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    1. designing web graphics.4, Fourth
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    1. designing web graphics.4, Fourth Edition
    by Lynda Weinman
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    Asin: 0735710791
    Catlog: Book (2002-12-31)
    Publisher: New Riders Press
    Sales Rank: 56627
    Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars
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    The most influential web design book ever written, completely updated to cover motion graphics, broadband interactive design, and more. Since it was first published in 1995, designing web graphics has been the seminal resource for web designers to learn the basics and then the nuances of solid design for the web. Lynda Weinman has been updating the book to reflect changes in the technologies affecting web design, but dwg.4 has been largely rewritten from the ground up. Included is coverage of motion graphics made possible by the Flash phenomenon, broadband-enabled graphics issues, usability, and more. Lynda is rewriting the book so that all coverage of specific tools is focused on the essential functionality of these programs (Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Flash, etc.) and not on version-specific attributes of the software, making the book relevant longer for more users. ... Read more

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    1-0 out of 5 stars Outdated, sparse, poor
    I'm quite amazed by the positive reviews, because this is one of the worst web related books I've ever seen. The techniques presented in this book are often outdated and I could not believe my eyes when I saw the book has been published in 2002. Tricks like using the

     tag to increase leading apparently did not die in the 90's.

    Even worse, it's plagued with errors --- I found about six huge errors (not typos!) on four pages.

    Hands off this one.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Page-Turner
    I've bought two of Lynda's books and will probably get more because they are very clear and easy to follow. Combining well-written but concise text with screen shots, this book is great for web design newbies (like me!).

    The book doesn't attempt to be the web graphics bible. Some of its topics only skim the surface. But there is enough information there to send you off on a fact-finding mission elsewhere. (Ya gotta start somewhere, right? Lynda Weinman gives great introductions to sophisticated web topics.)

    Of particular use to me are the chapters on information architecture, browser-safe colors (with a color chart!), and cascading style sheets. My only pet peeve is that books like this always include one or two chapters on frames -- if everyone discourages them so much, why dedicate so much precious space to them??!

    "Designing Web Graphics" is a great resource for me. As I've been learning Dreamweaver and planning a redesign of my site, I find myself opening Weinman's book often.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A must have Reference book on Web Graphics.
    This is 500 pages spanning 30 chapters that are not very technical at all but explain a lot of facts relating to designing web graphics and websites.

    If you even remotely work with websites, you will find this book an invaluable reference to understanding various aspects of designing web graphics and designing websites. The topics are very well organized and cover almost anything you may encounter. Here are some important chapters whose topics you may recognize - Web Aesthetics, Browser-Safe Color, Navigation, Planning Web Projects, Frames, Cascading Style Sheets, Animation & Audio, Creating Community, and Web File Formats.

    The facts presented in each chapter are done so in an easy to understand writing style but possess breadth and depth on the topic. At the end of each chapter, there is a 1 page summary of the highlights learned in the chapter. The author doesn't assume that you are an advanced reader and hence explains everything in great detail. It is more than likely that you will understand almost any topic in this book (if you read it fully) even if you are just a beginner. This was the biggest appeal to me as I am a Technical Project Manager that has to know a little bit of everything. This book definitely met that goal and more.

    You may hesitate at the price but the chances are high that you will not regret purchasing this book. This is one of the most referenced books in my book collection as there seems to be no end to the knowledge gained from this book. I hope you have a similar experience with this book. Enjoy!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Barely Adequate
    If I didn't damage my book upon receipt, I would have returned it. I'm an intranet developer with very little graphics experience. I purchased this book because of Linda's status in the graphic design world and assumed it would help me add some "umph" to my web designs. Unfortunately, this book didn't expound enough on any one subject to make it worth my effort. The book is good for basic information and can be used for a reference on some design basics. However, it did not provide substantial knowledge for developers with more than 6 months experience. I give it three stars for it being a useful beginner book. I would give it 2 stars if you have any experience at all in web design. Linda Weinman just didn't live up to her billing in my opinion. I'm sure she has the experience and ability. I just wish she would have given us more of that in this book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars the book has evolved with the medium
    Out of all the books in the series, I think that this is the best. It covers the additional process and requirements that the Designer and Web team are ultimately responsible for - not only design expertise and look and feel, but also under-the-surface work like the Creative Brief and Style Guide. It even covers urgent topics like usability and accessibility, which are extremely helpful! I've always referred to Lynda's teaching manuals because they're smart and personable. I really enjoy having a guide like this to refer to when starting a new project or when I feel like I'm stuck in the middle of one. ... Read more


    2. creative html design.2 (2nd Edition)
    by Lynda Weinman, William Weinman
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    Asin: 0735709726
    Catlog: Book (2001-04-17)
    Publisher: New Riders Press
    Sales Rank: 169493
    Average Customer Review: 4.11 out of 5 stars
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    Who better to ease you into the detailed world of HTML coding (where even an errant spacebar can gum up your creative masterpiece) than well-known Web design instructor Lynda Weinman and her programmer brother, William. This book's first edition came out over 3 years ago, and the Web has changed a lot in that time. Novices will appreciate this HTML primer that not only helps in hand-coding Web pages but also in troubleshooting the HTML generated by WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editors like Dreamweaver and GoLive and image/animation applications like Flash, Fireworks, Photoshop, and ImageReady.

    Creative HTML Design.2 covers basic page structure, images and compression, color, links, buttons, transparency, typography, organization, style sheets, navigation, rollovers, forms, and other issues. (A good description of the first edition, including a sample chapter, can currently be found at www.lynda.com; this new edition will most likely be detailed there soon as well. They also maintain an errata section, important for any book that includes code.) Lynda Weinman's specialty is her friendly yet tech-savvy teaching style--there aren't many who can walk readers through the minutiae of client-side image map coordinates and not confuse them (or bore them to tears). Brother William[SS1], an engineer and programmer, presumably provides the finer points of HTML, plus the JavaScript and CGI scripts. The book offers all the good aspects of Weinman's other popular books: text that's affable yet clear, with a view to anticipating problems beginners may stumble into; lesson projects that are neither too complex nor aesthetically amateur; and a book layout that doesn't crowd pages, but rather serves up ministeps and clearly captioned screen shots in easily digested morsels.

    With editors that do it all--like Dreamweaver and GoLive--why would a non-tech-head Web designer want to learn HTML? As Weinman explains, "The advantage of knowing and understanding HTML is that you are in better control of knowing what is possible and what is not." Even if you use an HTML editor, you will at some point have to go "under the hood" and fix troubled code, and at this point even a little familiarity can make a big difference in relieving Web design stress. --Angelynn Grant

    Topics covered:

