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Adobe Photoshop CS Studio Techniques

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  • Friendly, in-depth volume—Emphasizes the techniques and tools that are key to using Photoshop CS essential features effectively.
  • Teaches the “why”, not just the “how”—Provides for deeper reader comprehension.
  • Unique 3-section approach—Fundamentals, Workflow, Color Management.

  • Copyright 2004
  • Edition: 1st
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  • ISBN-10: 0-321-21352-1
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-321-21352-5

If you're ready to go from Photoshop competent to Photoshop enlightened, this is the place to turn. In these pages, revered Photoshop instructor Ben Willmore explains the whys behind the how's so that you can unleash Photoshop CS' full creative potential. In a friendly, easy-going style that's long on information and short on techno-babble, Ben explains the concepts, features, and techniques that promise to make a real difference in the way you use Photoshop CS. Complex concepts like curves and channels are made crystal clear, and features new to Photoshop CS--like the very cool PhotoMerge function for creating panoramic composite images, support for nested layers, and more--are covered in the depth they deserve. After a quick grounding in the tools, palettes, layers, and masks at the program's core, Ben gets into the real-world production techniques that make up the heart of this volume: sharpening scans, correcting and optimizing images, and more.

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Table of Contents



Introduction.

I. WORKING FOUNDATIONS.

1. Tool and Palette Primer.

Preparing Your Workspace. Working with Screen Modes. A Quick Tour of the Tools. Navigating Your Document. Picking Colors. Basic Editing Tools. File Browser. Closing Thoughts. Ben's Techno-Babble Decoder Ring. Keyboard Shortcuts.

2. Selection Primer.

What Is a Selection? Basic Selection Tools. Magic Wand Tool. Refining a Selection. The Select Menu. Quick Mask Mode. Closing Thoughts. Ben's Techno-Babble Decoder Ring. Keyboard Shortcuts.

3. Layers Primer.

How Do Layers Work? Meeting the Layers. Leapin' Layers! More Tools and Toys. Applying Photo Filter Adjustments. Done Playing Around? Closing Thoughts. Ben's Techno-Babble Decoder Ring. Keyboard Shortcuts.

II. PRODUCTION ESSENTIALS.

4. Resolution Solutions.

Understanding Pixel Size. Printing. Closing Thoughts. Ben's Techno-Babble Decoder Ring.

5. Line Art Scanning.

Avoiding the Jaggies. Photoshop Can Fake It. Straightening the Image. Improving Definition. Converting to Line Art. Minimizing File Size. Converting to Bitmap. Closing Thoughts. Ben's Techno-Babble Decoder Ring.

6. Optimizing Grayscale Images.

Levels Is the Solution. The Histogram Gives You Feedback. Setting Up Your Images for Final Output. A Quick Levels Recap. Postadjustment Analysis. Closing Thoughts. Ben's Techno-Babble Decoder Ring. Keyboard Shortcuts.

7. Understanding Curves.

With Power Comes Complexity. Take Curves for a Test Drive. Input and Output Numbers. The Histogram Palette. Shadow/Highlight. Closing Thoughts. Ben's Techno-Babble Decoder Ring. Keyboard Shortcuts.

8. Color Management.

Implementing Color Management. Color Management in Action. Closing Thoughts. Ben's Techno-Babble Decoder Ring.

9. Color Correction.

Use Gray to Fix Color?!? Professional Color Correction. Refining the Result. Closing Thoughts. Ben's Techno-Babble Decoder Ring. Keyboard Shortcuts.

10. Using Camera Raw.

The Camera Raw Dialog Box. Workflow Settings. Finishing Touches. Closing Thoughts. Ben's Techno-Babble Decoder Ring. Keyboard Shortcuts.

11. Color Manipulation.

At the Core Is the Color Wheel. The Hue/Saturation Dialog Box. Replacing Color. Variations. Color Balance. Levels/Curves. Selective Color. Match Color. Color Replacement Tool. Channel Mixer. Gradient Map. Closing Thoughts. Ben's Techno-Babble Decoder Ring. Keyboard Shortcuts.

12. Channels.

Channels Are Worth the Pain! Three Varieties of Channels. Navigating the Channels Palette. Understanding Color Channels. Understanding Spot Channels. Understanding Alpha Channels. Closing Thoughts. Ben's Techno-Babble Decoder Ring. Keyboard Shortcuts.

III. CREATIVE EXPLORATIONS.

13. Advanced Masking.

The Key Is to Choose the Right Tool. The Background Eraser. The Extract Filter. The Blending Sliders. Channels. The Pen Tool. Layer Masks. Closing Thoughts. Ben's Techno-Babble Decoder Ring. Keyboard Shortcuts.

14. Sharpening.

When to Sharpen an Image. Removing Film Grain and Scanner/Camera Noise. How Sharpening Works. Tricks of the Trade. Closing Thoughts. Ben's Techno-Babble Decoder Ring. Keyboard Shortcuts.

15. Shadows.

How to Think About Shadows. Four Shadow Types. RGB Versus CMYK. Closing Thoughts. Keyboard Shortcuts.

16. Collage.

Four Ways to Blend. Clipping Masks. Blending Sliders. Layer Masks. Creating a Panoramic Image with Photomerge. Vector Masks. Closing Thoughts. Keyboard Shortcuts.

17. Enhancement.

The Battalion of Blending Modes. Closing Thoughts. Keyboard Shortcuts.

18. Retouching.

Patch Tool. Healing Brush Tool. Clone Stamp Tool. The Dodge and Burn Tools. The Sponge Tool. The Blur and Sharpen Tools. The Liquify Filter. Retouching and Restoring Real-World Photos. Closing Thoughts. Ben's Techno-Babble Decoder Ring. Keyboard Shortcuts.

19. Type and Background Effects.

No More Jaggy Text. Entering Text. Editing Text. Type Layers. Layer Styles. The Styles Palette. Backgrounds and Textures. Repeating Patterns. Closing Thoughts. Ben's Techno-Babble Decoder Ring.

Index

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