Adobe Photoshop CS6 Essentials

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The perfect primer for learning Adobe Photoshop, whether you're new to it or updating your skills

Create logos, edit images, and design without fear in Adobe Photoshop, once you learn the essentials. This clear, task-based book covers them all, from navigating the user interface to how to identify design elements, paint and draw in Photoshop, apply layer styles, correct and adjust color, and much more. Each chapter provides clear step-by-step instruction as well as illustrative,...

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Overview

The perfect primer for learning Adobe Photoshop, whether you're new to it or updating your skills

Create logos, edit images, and design without fear in Adobe Photoshop, once you learn the essentials. This clear, task-based book covers them all, from navigating the user interface to how to identify design elements, paint and draw in Photoshop, apply layer styles, correct and adjust color, and much more. Each chapter provides clear step-by-step instruction as well as illustrative, full-color images and examples. Before you know it, you'll have the skills to start a design career with Photoshop.

What's more, if you're preparing for the Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) exam for Visual Communication using Photoshop, this thorough guide is the perfect preparation.

  • Covers Photoshop essentials for beginners and assists ACA candidates preparing for the Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) for Visual Communication using Photoshop certification exam
  • Explores how to identify design elements, paint and draw in Photoshop, apply layer styles, correct and adjust color, and more
  • Covers the five basic areas required for the ACA Photoshop exam, including setting project requirements, identifying design elements when preparing elements, understanding Adobe Photoshop, manipulating images, and evaluating digital images
  • Provides downloadable files that readers can use while going through the tutorials in the book
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118094952
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/14/2012
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Scott Onstott is a consultant, former university lecturer, author, and independent video producer with more than 14 years of experience teaching and writing about design visualization and image-manipulation software. He is the author of eight books, including Enhancing CAD Drawings with Photoshop and Autodesk AutoCAD 2013 and AutoCAD LT 2013 Essentials. In addition, Scott has been writing a column in Photoshop User magazine for the past six years.

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Table of Contents

Introduction xix

Chapter 1 Design Basics 1

Understanding the Design Process 1

Understanding Project Fundamentals 1

Collaborating with Others 3

Presenting Images 3

Participating in the Design Process 4

Learning Composition Principles 4

Framing Compositions 5

Employing Composition Themes 7

Understanding Your Rights to Use Images 18

Using Your Own Images 18

Using Others’ Images 19

Photography and Scanning Primer 21

Understanding Pixels 21

Selecting a Digital Camera 22

Lens Focal Length 24

Lens Aperture 25

Adjusting Exposure 26

Focusing 28

Selecting Light Sensitivity 29

Scanning Tips 30

The Essentials and Beyond 32

Chapter 2 Get ting Acquainted with Photoshop’s User Interface 33

User Interface Overview 33

Setting Application Preferences 36

Accessing Commands 38

Working with Documents 40

Using Tools 42

Understanding Tool Groups and Flyout Menus 42

Selecting Tool Options and Entering Numerical Values 45

Creating Tool Presets 46

Arranging Panels 48

Recalling Workspaces 52

The Essentials and Beyond 54

Chapter 3 Digital Imaging Fundamentals 55

Working with Pixels 55

Maximizing Megapixels 55

Selecting the Pixel Aspect Ratio 57

Dealing with Aliasing 58

Navigating Pixels 59

Understanding Color 60

Using Primary Colors 60

Storing Color in Channels 63

Selecting Image Modes 65

Picking Color 68

Storing Data 73

Bits and Bit Depth 73

Data versus Detail 74

Compressing Data 75

Setting Document Size and Resolution 76

Setting Resolution 77

Resampling Images 78

Changing the Canvas Size and Trimming 79

Cropping 81

The Essentials and Beyond 82

Chapter 4 Painting 83

Creating Gradients 83

Selecting Paint Colors 87

Using Painting Tools 90

Sketching with a Pencil 90

Painting with a Brush 92

Pouring Paint from a Bucket 94

Using Eraser Tools 95

Exploring Brushes 98

Opacity and Flow 99

Brush Panel 100

Painting With a Tablet 102

Taking Advantage of Pressure Sensitivity 103

Controlling Bristle Tip Brushes with Tilt Sensitivity 104

Painting from History 105

Understanding the History Panel 105

Using the History Brush 106

Painting with the Art History Brush 108

Using the Mixer Brush 110

The Essentials and Beyond 112

Chapter 5 Drawing 113

Comparing Vector with Raster Data 113

Drawing with Vector Tools 116

Manipulating Shapes 119

Working With Drawing Tool Modes 123

Shape Tool Mode 123

Path Tool Mode 126

Pixels Tool Mode 129

The Essentials and Beyond 131

Chapter 6 Writing 133

Typography Primer 133

Creating Point Text 136

Creating Mask Text 138

Fine-Tuning Type 142

Creating Paragraph Text 146

The Essentials and Beyond 149

Chapter 7 Selecting Pixels 151

Selecting with Marquees 151

Using the Rectangular Marquee 151

Using the Elliptical Marquee 153

Selecting with Lassos 156

Using the Lasso 156

Using the Polygonal Lasso 158

Using the Magnetic Lasso 160

Drawing Selections 162

Painting Selections 165

Selecting by Color 167

Quick Selecting and Refining 171

The Essentials and Beyond 175

Chapter 8 Working with Layers and Masks 177

Understanding Layers 177

Managing Layers 181

Blending Layers 184

Using Masks 191

The Essentials and Beyond 195

Chapter 9 Using Layer Styles and Comps 197

Applying Layer Effects 197

Octagram Layer 198

Rays Layer 202

Outer and Circle Layers 205

Circled Dot Layer Group 208

Dividers Layer 212

Working with Layer Styles 216

Using Layer Comps 218

The Essentials and Beyond 219

Chapter 10 Transforming Paths, Layers, and Smart Objects 221

Using Rulers and Guides 221

Moving, Aligning, and Distributing 224

Free Transforming 227

Deforming 231

Transforming Smart Objects 234

The Essentials and Beyond 237

Chapter 11 Adjusting and Filtering 239

Applying Adjustments and Filters 239

Working with Smart Filters 243

Creating Fill and Adjustment Layers 247

The Essentials and Beyond 252

Chapter 12 Developing Photos 253

Using Adobe Bridge 253

Making Development Decisions in ACR 255

Basic Parameters 256

Advanced Parameters 260

Making Local Adjustments in ACR 266

The Essentials and Beyond 270

Chapter 13 Retouching Photos 271

Using Retouching Tools 271

Developing the Photo 271

Removing the Telephone Pole and Wires 273

Replacing Textures In Perspective 278

Mapping Perspective Grids 278

Copying a Texture onto Surfaces in Perspective 282

Changing Focus 286

The Essentials and Beyond 289

Chapter 14 Merging Photos 291

Making High Dynamic Range Imagery 291

Using Merge to HDR Pro 291

Applying HDR Toning To A Single Image 295

Working with Panoramas 297

Using Photomerge 297

Making A Seamless 360-Degree Panorama 300

Processing Images in Stacks 304

The Essentials and Beyond 308

Chapter 15 Working with Color 309

Managing Color 309

Configuring Color Settings 312

Assigning and Converting Color Profiles 315

Correcting Color 318

Using Curves to Set Black, Gray, and White Points 318

Creating a Color Cast with the Photo Filter 321

Adjusting Color 323

Proofing Color 326

The Essentials and Beyond 328

Chapter 16 Creating Output 329

Printing 329

Saving for the Web 333

Rendering Images to Video 337

The Essentials and Beyond 339

Appendix Adobe Visual Communication Using Photoshop CS6

Objectives 341

Index 345

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