    • Choosing an ISP
    • Creating a basic page and uploading
    • Creating graphics, including how compression works
    • Web color palettes and color tags
    • Links, alt text, image maps
    • Background images and tiled patterns
    • Custom rules, bullets, and other artwork
    • Working with transparency
    • Tables
    • Typography and fonts
    • Site planning and management
    • Cascading style sheets (CSS)
    • Frames
    • Rollovers
    • Forms
    • Animation and sound
    • Listing with search engines
    • HTML 4.0 reference, including the finer points of "good HTML"
    • CD includes all project files for sample Web site used in lessons as well as JavaScript and CGI scripts used
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    5-0 out of 5 stars On the short list
    Five stars. I recommend to any one getting started with the creation of web sites. This book should be on the short list of books to read for creating websites. It covers more than html, and that is good. I benefited from reading it after having taken courses in web design and web programming. Reading it would be also be excellent preparation for taking a web related course. Several of its strengths are: it is co-authored by a graphic designer and techie/programmer (brother and sister), it includes a CD with the files referenced in the book, in includes an excellent html reference section, and there are a number of exercises. As many exercise as there are I would have liked more. The copyright date is 2001. I did not identify any soft spots but would estimate its shelf life will expire the end of 2003. That is the way it is with books about topics such as this. Even then it is should be a solid reference for a number of years.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Beginner's Guide to NOT SO CREATIVE HTML
    When I was told that this book was going to be used for my technology class I was kind of excited because I am fairly familiar with the Lynda.com material. I had picked up her Learning Flash 5 CD-ROM and walked away with a feeling that it was money well spent, and that I had come away with a great deal of knowledge about Flash. Now keeping this in mind, when I picked up this title and read through it (mind you unlike some reviewers I read cover to cover), I did not feel like there was too much content that I could walk away with and use in any real world situtation. The techniques she used, produced very amateur-like pages that would not pass for a high school student's work. Mind you, for some of the fundamental HTML concepts the book was good, but for any real world stuff I felt like I was lookig at those pages where you know the person made it in Frontpage 98' without the plug-ins. Any of the cool stuff like the Javascript Rollovers was gone over so rushed and with so little detail, that it would have been better to have omitted it from the book. I am sorry this book just really was not worth the money.. I would look to that HTML Quickstart book over this one any day.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good Combination of Design and Code for Beginners
    I like the idea of combining a designer and a developer to create an HTML book. The "family reunion" at the front of the book is banal and adds nothing to the book, but once by that, it's pretty smooth sailing.

    What the book successfully does is to show that creating a good Web site is not a matter of simply knowing the code but correctly preparing the graphics and working them into HTML. They use PhotoShop 6, but I was able to fumble through using an older version of PhotoShop and even Fireworks for readying the graphics. The exercises are helpful and simple enough for beginners.

    Some of the chapters, like one on bullets and horizontal rules was a bit overblown even for beginners. However, the bulk of the book is a gentle path to working with HTML and graphics. The online site (Ducks in a Row) is only so-so design wise, and the CD files needed for the exercises aren't always complete but enough to work through the exercises. The chapter on transparencies in GIF files was excellent and contained lots of good information and exercises.

    My favorite part of the book lies in the Appendices. The authors compile the tags and their associated attributes in several tables so it is a good reference for later use at a more advanced level. They did not include every Maverick tag and attribute that Netscape and Microsoft like to drop in but stuck with the W3C standard as far as I could see.

    Overall, when a beginner is finished with this book she'll be ready for intermediate level material for developing Web sites, and if that is the book's goal, it accomplishes it nicely.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A great book for everyone - REALLY everyone!
    The book covers all the topics you may encounter while designing a web page, whether it's a simple personal one, or a complex site. The layout of the book is great, it's easy to find everything and includes a comprehensive HTML 4.01 reference. Lots and lots of examples in the book and on the CD, so you see everything in action while you're learning the techniques. Great for both beginners and those with a knowledge of HTML, because it is so comprehensive, you will no doubt find many many things that you haven't learned yet or are not aware of.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Am I alone in thinking this is not a useful book?
    I did not find this book at all helpful.

    One major problem is that all the graphics techniques are for users of Adobe Photoshop 6 only. How many beginning web site designers own this particularily expensive piece of software? If you havn't got Photoshop 6, DON'T BOTHER TO BUY THIS BOOK. About half of it will be useless to you.

    The other half - the coding side - is OK. Just. If you really want to learn HTML, there are other books that explain it more clearly and in greater depth. And Bill and Lynda's attempts to cover more sophisticated topics are so speedy that - in my humble opinion - they might as well not be there.

    As for Lynda's inimitable style, well,whether you like it or not is a matter of personal taste. But my personal taste is not for twee brother/sister/father trialogues, nor for Lynda's inyerface instructions, as if she were the only begetter of web wisdom.

    I havn't read her older books, the ones that are apparently well thumbed on every web designer's desks. But this budding web designer has definitely consigned her latest tome to the bottom of her extensive pile. ... Read more


    3. Dreamweaver 4 Hands-On Training
    by Garo Green, Lynda Weinman
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    Asin: 0201741334
    Catlog: Book (2001-07-10)
    Publisher: Peachpit Press
    Sales Rank: 167516
    Average Customer Review: 4.42 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Really good reference for beginning to intermediate
    In my review for I admitted to being a Lynda convert, and so I am. I am a freelance web weaver, and Dreamweaver is my HTML editor of choice. I also teach web design and development in Southern California, so I am always looking for good references to use in class or tell my students about.

    Like other books by Lynda Weinman, the Dreamweaver 4 Hands-On Training is well written and comprehensive. My one and only complaint is that her HOT books are targeted mainly for folks who are new to web design, so some of the in-depth, nitty-gritty details I might be looking to add to my arsenal (I've been building web pages since 1994) are sometimes lacking. This book is no exception to the rule.

    This particular text has several advantages over other Dreamweaver references for several reasons:

    1) It's written in English, not "geek".

    2) It includes tons of screen captures (mostly grey-scale), step-by-step instructions, AND a CD-ROM with lesson files. This allows you to follow along with the book and do EXACTLY what is shown in the text.

    3) It contains practical tips on typography, image optimization, and cross-browser compatibility.

    4) You don't need a crane to pick it up. ;-)

    Unfortunately the book glosses over some of the fine points about using frames, tables and layers in web designs, but these points are minor when compared to the strengths of the book overall.

    If you are just starting to learn Dreamweaver, or if you are an intermediate user who is looking for an easy to use reference, I highly recommend adding this to your library!

    BKA

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good course book for beginner/intermediate
    It reminded me of Adobe's 'classroom in a book' books. The lessons are well thought out and advance the reader from basic concepts to intermediate, and some advanced concepts. I liked this book over a lot of reference-type books in that it forced me to press the buttons and understand the concepts by doing them ("Learning by doing" -quote from back cover of book)

    There was a chapter on HTML which isn't a prerequiste for learning dreamweaver, but useful. There's also chapters on javascript behaviours, layout, typography, and using GeoCity to put a website online. The book is a decent reference, although its strength is in its tutorials, and as reference it is unable to cover all of Dreamweaver's features. It also only covers the standard version of Dreamweaver, and not UltraDev. Overall, the book is a good purchase if you need to learn dreamweaver 4 and plan to actually read it through.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Get It
    I had the opportunity to attend Garo Green's Dreamweaver Weekend in Ojai in early '99, right about the time DW2 was released. Being more oriented towards intuitive graphics programs (ie: Photoshop, Illustrator, Quark), I found the process of using HTML editors daunting, to say the least; web authoring is a whole new ball game for the lowly digital artist. Learning curve notwithstanding, Macromedia Dreamweaver seems to be the most highly recommended web authoring application on the market, with its (relative) ease of use and superior execution of HTML code. Version 4 has introduced tools to help make the transition from conventional page layout to web page management less painstaking than it was in previous versions.

