Photoshop CS3 for Windows and Macintosh : Visual QuickStart Guide

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  • Copyright: 2007-06-22
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This eagerly anticipated update to the popular Photoshop CS2 for Windows and Macintosh: Visual QuickStart Guide uses a combination of task-based instruction and strong visuals to teach beginning and intermediate users how to create great-looking images with Photoshop. Best-selling authors Elaine Weinmann and Peter Lourekas take readers step by step through all of today's Photoshop essentials: from importing digital photos through basic color manipulation and image correction to painting, masking, using filters, and more. Hot topics like working with Camera Raw, using the improved Photomerge command (that aligns and blends layers automatically) to stitch together images, making selections using the new Quick Selection tool and Refine Edge feature, and Smart Filters are all covered. Both beginning users, who want a thorough introduction to the topic, and more advanced users, who are looking for a handy reference, will find what they need here. In this new edition, using a fresh new design and now illustrated in full color, the authors have streamlined the text by focusing on the most efficient means of accomplishing a task, rather than explaining all possible methods. By the end of the book, users will have a solid foundation for working in Photoshop CS3.

Author Biography

In addition to this book, Elaine Weinmann and Peter Lourekas have also written, designed, and illustrated Visual QuickStart Guides to Adobe Illustrator and QuarkXPress. Their books have been translated into 12 languages and have sold more than 1.5 million copies worldwide. They have also taught at Pratt Manhattan, the Cooper Union School of Art, the New School Computer Instruction Center, and the Parsons School of Design.

Table of Contents

Photoshop Interface
Launch Photoshop in Windowsp. 1
Launch Photoshop in the Mac OSp. 1
Photoshop screen in the Mac OSp. 2
Photoshop screen in Windowsp. 3
The menusp. 4
The Tools palette
Using the Tools palettep. 6
Tools on the Tools palettep. 7
The Options barp. 9
The palettes
Using the palettesp. 10
The palettes illustratedp. 12
Mini-glossaryp. 24
Working smartp. 25
Color Management
Displays, modes, and channelsp. 27
Channelsp. 28
Document color modesp. 28
Color management basics
A straightforward approach to color managementp. 31
Establishing Adobe RGB as the color space for a digital camerap. 31
Set a camera's color space to Adobe RGBp. 32
Calibrating your display
Display typesp. 33
Three important settingsp. 33
Pssst! How the pros do itp. 33
Calibrate your display in the Mac OSp. 34
Choosing a color space for Photoshopp. 36
Synchronizing color settingsp. 38
Customizing your color policiesp. 39
Saving custom color settings
Save custom color settings as defaults for the Creative Suitep. 40
Save custom color settingsp. 40
Acquiring printer profilesp. 40
Changing color profiles
Change or delete a file's color profilep. 42
Convert a file's color profilep. 42
Proofing colors onscreen
Proof an inkjet print onscreenp. 43
Proof colors for commercial printing or online outputp. 44
Acquire, Create, Save
Using digital camerasp. 45
Buying a digital camerap. 46
Shooting digital photographsp. 46
Downloading photosp. 47
16 Bits/Channel modep. 49
Calculating the file resolution
Resolution for printp. 50
Resolution for the Webp. 50
Calculate the resolution for print outputp. 51
Using a scannerp. 53
Creating new, blank documents
Create a new, blank documentp. 54
Create a document presetp. 56
Using the Place commandp. 57
Saving files
Save an unsaved documentp. 58
Save a previously saved filep. 59
Revert to the last saved versionp. 59
Save a new version of a filep. 60
Use the status barp. 61
Find out the storage size (and other data) about a filep. 61
Ending a work session
Close a documentp. 62
Exit/quit Photoshopp. 62
Launching Bridgep. 63
The Bridge windowp. 64
Opening files from Bridgep. 66
Choosing a workspace for Bridgep. 67
Examining thumbnails
Compare two thumbnails in the Preview panelp. 68
Examine picture details using a loupep. 68
Customizing the Bridge window
Change the backdrop and thumbnail data in the Bridge windowp. 69
Customize the layout of Bridgep. 70
