Photoshop CS3 for Windows and Macintosh: Visual QuickStart Guide

Photoshop CS3 for Windows and Macintosh: Visual QuickStart Guide

by Elaine Weinmann

This Visual QuickStart Guide uses a combination of task-based instruction and strong visuals to teach beginning and intermediate users how to create great-looking images with Photoshop. Best-selling authors Elaine Weinmann and Peter Lourekas take readers step by step through all of today's Photoshop essentials: from importing digital photos through basic

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This Visual QuickStart Guide uses a combination of task-based instruction and strong visuals to teach beginning and intermediate users how to create great-looking images with Photoshop. Best-selling authors Elaine Weinmann and Peter Lourekas take readers step by step through all of today's Photoshop essentials: from importing digital photos through basic color manipulation and image correction to painting, masking, using filters, and more. Hot topics like working with Camera Raw, using the improved Photomerge command (that aligns and blends layers automatically) to stitch together images, making selections using the new Quick Selection tool and Refine Edge feature, and Smart Filters are all covered.

Both beginning users, who want a thorough introduction to the topic, and more advanced users, who are looking for a handy reference, will find what they need here. In this edition, using a fresh new design and now illustrated in full color, the authors have streamlined the text by focusing on the most efficient means of accomplishing a task, rather than explaining all possible methods. By the end of the book, users will have a solid foundation for working in Photoshop CS3. Additional intermediate topics can be found in the author's follow-on book: Photoshop CS3: Visual QuickPro Guide.

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Table of Contents

Photoshop Interface
Launch Photoshop in Windows     1
Launch Photoshop in the Mac OS     1
Photoshop screen in the Mac OS     2
Photoshop screen in Windows     3
The menus     4
The Tools palette
Using the Tools palette     6
Tools on the Tools palette     7
The Options bar     9
The palettes
Using the palettes     10
The palettes illustrated     12
Mini-glossary     24
Working smart     25
Color Management
Displays, modes, and channels     27
Channels     28
Document color modes     28
Color management basics
A straightforward approach to color management     31
Establishing Adobe RGB as the color space for a digital camera     31
Set a camera's color space to Adobe RGB     32
Calibrating your display
Display types     33
Three important settings     33
Pssst! How the pros do it     33
Calibrate your display in the Mac OS     34
Choosing a color space for Photoshop     36
Synchronizing color settings     38
Customizing your color policies     39
Saving custom color settings
Savecustom color settings as defaults for the Creative Suite     40
Save custom color settings     40
Acquiring printer profiles     40
Changing color profiles
Change or delete a file's color profile     42
Convert a file's color profile     42
Proofing colors onscreen
Proof an inkjet print onscreen     43
Proof colors for commercial printing or online output     44
Acquire, Create, Save
Using digital cameras     45
Buying a digital camera     46
Shooting digital photographs     46
Downloading photos     47
16 Bits/Channel mode     49
Calculating the file resolution
Resolution for print     50
Resolution for the Web     50
Calculate the resolution for print output     51
Using a scanner     53
Creating new, blank documents
Create a new, blank document     54
Create a document preset     56
Using the Place command     57
Saving files
Save an unsaved document     58
Save a previously saved file     59
Revert to the last saved version     59
Save a new version of a file     60
Use the status bar     61
Find out the storage size (and other data) about a file     61
Ending a work session
Close a document     62
Exit/quit Photoshop     62
Launching Bridge     63
The Bridge window     64
Opening files from Bridge     66
Choosing a workspace for Bridge     67
Examining thumbnails
Compare two thumbnails in the Preview panel     68
Examine picture details using a loupe     68
Customizing the Bridge window
Change the backdrop and thumbnail data in the Bridge window     69
Customize the layout of Bridge     70
Save a Bridge workspace     71
Access saved workspaces     71
