Photoshop CS4, Volume 1 Visual QuickStart Guide

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2008-11-18
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The tried and tested way to learn Adobe Photoshop CS4 in full color. Stock available December 2008 - Aust RRP $34.95 bull; Clear and succinct text, hundreds of screen shots and full color images (most available for download) and step-by step instructions allow readers to get up and running fast. bull; Loaded with tips and techniques gleaned from noted authors real world Photoshop experience. bull; Newly streamlined to focus on features of most interest to beginning Photoshop users. This edition of the Visual QuickStart Guide to Photoshop CS4 by bestselling authors Elaine Weinmann and Peter Lourekas covers Adobe Photoshop as well as Adobe Bridge and Adobe Camera Raw (which are included with Photoshop). The elegant layout and full-color photographs make the book not only visually appealing, but also easy to use. Tasks are presented as clear, stepby- step instructions. Most of the photos appearing in the book are available to readers to download so they can follow along closely with the instructions. New and updated Photoshop program features are clearly marked with bright orange stars, so users already familiar with Photoshop can update their knowledge quickly. Major new features that are covered in this edition include workspace options in Photoshop, the Adjustments and Masks panels, and the new Bridge interface. Less publicized features are also covered, such as tool options and keyboard shortcuts. This new edition also covers color management; workspaces; layers; selections; masking; compositing techniques; the History panel; blending modes; brushes; exposure, tonal, color and focus adjustments; retouching; layer styles; filters; type features; gradients; PDF presentation packages; preferences; presets; and more. Readers will learn everything they need to know to get a good working knowledge of Photoshop. Table of Contents 01 Color Management 02 Acquire, Create, Save 03 Bridge 04 Workspaces 05 Menus & Panels 06 Pixel Basics 07 Layer Basics 08 Select 09 Combine Images 10 History 11 Tonal Adjustments 12 Colors&Blending Modes 13 Color Adjustments 14 Brushes 15 Camera Raw 16 Exposure 17 Refocus 18 Retouch 19 More Layers 20 Layer Styles 21 Filters 22 Type 23 Gradients 24 Presentation 25 Preferences & Presets 26 Print 27 Export Index

Author Biography

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 2.1 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

Color Management
Launching Photoshopp. 1
Displays, modes, and channelsp. 2
Introduction to color managementp. 5
Setting a camera's color space to Adobe RGBp. 5
Calibrating your display *p. 7
Choosing a color space for Photoshopp. 10
Synchronizing color settingsp. 12
Customizing your color policiesp. 13
Saving custom color settingsp. 14
Acquiring printer profilesp. 14
Changing color profilesp. 16
Proofing colors onscreenp. 17
Acquire, Create, Save
Using digital camerasp. 19
16 Bits/Channel modep. 21
Calculating the file resolutionp. 22
Using a scannerp. 23
Creating new, blank documentsp. 24
Creating document presetsp. 26
Using the Place commandp. 27
Saving filesp. 28
Using the Status bar *p. 31
Ending a work session *p. 32
Launching Bridge *p. 33
Downloading photos from a camera *p. 34
The Bridge window *p. 36
Choosing a workspace for Bridge *p. 38
Previewing images in Bridge *p. 40
Opening files from Bridge *p. 44
Customizing the Bridge window *p. 44
Saving custom workspaces *p. 47
Resetting the Bridge workspace *p. 47
Moving and copying filesp. 47
Labeling and rating thumbnails *p. 48
Choosing a sorting order *p. 49
Using the Filter panel *p. 49
Using thumbnail stacksp. 50
Managing files *p. 51
Searching for files *p. 53
Creating collections *p. 54
Exporting the Bridge cache *p. 56
Assigning keywords to files *p. 57
Opening PDF and Illustrator filesp. 58
