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Need answers quickly? Adobe Photoshop CS6 on Demand provides those answers in a visual step-by-step format. We will show you exactly what to do through lots of full color illustrations and easy-to-follow instructions.

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Inside the Book

• Improve productivity with the CS6 adjustable interface and templates
• Use automatic saving options for better efficiency and protection
• Use automatic layer alignment and blending to work with objects
• Use more precise color correction to enhance a photo
• Use content-aware options for scaling and fill
• Create eye-catching images with special effect filters
• Transform plain text into a showstopping image
• Create character and paragraph styles to manage and use text
• Transform video in Photoshop justlike an image
• Create and manipulate 3D models using presets and custom options

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789749338
  • Publisher: Que
  • Publication date: 5/23/2012
  • Series: On Demand Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 608
  • Sales rank: 825,151
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Steve Johnson has written more than 70 books on a variety of computer software, including Adobe Photoshop CS5, Adobe Dreamweaver CS5, Adobe Flash Professional CS5, Adobe InDesign CS5, Adobe Illustrator CS5, Microsoft Windows 7, Microsoft Office 2010 and 2007, Microsoft Office 2008 for the Macintosh, and Apple Mac OS X Lion. In 1991, after working for Apple Computer and Microsoft, Steve founded Perspection, Inc., which writes and produces software training. When he is not staying up late writing, he enjoys coaching baseball, playing golf, gardening, and spending time with his wife, Holly, and three children, JP, Brett, and Hannah. Steve and his family live in Northern California, but can also be found visiting family all over the western United States.

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Table of Contents

Introduction xix

1 Getting Started with Photoshop CS6 1

Installing Photoshop 2 New!

Starting Photoshop 4

Viewing the Photoshop Window 6 New!

Showing and Hiding Panels 7

Working with Panels 8

Working with Photoshop Tools 10 New!

Creating a New Document 12

Selecting Color Modes and Resolution 13

Creating a New Document Using Presets 14

Working with Non-Square Pixels 15

Opening Images 16

Inserting Images in a Document 17

Importing Raw Data from a Digital Camera 18 New!

Working with Smart Objects 20

Changing Image Size and Resolution 22 New!

Checking for Updates and Patches 24 New!

Getting Help While You Work 26

Saving a Document 28 New!

Using the Status Bar 30 New!

Closing a Document 31

Finishing Up 32

2 Understanding Navigation and Measurement Systems 33

Changing the View Size with the Navigator Panel 34 New!

Changing the View Area with the Navigator Panel 35

Changing the Color of the Navigator Panel View Box 36

Changing the Screen Display Mode 37 New!

Changing the View with the Zoom Tool 38 New!

Increasing or Decreasing Magnification 40

Moving Images in the Document Window 41

Working with Multiple Documents 42

Working with One Image in Multiple Windows 43

Moving Layers Between Documents 44

Creating Notes 45

Working with the Info Panel 46 New!

Changing How the Info Panel Measures Color 47

Working with Rulers 48

Creating Tool Presets 50

3 Customizing the Way You Work 51

Optimizing Photoshop 52

Setting General Preferences 54 New!

Setting File Handling Preferences 56 New!

Setting Interface Preferences 58 New!

Setting Cursors Preferences 60

Controlling Transparency & Gamut Preferences 61

Working with Units & Rulers 62

Working with Guides, Grid & Slices 64

Setting Plug-Ins Preferences 66 New!

Selecting Scratch Disks 67

Allocating Memory & Image Cache 68 New!

Setting Type Preferences 70 New!

Managing Libraries with the Preset Manager 71 New!

Using and Customizing Workspaces 72 New!

Building Specialized Workspaces 74 New!

Creating a Customized User Interface 75

Defining Shortcut Keys 76

4 Mastering the Art of Selection 77

Using the Rectangular Marquee Tool 78 New!

Using the Elliptical Marquee Tool 79 New!

Using the Single Row and Single Column Marquee Tools 80 New!

Using the Lasso Marquee Tool 81 New!

Using the Magnetic Lasso Tool 82 New!

Using the Polygonal Lasso Tool 84 New!

Using the Quick Selection Tool 85

Using the Magic Wand Tool 86 New!

Selecting by Color Range 87 New!

Refining a Selection Edge 88 New!

Modifying an Existing Selection 90

Working with an Existing Selection 92 New!

Copying and Pasting a Selection 93

Using Channels to Create and Store Selections 94

Using Free Transform and Transform 96

Using the Crop Tool 98 New!

Using the Perspective Crop Tool 100 New!

