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Director 7 Demystifiedby Jason Roberts
Synopses & Reviews
Previous editions of Director Demystified have been hailed as the essential companion to Director — the book that stays next to the computer rather than on the shelf. This new edition will cover features new to Director 8, such as improved design and authoring tools and the ability to sort cast members by name, size, and date with the Cast Manager. Additional features include enhanced media control, multiuser connectivity, and one-click publishing of Shockwave content.
Book News Annotation:
New edition of a guide to Director 7 software for readers who want to turn text, graphics, animation, video, and sounds into full-blown professional productions. Divided into three parts, 22 chapters discuss mastering Director's mechanics and how to build productions; Lingo (Director's scripting language) and the concepts behind Lingo programming; and individual topics including Xtras, built-in error tracking, incorporating sound and video into productions, and debugging and troubleshooting tips. The included CD-ROM contains tutorials, scripts, tools, and royalty-free media files. Roberts has written several books and training manuals and is founder and director of a multimedia studio in California
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
System requirements: 100 MHz or faster Pentium or compatible processor (Windows); 100 MHz or faster PowerPC processor (Mac); Windows 95 or later, or Windows NT 4.0 or later (Windows); Mac OS 7.6.1 or later (Macintosh); 32 MB of available RAM for each application running concurrently CD-ROM drive; 800 x 600 resolution and 8-bit color (256 colors); 120 MB of free hard-disk space for Director 7; Windows-compatible sound card (Windows)
About the Author
Phil Gross is the founder and director of MEL Co., a multimedia and training company in San Diego and the San Francisco Bay Area. He has written two books on Director, as well as books on assembly language and the OS 2 operating system.
Jason Roberts was the founder and director of Panmedia, now part of LearnZ.com, a multimedia studio in Sausalito, CA, whose clients include Oracle, Philips Electronics, and Informix. He has written several books on technical topics, including the first four editions of Director Demystified.
Table of Contents
1. Getting Started.
Introduction. How We Came to Write This Book. What This Book Is About. Is This Book for You? How to Use This Book. Learning by Looking. Organizing Things. How This Book Was Produced
2. Working with Scanners. Scanners and Digitizing Devices. Types of Scanners. Digital Cameras, Digital Video Cameras
3. Technical Considerations.
Planning Ahead. How Will Your Scan Be Used? Getting the Most Out of Your Scanner. Preparation, Formats and Modes. Getting Ready for Scanning. Bit Depth and Scanning Modes. File Formats. Handling Large Originals.
4. Editing Scanned Images.
Working with Tone and Color. Improving Image Quality. Improving Tonal Range. Correcting Color Balance. Crafting Quality Images. Cleanup and Repair. Removing Backgrounds. Sharpening Images .Eliminating Moiré Patterns
5. Working with Printed Clip Art.
Finding the Right Picture. Sources of Printed Clip Art. Copyright Issues. Working with Bitmapped Images. Modifying Scanned Art in an Image-Editing Program. Using Color Wheels and Palettes. Adding Color. Using Filters on Line Art. Converting Bitmaps to PostScript Art. Autotracing. Adding Color. Flipping, Rotating and Skewing. Changing Stroke. Combining Scanned Elements. Creating a Business Identity. Using Scanned Art in a Page Layout Program
6. Applying Artists' Techniques.
Working from Photo References. Creating and Editing "Photo Scrap". Tracing in an Illustration Program. Tracing by Hand. Painting Electronically. Line Quality, Mood and Montage. Enlarging Small Images for Special Effects. Blending Line Art and Scans in Layers. Creating a Recursive Montage
7. Creating Textures and Backgrounds.
Textures from Print and Paper. Monochrome and Color Textures. Scanning Textured Paper. Scanning Hand-Made Textures. Working with Decorated Paper. Electronic Marbling. Textures All Around Us. Scanning Cloth. Scanning Objects. Using Filters on Scanned Objects. Using Photos as Textures. Creating Repeating Patterns
8. Working with Scanned Photographs.
Altering and Enhancing Scanned Photos. Altering Photographs. Deleting Elements. Adding Elements. Boosting Color. Changing Color. Creating Special Effects with Photos . Adding Color to Grayscale Photographs. Creating Duotones. Adding Texture to a Photograph. Morphing Between Two Photographs
9. Transforming Photos into Graphics.
Working with High-Contrast Images. Creating High-Contrast Images. High-Contrast Images as Overlays. Distorting and Filtering Images. Solarization. Posterization. Creating a Silk-Screened Look. Applying Graphic Filters to Photos. Dealing with Filter Distortions. Adding Edge Effects. Creating Montage Illustrations. Combining Images. Creating Layers of Meaning
10. Creating Type Treatments.
Using Old Typefaces. Type from Historical Sources. Converting Scanned Letters to PostScript Font. Creating New Typefaces. Creating an Original Caps Font. Scanning Pencil Drafts for a New Font
11. Scanning Real Objects.
Bypassing the Camera. "Found Art". Scanning Real Objects. Tips for Scanning Objects . Drop Shadows and Other Effects. A Montage of Object Scans. Object into Graphic . Posterizing an Object Scan. Object Scan Silhouettes. Converting Scanned Objects into Graphics
12. Using Scans in Arts and Crafts.
Altering and Embellishing Printed Scans. Going Beyond the Computer. Drawing and Painting on Laser Prints. Creating Artist's Books. Creating Simple Book Structures. Making Gifts and Amusements. Folding Printed Scans. Creating Photo Displays. Altering Playing Cards. Making Custom Board Games. Designing Custom Stationery
13. Scanning for the Web.
The Screen Versus the Page. The Elements of a Web Page. Using Scans On-line. Optimizing Scanned Images for the Web. Developing an Organizational Web Site. Making a Family Web Site. Making Web Animations with Scans
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