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Overview

Adobe Photoshop is the tool of choice for anyone wanting to prepare images for print or for the Web, and knowledge of this software is a must for anyone working in the graphic design industry. Described as a “must-have upgrade,” Photoshop 6 offers a huge assortment of new features, including expanded Web graphics and design tools, a completely revamped text engine, added PDF compatibility, added layers, a new context-sensitive tool options bar, and even tighter integration with ImageReady 3.0. In addition, Photoshop 6 will ship with a trial version of Adobe GoLive, Adobe's professional Web-authoring application.

In Adobe Photoshop 6.0 Classroom in a Book, Adobe's own training experts provide readers with a comprehensive tutorial to this powerful image editing software. Readers tackle the basics of Photoshop, starting with navigating the interface, creating layers and selections, and working with Photoshop tools. From there, readers will move on to more complex Photoshop features, including masks, channels, retouching techniques, and special effects. The cross-platform CD includes all the images and project files needed for each lesson.

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This text, written by Adobe's own trainers, teaches the reader how to use the most widely-used image modification program available. Beginners will learn the basics, and intermediate users will find a mass of information on the program, particularly on new features of this version (e.g., new tools for designing and optimizing Web graphics, and a tighter integration with ImageReady 3.0). Other features explained are new layers options and increased layer capacity, and extended compatibility with Adobe Acrobat PDF format and context sensitive tool bars. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780201710168
  • Publisher: Adobe Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2000
  • Series: Classroom in a Book Series
  • Edition description: Trade Paper with CD-ROM
  • Pages: 500
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

The Adobe Development Team is made up of creative employees from Adobe's User Education group. They take their expertise in training users to work with Adobe products, combine it with the creative talents of Adobe's product design teams, and add the rich content of the CD-ROM to make a unique learning package from Adobe Systems.

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Lesson 2: Working with Selections

In this lesson, you'll learn how to do the following:
  • Select parts of an image using a variety of tools.
  • Reposition a selection marquee.
  • Deselect a selection.
  • Move and duplicate a selection.
  • Constrain the movement of a selection.
  • Choose areas of an image based on proximity or color of pixels.
  • Adjust a selection with the arrow keys.
  • Add to and subtract from selections.
  • Rotate, scale, and transform a selection.
  • Combine selection tools.
  • Crop an image.
This lesson will take about 40 minutes to complete. The lesson is designed to be done in Adobe Photoshop, but information on using similar functionality in Adobe ImageReady is included where appropriate.

If needed, remove the previous lesson folder from your hard drive, and copy the Lesson02 folder onto it. As you work on this lesson, you'll overwrite the start files. If you need to restore the start files, copy them from the Adobe Photoshop Classroom in a Book CD.

Note: Windows users need to unlock the lesson files before using them. For information, see "Copying the Classroom in a Book files" on page 3.

Selection tool overview

In Adobe Photoshop, you can make selections based on size, shape, and color using four basic sets of tools-the marquee, lasso, magic wand, and pen tools. You can reposition your selections using the move tool. You can also use the magic eraser tool to make selections in much the same way you use the magic wand tool.

Note: In this lesson, you will use the marquee, lasso, magic wand, and move tools; for information on the pen tools, see Lesson 7, "Basic Pen Tool Techniques."

The marquee and lasso tool icons contain hidden tools, which you can select by holding down the mouse button on the toolbox icon and dragging to the desired tool in the pop-up menu.

The rectangular marquee tool (f-;) lets you select a rectangular area in an image. The elliptical marquee tool (-:) lets you select elliptical areas. The rounded rectangle marquee tool (~:_) in ImageReady lets you select rectangular areas with rounded corners. The single row marquee tool (-) and single column marquee tool let you select a I -pixel-high row and 1-pixel-wide column. You can also use the crop tool (4) to crop an image.

The lasso tool (P) lets you make a freehand selection around an area. The polygon lasso tool (V) lets you make a straight-line selection around an area. The magnetic lasso tool in Photoshop lets you draw a freehand border that snaps to the edges of an area.

The magic wand tool lets you select parts of an image based on the similarity in color of adjacent pixels. This tool is useful for selecting odd-shaped areas without having to trace a complex outline using the lasso tool. ImageReady includes the basic marquee selection tools, the lasso and polygon lasso tools, and the magic wand tool familiar to users of Photoshop. For more convenience in working with common shapes, ImageReady adds an extra marquee selection tool: the rounded rectangle marquee tool.