Dealing with the "ifs"p. 60
Using the Application frame *p. 61
Using tabbed document windows *p. 63
Arranging document windows *p. 64
Changing the zoom level *p. 65
Rotating the view *p. 67
Changing the screen mode *p. 68
Changing the color behind the image *p. 69
Configuring the panels *p. 69
Customizing the menus *p. 72
Saving workspaces *p. 74
Restoring the default workspace *p. 75
Using the Application bar *p. 76
Using the Options barp. 76
The Photoshop panel icons *p. 78
The Photoshop panels illustrated *p. 79
Pixel Basics
Changing resolution and dimensionsp. 97
Changing the canvas sizep. 102
Cropping imagesp. 103
Flipping and rotating images *p. 107
Straightening images *p. 108
Layer Basics
Creating layersp. 109
Duplicating layersp. 111
Converting the Backgroundp. 112
Selecting layersp. 113
Restacking layersp. 114
Working with layer groupsp. 114
Deleting individual layers *p. 116
Hiding and showing layersp. 116
Moving layer contentp. 117
Choosing Layers panel optionsp. 118
Merging layersp. 120
Flattening layersp. 122
Creating layer-based selectionsp. 123
Using the Rectangular and Elliptical Marquee toolsp. 124
Using the lasso toolsp. 125
Using the Quick Selection tool *p. 126
Using the Magic Wand toolp. 128
Creating a silhouettep. 129
Using the Color Range command *p. 130
Refining selection edges *p. 132
Deselecting and reselecting selectionsp. 135
Deleting selected pixelsp. 135
Moving and transforming selection marquees *p. 136
Hiding and showing the selection marqueep. 137
Swapping and intersecting selectionsp. 137
Creating frame-shaped selectionsp. 138
Saving and loading selections *p. 139
Using Quick Masks *p. 142
The selection methods comparedp. 144
Combine Images
Moving selection contents *p. 145
Duplicating selections *p. 146
Using the Clipboardp. 148
Matching image dimensionsp. 151
Copying layers between files *p. 152
Blending imagery using layer masksp. 154
Using the Clone Source panel *p. 156
Stitching photos together *p. 158
Blending seams manuallyp. 160
Using the rulers, guides, and grid *p. 161
Aligning and distributing layersp. 164
Choosing History panel optionsp. 165
Changing history statesp. 167
Deleting and clearing history statesp. 168
Using snapshotsp. 169
Creating documents from statesp. 171
Using the History Brush toolp. 172
Filling an area with a history statep. 174
Tonal Adjustments
Creating adjustment layers *p. 175
Editing adjustment layer settings *p. 177
Saving adjustment presets *p. 178
Merging and deleting adjustment layers *p. 179
Adjustment layer techniquesp. 180
Editing adjustment layer masksp. 181
Applying a Threshold adjustment *p. 182
Applying a Posterize adjustment *p. 183
Using the Histogram panel *p. 184
Creating a Levels adjustment layer *p. 186
Adjusting brightness and contrast *p. 189
Dodging and burningp. 190
Colors & Blending Modes
Choosing colorsp. 191
Using the Color Pickerp. 192
Choosing colors from a color libraryp. 193
Using the Color panelp. 194
Using the Swatches panelp. 195
Using the Eyedropper tool *p. 197
Copying colors as hexadecimalsp. 197
Choosing a blending modep. 198
Color Adjustments
Creating fill layersp. 204
Converting layers to grayscale *p. 206
Creating a Vibrance adjustment layer *p. 208
Creating a Color Balance adjustment layer *p. 211
Creating a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer *p. 213
Applying an Auto Color Correction *p. 214
Creating a Levels adjustment layer *p. 216
Creating a Curves adjustment layer *p. 218
Using the Brush toolp. 223
Choosing temporary brush settings *p. 224
Using the Brushes panel *p. 225
Customizing brushesp. 226
Smudging colorsp. 230
Using the Eraser toolp. 231
Using the Magic Eraser toolp. 232
Camera Raw
Why use Camera Raw?p. 233
Choosing preferences for opening photos *p. 236
Opening photos into Camera Raw *p. 237
The Camera Raw tools *p. 239
Cropping and straightening photosp. 240
Retouching photos *p. 241
Changing the Workflow optionsp. 241
Using the Basic tabp. 242