Moving and copying files     71
Filtering the display of thumbnails
Label and rate thumbnails     72
Reject files     72
Redisplay all rejected thumbnails     72
Choose a sorting method     73
Display thumbnails based on category     73
Grouping thumbnails into stacks
Rearrange thumbnails manually     74
Group thumbnails into a stack     74
Select thumbnails in a stack     74
Rearrange thumbnails in a stack     74
Move a whole stack     74
Add a thumbnail to a stack      75
Remove thumbnails from a stack     75
Ungroup a whole stack     75
Managing files
Create a new folder     75
Delete files     75
Rename a file     75
Batch-rename files     76
Searching for files     77
Exporting the Bridge cache
Export the cache to the current folder     78
Rebuild the cache files     78
Assigning keywords to files     79
Opening PDF and Illustrator files
Open a PDF or Adobe Illustrator file as a new document     80
Paste Illustrator art into Photoshop     81
Dealing with the "ifs"     82
Changing zoom levels
Change the zoom level using the Navigator palette     83
Change the zoom level using the Zoom tool     84
Move a magnified image in its window     85
Scroll or zoom in multiple windows     85
Changing screen modes     85
Hiding/showing palettes
Hide/show the palettes     86
Make hidden, docked palettes reappear     86
Customizing menus
Assign color labels to, or hide/show, menu commands     87
Make all menu commands visible and remove all color labels     88
Saving workspaces
Create a custom workspace      89
Restore the default workspace     90
Delete a custom workspace     90
Pixel Basics
Changing resolution and dimensions     91
Change the resolution of a digital photo (low res/large dimensions) for print output     92
Resize a scanned image (high res/small dimensions) for print output     93
Resize a scanned image (medium res/small dimensions) for print output     94
Change the pixels dimensions of an image for Web output     94
Changing the canvas size     96
Cropping images
Crop an image using a marquee     97
Crop an image to a specific size     98
Enlarge the canvas area using the Crop tool     99
Crop an image using the Crop command     100
Crop an image closely using the Trim command     100
Crop an image according to its existing aspect ratio     101
Flipping and rotating images
Flip an image or a layer     101
Rotate an image by an exact amount     102
Straighten a crooked image     102
Layer Basics
Creating layers     103
Create a layer     104
Turn selected pixels into a layer     105
Duplicate a layer or layer group     105
Convert the Background into a layer      106
Convert a layer into the Background     106
Selecting layers
Select layers via the Layers palette     107
Select a layer or layer group with the Move tool     107
Restacking layers     108
Working with layer groups
Create a layer group     108
Rename a layer or layer group     109
Delete or disband a layer group     110
Deleting individual layers     110
Hiding/showing layers     110
Moving layer content     111
Choosing Layers palette options
Change the blending mode or opacity of a layer or layer group     112
Limit edits by locking transparent pixels     112
Lock a layer or layer group     113
Choose thumbnail options for the Layers palette     113
Merging layers
Merge layers     114
Merge only visible layers     115
Copy and merge layers     115
Flattening layers
Save a flattened copy of a file     116
Flatten layers     116
Creating layer-based selections
Select all the pixels on a layer     117
Creating selections by dragging
Create a rectangular or elliptical selection     118
Create a selection using a fixed ratio     118
Create a selection of specific dimensions     118
Create a free-form selection     119
Create a straight-edged selection     119
Creating selections based on color
Use the Quick Selection tool     120
Select a color area with the Magic Wand tool     122
Turn a selection into a silhouette     123
Creating selections via a dialog box     124
Refining selection edges
Refine the edge of a selection     126
Expand a selection via a command     128
Working with selections
Deselect a selection     129
Reselect the last selection     129
Delete selected pixels     129
Move a selection marquee     130
Transform a selection marquee     130
Switch the selected and unselected areas     131
Hide/show a selection marquee     131
Create a selection in the shape of a frame     132
Select the intersection of two selections     133
Saving and loading selections