    Helping it along is the highly personable approach that Garo and Lynda have integrated into this book, which does, as other reviewers have stated, offer an introduction to the program that is both comfortingly simple and stimulatingly comprehensive. The frustrating thing about the tutorial that ships with Dreamweaver is that it starts you off working with already-created files rather than creating them yourself from scratch, as if just knowing how the tools function will be enough. DW4 H.O.T. offers several from-the-ground-up lessons that are never too drawn out (in fact some are over before you know it!), that are presented in plain English and are well explained when they are not so plain.

    This does not mean once you've read the book, you will be an instant webmaster .... there is a LOT to remember, and it is not one of those programs you can just "figure out". The material and exercises are presented in a spirit of fun and enthusiasm for learning this challenging and powerful tool, with just a few editing faux-pas here and there (which would only confuse the OS novice), which lend it that sort of folksy Ojai feel one would get from participating in an actual workshop. One thing I personally appreciated was the time they take to explain all the options you get in the dialog boxes that open for the various tools, even the ones you might never use, why you should use them, and what ones you can pretty much get along without. Not to mention how to avoid all the useless, annoying warnings that come up when you're about to execute a function. Macromedia's kinda funny that way.

    Overall, as a learning tool, this is an outstandingly helpful volume for those of us who haven't a lot of time on their hands to sit down and try to get a grasp on an art program that requires an almost totally different approach than what one may be used to ..... it really is like having a gentle teacher watching over your shoulder, guiding you patiently and saying "Good job!" when you complete an exercise. I may end up checking out their Flash 5 book if it can make learning that program this painless (and I thought Dreamweaver was rough ... ).

    Summary: Best HTML WYSIWYG editor - Dreamweaver. Number One choice to make learning it less of a nightmare than any other out there - this book. Have you read a good school lately?

    5-0 out of 5 stars You┬┐ll Be a Web Designing in No Time
    This is the book you're going to want to have if you're still running System 9 on a Mac. Hey, don't act so surprised, there are still a lot of people out there who are. System X is great, the Panther is superb, but good old System 9 is still the workhorse it always was and it's quick as the devil, especially on my older G3 machines.

    Others have said it, and I'll second the motion, this "Hands-On Training" book should have been the one to come with the official program. Garo Green and Lynda Weinman from lynda.com assume you have only limited knowledge of how your Mac works. No knowledge of HTML is required. If you can work your mouse, you're ready to go. You'll be designing your first website in no time at all. This one gets two thumbs up.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book!
    This book was great and very helpful! This was the fourth book that I tried to learn Dreamweaver and it was extremely helpful. It was very helpful to train with each chapter. It helped to remember also. If you learn by doing, then get this book. You won't regret it! ... Read more


    4. Adobe After Effects 6 Hands-On Training (Hands on Training (H.O.T))
    by Lynda Weinman
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    Asin: 0321228545
    Catlog: Book (2003-11-24)
    Publisher: Peachpit Press
    Sales Rank: 39021
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great intro
    I've read most of the books on After Effects. This one stands out for clarity of instruction. Unlike many of the others, this is both broad in its coverage and it avoids the "just do this" that a lot of introductory books have. It explains the reasoning for picking certain keyframes and has an especially good coverage of 3D space in After effects. It is an introductory book, however, so you will find little on rotoscoping, only introductory information on expressions, and no coverage of keying, image stabilization, or advanced masking. ... Read more


    5. Photoshop 6 ImageReady 3 Hands-On Training (With CD-ROM)
    by Lynda Weinman, Jan Kabili
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    Asin: 020172796X
    Catlog: Book (2001-10-11)
    Publisher: Pearson Education
    Sales Rank: 287987
    Average Customer Review: 4.57 out of 5 stars
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    Photoshop 6/ImageReady 3 is one of the few Photoshop books that focuses on the Web instead of print, and much to the delight of Web artists, it showsyou how to use both Photoshop 6 and ImageReady 3.0 together. To learn thispowerful Web-tools combo to its fullest potential, you need a teacher likeLynda Weinman, whose years of experience and pure enthusiasm for the mediumare evident throughout her hands-on lessons. Weinman uses classroom-proventechniques from her training center to demonstrate how and when to usePhotoshop 6 and ImageReady 3 to create appealing and quick-loading Webgraphics.

    The latest title in our H.O.T. series, Photoshop 6/ImageReady 3 Hands-OnTraining focuses on the newest tools and automation devices available in thiscombined package. The book guides you through a series of exercises ofincreasing complexity, giving you hands-on, step-by-step experience inoptimizing and previewing GIF and JPEG graphics, slicing Web images, usinglayers to create rollovers and Layer Effects to automate buttons, usingImageReady to "tween" animations, and much more. The book includes a newchapter on layers that shows you how to use layers to create masks, clipping paths and effects, plus a CD-ROM with sample files for all of the exercisesand QuickTime movies that illustrate some techniques. Even if you're anexperienced artist, you'll be surprised at how much you'll learn aboutPhotoshop from this pioneering Web author. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Deep ImageReady
    The most comprehensive tutorial you're likely to find covering PhotoShop's "little web sister", leave it to Lynda.com to come up with THE ImageReady book. Don't let the title mislead you, especially if you're already a long-time P-Shop veteran. The information contained in these pages, accompanied by outstanding tutorials and full color illustrations, is NOT a rehash of stuff you already know; it is a means of making the transition from traditional publishing to creating full-blown web pages with minimal compromise.

    Even seasoned users of Adobe's cornerstone image editing tool may find some new and useful tips in streamlining graphics production - I certainly did. Instructor Jan Kabili makes the journey such a pleasure (not to mention a productive use of time), one could actually become converted to working in lo-res art! As in other titles by this publisher, the exercises are straighforward, economical and plentiful - the reader is presented with a great deal of material in relatively short order, yet in a way that is not at all difficult to retain practical information.

    Granted, Adobe ImageReady is not a web management tool ..... that's Macromedia Dreamweaver's job, and though it may not integrate with that program as closely as, say, Fireworks, it contains no shortage of tools for fully preparing, creating, optimizing and animating raster images for web use. This entry in the highly-praised Hands-On-Training series is as good an introduction as you'll find on making full use of ImageReady in a short time, and a genuinely enjoyable one at that.

    Acquire, read, and get thyself web-ready.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great for beginners - this is worth every penny
    I researched several books on Photoshop 6 and had trouble finding one that was not either a dull reference book or was geared towards experienced Photoshop users. When I ordered this book, I knew nothing of the basics. Thanks to the many hands-on examples and the breakdown of (what I thought to be) complicated terms, I'm well on my way to being able to use both Imageready and Photoshop without paranoia. If you're just starting out, and have gotten frustrated with other manuals who seem to not take the term 'beginner' seriously, I highly recommend this book. I'm looking forward to using more of the lynda.com books in the future.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fuel Your Creativity
    Because Lynda Weinman comes from the perspective of a real designer, I find that her books always provide fuel for the reader's creativity. While these books REALLY do teach, they also encourage the reader to experiment.

    I am a fan of Adobe's Classroom In A Book series, but I did not find the Photoshop or Illustrator books to be geared toward the beginner. Exercises were often very layered and complex with pages of steps. The book didn't not always adequately explain the purpose of all the steps. The risk of presenting such long exercises is that if the learner makes a mistake and doesn't achieve the intended results of the book, the source of the mistake isn't always easy to trace.

    In contrast, Kabili and Weinman provide short, simple exercises, adhering to the proven fact that learners absorb information in bit-sized chunks. The exercises in this book are paced so that the reader can take breaks and try what was just learned. Don't mistake this brevity for lack of information, however. The authors are very thorough and wise about choosing what's practical.

