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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.

Getting started

The image you’ll work on in this lesson is a scanned photograph. You’ll prepare the image to be placed in an Adobe InDesign layout for a fictitious magazine. The final image size in the print layout will be 2 x 3 inches.

You’ll start the lesson by comparing the original scan to the finished image.

  1. Start Photoshop and then immediately hold down Ctrl-Alt-Shift (Windows) or Command-Option-Shift (Mac OS) to restore the default preferences. (See “Restoring default preferences” on page 6.)
  2. When prompted, click Yes to confirm that you want to reset preferences, and Close to close the Welcome Screen.
  3. Click the Go to Bridge button (bridgebutton.gif) on the tool options bar to open Adobe Bridge.
  4. In the Favorites palette in the upper left corner of Bridge, click the Lessons favorite, and then double-click the Lesson03 folder in the preview area to see its contents.
  5. Make sure your thumbnail previews are large enough for a good look at the images, and compare the 03Start.psd and 03End.psd files.

    Notice that the scan is crooked, that the colors in the original scanned image are relatively dull, and the image has a red color cast. The dimensions are also larger than needed for the requirements of the magazine. You will fix all of these qualities in this lesson, starting with straightening and cropping the image.

  6. Double-click the 03Start.psd thumbnail to open the file in Photoshop.
  7. In Photoshop, choose File > Save As, and save the start file in the Lesson03 folder, but rename it 03Work.psd.

    Remember, when you’re making permanent corrections to an image file, it’s always wise to work on a copy rather than on the original. Then, if something goes horribly wrong, at least you’ll be able to start over on a fresh copy of the original image.

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