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For all its powers, however, DeBabelizer isn't ideal for creating graphics. That's best left to Photoshop, Painter, Canvas, or a similar program. Instead, DeBabelizer's real strength is processing graphics with amazingly powerful, yet easy to create scripts. The drudge work of resizing, dithering, and saving images in various formats becomes no work with DeBabelizer. Used in tandem with a mainstay graphics program like Photoshop, the program gives you the best of all worlds.

Packed with real-world tips, DeBabelizer for Windows and Macintosh: Visual QuickStart Guide helps you quickly tap the program's power while guiding you through its tricky to learn tools and menus.

Beginners start off by learning their way around the DeBabelizer interface, and move on to working with the image processing tools, palettes, scripting, and batch automation. More sophisticated users will find special tips, tricks, and tools related to animation, film making, and Web design. Experienced designers will rely on the coverage of the powerful SuperPalette and will use the book repeatedly as a reference. With the DeBabelizer for Windows and Macintosh: Visual QuickStart Guide, users quickly learn to master this powerful tool and find they have more time to design and create.

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  • Copyright 1999
  • Dimensions: 7 X 9
  • Pages: 344
  • Edition: 1st
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-201-35386-5
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-201-35386-0

Imagine taking all the images from a single project and automatically generating versions for print, the Web, and a CD-ROM. Wouldn't it be great if you could post super-compact graphics on the Web without distorting their colors? How about renaming every image in a folder or scaling hundreds of differently sized images to a set width-at the touch of a button? With DeBabelizer you can do all that, and more.

For quickly processing lots and lots of images, DeBabelizer can't be beat. In fact, most commercial Web sites depend on Debabelizer for its unsurpassed ability to create "skinny," color-accurate Web graphics for quick-to-download Web pages.

For all its powers, however, DeBabelizer isn't ideal for creating graphics. That's best left to Photoshop, Painter, Canvas, or a similar program. Instead, DeBabelizer's real strength is processing graphics with amazingly powerful, yet easy to create scripts. The drudge work of resizing, dithering, and saving images in various formats becomes no work with DeBabelizer. Used in tandem with a mainstay graphics program like Photoshop, the program gives you the best of all worlds.

Packed with real-world tips, DeBabelizer for Windows and Macintosh: Visual QuickStart Guide helps you quickly tap the program's power while guiding you through its tricky to learn tools and menus.

Beginners start off by learning their way around the DeBabelizer interface, and move on to working with the image processing tools, palettes, scripting, and batch automation. More sophisticated users will find special tips, tricks, and tools related to animation, film making, and Web design. Experienced designers will rely on the coverage of the powerful SuperPalette and will use the book repeatedly as a reference. With the DeBabelizer for Windows and Macintosh: Visual QuickStart Guide, users quickly learn to master this powerful tool and find they have more time to design and create.

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Introduction.
Steep, but worth it. How to use this book. Updates and feedback. Not everything, but enough.

Part I. Getting Started.
1. DeBabelizer Basics.
DeBabelizer's main window. DeBabelizer's image window. DeBabelizer's palette window. DeBabelizer's BatchList and script windows. DeBabelizer's log windows. The Menus. Using Help. Printing DeBabelizer documents.

Working with Images, Animation, and Video.


2. Handling Image Files.
Opening existing images. Creating new images. Saving images. Closing images. Importing and exporting images.

3. Handling Animation and Video.
Opening an animation/video. Creating a new animation/video. Selecting animation/video frames. Saving an animation/video. Slicing animation/video cells. Using the FlipBook. Using Islands. Closing an animation/video.

4. Selecting and Sizing Images.
Selecting images. Moving, copying, and pasting selections. Floating selections. Reizing the image canvas. Scaling images. Trimming images.

5. Editing Images.
Undoing mistakes. Flipping and rotating images. Shifting pixels. Combining images. Combining text with images. Adding grids to images. Using filters. Cleaning up images.
III. Controlling Colors.
Color Insert.
Sorting palettes. Dithering around. Reducing colors: How low can you go?. Translating colors. DeBabelizer's built-in palettes.

6. Palette Basics.
Why palettes?. Palette types. Docking the image palette. Opening a stand-alone palette. Saving/deleting custom palettes. Viewing palette information. Printing palette information. Macintizing palettes. Synchronizing palettes. Creating palettes. Stashing palettes.

7. Modifying Palettes.
Reducing pixel depth. Reducing colors. Converting to grayscale. Converting to black and white. Editing and organizing palettes. Editing a range of values. Removing duplicate and unused colors. Combining palettes. Translating palettes. Sorting palettes. Rearranging palettes.

8. Using SuperPalettes.
Creating SuperPalettes. Gathering images for the SuperPalette. Opening SuperPalettes. Applying SuperPalettes. Adjusting SuperPalettes. Viewing SuperPalette polls. Saving SuperPalette polls. Removing SuperPalettes.

9. Manipulating Colors.
Adjusting HSB/HSV values. Adjusting intensity and contrast. Inverting colors. Equalizing brightness and saturation. Fixing hot pixels. Adjusting gamma. Replacing, shaving, and outlining. Replacing a background color. Shaving & outlining objects. Using channels.

Batch Processing.


10. Batching Basics.
Creating and opening BatchLists. Adding BatchList items. Rearranging, sorting, and grouping BatchList Items. Deleting BatchList Items.

11. Batching Actions.
Setting up batching actions. Setting a batch source file. Creating a hot folder. Batch Saving. Naming/Auto Naming options. Using scripts with BatchLists. Setting the batching display. Setting other batching options. Generating SuperPalettes. Generating an animation. Running batching saves. Running a batch slide show. Comparing images. Combining images. Batch printing. Creating a BatchList catalog.

V. Automating with Scripts.


12. Scripting Basics.
Opening and creating scripts. Adding operations to a script. Deleting, rearranging, changing operations. Applying scripts. Using DeBabelizer's built-in ProScripts. Nesting and Stacking Scripts.

13. Special Scripting Actions.
Finding the special scripting actions. Adding pauses. Adding loops. Using conditionals. Inserting sounds. Inserting keyboard combinations. Adding comments. Scripting selections. Stashing selections. Moving selections with a script. Using floaters with a script. Deleting and exporting scripts.

VI. Appendices.


Appendix A. Installing DeBabelizer.
Installing DeBabelizer for Windows. Installing DeBabelizer for Macintosh.

Appendix B. Setting DeBabelizer's Preferences.
Setting global preferences. Setting reader preferences. Setting writer preferences.

Appendix C. Keyboard and Toolbar Icon Shortcuts.
The File menu. The Edit menu. The View menu. The Image menu. The Palette menu. The Tools menu. The Filters menu. The Batch menu. The BatchList window. The Script menu. The Script window. The SuperPalette menu. The Window menu. The Help menu. The Toolbars.

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