    Best of all, there's lots of good advice. Photoshop is presented as a tool for web design, and the authors remind us about the Web's capabilities and limitations. We also get honest advice about small Photoshop annoyances (thankfully there are few!) and how to design around them.

    I politely disagree that this book is "not focused." On the contrary, its purpose is obvious from Chapter One: how to set up Photoshop to work as a web design tool. We are taught how to deal with color and color settings and how to optimize graphics early on so that we can concentrate on more fun tasks.

    I believe Lynda Weinman is a born teacher, as are all the co-authors with whom she associates. This is my third HOT book, and I use them when I need to absorb an application's features and capability quickly. I encourage you to try this book and see if it doesn't spark your creative fires.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good Book
    I have recommended this book for my students. It is one of the few that covers ImageReady issues. My beginner and intermediate students seem to like it and find it easy to understand.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Okay, now we're getting somewhere!
    Okay, I'll be the first to adnit I'm not the fastest chip on the board, but with Jan and Lynda's good efforts, I'm finally making some progress! In fact, I've progressed farther with this book than I have with eight others I've purchased in the past year.
    Unlike most other manuals which just throw the information at you in big, indigestible chunks, the information provided here is easy to comprehend. Largely because you're encouraged to play around with the exercises and try lots of different things. One cannot help but learn. Just got through doing some layer masks...piece of cake! I now understand transforming type, shape layers, layer styles, backgrounds, not to mention slicing and rollovers.
    The physical layout of the book is clean, tight, and has lots of color. The language is precise and to the point.
    One small criticism: please, please, please, keep the silly cartoons and pictures out of the text. The grinning monkeys and the cute kids, (at least I hope she's cute, how can I tell?) making stupid faces. I have trouble enough trying to make sense of everything, and I don't need the silly distractions. All the writers do this, by the way.
    Nonetheless, this is an excellent book, and I highly recommend it to all my wannbe, newby, frustrated Photoshop guru friends.
    Now, if only Lynda would do a GoLive 6 book (hint, hint) ... Read more


    6. Designing Web Graphics.3 (3rd Edition)
    by Lynda Weinman
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    Asin: 1562059491
    Catlog: Book (1999-03-17)
    Publisher: New Riders Press
    Sales Rank: 374334
    Average Customer Review: 3.42 out of 5 stars
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    This update to Lynda Weinman's highly successful Designing Web Graphics series addresses the new technologies related to Web site design, such as dynamic HTML (DHTML), the Portable Network Graphics (PNG) format, and standardized red-green-blue (sRGB). It also discusses the new software programs that help you create and optimize Web graphics, such as Adobe ImageReady and Macromedia Fireworks. Weinman also deals with the old favorites, such as Photoshop and Paintshop Pro, and continues to focus on creating good-looking, compact graphics, as opposed to writing HTML, say, or setting up a server.

    Weinman helps you develop your career in the area of Web graphics by setting goals, building a portfolio, and making your work and talent known. She helps you optimize graphics and work with the best file formats and color palettes for your purpose. You'll learn color-related concepts such as spectrum, hue, and saturation; choose effective color schemes; create links, buttons, image maps, tables, frames, animated GIFs, and JavaScript rollovers; work with type and DHTML; fine-tune HTML to alter text, tables, links, and more; and work with plug-ins and QuickTime 3.0.

    The book has many large, useful illustrations and screen shots, and the text is simple, straightforward, and geared successfully for relative newcomers. --Kathleen Caster ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars The audience is the thing
    This book is intended for a certain audience, and for that audience this book largely succeeds. If you have little knowledge of web design and basic graphical concepts, there are few books on the market which equal Weinman for her general advice. More advanced web authorers may well be able to pick apart the code she gives here as faulty in some regards, but for a general overview of basic concepts, she's hard to beat. I found her discussion of color use and image resolution to be particularly helpful at the time I read it, even though now I might regard that information as terribly basic. Weinman has a unique gift, I think, for teaching, and I found her writing style engaging, even if there were, as has been stated elsewhere, a few contentual errors.

    Of course, we're at a different point in web development than we were when this book was written almost a year ago. Now, many company websites give you much of this information as a part of their websites. Macromedia in particular has much of the advice of this book for free on its website--if you look for it.

    Who, then, should buy this book? I think if you have a less-than-stellar web connection, or have problems spending hours reading text from websites, or simply do better learning from a real book, this is a great starting point.

    Also, if you see teachers as fallible individuals whose value is principally in their ability to inspire less than in the absolute precision of their facts, this is your book as well.

    And if you want a great collection of well-organized references from which to continue your learning, this, too, is where you want to start. Weinman has saved her readers--especially those with slow ISPs--the bother of scouring the net for valuable design resources. There are hundreds of top-notch graphic design web sites listed here by content, which can well save you HOURS of searching if you have a slow web connection, or if your searching skills aren't what they might be.

    To be sure, there's valid criticism to make of this book. However, has so much potential applicability that a simple panning of it is entirely undeserved. If you know your way around any Macromedia(-like) product, you probably would think of this as a 1-star kind of book. But if, like its intended audience, you don't know a JPG from a hole in the wall, this is a 5-star effort.

    3-0 out of 5 stars April 1999?
    I would buy this but geepers, it's getting pretty old. The date refers to when it was released, not when it was written, so keep in mind it probably took 6 months to write. I wish they would withdraw some of these books once they got to a certain age and/or make it a bit clearer if and when they have been updated, because a lotta lotta stuff has happened in the last three years. That's an eternity in internet terms. I have to worry that a lot of the stuff in this book is no longer up to date (like web safe colors, fast becoming last year's problem)

    Does this book even mention microsoft.net? Today they released flash mx, and so on and so on. If you write a book for the net, why not update it each year? I'm fed up with being stuck with books that have old information in them, going to the trouble of memorising and becoming aquainted with stuff, and then finding there are better+newer+different ways of doing it. It's not like these books are cheap either.

    I want my books up to date, and I'm willing to pay more for something that is going to at least last me a little while. April 1999, that's just too long ago.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Send Lynda back to school
    "designing web graphics 3"
    by lynda weinman -

    I've decided I really don't like Lynda Weinman's books, CD's, taste in art or anything else.
    Although she was the first to capitalize on her ability to make gifs and jpegs, she hasn't really learned anything new since then. Yet she continues to produce volumes of sophmoric material.

    Case in point:

    Chapter 3:
    page 39
    Metaphors: Help or Hindrance?

    I immediately thought of the indispensable book "Killer Web Sites" in which the metaphor is conceived as the next level of thinking, an inspiration to reach for higher ground. But Lynda is a low brow - she admits it, constantly, but then she forgets her humble roots and tries ineptly to describe metaphor as we understand it.

    "Sometimes metaphors can help your site design, but sometimes metaphors can hurt. At Cigar Aficionado the use of metaphor works. Cigar boxes and wrappers are beautifully designed, so the use of them on the Web site provides an appropriate visual reinforcement."

    Weinman obviously thinks that images are in and of themselves metaphors, which is an interesting and imminently arguable case. I think however, that every image has the potential to be metaphoric, if it evokes another contextual sense.

    The accepted definition of metaphor according to Webster is:

    Metaphor:
    Word or picture or phrase denoting one kind of idea or object is used in place of another to suggest a likeness or analogy between them.
    Transferring the sense of one word to the sense of another.