Getting started

Before beginning this lesson, restore the default application settings for Adobe Photoshop. See "Restoring default preferences" on page 4. You'll start the lesson by viewing the finished lesson file to see the image that you'll create as you explore the selection tools in Photoshop. 1 Start Adobe Photoshop.

If a notice appears asking whether you want to customize your color settings, click No.

2 Choose File > Open, and open the 02End.psd file, located in the Lessons/Lesson02 folder on your hard drive.

An image of a face, constructed using various types of fruits and vegetables, is displayed.

3 When you have finished viewing the file, either leave the 02End.psd file open for reference, or close it without saving changes.

Selecting with the rectangular marquee tool

You'll start practicing selection techniques using the rectangular marquee tool.

1 Choose File > Open, and open the 02Start.psd file, located in the Lessons/Lesson02 folder on your hard drive.

2 Select the rectangular marquee tool().

3 Drag it diagonally from the upper left corner to the lower right corner of the melon to create a rectangular selection...

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Table of Contents

Getting Started.

About Classroom in a Book. Prerequisites. Installing Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Imageready. Starting Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Imageready. Copying the Classroom in a Book Files. Restoring Default Preferences. Additional Resources. Adobe Certification.

Lesson 1. Getting to Know the Work Area.

Starting Adobe Photoshop and Opening Files. Using the Tools. Entering Values. Viewing Images. Working with Palettes. Using Context Menus. Using Online Help. Using Adobe Online Services. Jumping to ImageReady. Review Questions. Review Answers.

Lesson 2. Working with Selections.

Selection Tool Overview. Getting Started. Selecting with the Rectangular Marquee Tool. Selecting with the Elliptical Marquee Tool. Moving a Selection. Selecting with the Magic Wand. Selecting with the Lasso Tool. Adding and Subtracting Selections. Selecting with the Magnetic Lasso. Transforming a Selection. Combining Selection Tools. Cropping the Completed Image. For the Web: Creating Evenly Spaced Buttons for a Web Page. Review Questions. Review Answers.

Lesson 3. Layer Basics.

Organizing Artwork on Layers. Getting Started. Creating and Viewing Layers. Selecting and Removing Artwork on a Layer. Rearranging Layers. Changing the Opacity and Mode of a Layer. Linking Layers. Adding a Gradient to a Layer. Adding Text. Applying a Layer Style. Flattening and Saving Files. Review Questions. Review Answers.

Lesson 4. Painting and Editing.

Getting Started. Filling the Background Layer with Color. Blending the Lily Image with the Background. Painting the Petals of the Flowers. Correcting Your Work. Smoothing the Edges of a Paintbrush Stroke. Creating a Subtle Overlay Effect. Painting Shadows in Nontransparent areas. Adding a Gradient to the Background. Creating a Glow Effect with a Custom Airbrush. Creating a Textured Effect with a Natural Brush. Creating a Patterned Border. Review Questions. Review Answers.

Lesson 5. Masks and Channels.

Working with Masks and Channels. Getting Started. Creating a Quick Mask. Editing a Quick Mask. Saving a Selection as a Mask. Editing a Mask. Loading a Mask as a Selection and Applying an Adjustment. Extracting an Image. Applying a Filter Effect to a Masked Selection. Creating a Gradient Mask. Applying Effects Using a Gradient Mask. Review Questions. Review Answers.

Lesson 6. Photo Retouching.

Strategy for Retouching. Resolution and Image Size. Getting Started. Cropping an Image. Adjusting the Tonal Range. Removing a Color Cast. Replacing Colors in an Image. Adjusting Saturation with the Sponge Tool. Adjusting Lightness with the Dodge Tool. Removing Unwanted Objects. Replacing Part of an Image. Applying the Unsharp Mask Filter. Saving the Image for Four-Color Printing. On Your Own: Painting with the Art History Brush. Review Questions. Review Answers.

Lesson 7. Basic Pen Tool Techniques.

Getting Started. Drawing Paths with the Pen Tool. Drawing Straight Paths. Drawing Curved Paths. Combining Straight and Curved Lines. Drawing a Path around Artwork. Review Questions. Review Answers.

Lesson 8. Vector Shapes and Clipping Paths.

About Bitmap Images and Vector Graphics. Getting Started. Creating the Logo. Working with Type. Re-Creating the Logo, Using Actions and Styles. Review Questions. Review Answers.