Using Content-Aware Scaling 101

Using Content-Aware Fill 102

Using Content-Aware Patch 104 New!

Using Content-Aware Move and Extend 105 New!

Using the Puppet Warp 106

5 Working with Layers 107

Understanding the Layers Panel 108 New!

Defining Layer Designations and Attributes 109 New!

Creating a New Layer 110

Selecting Layers 112 New!

Creating a Layer Group 113 New!

Creating a Selection from a Layer 114

Creating a Layer from a Selection 115

Converting a Background into a Layer 116

Controlling Image Information Using the Layers Panel 118 New!

Filtering Layers in the Layers Panel 119 New!

Using Merge Layer Options 120

Linking and Unlinking Layers 121

Aligning and Combining Layers 122

Working with Layer Blending Modes 124 New!

Setting Layer Opacity 125 New!

Duplicating a Layer 126

Deleting Layers 127

Moving Layers Between Documents 128

Working with the Layer Comps Panel 129

Exporting Layers as Files 130

Setting Layers Panel Options 131

Using Smart Guides to Align Layers 132 New!

6 Working with the History Panel 133

Setting History Panel Options 134

Working with Linear and Non-Linear History 136

Controlling the Creative Process with Snapshots 138

Duplicating a History State in Another Document 139

Saving the History State of a Document 140

Reviewing the History State Text File 141

Combining the History Brush with a History State 142

Using the Art History Brush 144

Changing the Eraser Tool into the History Brush 145

Controlling History States 146 New!

7 Working with Adjustment Layers, Filters, and Tools 147

Creating an Adjustment Layer 148 New!

Modifying an Adjustment Layer 149 New!

Merging Adjustment Layers 150

Creating a Temporary Composite Image 151

Controlling Adjustment Layers with Clipping Groups 152 New!

Deleting an Adjustment Layer 153

Using Blending Modes and Opacity with Layers 154 New!

Using Masks with Adjustment Layers 156

Creating Masks with Selections 157

Using the Add Noise Filter 158

Using the Reduce Noise Filter 159

Keeping Proper Perspective with Vanishing Point 160

Working with the Lens Correction Filter 162

Using the Box, Surface, and Shape Blur Filters 164

Using the Gaussian Blur and Despeckle Filters 166

Using the Unsharp Mask Filter 167

Using the Smart Sharpen Filter 168

Using Sharpen, Blur and Smudge Tools 170

Using the Clone Stamp Tool 171

Setting Up Multiple Clone Sources 172

Using the Dodge and Burn Tools 173

Using the Healing Brush and Patch Tools 174

Working with the Spot Healing Brush 176

Working with the Red Eye Tool 177

Controlling Tonal Range 178 New!

Working with the Histogram Panel 180

8 Understanding Colors and Channels 181

Working with 8-, 16-, and 32-Bit Images 182

Working with the Channels Panel 184

Working with Color Modes 185

Understanding the RGB Color Mode 186

Understanding the CMYK Color Mode 187

Understanding the Grayscale Color Mode 188

Understanding the Bitmap Color Mode 189

Understanding the Indexed Color Mode 190

Understanding the Lab Color Mode 192

Understanding the Duotone Color Mode 193

Using the Multichannel Color Mode 194

Using the Replace Color Adjustment 195

Working with the Color Panel 196

Working with the Swatches Panel 198

Using the Stroke and Fill Commands 200 New!

Creating Spot Color Channels 202

Using the Auto Contrast and Auto Color Commands 203

Using Levels Adjustment Commands 204 New!

Using the Exposure Adjustment 205

Using Curves and Color Adjustments 206 New!

Adjusting Hue and Saturation 208

Adjusting Vibrance 209

Using the Selective Color Adjustment 210

Using the Channel Mixer Adjustment 211

Using the Gradient Map Adjustment 212

Using the Photo Filter Adjustment 213

Using the Invert and Equalize Commands 214

Using the Threshold and Posterize Adjustments 215

Using the HDR Toning Adjustment 216

Using the Shadows/Highlights Adjustment 218

Using the Black & White Adjustment 219

Using the Match Color Adjustment 220

9 Using the Paint, Shape Drawing, and Eraser Tools 221

Selecting Foreground and Background Colors 222 New!

Using the Brush and Brush Presets Panel 224 New!

Modifying the Brush Presets Panel 225

Selecting Brush Tip Sets 226

Adjusting Brush Tips 227 New!

Adjusting Bristle Brush Tips 228

Creating Customized Brush Tips 229

Saving Customized Brush Tips 230

Working with the Brush and Airbrush Tools 231

Working with the Mixer Brush Tool 232

Working with the Pencil Tool 233

Working with Auto Erase 234

Working with the Line Tool 235 New!

