Hacking Photoshop CS2

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This is absolutely the ultimate guide to hacking Adobe’s wildly popular graphics software, written by an Adobe Certified professional photographer and designer.

This is serious, down and dirty, tweaking – blowing away the default settings, customizing appearance, optimizing performance, customizing tools and offering readers total control over Photoshop like never before.  With these 300+ hacks, readers ...

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Overview

This is absolutely the ultimate guide to hacking Adobe’s wildly popular graphics software, written by an Adobe Certified professional photographer and designer.

This is serious, down and dirty, tweaking – blowing away the default settings, customizing appearance, optimizing performance, customizing tools and offering readers total control over Photoshop like never before.  With these 300+ hacks, readers will find their work with Photoshop faster and easier than ever.

Roll up your sleeves, and dive into these hacks including:

  • Faster Photoshop startup
  • Customizing the Photoshop interface
  • Hacking Photoshop’s Tools
  • Access hidden dialog buttons
  • Hacks for Masks, Layers, Paths, Curves and Selections
  • Camera Raw tricks

and so much more.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764597886
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/3/2005
  • Series: ExtremeTech Series, #21
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 454
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Meet the Author

Shangara Singh has written and designed exam study aids for the Adobe Certified Expert product proficiency exams for Adobe Photoshop and co-authored exam study aids for Adobe Illustrator and Macromedia Dreamweaver (www.examaids.com). He regularly answers Photoshop questions on various lists, forums, and from his Photoshop ACE Web site. He has also served as technical editor for books on the use of Photoshop in Web site design and digital photography. He brings his extensive experience as a director of photography, a lighting designer, a photographer, and a Web and print designer to bear on all his visual work.
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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Chapter 1: Optimizing Performance.

Chapter 2: Hacking the Work Area.

Chapter 3: The Fine Art of Using Palettes.

Chapter 4: Browsing with Bridge.

Chapter 5: Hacking Preferences and Documents.

Chapter 6: Working with Layers.

Chapter 7: Creating and Applying Layer Styles.

Chapter 8: Hacking Layer Masks.

Chapter 9: Hacking Selection Masks.

Chapter 10: Drawing and Painting.

Chapter 11: Editing, Transforming, and Retouching Images.

Chapter 12: Adjusting and Correcting Colors.

Chapter 13: Creating and Editing Type.

Chapter 14: Hacking Camera Raw.

Chapter 15: Automating Tasks.

Chapter 16: Outputting to Print.

Chapter 17: Outputting to the Web.

Chapter 18: Exploiting Filters and Photoshop Flexibility.

Appendix: Troubleshooting.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2006

    If this book represents his exam aids, we're in trouble

    The exam aids that Mr. Singh writes are way behind according to version numbers. He speaks of items that are available only in older version numbers but speaks as they are current. Upon checking the software package you will notice his facts do not jive with the reality of Adobe's products. Everything seems rushed and lacks QC and editorial. Stick with the more commercial stuff or be left very dissapointed. This book is a dissapointment as well. The author attempts to sound cutting edge and technically inclined and his attempt to swoon the SDK tools is a poor attempt.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2005

    many types of hacks

    Singh writes for a Photoshop enthusiast, who is already using it, and wants to expand significantly your knowledge of what it can do. So the immediate nicety is that the book doesn't waste your time over the elementary stuff. It offers over 300 hacks, grouped in a more or less logical manner. One chapter lets you customise your work area to suit your preferences. Heavy Photoshop users should look into it. Especially if you use Photoshop professionally, for several hours a day. Customising the work area can help optimise your work flow. For example, there are 19 palettes. Rarely should you ever need close to all 19 being visible in the work area. Instead, you can just make visible those pertinant to your tasks. Speaking of palettes, another chapter goes into how to use these well. Like purging their histories if your memory is running low. Or using the Info palette to get the basic RGB and (x,y) coordinates of pixels under the mouse. Given that Photoshop is, above all else, an image editor, it should not be surprising that there are several chapters on editing images and correcting colours. For many of you, these may be the key chapters. The hacks in them can be somewhat involved, but they can enable quite subtle image changes.

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