Lesson 9. Advanced Layer Techniques.

Getting Started. Creating a Layer Clipping Path. Creating Layer Sets. Creating an Adjustment Layer. Creating a Knockout Gradient Layer. Importing a Type Layer. Applying Layer Styles. Duplicating and Clipping a Layer. Liquifying a Layer. Creating a Border Layer. Flattening a Layered Image. Review Questions. Review Answers.

Lesson 10. Creating Special Effects.

Getting Started. Saving and Loading a Selection. Hand-Coloring Selections on a Layer. Combining and Moving Selections. Colorizing a Selection. Using a Grid. Changing the Color Balance. Applying Filters. Improving Performance with Filters. For the Web: Animated Rollover Button. Review Questions. Review Answers.

Lesson 11. Setting up Your Monitor for Color Management.

Getting Started. Color Management: An Overview. Calibrating and Characterizing Your Monitor Using Adobe Gamma. Saving the Monitor Profile. Review Questions. Review Answers.

Lesson 12. Producing and Printing Consistent Color.

Reproducing Colors. Getting Started. Specifying Color Management Settings. Proofing an Image. Identifying Out-of-Gamut Colors. Adjusting an Image and Printing a Proof. Saving the Image as a Separation. Selecting Print Options. Printing. Review Questions. Review Answers.

Lesson 13. Preparing Images for Two-Color Printing.

Printing in Color. Using Channels and the Channels Palette. Getting Started. Mixing Color Channels. Assigning Values to the Black and White Points. Sharpening the Image. Setting Up for Spot Color. Adding Spot Color. For the Web: Creating Two-Color Web Graphics. Review Questions. Review Answers.

Lesson 14. Optimizing Images for the Web.

Optimizing Images Using Photoshop or ImageReady. Getting Started. Optimizing a JPEG Image. Optimizing a GIF Image. Controlling Dither. Specifying Background Transparency. Creating an Image Map. Batch-Processing File Optimization. Review Questions. Review Answers.

Lesson 15. Creating Web Graphics Using Slices and Rollovers.

Getting Started. About Slices. Slicing the Image in Photoshop. Optimizing Slices in Photoshop. Slicing the Image in ImageReady. Optimizing Slices in ImageReady. Creating Rollovers. Previewing the Completed Banner in a Browser. Saving the Sliced Images in ImageReady. Review Questions. Review Answers.

Lesson 16. Designing Web Pages Using Multiple Adobe Programs.

Getting Started. Using Adobe Acrobat for Design Reviews. Creating the Web Page in Adobe GoLive. Review Questions. Review Answers.

Lesson 17. Creating Animated Images for the Web.

Creating Animations in Adobe ImageReady. Getting Started. Creating Simple Motion. Creating a Transition between Image States. Creating a Two-Step Animation. Rotating and Moving an Object. Creating a Montage Sequence. Using Advanced Layer Features to Create Animations. Review Questions. Review Answers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2001

    Great learning tool

    I thought I was already proficient in Adobe Photoshop until I purchased this book. With this book, I am learning a lot more about Photoshop's basics and numerous ways to navigate that I didn't learn to do before. This book is beneficial for Photoshop users of all levels. Even intermediate and pros need to go back to basics every now and then just to make sure they know everythig there is to Photoshop. Thus, this book is extremely help. I just started my first two lessons and have many lessons more to go on this book. RECOMMENDED.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2001

    GREAT BOOK FOR BEGINNERS!

    I BEGAN WITH PHOTOSHOP OVER A YEAR AGO, and I DID VERY SIMPLE IMAGE MANIPULATIONS... WITH THIS BOOK I LEARNED THE INS AND OUTS OF PHOTOSHOP AND WAS ABLE TO DO TONS MORE... A MUST FOR BEGINNERS...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2001

    GREAT PHOTOSHOP 6 BOOK

    I started out on photoshop knowing jack nothing! After reading this book I knew the ins and outs of photoshop as well as making web effects with image ready! The book is strickly for beginners or intermediates. The only thing advanced users will find here is the new features of photoshop 6 and web tricks for Image ready.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2001

    Well worth the cost.

    This is one of the greatest and easiest book on photoshop. This book helped me set up my free account at portfolio.com. It was so easy and I have had many complements on my work since getting this and one other guide. Well worth the price.

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