    Using a cigar label on a cigar site is as direct as you can get. It in no way uses metaphor anymore than does using a picture of a potato to sell a potato.

    Image as metaphor.

    The idea:
    Juxtaposition Gallery

    coming soon...

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great Tutorials, but you can find them all online
    This a great book, if you do not have time to read online tutorials. However, most of the information can be found on the web.

    1-0 out of 5 stars A Huge Disapointment
    This book was the first and only book I have bought from Lynda Weinman and it will be the last. I have rarely seen a design/technical book that was so full of errors, innacuracies and downright misguided advice, especially coming from someone who has such a "good" reputation in the industry as Mrs. Weinman. Whoever technically edited this book should be fired immediately. Had I taken the time to go to a library to read a few passages of the book first, I never would have bought it in the first place.

    The first paragraph of the chapter on style sheets alone shows just how little Mrs Weinman understands the Web as a medium. This book is now two years old but is of lesser value to Web designers today than older ones like David Siegel's Creating Killer Web Sites and really pales when compared to inspiring works like Jeff Veen's "The Art And Science Of Web Design" or Zeldman's "Taking Your Talent To The Web" both of which are firmly grounded in Web reality and are forward thinking enough to retain their value for years to come.

    On the design side itself, Robin William's, Mark Oldach's and even the above mentionned Siegel's books are of far better quality even if its visual style looks dated compared to today's Web.

    In conclusion I would never recommend this book to anyone and would advise people to look elsewhere for practical advice or inspiration on Web imagery. ... Read more


    7. Photoshop 7/ImageReady for the Web Hands-On Training
    by Lynda Weinman, Jan Kabili
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    Asin: 0321112768
    Catlog: Book (2002-12-19)
    Publisher: Peachpit Press
    Sales Rank: 121119
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    When scanning the bookstore for Photoshop titles, it may seem like there are as many books on how to use Photoshop 7 as there are people to use it. The trick is to find that one book that addresses your specific needs. For example, if you want to learn how to use Photoshop 7 with ImageReady 7 to create high-quality images for the Web, you can bypass all of the more general titles in favor of Photoshop 7/ImageReady Hands-On Training.

    The update to this best-selling book focuses specifically on using Photoshop 7 and ImageReady 7 for the Web with guided, tutorial-based lessons and exercises that have been developed and tested in Lynda Weinman's lynda.com digital arts training center. Each lesson contains extensive background information designed to help you understand the process as well as the particular exercise. You'll also learn how to create Photoshop rollovers, animations, image maps, transparency, layer styles, automation techniques, and more. If you're a beginning to intermediate Web designer, or a Photoshop user who is looking for a great tool to create graphics for the Web, this book has exactly what you've been looking for!

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Even better than H O T for Acrobat 5! A Must Have.
    My favorite tutorial books for software are the Hands On Training and the Classroom In A Book series. And, if forced to choose one series or the other, I'd choose H O T.

    Authors Lynda Weinman and Jan Kabili have done a great job.

    Although I remain a devotee of CIB methods, my library will include the HOT books for all complex software.

    Discussion of animated GIFs, automation and integrating with other programs, such as GoLive, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, Acrobat and QuickTime [Chapters 13, 14 and 16] are of especial importance.

    This book is a must for users of Adobe's ImageReady and Photoshop.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Deep ImageReady
    The most comprehensive tutorial you're likely to find covering PhotoShop's "little web sister", leave it to Lynda.com to come up with THE ImageReady book. Don't let the title mislead you, especially if you're already a long-time P-Shop veteran. The information contained in these pages, accompanied by outstanding tutorials and full color illustrations, is NOT a rehash of stuff you already know; it is a means of making the transition from traditional publishing to creating full-blown web pages with minimal compromise.

    Even seasoned users of Adobe's cornerstone image editing tool may find some new and useful tips in streamlining graphics production - I certainly did. Instructor Jan Kabili makes the journey such a pleasure (not to mention a productive use of time), one could actually become converted to working in lo-res art! As in other titles by this publisher, the exercises are straighforward, economical and plentiful - the reader is presented with a great deal of material in relatively short order, yet in a way that is not at all difficult to retain practical information.

    Granted, Adobe ImageReady is not a web management tool ..... that's Macromedia Dreamweaver's job, and though it may not integrate with that program as closely as, say, Fireworks, it contains no shortage of tools for fully preparing, creating, optimizing and animating raster images for web use. This entry in the highly-praised Hands-On-Training series is as good an introduction as you'll find on making full use of ImageReady in a short time, and a genuinely enjoyable one at that.

    Acquire, read, and get thyself web-ready.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Absolute Best!
    This is by far the best and most informative and detailed book of its kind. It covers every aspect of "everything you ever wanted to know about" rollovers and rollover animated menus! It does not leave you 'missing something' or saying: 'yes, but it really doesn't cover...' - It covers everything! The accompanying CD is excellent! ... Read more


    8. After Effects 5.0/5.5 Hands-On Training
    by Lynda Weinman, Craig Newman
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    Asin: 020175469X
    Catlog: Book (2002-07-30)
    Publisher: Peachpit Press
    Sales Rank: 389856
    Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars
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    Adobe After Effects gives Web developers and designers the tools to create sophisticated motion graphics and effects, but tools are worthless without expert guidance. If you work with After Effects--or would like to--you can now turn to one of the top pros in the field for her hard-won advice on how to get the most out of this powerful program, and how to do it quickly. After Effects 5.0/5.5 Hands-On Training brings classroom-tested lessons designed by Web guru Lynda Weinman and her coauthor, Craig Newman, right to your desktop.

    The projects in After Effects 5.0/5.5 HOT lead you through the basics of After Effects and beyond: Lynda and Craig designed the dozens of hands-on exercises around specific, real-world projects that teach core techniques such as managing footage, hierarchical layering, masking, creating effects, and rendering. Throughout the book, you'll find practical tips and discussions of the design principles that inform the projects. An accompanying CD includes the lesson files, as well QuickTime movies that illustrate key techniques.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Superb Introduction
    This is a wonderful introduction to After Effects, a complex application. The author is a born pedagogue and assumes no knowledge of compositing on behalf of the reader. The exercises are excellent, although the detailed re-iteration of each simple task in each lesson can become frustrating, this is a small gripe. You will find your way around this program and its complex interface very easily after reading this book, which is quite an achievement for the author.

    If you are not new to digital compositing this book may be too basic, otherwise its a must have.

    5-0 out of 5 stars PRICE IS GOOD
    If your going to Fairleigh Dickinson University you will need this book if your taking Digital Video and Animation Price is GOOD

    5-0 out of 5 stars From overwhelmed to confident
    As a very experienced Final Cut Pro editor, I realized my need to master Adobe After FX to fill in where FCP can't create what I need it to. I've looked at several books, and for a beginner, this book must be the best. With a very clear illustration, CD exercise files, and explanations for every step, it's hard to get lost in the program with this book by your side. I've almost finished the book in less than two weeks and I am already creating motion graphics that would have blown me away 2 weeks ago. For the beginner that wants to learn ALL the basics, you can't go wrong with this book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars After Effects 5.0/5.5 Hands-On Training
    Want a straight-forward, lesson oriented, explain-why-you-are-doing-it-this-way-with-the-alternatives-listed method to learn After Effects 5.5? I am experienced with Photoshop and Premiere but new to After Effects. This book is thorough but very easy. It includes ALL the steps so even I can't get lost. The book grounded me in all the basics. When my son returned from snowboarding with video, I used it to produce a wonderfully professional 20 second introduction from scratch and imported it into Premiere. Much better than the Adobe book that came with the program. CD-ROM is included with book.