Save a selection to a channel     133
Display a channel selection     134
Duplicate an alpha channel     134
Load an alpha channel onto an image as a selection     135
Combine two alpha channel selections     135
Reverse the masked and unmasked areas in an alpha channel     136
Reshape an alpha channel mask     137
Delete an alpha channel     137
Using Quick Masks
Reshape a selection by using a Quick Mask     138
Paint a Quick Mask     139
Choose Quick Mask options     139
Choosing a selection method     140
Combine Images
Moving selection contents     141
Duplicating selections
Drag-copy a selection in the same document     142
Drag and drop a selection between documents     143
Using the Clipboard     144
Copy and paste a selection     145
Paste into a selection     146
Matching image dimensions     147
Copying layers between files     148
Pattern stamping     149
Blending imagery using layer masks     150
Using the Clone Source palette
Use the Clone Stamp tool and the Clone Source palette     152
Switch between clone sources when using the Clone Stamp tool     153
Scale the source imagery while cloning     153
Rotate the source imagery     153
Reposition the source overlay after you've started cloning     153
Stitching photos together     154
Blending seams manually      156
Using alignment features
Show/hide the rulers     157
Move a layer using smart guides     158
Show/hide the grid     158
Use the Snap feature     158
Create ruler guides     159
Lock/unlock all ruler guides     159
Create a ruler guide at a specific location     159
Remove ruler guides     159
Align layers to one another     160
Equalize the spacing among layers     160
Measure the distance and angle between two points     160
Using the History palette     161
Changing history states     163
Deleting and clearing history states
Delete a state     164
Clear the History palette     164
Using snapshots
Choose snapshot options     165
Create a snapshot of a state     166
Make a snapshot become the current state     167
Delete a snapshot     167
Creating documents from states     167
Restoring areas selectively
Use the History Brush tool     168
Fill a selection or layer with a history state or snapshot     170
Tonal Adjustments
Applying adjustment commands     171
Using adjustment layers
Create an adjustment layer     172
Change the settings for an adjustment layer     172
Change the command in an adjustment layer     173
Merge an adjustment layer     173
Adjustment layer techniques     174
Partially mask an adjustment layer     175
Two-step adjustment commands
Apply the Threshold command     176
Apply the Posterize command     177
Using the Histogram palette
Update the Histogram palette     178
Interpreting the Histogram palette     179
Using the Levels command     180
Correct the light/dark balance of an image     180
Screen back a layer     182
Adjusting brightness and contrast     183
Dodging and burning     184
Colors & Blending Modes
Choosing colors     185
Choose a color using the Color Picker     186
Choose a color from a color library     187
Choose an RGB or HSB color using the Color palette     188
Using the Swatches palette
Choose a color from the Swatches palette     189
Add a color to the Swatches palette     189
Delete a color from the Swatches palette     189
Save the current swatches as a library     190
Replace or append a swatches library     190
Load a swatches library     190
Restore the default swatches     190
Using the Eyedropper tool     191
Copying colors as hexadecimals     191
Choosing blending modes     192
Creating fill layers
Add texture using a pattern fill layer     198
Apply a tint using a color fill layer     199
Converting layers to grayscale
Convert an RGB image to grayscale using the Black & White command     200
Convert a layer to grayscale     202
Convert a color layer to grayscale and restore the color selectively     202
Using the Color Balance command     203
Using the Hue/Saturation command     205
Applying Auto Color Correction     206
Using the Levels command     208
Using the Curves command
Adjust the color in an RGB image using the Curves command     210
Correct several images using the same adjustment layer     214
Using the Brush tool     215
Choosing temporary brush settings     216
Using the Brushes palette     217
Customizing brushes
Customize a brush preset (main course)     218
Customize a brush preset (side dishes)     221
Smudging colors     222
Use the Eraser tool     223
Use the Magic Eraser tool     224
Camera Raw
