Adobe Photoshop CS6 on Demand

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  • Copyright: 2012-05-07
  • Publisher: Que Publishing

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Need answers quickly? Adobe Photoshop CS6 on Demandprovides those answers in a visual step-by-step format. We will show you exactly what to do through lots of full color illustrations and easy-to-follow instructions. Numbered Steps guide you through each task See Also points you to related information in the book Did You Know alerts you to tips and techniques Illustrations with matching steps Tasks are presented on one or two pages Inside the Book Improve productivity with the CS6 adjustable interface and templates Use automatic saving options for better efficiency and protection Use automatic layer alignment and blending to work with objects Use more precise color correction to enhance a photo Use content-aware options for scaling and fill Create eye-catching images with special effect filters Transform plain text into a showstopping image Create character and paragraph styles to manage and use text Transform video in Photoshop justlike an image Create and manipulate 3D models using presets and custom options Bonus Online Content Register your book at to gain access to: Workshops and related files Keyboard shortcuts Visit the author site:

Author Biography

Steve Johnson has written more than 70 books on a variety of computer software, including Adobe Photoshop CS5, Adobe Dreamweaver CS5, Adobe Flash Professional CS5, Adobe InDesign CS5, Adobe Illustrator CS5, Microsoft Windows 7, Microsoft Office 2010 and 2007, Microsoft Office 2008 for the Macintosh, and Apple Mac OS X Lion. In 1991, after working for Apple Computer and Microsoft, Steve founded Perspection, Inc., which writes and produces software training. When he is not staying up late writing, he enjoys coaching baseball, playing golf, gardening, and spending time with his wife, Holly, and three children, JP, Brett, and Hannah. Steve and his family live in Northern California, but can also be found visiting family all over the western United States.

Table of Contents

Introduction    xix

1  Getting Started with Photoshop CS6    1

Installing Photoshop    2 New!

Starting Photoshop    4

Viewing the Photoshop Window    6 New!

Showing and Hiding Panels    7

Working with Panels    8

Working with Photoshop Tools    10 New!

Creating a New Document    12

Selecting Color Modes and Resolution    13

Creating a New Document Using Presets    14

Working with Non-Square Pixels    15

Opening Images    16

Inserting Images in a Document    17

Importing Raw Data from a Digital Camera    18 New!

Working with Smart Objects    20

Changing Image Size and Resolution    22 New!

Checking for Updates and Patches    24 New!

Getting Help While You Work    26

Saving a Document    28 New!

Using the Status Bar    30 New!

Closing a Document    31

Finishing Up    32

2  Understanding Navigation and Measurement Systems    33

Changing the View Size with the Navigator Panel    34 New!

Changing the View Area with the Navigator Panel    35

Changing the Color of the Navigator Panel View Box    36

Changing the Screen Display Mode    37 New!

Changing the View with the Zoom Tool    38 New!

Increasing or Decreasing Magnification    40

Moving Images in the Document Window    41

Working with Multiple Documents    42

Working with One Image in Multiple Windows    43

Moving Layers Between Documents    44

Creating Notes    45

Working with the Info Panel    46 New!

Changing How the Info Panel Measures Color    47

Working with Rulers    48

Creating Tool Presets    50

3  Customizing the Way You Work    51

Optimizing Photoshop    52

Setting General Preferences    54 New!

Setting File Handling Preferences    56 New!

Setting Interface Preferences    58 New!

Setting Cursors Preferences    60

Controlling Transparency & Gamut Preferences    61

Working with Units & Rulers    62

Working with Guides, Grid & Slices    64

Setting Plug-Ins Preferences    66 New!

Selecting Scratch Disks    67

Allocating Memory & Image Cache    68 New!

Setting Type Preferences    70 New!

Managing Libraries with the Preset Manager    71 New!

Using and Customizing Workspaces    72 New!

Building Specialized Workspaces    74 New!

Creating a Customized User Interface    75

Defining Shortcut Keys    76

4  Mastering the Art of Selection    77

Using the Rectangular Marquee Tool    78 New!

Using the Elliptical Marquee Tool    79 New!

Using the Single Row and Single Column Marquee Tools    80 New!

Using the Lasso Marquee Tool    81 New!

Using the Magnetic Lasso Tool    82 New!

Using the Polygonal Lasso Tool    84 New!

Using the Quick Selection Tool    85

Using the Magic Wand Tool    86 New!

Selecting by Color Range    87 New!

Refining a Selection Edge    88 New!

Modifying an Existing Selection    90

Working with an Existing Selection    92 New!

Copying and Pasting a Selection    93

Using Channels to Create and Store Selections    94

Using Free Transform and Transform    96

Using the Crop Tool    98 New!