    2-0 out of 5 stars A watse of time and money
    This book is totally for beginners who have never been using after effects before. If you already have used after effecrs even for a while , defintly you would never want to refer to this book.Linda books might be good when it comes to web authoring. But as a matter of fact I do not think that it is a good refrence when it comes to digital video editing. I recommend (Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects) written by Trish Meyer, Chris Meyer. This book is really good a part of it covers all the levels from advanced to user. And guess what now the latest version is out covers A.F 5 and 5.5 get that one and you will never regret it , ... Read more


    9. Dreamweaver 3 Training Bundle (With CD-ROM)
    by Lynda Weinman, Garo Green
    list price: $129.99
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    Asin: 0201730588
    Catlog: Book (2000-10-26)
    Publisher: Peachpit Press
    Sales Rank: 1289934
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    As a renowned author and Web design teacher, Lynda Weinman applies her teaching experience and in-depth knowledge to her bestselling series of Lynda.com books, CDs, and videos. This time around, Peachpit Press teams up with Lynda to provide a complete Web design learning solution. Dreamweaver 3Hands-On Training Bundle contains the bestselling Dreamweaver 3 Hands-On Training book, which is structured as a series of lessons that explore site management, layers, frames, rollovers, and interactivity. The bundled CD-ROM package, Learning Dreamweaver 3offers 4 hours of instruction and over 100 sample files and QuickTime movies that teach the essential features of Dreamweaver. This bundle will appeal to all readers interested in both book and multimedia-based tutorials, as well as those who prefer a classroom-teaching approach but don't want to spend hundreds of dollars on a class. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The best tutorial for Dreamweaver
    The CD on Dreamweaver is excellent. If you already own Lynda Weinman's Hands On Training Book, you have experienced some of the lessons that are included in the CD. The CD runs for over 5 hours and takes you step by step through Dreamweaver, from setting up your site to using the new features of Dreamweaver 3, graphics, rollovers, tables, and shortcuts. It's all covered. I was using Dreamweaver before I got this CD, but my speed and the number of tasks I was able to accomplish changed dramatically after viewing the CD. Now we are using the CD for training in our three person marketing office instead of spending over $300.00 per person to go to a class. Both Lynda Weinman and Garo Green are excellent teachers, and it is very easy to absorb the material. You can also go back and review topics as needed since the CD is organized by topic very well.

    I do wish they would use a different web site example when they do any future training CD's. "The Moon's Nest Inn" is getting a little old! ... Read more


    10. Flash 5 Hands-on Training
    by Kymberlee Weil, Green. Garo
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    Asin: 0201731347
    Catlog: Book (2001-08-29)
    Publisher: Pearson Education
    Sales Rank: 169985
    Average Customer Review: 4.39 out of 5 stars
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    Jump in immediately and get your hands dirty with Flash 5 Hands-On Training. The book’s project-based exercises, modeled on acclaimed teacher Lynda Weinman’s unique brand of instruction, are the ideal way for busy professionals to learn this cutting-edge Web technology. The book emphasizes the practical: You’ll master core Flash principles using classroom-tested techniques and hard-won tips that you can apply to real-life projects.

    Flash 5 Hands-On Training gives you a complete learning experience, combining the best of book-based and classroom instruction. You get the flexibility of following the book’s clear, step-by-step exercises at your own pace, plus a CD full of sample files and QuickTime movies demonstrating key techniques. Armed with a thorough grounding in actual Flash problems and their solutions, you’ll soon be creating your own professional interactive and animated Web sites. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars It gives you a solid foundation
    I give 5 stars to this great book and I'll tell you why.

    At first I was little impressed by the size of this book, but when I started to read it I discovered that it was so fast and easy to read.

    This book is intended for begginers and intermediate Flash users.

    I have 5 Flash books, 3 intended for beginners and 2 for intermediate, and this one has really made me feel that Flash is under my control. It has given me tips you won't find in the Flash help.

    It has 17 chapters. I have read one chapter every day. In less than 3 weeks you will learn what every Flash user, beginner, intermediate or expert should know.

    The knowledge you'll gain with this easy reading book (but full of information, excercises and samples) will help you all the way until you become a Flash master.

    Wanna save time and money? Buy Flash HOT Book. These guys really know how to teach. They don't try to impress you with dark concepts you can't understand. They haven't forgotten they were newbies some day. They know the art of teaching.

    I really recommend this book to beginners. Soon you will have the knowledge and tools to unleash your creativity and start creating movies and web sites.
    Then you can buy whatever intermediate or advanced book you want. You'll be ready for the next level stuff.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I LOVE the Hands-On Training Series
    I got the Dreamweaver Hands-On Training after reading the reviews on this site and loved it enough to try the Flash Hands-On book. I love both books! I've looked at other books but none have the cd like these HOT books do. I can't tell you how helpful it is to have files you can actually use and play around with! I'm not a developer/designer, I'm actually a tax analyst. So I'm not the brightest when it comes to technology, and I think if these books can help me learn quickly I'm sure others will have no problem! I also did not find any errors with the instructions, I've used other books like the "Learn in 24 hours" which can have typos or the instructions were not updated with the new version of the software. Garo and Lynda are awesome! They know how to teach software in a manner that is easy to absorb and also teach the kind of stuff that you actually want to use. I'm hoping they will come out with one for the rest of the MX series like Fireworks.

    4-0 out of 5 stars good, but not complete
    The book gives clear step-by step instructions on most Flash 5 functions.

    However, the book does not give clear instructions on how to create navigation buttons. I had to spend hours of trial and error.

    Nor does the book explain how to make input boxes and provide feedback for an educational program. I am having to purchase a few more Flash 5 manuals and hope that at least one of those manuals will help me.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good book
    I attempted to learn Flash 5 first with a dummies book and then a sam's book. Neither compared to this one. The whole hands-on-training series offers just that, a hands-on approach to development. The included tutorial movies were especially useful and were the individual exercises the author had us follow along with. It doesn't cover many advanced topics, like action scripting, but for a beginner just wanting to learn flash, this is a good read.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best Tutorial Book I've Ever Bought
    I've tried 3 or 4 other books while trying to learn Flash over the last two years. This is the one that finally got me way up the learning curve.

    Overpriced? No, I don't think so. The authors and editors put in a helluva lot of work on this book, breaking the subject matter into digestible lessons and then double-checking the tutorials. I've paid as much for other books that taught me nothing (because they weren't user-friendly and didn't keep my interest) and paid six times as much for one-day courses that were excellent but 50% forgotten a week later.

    I see some of the other reviewers complain that the book does a little too much hand-holding and baby-talking. Well, if you haven't got much going on in your life, then I suppose you can teach yourself Flash by trial-and-error and by trying to read the inscrutable Macromedia manuals. The rest of us, with real lives, really need and appreciate the baby-step tutorials and extras on the CD.