Using the Tone Curve tabp. 246
Using the HSL/Grayscale tabp. 248
Using the Detail tabp. 250
Saving and applying Camera Raw settingsp. 251
Using the Adjustment Brush *p. 252
Synchronizing Camera Raw settingsp. 254
Opening and saving Camera Raw filesp. 255
Opening and placing photos as Smart Objectsp. 256
Using the Shadows/Highlights commandp. 257
Applying a Photo Filter adjustment *p. 260
Correcting exposure via the Layers panel *p. 261
Applying the Lighting Effects filterp. 262
Using the Lens Blur filterp. 265
Using the Motion Blur filterp. 268
Changing the focus with a vignettep. 270
Using the Lens Correction filterp. 272
Using the sharpening filtersp. 274
Using the Match Color commandp. 280
Cloning *p. 282
Using the Replace Color command *p. 284
Using the Surface Blur filterp. 287
Using the Color Replacement toolp. 288
Using the Healing Brush tool *p. 290
Using the Spot Healing Brush toolp. 293
Using the Patch toolp. 294
Using the Red Eye toolp. 296
More Layers
Changing layer opacity and fill valuesp. 297
Blending layersp. 298
Creating layer masks *p. 302
Editing layer masks *p. 303
Working with layer masks *p. 306
Using clipping masksp. 308
Linking layers *p. 309
Transforming layers *p. 310
Warping layersp. 313
Using Smart Object layersp. 314
Filling areas with a solid color *p. 316
Layer Styles
Applying layer effects (general info)p. 317
Applying a shadow effectp. 320
Applying a glow effectp. 322
Applying a bevel or emboss effectp. 324
Applying a satin effectp. 326
Applying the overlay effectsp. 327
Applying a stroke effectp. 329
Copying, moving, and removing layer effectsp. 330
Applying layer stylesp. 331
Creating layer stylesp. 332
Applying filtersp. 333
Creating and using Smart Filters *p. 336
Filter pro techniquesp. 338
Most of the filters illustratedp. 341
Photos into drawings or paintingsp. 349
Creating editable typep. 352
Selecting typep. 354
Converting typep. 355
Importing type from Adobe Illustrator as a Smart Objectp. 355
Changing the fontp. 356
Scaling typep. 356
Kerning and tracking typep. 357
Adjusting leadingp. 358
Changing the type stylep. 359
Shifting type from the baselinep. 359
Changing the orientation of typep. 360
Applying paragraph settingsp. 361
Transforming type via its bounding boxp. 362
Warping typep. 363
Rasterizing typep. 364
Filling type with imageryp. 364
Making type fade *p. 366
Screening back type *p. 367
Putting type in a spot color channelp. 368
Creating a gradient fill layerp. 369
Using the Gradient toolp. 371
Creating and editing gradient presetsp. 372
Creating a vignette *p. 375
Adding a hand-painted border *p. 376
Adding a watermarkp. 378
Creating a contact sheet *p. 380
Creating a PDF presentation *p. 382
Creating and using layer compsp. 384
Creating a PDF presentation of layer comps *p. 386
Preferences & Presets
Opening the Preferences dialogsp. 387
General Preferences *p. 388
Interface Preferences *p. 390
File Handling Preferencesp. 392
Performance Preferences *p. 393
Cursors Preferences *p. 394
Transparency & Gamut Preferencesp. 394
Units & Rulers Preferencesp. 395
Guides, Grid & Slices Preferencesp. 396
Plug-ins Preferences *p. 396
Type Preferencesp. 397
The Bridge Preferences *p. 398
Using the Preset Managerp. 400
Managing presets via pickers and panelsp. 402
Creating tool presetsp. 404
Choosing Properties/Page Setup settings for inkjet printingp. 406
Choosing Print dialog settings for inkjet printing *p. 407
Choosing Output options *p. 410
Printing the file in Windowsp. 411
Printing the file in the Mac OSp. 412
Creating a duotonep. 413
Preparing a file for commercial printingp. 413
Preparing files for other applicationsp. 415
Saving files in the TIFF formatp. 417
Saving files in the EPS formatp. 418
Saving files in the PDF formatp. 420
Saving files for the Webp. 421
Previewing optimized files *p. 422
Optimizing files in the GIF format *p. 423
Optimizing files in the JPEG format *p. 425
Indexp. 427
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