Using the Perspective Crop Tool    100 New!

Using Content-Aware Scaling    101

Using Content-Aware Fill    102

Using Content-Aware Patch    104 New!

Using Content-Aware Move and Extend    105 New!

Using the Puppet Warp    106

5  Working with Layers    107

Understanding the Layers Panel    108 New!

Defining Layer Designations and Attributes    109 New!

Creating a New Layer    110

Selecting Layers    112 New!

Creating a Layer Group    113 New!

Creating a Selection from a Layer    114

Creating a Layer from a Selection    115

Converting a Background into a Layer    116

Controlling Image Information Using the Layers Panel    118 New!

Filtering Layers in the Layers Panel    119 New!

Using Merge Layer Options    120

Linking and Unlinking Layers    121

Aligning and Combining Layers    122

Working with Layer Blending Modes    124 New!

Setting Layer Opacity    125 New!

Duplicating a Layer    126

Deleting Layers    127

Moving Layers Between Documents    128

Working with the Layer Comps Panel    129

Exporting Layers as Files    130

Setting Layers Panel Options    131

Using Smart Guides to Align Layers    132 New!

6  Working with the History Panel    133

Setting History Panel Options    134

Working with Linear and Non-Linear History    136

Controlling the Creative Process with Snapshots    138

Duplicating a History State in Another Document    139

Saving the History State of a Document    140

Reviewing the History State Text File    141

Combining the History Brush with a History State    142

Using the Art History Brush    144

Changing the Eraser Tool into the History Brush    145

Controlling History States    146 New!

7  Working with Adjustment Layers, Filters, and Tools    147

Creating an Adjustment Layer    148 New!

Modifying an Adjustment Layer    149 New!

Merging Adjustment Layers    150

Creating a Temporary Composite Image    151

Controlling Adjustment Layers with Clipping Groups    152 New!

Deleting an Adjustment Layer    153

Using Blending Modes and Opacity with Layers    154 New!

Using Masks with Adjustment Layers    156

Creating Masks with Selections    157

Using the Add Noise Filter    158

Using the Reduce Noise Filter    159

Keeping Proper Perspective with Vanishing Point    160

Working with the Lens Correction Filter    162

Using the Box, Surface, and Shape Blur Filters    164

Using the Gaussian Blur and Despeckle Filters    166

Using the Unsharp Mask Filter    167

Using the Smart Sharpen Filter    168

Using Sharpen, Blur and Smudge Tools    170

Using the Clone Stamp Tool    171

Setting Up Multiple Clone Sources    172

Using the Dodge and Burn Tools    173

Using the Healing Brush and Patch Tools    174

Working with the Spot Healing Brush    176

Working with the Red Eye Tool    177

Controlling Tonal Range    178 New!

Working with the Histogram Panel    180

8  Understanding Colors and Channels    181

Working with    8-,    16-, and    32-Bit Images    182

Working with the Channels Panel    184

Working with Color Modes    185

Understanding the RGB Color Mode    186

Understanding the CMYK Color Mode    187

Understanding the Grayscale Color Mode    188

Understanding the Bitmap Color Mode    189

Understanding the Indexed Color Mode    190

Understanding the Lab Color Mode    192

Understanding the Duotone Color Mode    193

Using the Multichannel Color Mode    194

Using the Replace Color Adjustment    195

Working with the Color Panel    196

Working with the Swatches Panel    198

Using the Stroke and Fill Commands    200 New!

Creating Spot Color Channels    202

Using the Auto Contrast and Auto Color Commands    203

Using Levels Adjustment Commands    204 New!

Using the Exposure Adjustment    205

Using Curves and Color Adjustments    206 New!

Adjusting Hue and Saturation    208

Adjusting Vibrance    209

Using the Selective Color Adjustment    210

Using the Channel Mixer Adjustment    211

Using the Gradient Map Adjustment    212

Using the Photo Filter Adjustment    213

Using the Invert and Equalize Commands    214

Using the Threshold and Posterize Adjustments    215

Using the HDR Toning Adjustment    216

Using the Shadows/Highlights Adjustment    218

Using the Black & White Adjustment    219

Using the Match Color Adjustment    220

9  Using the Paint, Shape Drawing, and Eraser Tools    221

Selecting Foreground and Background Colors    222 New!

Using the Brush and Brush Presets Panel    224 New!

Modifying the Brush Presets Panel    225

Selecting Brush Tip Sets    226

Adjusting Brush Tips    227 New!