Working with the Shape Tool 236 New!

Working with the Custom Shape Tool 237

Working with Shape Layers 238 New!

Arranging Shape Layers 240 New!

Creating a Custom Shape 241

Saving Custom Shape Sets 242

Using the Paint Bucket Tool 243

Working with the Eraser Tools 244

Working with the Magic Eraser Tool 246

Creating and Applying Gradients 247

Creating and Saving Customized Gradients 248

Using the Color Replacement Tool 250

10 Creating Masks 251

Understanding Layer and Vector Masks 252

Creating a Layer Mask 253

Using Paint Tools with Layer Masks 254

Using Selections to Generate Complex Layer Masks 255

Using Layer Masks to Generate Soft Transparency 256

Creating Unique Layer Mask Effects 257

Creating a Vector Mask 258

Modifying Layer and Vector Masks 259

Creating Channel Masks 260

Creating Channel Masks from Scratch 261

Modifying Channel Mask Options 262

Creating Channel Masks from Selections 263

Making Channel Masks from Native Color Channels 264

Loading Channel Masks from Selections 266

Moving Channel Masks Between Documents 268

Combining Channel Masks 269

Using the Quick Mask Mode 270

Working with Quick Mask Options 271

Modifying Selections with Quick Mask Mode 272

11 Using the Paths Panel 273

Understanding Vector and Raster Images 274

Converting a Selection into a Path 275

Working with Pen Tools 276

Creating Paths Using the Freeform Pen Tool 278

Using the Magnetic Option with the Freeform Pen Tool 279

Adding and Deleting Anchor Points 280

Modifying Anchor Points 282

Modifying Existing Direction Lines 284

Converting Straight Points and Curved Points 285

Working with Clipping Paths 286

Filling an Area of an Image Using Paths 288 New!

Stroking an Area of an Image Using Paths 289

Creating Shapes as Paths 290

Exporting Paths to Adobe Illustrator 291

Exporting Paths Using the Export Method 292

12 Working with Layer Styles 293

Understanding Layer Styles 294

Adding a Layer Style 295 New!

Creating and Modifying a Drop Shadow 296

Working with Bevel and Emboss 298

Working with Contour and Texture 300

Applying a Color Overlay 302

Using the Stroke Layer Style 303

Using Pattern Overlays 304

Working with Outer Glow and Inner Shadow 306

Applying an Inner Glow Style 308

Creating Customized Layer Styles 310

Creating Customized Styles Using the Styles Panel 312

Moving Existing Layer Styles 314

13 Getting Creative with Type 315

Using Standard Type Tools 316 New!

Working with Type Options 318 New!

Working with the Character Panel 320 New!

Working with the Paragraph Panel 322 New!

Setting Anti-aliasing Options 323 New!

Using the Warp Text Option 324 New!

Working with Text Styles 326 New!

Using Spell Check 328

Finding and Replacing Text 329 New!

Using the Rasterize Type Command 330 New!

Creating Work Paths and Shapes from Type Layers 331 New!

Creating Shape Layers 332 New!

Creating a Type Mask 333

Isolating Image Pixels Using a Type Mask 334

Creating Chiseled Type with a Type Mask 336 New!

Using Masks to Generate Special Effects 338

Creating and Modifying Text on a Path 340

14 Manipulating Images with Filters 341

Working with the Filter Gallery 342 New!

Creating and Working with Smart Filters 344

Applying Multiple Filters to an Image 345

Modifying Images with Liquify 346 New!

Working with Liquify Tool Options 348 New!

Working with Liquify Mask Options 350 New!

Working with Liquify View Options 351 New!

Creating a Liquify Mesh 352 New!

Applying a Liquify Mesh 353 New!

Using the Adaptive Wide Angle Filter 354 New!

Using the Oil Paint Filter 356 New!

Using the Lighting Effects Filter 357 New!

Using the Blur Filter Gallery 358 New!

Using the Lens Blur Filter 360

Working with Photo Filters 362

Blending Modes and Filter Effects 363

Building Custom Patterns 364

Applying a Fade Effect 366

Controlling Filters Using Selections 367

Using a Channel Mask to Control Filter Effects 368

Protecting Images with Watermarks 370

Viewing Various Filter Effects 372

15 Automating Your Work with Actions 375

Examining the Actions Panel 376 New!

Building a New Action 378

Recording an Action 379 New!