Save a Bridge workspacep. 71
Access saved workspacesp. 71
Moving and copying filesp. 71
Filtering the display of thumbnails
Label and rate thumbnailsp. 72
Reject filesp. 72
Redisplay all rejected thumbnailsp. 72
Choose a sorting methodp. 73
Display thumbnails based on categoryp. 73
Grouping thumbnails into stacks
Rearrange thumbnails manuallyp. 74
Group thumbnails into a stackp. 74
Select thumbnails in a stackp. 74
Rearrange thumbnails in a stackp. 74
Move a whole stackp. 74
Add a thumbnail to a stackp. 75
Remove thumbnails from a stackp. 75
Ungroup a whole stackp. 75
Managing files
Create a new folderp. 75
Delete filesp. 75
Rename a filep. 75
Batch-rename filesp. 76
Searching for filesp. 77
Exporting the Bridge cache
Export the cache to the current folderp. 78
Rebuild the cache filesp. 78
Assigning keywords to filesp. 79
Opening PDF and Illustrator files
Open a PDF or Adobe Illustrator file as a new documentp. 80
Paste Illustrator art into Photoshopp. 81
Dealing with the "ifs"p. 82
Changing zoom levels
Change the zoom level using the Navigator palettep. 83
Change the zoom level using the Zoom toolp. 84
Move a magnified image in its windowp. 85
Scroll or zoom in multiple windowsp. 85
Changing screen modesp. 85
Hiding/showing palettes
Hide/show the palettesp. 86
Make hidden, docked palettes reappearp. 86
Customizing menus
Assign color labels to, or hide/show, menu commandsp. 87
Make all menu commands visible and remove all color labelsp. 88
Saving workspaces
Create a custom workspacep. 89
Restore the default workspacep. 90
Delete a custom workspacep. 90
Pixel Basics
Changing resolution and dimensionsp. 91
Change the resolution of a digital photo (low res/large dimensions) for print outputp. 92
Resize a scanned image (high res/small dimensions) for print outputp. 93
Resize a scanned image (medium res/small dimensions) for print outputp. 94
Change the pixels dimensions of an image for Web outputp. 94
Changing the canvas sizep. 96
Cropping images
Crop an image using a marqueep. 97
Crop an image to a specific sizep. 98
Enlarge the canvas area using the Crop toolp. 99
Crop an image using the Crop commandp. 100
Crop an image closely using the Trim commandp. 100
Crop an image according to its existing aspect ratiop. 101
Flipping and rotating images
Flip an image or a layerp. 101
Rotate an image by an exact amountp. 102
Straighten a crooked imagep. 102
Layer Basics
Creating layersp. 103
Create a layerp. 104
Turn selected pixels into a layerp. 105
Duplicate a layer or layer groupp. 105
Convert the Background into a layerp. 106
Convert a layer into the Backgroundp. 106
Selecting layers
Select layers via the Layers palettep. 107
Select a layer or layer group with the Move toolp. 107
Restacking layersp. 108
Working with layer groups
Create a layer groupp. 108
Rename a layer or layer groupp. 109
Delete or disband a layer groupp. 110
Deleting individual layersp. 110
Hiding/showing layersp. 110
Moving layer contentp. 111
Choosing Layers palette options
Change the blending mode or opacity of a layer or layer groupp. 112
Limit edits by locking transparent pixelsp. 112
Lock a layer or layer groupp. 113
Choose thumbnail options for the Layers palettep. 113
Merging layers
Merge layersp. 114
Merge only visible layersp. 115
Copy and merge layersp. 115
Flattening layers
Save a flattened copy of a filep. 116
Flatten layersp. 116
Creating layer-based selections
Select all the pixels on a layerp. 117
Creating selections by dragging
Create a rectangular or elliptical selectionp. 118
Create a selection using a fixed ratiop. 118
Create a selection of specific dimensionsp. 118
Create a free-form selectionp. 119
Create a straight-edged selectionp. 119
Creating selections based on color
Use the Quick Selection toolp. 120
Select a color area with the Magic Wand toolp. 122
Turn a selection into a silhouettep. 123
Creating selections via a dialog boxp. 124
Refining selection edges
Refine the edge of a selectionp. 126
Expand a selection via a commandp. 128
Working with selections
Deselect a selectionp. 129
Reselect the last selectionp. 129
Delete selected pixelsp. 129
Move a selection marqueep. 130
Transform a selection marqueep. 130
Switch the selected and unselected areasp. 131
Hide/show a selection marqueep. 131
Create a selection in the shape of a framep. 132
Select the intersection of two selectionsp. 133