    The authors are teachers and seem to be warm human beings as well. I would not only recommend this book, I'd look forward to taking real, live classes from them. ... Read more


    11. Click Here: Web Communication Design
    by Raymond Pirouz, Lynda Weinman, RaymondPirouz
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    Asin: 1562057928
    Catlog: Book (1997-09-01)
    Publisher: New Riders Publishing
    Sales Rank: 780384
    Average Customer Review: 3.33 out of 5 stars
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    Click Here explains how to use fundamental design principles to effectively communicate on the Web. Using step-by-step instructions and helpful illustrations, the authors acquaint readers with design techniques and explain how these classic principles relate to Web design. Throughout Click Here's attractive pages, you will learn how to get visitors past your home page and into your site--and keep them there. The book also discusses critical Web concepts, such as browser and platform compatibility and browser-safe colors, and uses real Web examples to teach you how to create Web graphics and animated GIFs. Brief reviews of some of today's advanced Web technologies--Advanced HTML, JavaScript, Java applets, and Macromedia Shockwave--are also included. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Visual Book for the Visual Designer
    Click Here, Web Communication Design
    Raymond Pirouz with Lynda Weinman
    PUBLISHER: New Riders
    REVIEWED BY: Barbara Rhoades

    BOOK REVIEW: Most web designers are visual people. The book, Click Here, is designed for those types of people. There are plenty of graphics to look at and see what the text is talking about. Plus the print is at a size where you don't have to squint to read it.

    Color Safe Palette, File Size Optimization, Contrast, White Space, Web Sites for help and much more are contained within the pages of this book. As are Tools, Java, Webvertising, Search Engines, Banners, Link Exchange and software pros and cons. Five pages of Contents and 12 pages of Index make finding what you are looking for easy.

    If you need a review of basics or are looking for the fine tuned points on a certain topic, pick up a copy of Click Here and add it to your must read list.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Web design for graphic designers
    This book is a web design book written especially for graphic designers. In the first five chapters, Pirouz covers some basic concepts of web design, focusing more on graphic design issues such as color and white space more than navigation design or design for usability. In the second half of the book, he gives brief overviews of various software packages for creating Web media, such as Flash, Director, and Photoshop. Unfortunately, these software overviews are now dated, so the information in this section is no longer very useful.

    Overall, the book contains some worthwhile information, such as a detailed explanation of why web designers must consider their audience before beginning. On the other hand, some of Pirouz's recommendations are not as well thought out, such as when he recommends enhancing users' Web experience with sound on the homepage. (How long can you resist hitting the mute button after opening a page with background sound?) Perhaps this book might be of interest to graphic designers considering switching to Web media, but I didn't find much in it for me.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Probably out of date.
    This attractive book gives good basic guidance for designing sites that draw the user's eye to important elements. However, the state of this art has advanced since 1997, when the book was published. Much of what the book recommends seems to have become conventional wisdom today (2002). Buy this book if you're a novice; otherwise, just move along.

    2-0 out of 5 stars A lot better is available
    This book is just OK. There are a lot better out there for the money. I particularly like Designing Web Usability by Jakob Nielsen.

    If you want an overall web design for beginners than Lyndas book designing web graphics 3 is excellant

    Web design WOW provides information and lots of inspiration

    Hope these suggestions help you

    2-0 out of 5 stars Just one question ...
    How can a book entitled "Click Here" claim to offer any wisdom on the nature of good web design? The message is flawed even before you turn to page one. ... Read more


    12. Maya 6 Hands-on Training
    by Lynda Weinman
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    Asin: 0321330153
    Catlog: Book (2005-03-15)
    Publisher: Peachpit Press
    Sales Rank: 2122023
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    13. Learning Fireworks 4
    by Lynda Weinman, Bruce Heavin, Donna Casey
    list price: $149.95
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    Asin: 1930727143
    Catlog: Book (2001-04-01)
    Sales Rank: 1543782
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    Book Description

    Learning Fireworks 4 with Donna Casey and Lynda Weinman is a CD-ROM workshop that includes over 3 hours of movie-based tutorials and all the exercise files needed to follow along at your own pace. This product is intended for the beginner or existing Fireworks user who wants to get up to speed on the current version 4. The focus of this CD-ROM is on the basic imaging skills for common Web graphics, such as buttons, slicing, rollovers, optimization tools, animation and image maps.
    Running Time approximately 5 hours.
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    14. Learning Photoshop 6 Imageready 3 for the Web
    by Lynda Weinman, Bruce Heavin
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    Asin: 1930727097
    Catlog: Book (2001-03)
    Sales Rank: 1367941
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    Learning Photoshop 6/ImageReady 3 for the Web with Lynda Weinman and Bruce Heavin is a CD-ROM-based workshop that includes video clip tutorials and addresses the Web-specific features of Photoshop and ImageReady. Designed for the beginning or returning Photoshop user, the movies cover topics that include background images, buttons, navigation bars, rollovers, styles, rollover styles, layer-based slicing, slicing for rollovers and optimization, vector shapes for buttons and logos and much, much more. Integration with Web Authoring programs such as Adobe GoLive and Macromedia Dreamweaver is covered as well. Sample files are included on the CD-ROM that make it possible to follow along and work with the same files that are used in the demonstrations. Approximately 7 hours. ... Read more


    15. Dreamweaver 3/Fireworks 3 Training Bundle (With CD-ROM)
    by Lynda Weinman, Garo Green
    list price: $129.99
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    Asin: 0201730561
    Catlog: Book (2000-10-26)
    Publisher: Peachpit Press
    Sales Rank: 993562
    Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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    As a renowned author and Web design teacher, Lynda Weinman applies her teaching experience and in-depth knowledge to her bestselling series of Lynda.com books, CDs, and videos. This time around, Peachpit Press teams up with Lynda to provide a complete Web design learning solution. Dreamweaver 3/Fireworks 3 Hands-On Training Bundle contains the bestselling Dreamweaver 3 Hands-On Training book, which is structured as a series of lessons that explores site management, layers, frames, rollovers, and interactivity. The bundled CD-ROM package, Learning Fireworks 3, offers over 100 sample files and QuickTime movies that cover the essential features of Fireworks, Macromedia's all-in-one tool for creating graphics for the Web. Users will learn all about slicing, image maps, button creation, drawing tools, rollovers, color techniques, animation, iptimization, and transparency. This bundle will appeal to all readers who want a thorough introduction to Dreamweaver and Fireworks, as well as those who prefer a classroom-teaching approach but don't want to spend hundreds of dollars on a class. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars The book is great... the video was decent
    If you are new to Dreamweaver, or have been struggling with it, this is the best book written to date. Formatted as a learning book, rather than a bible, it takes you through enough information to get you started. There are, however, too many features of DW to print without resorting to a strait reference book so when you finish this, you'll still have plenty to learn.

    I actually went through this book using Dreamweaver Ultradev 4, so if you don't want to wait for their new version you should be fine. As a PC user, it was slightly annoying looking at screenshots from a macintosh all of the time, but it didn't cause a problem.

    As for the fireworks video... I can say that I learned a great deal about the program, there's no denying that. The pace tended to waver a bit, meaning that he would talk overly slow about one step, then gloss right over the next. This only caused me a problem when I was following along in Fireworks with him. As with the book, all examples are presented on a Macintosh. Had I known, I probably would have purchased the bundle anyway, but I must admit it was more than a little annoying, not because I'm a PC snob or anything, but just hearing two different instructions over and over... Regardless, I struggled with several fireworks books until this video. It got me up and going... now I have to find a source for more detailed information...