Adding a Stop to an Action 380

Controlling the Playback of a Command 381

Adding a Command to an Action 382

Deleting a Command from an Action 383

Working with Modal Controls in an Action 384

Changing the Order of Commands in an Action 385

Copying an Action 386

Running an Action Inside an Action 387

Saving Actions into Sets 388

Saving Actions as Files 389

Moving and Copying Actions Between Sets 390

Inserting a Non-Recordable Command into an Action 391

Using Enhanced Scripting 392

Enhancing the Process with Droplets 394

Using a Droplet 396

16 Controlling Image Output 397

Setting Document Print Options 398 New!

Setting Print Output Options 400

Setting Print Color Management Options 402

Printing a Document in Macintosh 404

Printing a Document in Windows 406

Changing Printer Settings 407

Printing One Copy 408

Understanding File Formats 409 New!

Saving a Document with a Different File Format 410

Inserting File Information into a Document 412

Understanding File Compression 414

Preparing Clip Art for the Web 416

Preparing a Photograph for the Web 418 New!

Preparing an Image for the Press 420

Preparing an Image for an Inkjet or Laser Printer 422

Understanding Monitor, Image, and Device Resolution 424

17 Working with Automate Commands 425

Working with Batch File Processing 426

Working with Conditional Mode Change 428

Cropping and Straightening Photos 429

Converting a Multi-Page PDF to PSD 430

Creating a PDF Document 432

Creating a Contact Sheet 434 New!

Creating Panoramic Images 436 New!

Processing Lens Correction 438

Merging Images to HDR Pro 440

Processing Multiple Image Files 442

Adjusting an Image Fit Size 444

18 Managing Color from Monitor to Print 445

Producing Consistent Color 446

Calibrating Using Hardware and Software 447

Setting Up Soft-Proof Colors 448

Changing from Additive (RGB) to Subtractive (CMYK) 450

Working with Rendering Intents 451

Printing a Hard Proof 452 New!

Working with Color Management 454 New!

Embedding ICC Color Profiles 456

Assigning a Different Profile to a Document 457

Converting Document Colors to Another Profile 458

Using Hue/Saturation for Out-Of-Gamut Colors 460

Using the Sponge Tool for Out-Of-Gamut Colors 462

Working with the Out-Of-Gamut Warning 464

19 Designing for the Web and Devices 465

Saving for the Web 466

Working with Save for Web Options 468

Optimizing an Image to File Size 469

Working with Web File Formats 470

Optimizing a JPEG Document 472

Optimizing a GIF Document 474

Optimizing a PNG-8 Document 476

Optimizing a PNG-24 Document 478

Optimizing a WBMP Document 479

Slicing Images the Easy Way 480

Working with Slices 482

Arranging Slices 484

Saving a Sliced Image for the Web 486

Adding HTML Text or an URL Link to a Slice 488

Defining and Editing Web Data Variables 490

Exporting an Image to Zoomify 492

20 Working with Video 493

Opening Video Files and Image Sequences 494 New!

Creating a Video Layer 495 New!

Modifying a Video Layer 496 New!

Creating a Video Group 498 New!

Adding Text to a Video Layer 499 New!

Splitting a Video Layer 500 New!

Cloning Video Layer Content 501

Adding a Transition to a Video Layer 502 New!

Adding Audio to a Video Layer 503 New!

Creating an Animation 504 New!

Working with Animation 506 New!

Exporting Directly to Video 508 New!

Creating an Image from a Video 510 New!

21 Extending Photoshop 511

Counting Objects in an Image 512

Taking Measurements in an Image 514

Setting 3D Preferences 516 New!

Creating 3D Models 518 New!

Creating 3D Models Using Preset Shapes 520 New!

Viewing the 3D Workspace 521 New!

Modifying 3D Models 522 New!

Creating 3D Text 524 New!

Adjusting Light with 3D Models 525 New!

Rendering and Saving 3D Models 526 New!

22 Working Together with Adobe Programs 527

Exploring Adobe Programs 528

Exploring Adobe Bridge 529

Getting Started with Adobe Bridge 530 New!

Getting Photos from a Digital Camera 531

Working with Raw Images from a Digital Camera 532 New!

Modifying Images in Camera Raw 534 New!

Working with Images Using Adobe Bridge 536

Setting Preferences in Adobe Bridge 538 New!

Applying Image Adjustments 540

Creating a Web Photo Gallery 541

Automating Tasks in Adobe Bridge 542

Using Mini Bridge 543

Working with Adobe Media Encoder 544 New!

Working with Adobe Extension Manager 546 New!

Scripting with Adobe ExtendScript Toolkit 547 New!

New Features 549 New!

Adobe Certification 555

Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) 555

Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) 558

Index 561

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