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Book signing set with author of guide to Photoshop

September 7, 2004

SPRINGFIELD - Sherry Hutson, author of Web Wizard’s Guide to Photoshop, will sign copies of her book from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, September 16, near the bookstore on the lower level of the Public Affairs Center at the University of Illinois at Springfield.

Hutson is UIS webmaster and an adjunct faculty member in the Communication and Visual Arts programs. Her book, published by Addison-Wesley, teaches beginning web designers how to use the software application Photoshop, widely recognized as the premiere image editing program for print and the web, and its companion program ImageReady. Copies of the book will be available in the bookstore.

Reviews of Web Wizard’s Guide have hailed it as a “quick and easy-to-understand introduction” that will have readers “spicing up their web sites in no time.”

“This is a book for anyone who wants to learn to put images on web sites,” said Hutson.  “I wrote it with the beginner in mind, and used my experiences with students who have taken my classes as the starting point.”

The text progresses through a series of hands-on activities and sample files are available on a companion web site. Step-by-step instructions cover such topics as photo retouching, image size and resolution, layers and effects, web animations, button rollovers, image maps, composite images, and the GIF and JPG file formats for the web.

In addition to “how-to” activities in each chapter, the book includes sections on color harmony, ethics, graphic design basics, and web design theory; a list of do’s and don’ts for effective web design; and a collection of advanced tools, tips, and techniques. Each chapter includes a summary, a list of online references, review questions, and additional hands-on exercises. Material applicable to multiple versions of the program including the latest release, Photoshop CS, is also included. Appendices include charts of web-safe colors and commonly used tools and keyboard shortcuts. Readers will also learn how to use Photoshop to design and publish a complete web page without using a web editor or HTML coding.

Hutson has developed web sites, multimedia, and television programs for numerous corporate clients and was also a contributor to the fifth edition of Multimedia: Making it Work by multimedia authority Tay Vaughn. She previously taught television and media production courses at Quincy University, Quincy, Illinois, and De Anza College, Cupertino, California.

Web Wizard’s Guide to Photoshop, one of a series of web-related books, is available directly from the publisher and online. For more information, contact Hutson at 217/206-7532 or

Web Wizard’s Guide to Photoshop
ISBN: 0-321-24727-2
Paperback, 200 pp

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