Saving and loading selections
Save a selection to a channelp. 133
Display a channel selectionp. 134
Duplicate an alpha channelp. 134
Load an alpha channel onto an image as a selectionp. 135
Combine two alpha channel selectionsp. 135
Reverse the masked and unmasked areas in an alpha channelp. 136
Reshape an alpha channel maskp. 137
Delete an alpha channelp. 137
Using Quick Masks
Reshape a selection by using a Quick Maskp. 138
Paint a Quick Maskp. 139
Choose Quick Mask optionsp. 139
Choosing a selection methodp. 140
Combine Images
Moving selection contentsp. 141
Duplicating selections
Drag-copy a selection in the same documentp. 142
Drag and drop a selection between documentsp. 143
Using the Clipboardp. 144
Copy and paste a selectionp. 145
Paste into a selectionp. 146
Matching image dimensionsp. 147
Copying layers between filesp. 148
Pattern stampingp. 149
Blending imagery using layer masksp. 150
Using the Clone Source palette
Use the Clone Stamp tool and the Clone Source palettep. 152
Switch between clone sources when using the Clone Stamp toolp. 153
Scale the source imagery while cloningp. 153
Rotate the source imageryp. 153
Reposition the source overlay after you've started cloningp. 153
Stitching photos togetherp. 154
Blending seams manuallyp. 156
Using alignment features
Show/hide the rulersp. 157
Move a layer using smart guidesp. 158
Show/hide the gridp. 158
Use the Snap featurep. 158
Create ruler guidesp. 159
Lock/unlock all ruler guidesp. 159
Create a ruler guide at a specific locationp. 159
Remove ruler guidesp. 159
Align layers to one anotherp. 160
Equalize the spacing among layersp. 160
Measure the distance and angle between two pointsp. 160
Using the History palettep. 161
Changing history statesp. 163
Deleting and clearing history states
Delete a statep. 164
Clear the History palettep. 164
Using snapshots
Choose snapshot optionsp. 165
Create a snapshot of a statep. 166
Make a snapshot become the current statep. 167
Delete a snapshotp. 167
Creating documents from statesp. 167
Restoring areas selectively
Use the History Brush toolp. 168
Fill a selection or layer with a history state or snapshotp. 170
Tonal Adjustments
Applying adjustment commandsp. 171
Using adjustment layers
Create an adjustment layerp. 172
Change the settings for an adjustment layerp. 172
Change the command in an adjustment layerp. 173
Merge an adjustment layerp. 173
Adjustment layer techniquesp. 174
Partially mask an adjustment layerp. 175
Two-step adjustment commands
Apply the Threshold commandp. 176
Apply the Posterize commandp. 177
Using the Histogram palette
Update the Histogram palettep. 178
Interpreting the Histogram palettep. 179
Using the Levels commandp. 180
Correct the light/dark balance of an imagep. 180
Screen back a layerp. 182
Adjusting brightness and contrastp. 183
Dodging and burningp. 184
Colors & Blending Modes
Choosing colorsp. 185
Choose a color using the Color Pickerp. 186
Choose a color from a color libraryp. 187
Choose an RGB or HSB color using the Color palettep. 188
Using the Swatches palette
Choose a color from the Swatches palettep. 189
Add a color to the Swatches palettep. 189
Delete a color from the Swatches palettep. 189
Save the current swatches as a libraryp. 190
Replace or append a swatches libraryp. 190
Load a swatches libraryp. 190
Restore the default swatchesp. 190
Using the Eyedropper toolp. 191
Copying colors as hexadecimalsp. 191
Choosing blending modesp. 192
Creating fill layers
Add texture using a pattern fill layerp. 198
Apply a tint using a color fill layerp. 199
Converting layers to grayscale
Convert an RGB image to grayscale using the Black & White commandp. 200
Convert a layer to grayscalep. 202
Convert a color layer to grayscale and restore the color selectivelyp. 202
Using the Color Balance commandp. 203
Using the Hue/Saturation commandp. 205
Applying Auto Color Correctionp. 206
Using the Levels commandp. 208
Using the Curves command
Adjust the color in an RGB image using the Curves commandp. 210
Correct several images using the same adjustment layerp. 214
Using the Brush toolp. 215
Choosing temporary brush settingsp. 216
Using the Brushes palettep. 217
Customizing brushes
Customize a brush preset (main course)p. 218
Customize a brush preset (side dishes)p. 221
Smudging colorsp. 222
Use the Eraser toolp. 223
