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Free! Fireworks Basics: From Navigation Graphic to Stretchy Table
by Ian Blackham

Free! Fireworks Basics: From Navigation Graphic to Stretchy Table In this free tutorial Joyce J. Evans author of many well-respected books including Macromedia Fireworks MX 2004 Zero to Hero, takes us through some basic Fireworks manipulation to build an effective curved navigation graphic. Then Joyce extends this to show us how we can use the graphic to build a stretchy table in Dreamweaver.

This article was originally published, as a set of three, on Joyce's personal web site, where Joyce has tutorials, reviews and resources to help the new Web developer develop their skills.

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Photoshop CS: File Browser, Matching Colour and Live Histograms
by Gavin Cromhout

Photoshop CS: File Browser, Matching Colour and Live Histograms There have been quite a few changes from Photoshop 7.0 to Photoshop CS – some really cool new tools, cunningly hidden away. Let’s take a look at some of the more interesting ones and how they can benefit you, the web developer. In this article we’re going to start with the more general changes – some alterations to existing Photoshop systems, some altogether new. The most exciting of the new features is the ability to take one image and match the colours of a second image to it. The most useful of the new features are the live histograms and the new file browser which makes searching and retrieving images much more efficient.
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Facial Retouching with Photoshop
by Gavin Cromhout

Facial Retouching with Photoshop One of the hardest image processing tasks to get right is doing facial retouching that can eradicate blemishes, shadows etc without making the subject look completely unbelievable. In this tutorial, Gavin Cromhout (himself the co-author of a book on facial retouching) establishes a process for manipulating portraits to make them look their best, without making them look artificial. The tool used is Photoshop, but the process is equally applicable to any quality image editor, such as Fireworks MX or JASC Paint Shop Pro.
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Photoshopping Seamless Tiles
by Gavin Cromhout

Photoshopping Seamless Tiles In this tutorial we’re going to take a look at creating a pattern for a web background. Tiling on the web is a way of creating quite a rich and textured feel for your site.Often when cutting up a site you'll need to create an area that will repeat itself in a pattern, as a background or as decorative bars - but there’s nothing worse than an image that doesn't seam together properly. Let’s take a look at how to create a seamless pattern for use on any web page that looks great, joins well, saves bandwidth and loading time, and automatically adjusts to the size of the user's display screen.
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Advanced Photoshop Layering
by Gavin Cromhout

Advanced Photoshop Layering We hear a lot about layers and how they're so cool in Photoshop. This article will take you through all the different food groups; from fill layers right through to complex uses of adjustment layers. Sometimes you discover things in Photoshop that you never thought of using before - this article will plant a few of those seeds. It's a great way of learning how to make your pictures and photos look as good as possible - they're not only used for arty stuff - while always preserving the original image intact so you can return to it any time you want.
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