Adjusting Bristle Brush Tips    228

Creating Customized Brush Tips    229

Saving Customized Brush Tips    230

Working with the Brush and Airbrush Tools    231

Working with the Mixer Brush Tool    232

Working with the Pencil Tool    233

Working with Auto Erase    234

Working with the Line Tool    235 New!

Working with the Shape Tool    236 New!

Working with the Custom Shape Tool    237

Working with Shape Layers    238 New!

Arranging Shape Layers    240 New!

Creating a Custom Shape    241

Saving Custom Shape Sets    242

Using the Paint Bucket Tool    243

Working with the Eraser Tools    244

Working with the Magic Eraser Tool    246

Creating and Applying Gradients    247

Creating and Saving Customized Gradients    248

Using the Color Replacement Tool    250

10  Creating Masks    251

Understanding Layer and Vector Masks    252

Creating a Layer Mask    253

Using Paint Tools with Layer Masks    254

Using Selections to Generate Complex Layer Masks    255

Using Layer Masks to Generate Soft Transparency    256

Creating Unique Layer Mask Effects    257

Creating a Vector Mask    258

Modifying Layer and Vector Masks    259

Creating Channel Masks    260

Creating Channel Masks from Scratch    261

Modifying Channel Mask Options    262

Creating Channel Masks from Selections    263

Making Channel Masks from Native Color Channels    264

Loading Channel Masks from Selections    266

Moving Channel Masks Between Documents    268

Combining Channel Masks    269

Using the Quick Mask Mode    270

Working with Quick Mask Options    271

Modifying Selections with Quick Mask Mode    272

11  Using the Paths Panel    273

Understanding Vector and Raster Images    274

Converting a Selection into a Path    275

Working with Pen Tools    276

Creating Paths Using the Freeform Pen Tool    278

Using the Magnetic Option with the Freeform Pen Tool    279

Adding and Deleting Anchor Points    280

Modifying Anchor Points    282

Modifying Existing Direction Lines    284

Converting Straight Points and Curved Points    285

Working with Clipping Paths    286

Filling an Area of an Image Using Paths    288 New!

Stroking an Area of an Image Using Paths    289

Creating Shapes as Paths    290

Exporting Paths to Adobe Illustrator    291

Exporting Paths Using the Export Method    292

12  Working with Layer Styles    293

Understanding Layer Styles    294

Adding a Layer Style    295 New!

Creating and Modifying a Drop Shadow    296

Working with Bevel and Emboss    298

Working with Contour and Texture    300

Applying a Color Overlay    302

Using the Stroke Layer Style    303

Using Pattern Overlays    304

Working with Outer Glow and Inner Shadow    306

Applying an Inner Glow Style    308

Creating Customized Layer Styles    310

Creating Customized Styles Using the Styles Panel    312

Moving Existing Layer Styles    314

13  Getting Creative with Type    315

Using Standard Type Tools    316 New!

Working with Type Options    318 New!

Working with the Character Panel    320 New!

Working with the Paragraph Panel    322 New!

Setting Anti-aliasing Options    323 New!

Using the Warp Text Option    324 New!

Working with Text Styles    326 New!

Using Spell Check    328

Finding and Replacing Text    329 New!

Using the Rasterize Type Command    330 New!

Creating Work Paths and Shapes from Type Layers    331 New!

Creating Shape Layers    332 New!

Creating a Type Mask    333

Isolating Image Pixels Using a Type Mask    334

Creating Chiseled Type with a Type Mask    336 New!

Using Masks to Generate Special Effects    338

Creating and Modifying Text on a Path    340

14  Manipulating Images with Filters    341

Working with the Filter Gallery    342 New!

Creating and Working with Smart Filters    344

Applying Multiple Filters to an Image    345

Modifying Images with Liquify    346 New!

Working with Liquify Tool Options    348 New!

Working with Liquify Mask Options    350 New!

Working with Liquify View Options    351 New!

Creating a Liquify Mesh    352 New!

Applying a Liquify Mesh    353 New!

Using the Adaptive Wide Angle Filter    354 New!

Using the Oil Paint Filter    356 New!

Using the Lighting Effects Filter    357 New!

Using the Blur Filter Gallery    358 New!

Using the Lens Blur Filter    360

Working with Photo Filters    362

Blending Modes and Filter Effects    363

Building Custom Patterns    364

Applying a Fade Effect    366

Controlling Filters Using Selections    367

Using a Channel Mask to Control Filter Effects    368

Protecting Images with Watermarks    370

Viewing Various Filter Effects    372

15  Automating Your Work with Actions    375

Examining the Actions Panel    376 New!

Building a New Action    378

Recording an Action    379 New!

