Read an Excerpt
How You'll Learn
- How This Book Works
- What's New
- Keyboard Shortcuts
- Step-by-Step Instructions
- Real World Examples
- Andy's Workshop
- Photoshop for Windows and Macintosh
- Adobe Certified Expert
Welcome to Adobe Photoshop CS2 On Demand, a visual quick reference/training book that shows you how to work efficiently with Adobe Photoshop CS2. This book provides complete coverage of basic and intermediate Photoshop CS2 skills.
How This Book Works
You don't have to read this book in any particular order. We've designed the book so that you can jump in, get the information you need, and jump out. However, the book does follow a logical progression from simple tasks to more complex ones. Each task is presented on no more than two facing pages, which lets you focus on a single task without having to turn the page. To find the information that you need, just look up the task in the table of contents, index, or troubleshooting guide, and turn to the page listed. Read the task introduction, follow the step-by-step instructions in the left column along with screen illustrations in the right column, and you're done.
If you're searching for what's new in Photoshop CS2, just look for the icon: New!. The new icon appears in the table of contents and throughout this book so you can quickly and easily identify a new or improved feature in Photoshop CS2. A complete description of each new feature appears in the New Features guide in the back of this book.
Most menu commands have a keyboard equivalent, such as Ctrl+P (Win) or A+P (Mac), as a quicker alternative to using the mouse. A complete list of keyboard shortcuts is available on the web at http://www.perspection.com in the software downloads area.
This book provides concise step-by-step instructions that show you "how" to accomplish a task. Each set of instructions include illustrations that directly correspond to the easy-to-read steps. Also included in the text are timesavers, tables, and sidebars to help you work more efficiently or to teach you more in-depth information. A "Did You Know?" provides tips and techniques to help you work smarter, while a "See Also" leads you to other parts of the book containing related information about the task.
Real World Examples
This book uses real world examples files to help you perform a task. The examples give you a context in which to use the task. By using the example files, you won't waste time looking for or creating sample files. The Photoshop example files that you need for project tasks are available on the web at http://www.perspection.com.
This book shows you how to put together the individual step-by-step tasks into indepth projects with Andy's Workshop. You start each project with a sample file, work through the steps, and then compare your results with Andy's project file at the end. The project files are available on the web at http://www.perspection.com.
Photoshop for Windows and Macintosh
This book is written for the Windows and Macintosh version of Adobe Photoshop CS2. Both versions of the software are virtually the same, but there are a few platform differences between the two versions. When there are differences between the two versions, steps written specifically for the Windows version end with the notation (Win) and steps for the Macintosh version end with the notation (Mac). In some instances, tasks are split between the two operating systems.
Adobe Certified Expert
This book prepares you fully for the Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) exam for Adobe Photoshop CS2. Each Adobe Certified Expert certification level has a set of objectives, which are organized into broader skill sets. To prepare for the certification exam, you should review and perform each task identified with a Adobe Certified Expert objective to confirm that you can meet the requirements for the exam. Throughout this book, content that pertains to an objective is identified with the Adobe Certified Expert logo and objective number next to it.
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