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Basic Photo Corrections in Photoshop CS2

Chapter Description

Adobe Photoshop includes a variety of tools and commands for improving the quality of a photographic image. This lesson steps you through the process of acquiring, resizing, and retouching a photo intended for a print layout. The same basic work-flow applies to Web images.


Review questions

  1. What does resolution mean?
  2. How can you use the Crop tool when retouching photos?
  3. How can you adjust the tonal range of an image?
  4. What is saturation, and how can you adjust it?
  5. Why would you use the Unsharp Mask filter on a photo?

Review answers

  1. The term resolution refers to the number of pixels that describe an image and establish its detail. The three different types are image resolution, monitor resolution—both of which are measured in pixels per inch (ppi)—and printer, or output, resolution, which is measured in ink dots per inch (dpi).
  2. You can use the Crop tool to trim, scale, and straighten an image.
  3. You can use the black, white, and gray triangles below the Levels command histogram to control the midpoint and where the darkest and lightest points in the image begin, thus extending its tonal range.
  4. Saturation is the strength, or purity, of color in an image. You can use the Sponge tool to increase the saturation in a specific area of an image.
  5. The Unsharp Mask filter adjusts the contrast of the edge detail and creates the illusion of a more focused image.