Why use Camera Raw?     225
More reasons to use Camera Raw     226
Raw, JPEG, or TIFF?     227
Getting JPEGs and TIFFs into Camera Raw     228
Who's hosting Camera Raw?     228
Camera Raw: the basic steps     229
Using the Camera Raw tools
Use the simple "one-click" tools     231
Crop the image     232
Straighten out a crooked photo     232
Touch up blemishes or imperfections     232
Using the Workflow options     233
Using the Basic tab
Apply white balance adjustments     234
Make tonal adjustments     236
Adjust the color saturation     236
Using the Tone Curve tab     238
Using the HSL/Grayscale tab     240
Using the Detail tab     242
Saving and applying Camera Raw settings
Save Camera Raw settings as a preset     243
Choose a Camera Raw preset     243
Synchronize the Camera Raw settings of multiple files     244
Opening and saving Camera Raw files
Open a Camera Raw file, saving settings     245
Open a copy of a Camera Raw file     245
Save a file via Camera Raw     245
Opening and placing photos as Smart Objects
Convert a Camera Raw file into a Smart Object     246
Edit a Smart Object photo     246
Using the Shadow/Highlight command     247
Using the Photo Filter command     250
Exposure correction via the Layers palette     251
Correcting for lack of flash     252
Applying the Lighting Effects filter     253
Using the Lens Blur filter     255
Using the Motion Blur filter     258
Creating vignettes
Create an area of focus (vignette) by using a mask     260
Create a darkening vignette via Levels     261
Using the Lens Correction filter     262
Using the sharpening filters
Deciding which sharpening filter to use     264
Apply the Smart Sharpen filter     265
Apply the Unsharp Mask filter     267
Using the Match Color command
Use the Match Color command     270
Remove a color cast in one step     271
Cloning     272
Using the Replace Color command
Use the Replace Color command     274
Whiten teeth or eyes     276
Using the Surface Blur filter
Smooth skin or other surfaces     277
Selectively restore details after using the Surface Blur filter     277
Using the Color Replacement tool     278
Using the Healing Brush tool     280
Using the Patch tool     282
Using the Spot Healing Brush tool     284
Using the Red Eye tool     286
More Layers
Changing layer opacity and fill     287
Blending layers     288
Choose a blending mode for a layer     288
Blend a modified layer with the original layer     289
Choose blending options for a layer     290
Using layer masks
Create a layer mask     292
Reshape a layer mask     293
Move the layer image or mask independently     294
Move or duplicate a layer mask to another layer     294
Choose layer mask display options     294
Deactivate a layer mask temporarily     295
Apply or delete a layer mask     295
Using clipping masks
Create a clipping mask     296
Release a layer from a clipping mask     296
Release an entire clipping mask     296
Linking layers     297
Transforming layers
Transform a layer or group via an individual command     298
Transform using the Free Transform command or Move tool     300
Warping layers     301
Using Smart Object layers
Create a Smart Object     302
Edit a Smart Object     302
Replace the contents of a Smart Object with another file     303
Reclaim Photoshop layers from a Smart Object     303
Rasterize a Smart Object layer     304
Filling areas with a solid color     304
Layer Effects
Applying layer effects
Apply layer effects (generic instructions)     305
What kind of imagery should you use?     307
Layer effects in depth
Apply the Drop Shadow or Inner Shadow effect     308
Transform a Drop Shadow effect     309
Apply the Outer or Inner Glow effect     310
Apply the Bevel or Emboss effect     312
Apply the Satin effect     314
Apply the Color Overlay effect     315
Apply the Gradient Overlay effect     315
Apply the Pattern Overlay effect     316
Apply a Stroke effect     317
Copying, moving, and removing effects
Copy effects between layers     318
Move an effect from one layer to another without replacing existing effects     318
Move all the effects from one layer to another, replacing existing effects      318
Remove layer effects     318
Applying styles
Apply a style to a layer     319
Save a style to the Styles palette     320
Applying filters     321
Use the Filter Gallery     322
Using individual filter dialog boxes     323
Creating and using Smart Filters
Create a Smart Filter     324
Edit the settings for a Smart Filter     324
Apply blending options to a Smart Filter     325