Use the Magic Eraser toolp. 224
Camera Raw
Why use Camera Raw?p. 225
More reasons to use Camera Rawp. 226
Raw, JPEG, or TIFF?p. 227
Getting JPEGs and TIFFs into Camera Rawp. 228
Who's hosting Camera Raw?p. 228
Camera Raw: the basic stepsp. 229
Using the Camera Raw tools
Use the simple "one-click" toolsp. 231
Crop the imagep. 232
Straighten out a crooked photop. 232
Touch up blemishes or imperfectionsp. 232
Using the Workflow optionsp. 233
Using the Basic tab
Apply white balance adjustmentsp. 234
Make tonal adjustmentsp. 236
Adjust the color saturationp. 236
Using the Tone Curve tabp. 238
Using the HSL/Grayscale tabp. 240
Using the Detail tabp. 242
Saving and applying Camera Raw settings
Save Camera Raw settings as a presetp. 243
Choose a Camera Raw presetp. 243
Synchronize the Camera Raw settings of multiple filesp. 244
Opening and saving Camera Raw files
Open a Camera Raw file, saving settingsp. 245
Open a copy of a Camera Raw filep. 245
Save a file via Camera Rawp. 245
Opening and placing photos as Smart Objects
Convert a Camera Raw file into a Smart Objectp. 246
Edit a Smart Object photop. 246
Using the Shadow/Highlight commandp. 247
Using the Photo Filter commandp. 250
Exposure correction via the Layers palettep. 251
Correcting for lack of flashp. 252
Applying the Lighting Effects filterp. 253
Using the Lens Blur filterp. 255
Using the Motion Blur filterp. 258
Creating vignettes
Create an area of focus (vignette) by using a maskp. 260
Create a darkening vignette via Levelsp. 261
Using the Lens Correction filterp. 262
Using the sharpening filters
Deciding which sharpening filter to usep. 264
Apply the Smart Sharpen filterp. 265
Apply the Unsharp Mask filterp. 267
Using the Match Color command
Use the Match Color commandp. 270
Remove a color cast in one stepp. 271
Cloningp. 272
Using the Replace Color command
Use the Replace Color commandp. 274
Whiten teeth or eyesp. 276
Using the Surface Blur filter
Smooth skin or other surfacesp. 277
Selectively restore details after using the Surface Blur filterp. 277
Using the Color Replacement toolp. 278
Using the Healing Brush toolp. 280
Using the Patch toolp. 282
Using the Spot Healing Brush toolp. 284
Using the Red Eye toolp. 286
More Layers
Changing layer opacity and fillp. 287
Blending layersp. 288
Choose a blending mode for a layerp. 288
Blend a modified layer with the original layerp. 289
Choose blending options for a layerp. 290
Using layer masks
Create a layer maskp. 292
Reshape a layer maskp. 293
Move the layer image or mask independentlyp. 294
Move or duplicate a layer mask to another layerp. 294
Choose layer mask display optionsp. 294
Deactivate a layer mask temporarilyp. 295
Apply or delete a layer maskp. 295
Using clipping masks
Create a clipping maskp. 296
Release a layer from a clipping maskp. 296
Release an entire clipping maskp. 296
Linking layersp. 297
Transforming layers
Transform a layer or group via an individual commandp. 298
Transform using the Free Transform command or Move toolp. 300
Warping layersp. 301
Using Smart Object layers
Create a Smart Objectp. 302
Edit a Smart Objectp. 302
Replace the contents of a Smart Object with another filep. 303
Reclaim Photoshop layers from a Smart Objectp. 303
Rasterize a Smart Object layerp. 304
Filling areas with a solid colorp. 304
Layer Effects
Applying layer effects
Apply layer effects (generic instructions)p. 305
What kind of imagery should you use?p. 307
Layer effects in depth
Apply the Drop Shadow or Inner Shadow effectp. 308
Transform a Drop Shadow effectp. 309
Apply the Outer or Inner Glow effectp. 310
Apply the Bevel or Emboss effectp. 312
Apply the Satin effectp. 314
Apply the Color Overlay effectp. 315
Apply the Gradient Overlay effectp. 315
Apply the Pattern Overlay effectp. 316
Apply a Stroke effectp. 317
Copying, moving, and removing effects
Copy effects between layersp. 318
Move an effect from one layer to another without replacing existing effectsp. 318
Move all the effects from one layer to another, replacing existing effectsp. 318
Remove layer effectsp. 318
Applying styles
Apply a style to a layerp. 319
Save a style to the Styles palettep. 320
Applying filtersp. 321
Use the Filter Galleryp. 322
Using individual filter dialog boxesp. 323
Creating and using Smart Filters
Create a Smart Filterp. 324
Edit the settings for a Smart Filterp. 324
