes to vary the look of your artwork.

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Adobe Photoshop 7.0 Classroom In A Book: Lesson 11 - Advanced Layer Techniques


After you’ve learned basic layer techniques, you can create more complex effects in your artwork using layer masks, path groups, filters, adjustment layers, and more style layers.

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Learn XML Easiest Way

14 January 2008 |

It's easy to get lost when talking about XML. It has grown into a huge topic, inspiring so many technologies and branching into new areas. Anywhere there is information, you'll find XML, or at least hear it scratching at the door. So priority number one is to get a broad view, ask the big questions, so that you can find your way through the dense jungle of standards and concepts.

There are a few questions that come to mind. What is XML? We will attack this from different angles. It's more than the next generation of HTML. It's a general-purpose information storage system. It's a markup language toolkit. It's an open standard. It's a collection of standards. It's a lot of things, as you'll see.

Where did it come from? It's good to have a historical perspective. You'll see how XML evolved out of preceding efforts like SGML, HTML, and the earliest presentational markup.

What can I do with XML? A practical question, again with several answers: store and retrieve data, ensure document integrity, format documents, and support many cultural localizations. And the following section answers the other question, what can't I do with XML? You need to know about the limitations, in case it isn't a good fit with your problem.

How do I get started? Without any hesitation, I hope. I'll describe the tools you need to get going with XML and test the examples in this book. From authoring, validating, checking well-formedness, transforming, formatting, and writing programs, you'll have a lot to play with.

So now, let us dive into the big questions. At the end, you should know enough to decide where to go from here. Future chapters will describe topics in more detail, such as core markup, quality control, style and presentation, programming interfaces, and internationalization...

4 Contents of this file:
Learning XML
XML Bible
The XML CD Bookshelf
XML Tutorial

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blink - The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

11 January 2008 |

In his landmark bestseller The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell redefined how we understand the world around us. Now, in Blink, he revolutionizes the way we understand the world within. Blink is a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant...

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A Survival Guide for Working with Humans


Today, with a sputtering economy, collapsing and merging companies, corporate scandals, high-tech upheavals, and growing global competition, life in the workplace is more difficult than ever. Trusting in business relationships has become more uncertain, too.

It helps to have guidelines on how to maneuver through today's unpredictable work environment, much like learning to swim through a narrow chasm in a swirling river.
That's what A Survival Guide for Working with Humans is all about. It started with a series of mostly weekly columns in the San Francisco Bay Area on the perils of the workplace and what to do about them. Eventually my editor had to drop the columns to run more advertising and specialty features, but as reader response grew I decided to expand on the idea for these columns and turn them into a book. In a sense, I decided to take my own advice: to find a way to turn a problem into an opportunity and look for ways to put a positive spin on whatever happens. Indeed the columns themselves were inspired after a long-term relationship with a difficult client went south, and my solution to the problem ended up as the topic of one of the first columns...

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A Beautiful Mind - John Nash


Now A Major Motion Picture

The Life of Mathematical Genius and Nobel Laureate John Nash

How could you. A mathematician, believe that extraterrestrials were sending you messages""the visitor from Harvard asked the West Virginian with the movie-star looks and 0fulympian manner. Because the ideas I had about supernatural beings came to me the same way my mathematical ideas did.- came the answer. "So I took them seriously"...

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78 Important Questions Every Leader Should Ask and Answer


Captain Jean-Luc Picard looked up from his log, checked the chronometer and decided that he had spent enough time in his ready room for one day. Time to get up and walk about a bit, get the feel of the ship under his feet. A crew had moods and the only way to find out what they are is to go out and tread the deck. Of course, he could just call in either Riker or Troi and put the question to them—How is the crew feeling?—and from their different perspectives form a clear and reliable picture. Over the years, Picard had learned that this method omitted an essential component. If he stayed in his ready room and waited for subordinates to bring him answers, the crew wouldn’t know how Picard was feeling, at least, how Picard wanted them to think he was feeling...

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Adobe Photoshop 7.0 Classroom In A Book: Lesson 10 - Vector Masks, Paths, and Shapes

3 January 2008 |

You can make simple illustrations using vector paths in Adobe Photoshop or Adobe ImageReady. Working with vectors allows you to create shapes, which can be filled or stroked, and use vector masks to control what is shown in an image. This lesson will introduce you to advanced uses of vector shapes and vector masks...

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Adobe Photoshop 7.0 Classroom In A Book: Lesson 9 - Basic Pen Tool Techniques


The pen tool draws precise straight or curved lines called paths. You can use the pen tool as a drawing tool or as a selection tool. When used as a selection tool, the pen tool always draws smooth, anti-aliased outlines. These paths are an excellent alternative to using the standard selection tools for creating intricate selections...

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