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best way to learn Fireworks
    I was struggling with Fireworks until I got the CD in this training bundle. Garo Green does an excellent job of walking you through the many features of Fireworks. The quick-time movie of the computer screen makes each lesson very easy to follow. I watched the whole thing, and then I go back to each topic I want to learn, watch that topic, and then go and do it.

    The most valuable thing about the CD is the comments you would never get from a book. Garo Green tells you which features he uses 95% of the time, which settings he prefers for optimization, etc. This really helped me. I am able to optimize and export images in about two minutes now. Fireworks is a program with more than one way to do a task like optimization, exporting, rollovers, etc. I was always going back and forth between two chapters of a book to try to figure out which was the best way. Thankfully, this CD put an end to that confusion!

    The time I have saved and the amount of work I am able to accomplish made the purchase of the CD a very good investment. We will also be using the CD for training the other two people in my office.

    Fireworks is a lot more efficient than photoshop when it comes to web graphics and images, and I am delighted to be able to get up to speed in Fireworks thanks to this training CD.

    4-0 out of 5 stars great book
    this is a greak package in my opinion it goes through the steps of mastering dreamweaver and fireworks very well. apart from giving enough information for the biginer to grasp web design techinques and the basics of how to use the programs there is perfect step by step instructions. I was very confident of using both programs after i was through with the package.The only complaint i have is that it tends to get long winded at times, as it will be for people who have experience with other similar web design tool or html. otherwise it is a fantastic book. ... Read more


    16. Coloring Web Graphics .2
    by Lynda Weinman, Bruce Heavin, Ali Karp
    list price: $50.00
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    Asin: 1562058185
    Catlog: Book (1997-09-01)
    Publisher: New Riders Publishing
    Sales Rank: 492050
    Average Customer Review: 3.36 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    Coloring Web Graphics.2 is designed to help artists, programmers, and hobbyists understand how to work with color and image file formats for Web delivery. Web browsers and different operating systems handle color in specific ways that many Web designers have never been made aware of. This book offers in-depth answers about color, from both an aesthetic and technical perspective, and details the design constraints that exist on the Web and how to work around them. This updated edition covers new software, including Photoshop 4.0, Illustrator 7.0, and DeBabelizer Pro. Experienced designers and newcomers to the field will find the well-organized and documented palettes on the Coloring Web Graphics.2 CD-ROM, an invaluable Web design resource. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Awsome!
    I was overjoyed to find that this is more than a book, but a complete software product for color picking in reguards to the web. Inteligently layed out palettes, arranged in value, hue, saturation, analagous, and hundereds of other configurations for the creation of web graphics. Written for implementation in Photoshop swatches, and for other graphic products as well for my mac and pc. I haven't used Pantone Web color since(thanks God)! This is a something I think most web designers can't be without! The palettes alone are worth it to me. I haven't gone wrong with one of Lynda's books yet! Thanks again Lynda!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Takes the work out of figuring out color schemes
    This is one web design book I don't think I could ever part with! The CD alone is well worth the money. I haven't read any of the text, so I can't comment on that part. But the rest of the book (75%) is nothing but color information and swatches. This book even makes a bright red background look doable on the web!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Designers only please
    This is an elderly book, bordering on ancient (1997!), but still useful.

    Pro designers will find the book useful for the tools it provides, most especially if they are new to the net. The palettes make a lot of sense to me, whereas they seemingly don't to non-design people (who look at me oddly when I try to explain why).

    People who design web pages but who are not graphic designers will not find it very useful, since Weinman and Heavin start at the very beginning of how to present color on the web (meaning the mechanics, not color theory). Most geeks already know this information; they're looking for plug-and-play solutions (ie: instant color palettes for web pages), and this book doesn't appear to be written for that, although it does offer many groupings of colors. (I personally would move the assignment of color around on almost all of them.)

    Designers approach web work from a different place than tech types.

    Beefs about the printed colors on the page being different from the RGB colors just point up the difference between someone who knows the field and its tools, and someone who is not an experienced designer for print as well as web. As someone else mentions, Weinman and Heavin point this out from the beginning.

    It's outdated in terms of some of the stuff on the CD -- Weinman has a website somewhere correcting some of the mistakes on it. There are also some god-awful backgrounds that I will probably never use unless it's for something very specific (and certainly not for a client), but what the hey. The palettes are worth the price of the book to me, but are not to my geek fiance.

    I'm also very pleased with the information on making hybrid web-safe colors. There are many times I've longed for a color that I can't use, and this'll get me a lot closer!

    3-0 out of 5 stars impressive... at first glance
    This book is semi-useful.. it begins with a painfully basic introduction to web colors, file formats, etc. then proceeds to some pretty useful color schemes. I have had some success with them but beware.. this book is full of spelling and grammatical errors.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great book for those just getting into graphics/colors!
    I've been designing web pages for about 2 years now; while I've got the HTML end down, I was desperately beginning to feel the need to begin my graphical education. Coming across this book in a store, I found it to be exactly what I needed: definitions, samples, the essential dos and don'ts of graphic design. The only drawback is that the book is over 2 years old; anyone just getting into Photoshop at v. 5 will be confused by directions for loading paletes into PS 3 and 4. Still, many of the information on color itself is invaluable to someone with little background on the subject. I would highly recommend reading cover-to-cover! ... Read more


    17. Animation Principles with Flash 5
    by Lynda Weinman
    list price: $49.95
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    Asin: 1930727127
    Catlog: Book (2001-03-01)
    Publisher: lynda.com
    Sales Rank: 968126
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    Book Description

    Animation Principles in Flash 5 with Chris Casady and Lynda Weinman is a CD-ROM workshop that contains movie-based tutorials and example files that you can try at your own pace. Understanding the mechanics of Flash 5 will allow anyone to create moving artwork, but that doesn't automatically make everyone a "skilled" animator. This CD covers the underlying principles of animation and how to add them to your Flash work. Chris begins with the simplest principles of animation like speed, timing, squash and stretch, anticipation, bounce, and gravity, then progresses into the analysis of physical effects and natural phenomena. Examples of Flash animation are broken down into single frames revealing what it takes to create realistic motion for sparks, drips, water, lightning, and explosions. "Straight ahead" drawing is explained and demonstrated, and some of Chris's "visual music" pieces are shown. ... Read more


    18. Learning Dreamweaver 4
    by Donna Casey, Lynda Weinman, Garo Green
    list price: $119.95
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    Asin: 1930727135
    Catlog: Book (2001-04-03)
    Sales Rank: 1533775
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    19. Typographic Principles
    by Lynda Weinman
    list price: $29.95
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    Asin: 1930727046
    Catlog: Book (2001-02-01)
    Publisher: lynda.com
    Sales Rank: 757759
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    Book Description

    Typographic Principles, presented by Don Barnett and Lynda Weinman, is a CD-ROM program containing instructional movies that will help you understand the principles of typographic design. It introduces terms such as x-height, ascenders, leading, kerning, serifs, etc. And it explores timeless design principles that involve composition, cadence, texture, positive and negative space, white space, balance, letter spacing, alignment, themes, patterns, grids, tangents, and more. This CD was developed to help build an understanding of how to produce artwork and web sites that promote typographic design excellence. 1.5 hours. ... Read more


    20. Dreamweaver 3 - Con CD ROM
    by Lynda Weinman
    list price: $70.00
    our price: $70.00
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    Asin: 8441510601
    Catlog: Book (2001-03)
    Publisher: Anaya Multimedia
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