Apply blending options to a Smart Filterp. 325
Hide/Show Smart Filter effectsp. 325
Copy a filter effect from one Smart Object layer to anotherp. 325
Delete a Smart Filterp. 325
Create a filter maskp. 325
Filter pro techniquesp. 325
Illustrated directory of filters
Artistic filtersp. 329
Blur filtersp. 331
Brush Strokes filtersp. 332
Distort filtersp. 333
Noise filtersp. 334
Pixelate filtersp. 335
Render filtersp. 336
Sharpen filtersp. 336
Sketch filtersp. 337
Stylize filtersp. 339
Texture filtersp. 340
Photos into drawings or paintings
Turn a photograph into a tinted drawingp. 341
Create a watercolorp. 342
Applying the Pattern Maker filterp. 343
Editable versus rasterized typep. 345
Creating editable typep. 346
Selecting typep. 348
Converting type
Convert paragraph type to point typep. 349
Convert point type to paragraph typep. 349
Importing type from Illustrator as a Smart Objectp. 349
Styling type
Scale type by choosing a valuep. 350
Scale type using the Move toolp. 350
Apply kerningp. 351
Apply trackingp. 351
Adjust leading in horizontal typep. 352
Change the type stylep. 353
Shift characters from the normal baselinep. 353
Changing type orientationp. 354
Applying paragraph settingsp. 355
Transforming the bounding boxp. 356
Warping typep. 357
Rasterizing typep. 358
Filling type with imageryp. 358
Use type shapes as a layer maskp. 359
Making type fadep. 360
Screening back typep. 361
Putting type in a spot color channelp. 362
Creating a gradient fill layerp. 363
Using the Gradient toolp. 365
Creating and editing gradient presetsp. 366
Creating vignettesp. 369
Adding hand-painted borders
Add a hand-painted borderp. 370
Paint an image onto a white backgroundp. 370
Adding watermarks
Embed a watermark into a filep. 372
Create a custom watermark from textp. 373
Save a watermark shape and style as a tool presetp. 373
Creating a contact sheetp. 374
Creating a picture packagep. 376
Creating a PDF presentationp. 378
Creating and using layer comps
Create a layer compp. 380
Display a layer compp. 381
Restore the last document statep. 381
Update a layer compp. 381
Clear an alert iconp. 381
Delete a layer compp. 382
Create a PDF slide show of layer compsp. 382
Photoshop Preferences
General preferencesp. 384
Interface preferencesp. 385
File Handling preferencesp. 386
Performance preferencesp. 387
Cursors preferencesp. 388
Transparency & Gamut preferencesp. 388
Units & Rulers preferencesp. 389
Guides, Grid & Slices preferencesp. 390
Plug-ins preferencesp. 390
Type preferencesp. 391
Bridge Preferences
General preferencesp. 392
Thumbnails preferencesp. 392
Metadata preferencesp. 393
Labels preferencesp. 393
File Type Associations preferencesp. 393
Inspector preferencesp. 393
Startup Scripts preferencesp. 393
Advanced preferencesp. 393
Using the Preset Manager
Use the Preset Managerp. 394
Save selected presets as a setp. 395
Reset or replace presetsp. 395
Managing presets via pickers and palettes
Delete a preset from a picker or palettep. 396
Save all the presets currently on a picker as a new libraryp. 396
Load a library of presetsp. 397
Restore default presetsp. 397
Creating tool presetsp. 398
Printing from Photoshopp. 399
Choose a paper size and orientation for an inkjet printerp. 400
Print to an inkjet printerp. 401
Configuring the printer
Turn off color management for your printer in Windowsp. 404
Turn off color management for your printer in the Mac OSp. 405
Choosing output optionsp. 406
Creating spot color channels
Create a spot color channelp. 407
Convert an alpha channel to a spot color channelp. 407
More about spot color channelsp. 408
Printing spot color channelsp. 408
Print a grayscale image using a spot color tintp. 409
Preparing files for commercial printingp. 409
Choose a predefined CMYK profilep. 410
The color correction workflowp. 410
Preparing files for other applications
Photoshop to QuarkXPressp. 411
Photoshop to Adobe InDesignp. 411
Photoshop to Adobe Illustratorp. 412
Photoshop to CorelDRAW 12p. 412
Saving files in the TIFF formatp. 413
Saving files in the EPS formatp. 414
Saving files in the PDF formatp. 416
Saving files for the Webp. 417
Previewing optimized filesp. 418
Optimizing files for the Web
Optimize a file in the GIF formatp. 419
Optimize an image in the JPEG formatp. 421
Indexp. 423
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