Adding a Stop to an Action    380

Controlling the Playback of a Command    381

Adding a Command to an Action    382

Deleting a Command from an Action    383

Working with Modal Controls in an Action    384

Changing the Order of Commands in an Action    385

Copying an Action    386

Running an Action Inside an Action    387

Saving Actions into Sets    388

Saving Actions as Files    389

Moving and Copying Actions Between Sets    390

Inserting a Non-Recordable Command into an Action    391

Using Enhanced Scripting    392

Enhancing the Process with Droplets    394

Using a Droplet    396

16  Controlling Image Output    397

Setting Document Print Options    398 New!

Setting Print Output Options    400

Setting Print Color Management Options    402

Printing a Document in Macintosh    404

Printing a Document in Windows    406

Changing Printer Settings    407

Printing One Copy    408

Understanding File Formats    409 New!

Saving a Document with a Different File Format    410

Inserting File Information into a Document    412

Understanding File Compression    414

Preparing Clip Art for the Web    416

Preparing a Photograph for the Web    418 New!

Preparing an Image for the Press    420

Preparing an Image for an Inkjet or Laser Printer    422

Understanding Monitor, Image, and Device Resolution    424

17  Working with Automate Commands    425

Working with Batch File Processing    426

Working with Conditional Mode Change    428

Cropping and Straightening Photos    429

Converting a Multi-Page PDF to PSD    430

Creating a PDF Document    432

Creating a Contact Sheet    434 New!

Creating Panoramic Images    436 New!

Processing Lens Correction    438

Merging Images to HDR Pro    440

Processing Multiple Image Files    442

Adjusting an Image Fit Size    444

18  Managing Color from Monitor to Print    445

Producing Consistent Color    446

Calibrating Using Hardware and Software    447

Setting Up Soft-Proof Colors    448

Changing from Additive (RGB) to Subtractive (CMYK)    450

Working with Rendering Intents    451

Printing a Hard Proof    452 New!

Working with Color Management    454 New!

Embedding ICC Color Profiles    456

Assigning a Different Profile to a Document    457

Converting Document Colors to Another Profile    458

Using Hue/Saturation for Out-Of-Gamut Colors    460

Using the Sponge Tool for Out-Of-Gamut Colors    462

Working with the Out-Of-Gamut Warning    464

19  Designing for the Web and Devices    465

Saving for the Web    466

Working with Save for Web Options    468

Optimizing an Image to File Size    469

Working with Web File Formats    470

Optimizing a JPEG Document    472

Optimizing a GIF Document    474

Optimizing a PNG-8 Document    476

Optimizing a PNG-24 Document    478

Optimizing a WBMP Document    479

Slicing Images the Easy Way    480

Working with Slices    482

Arranging Slices    484

Saving a Sliced Image for the Web    486

Adding HTML Text or an URL Link to a Slice    488

Defining and Editing Web Data Variables    490

Exporting an Image to Zoomify    492

20  Working with Video    493

Opening Video Files and Image Sequences    494 New!

Creating a Video Layer    495 New!

Modifying a Video Layer    496 New!

Creating a Video Group    498 New!

Adding Text to a Video Layer    499 New!

Splitting a Video Layer    500 New!

Cloning Video Layer Content    501

Adding a Transition to a Video Layer    502 New!

Adding Audio to a Video Layer    503 New!

Creating an Animation    504 New!

Working with Animation    506 New!

Exporting Directly to Video    508 New!

Creating an Image from a Video    510 New!

21  Extending Photoshop    511

Counting Objects in an Image    512

Taking Measurements in an Image    514

Setting    3D Preferences    516 New!

Creating    3D Models    518 New!

Creating    3D Models Using Preset Shapes    520 New!

Viewing the    3D Workspace    521 New!

Modifying    3D Models    522 New!

Creating    3D Text    524 New!

Adjusting Light with    3D Models    525 New!

Rendering and Saving    3D Models    526 New!

22  Working Together with Adobe Programs    527

Exploring Adobe Programs    528

Exploring Adobe Bridge    529

Getting Started with Adobe Bridge    530 New!

Getting Photos from a Digital Camera    531

Working with Raw Images from a Digital Camera    532 New!

Modifying Images in Camera Raw    534 New!

Working with Images Using Adobe Bridge    536

Setting Preferences in Adobe Bridge    538 New!

Applying Image Adjustments    540

Creating a Web Photo Gallery    541

Automating Tasks in Adobe Bridge    542

Using Mini Bridge    543

Working with Adobe Media Encoder    544 New!

Working with Adobe Extension Manager    546 New!

Scripting with Adobe ExtendScript Toolkit    547 New!

New Features    549 New!

Adobe Certification    555

Adobe Certified Expert (ACE)    555

Adobe Certified Associate (ACA)    558

Index    561

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