Hide/Show Smart Filter effects     325
Copy a filter effect from one Smart Object layer to another     325
Delete a Smart Filter     325
Create a filter mask     325
Filter pro techniques     325
Illustrated directory of filters
Artistic filters     329
Blur filters     331
Brush Strokes filters     332
Distort filters     333
Noise filters     334
Pixelate filters     335
Render filters     336
Sharpen filters     336
Sketch filters     337
Stylize filters     339
Texture filters     340
Photos into drawings or paintings
Turn a photograph into a tinted drawing      341
Create a watercolor     342
Applying the Pattern Maker filter     343
Editable versus rasterized type     345
Creating editable type     346
Selecting type     348
Converting type
Convert paragraph type to point type     349
Convert point type to paragraph type     349
Importing type from Illustrator as a Smart Object     349
Styling type
Scale type by choosing a value     350
Scale type using the Move tool     350
Apply kerning     351
Apply tracking     351
Adjust leading in horizontal type     352
Change the type style     353
Shift characters from the normal baseline     353
Changing type orientation     354
Applying paragraph settings     355
Transforming the bounding box     356
Warping type     357
Rasterizing type     358
Filling type with imagery     358
Use type shapes as a layer mask     359
Making type fade     360
Screening back type     361
Putting type in a spot color channel     362
Creating a gradient fill layer     363
Using the Gradient tool     365
Creating and editing gradient presets     366
Creating vignettes     369
Adding hand-painted borders
Add a hand-painted border     370
Paint an image onto a white background     370
Adding watermarks
Embed a watermark into a file     372
Create a custom watermark from text     373
Save a watermark shape and style as a tool preset     373
Creating a contact sheet     374
Creating a picture package     376
Creating a PDF presentation     378
Creating and using layer comps
Create a layer comp     380
Display a layer comp     381
Restore the last document state     381
Update a layer comp     381
Clear an alert icon     381
Delete a layer comp     382
Create a PDF slide show of layer comps     382
Photoshop Preferences
General preferences     384
Interface preferences     385
File Handling preferences     386
Performance preferences     387
Cursors preferences     388
Transparency & Gamut preferences     388
Units & Rulers preferences      389
Guides, Grid & Slices preferences     390
Plug-ins preferences     390
Type preferences     391
Bridge Preferences
General preferences     392
Thumbnails preferences     392
Metadata preferences     393
Labels preferences     393
File Type Associations preferences     393
Inspector preferences     393
Startup Scripts preferences     393
Advanced preferences     393
Using the Preset Manager
Use the Preset Manager     394
Save selected presets as a set     395
Reset or replace presets     395
Managing presets via pickers and palettes
Delete a preset from a picker or palette     396
Save all the presets currently on a picker as a new library     396
Load a library of presets     397
Restore default presets     397
Creating tool presets     398
Printing from Photoshop     399
Choose a paper size and orientation for an inkjet printer     400
Print to an inkjet printer     401
Configuring the printer
Turn off color management for your printer in Windows     404
Turn off color management for your printer in the Mac OS      405
Choosing output options     406
Creating spot color channels
Create a spot color channel     407
Convert an alpha channel to a spot color channel     407
More about spot color channels     408
Printing spot color channels     408
Print a grayscale image using a spot color tint     409
Preparing files for commercial printing     409
Choose a predefined CMYK profile     410
The color correction workflow     410
Preparing files for other applications
Photoshop to QuarkXPress     411
Photoshop to Adobe InDesign     411
Photoshop to Adobe Illustrator     412
Photoshop to CorelDRAW 12     412
Saving files in the TIFF format     413
Saving files in the EPS format     414
Saving files in the PDF format     416
Saving files for the Web     417
Previewing optimized files     418
Optimizing files for the Web
Optimize a file in the GIF format     419
Optimize an image in the JPEG format     421
Index     423

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