Photoshop CC: The Missing Manual: Covers 2014 release


Photoshop CC is an outstanding image editor, but it can be pretty overwhelming. This book makes learning Photoshop as easy as possible by explaining the hows and whys in a friendly, conversational style. You’ll unlock Photoshop’s secrets, new goodies, and time-saving features, with expert tips and practical editing advice you can use every day.

The important stuff you need to know:

  • Learn your way around. Tour...
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Photoshop CC is an outstanding image editor, but it can be pretty overwhelming. This book makes learning Photoshop as easy as possible by explaining the hows and whys in a friendly, conversational style. You’ll unlock Photoshop’s secrets, new goodies, and time-saving features, with expert tips and practical editing advice you can use every day.

The important stuff you need to know:

  • Learn your way around. Tour Photoshop’s workspace and learn how to customize it.
  • Unleash the magic. Use selections, layers, masks, and smart objects to safely edit images; automate common chores with actions.
  • Perfect your photos. Learn to crop, resize, color-correct, retouch, combine, and prepare photos for print or online use.
  • Master color. Drain, change, and add color, and even create digital makeup, partial-color effects, and duotones.
  • Be artistic. Use filters effectively, create illustrations, paintings, artistic typography, animations, and videos.
  • Go 3D. Create and edit 3D objects and send them off to a 3D-printing service from inside Photoshop.
  • Export web graphics. Use Generator to instantly export and resize images—just by using layer names.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781491947197
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/7/2014
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 992
  • Sales rank: 159,645
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Lesa Snider is on a mission to teach the world to create—and use!—better graphics. She’s an internationally acclaimed speaker, a stock photographer, and the founder of the creative tutorial site Lesa is the author of many video-training workshops ( and the coauthor of iPhoto ’11: The Missing Manual. She writes a regular column for Photoshop User, Elements Techniques, and Macworld magazines, and contributes frequently to and Lesa is also a long-time member of the Photoshop World Dream Team of instructors and can be spotted teaching at many other conferences around the globe. You can connect with her online on Facebook (, YouTube (, Twitter (@PhotoLesa), and
During her free time, you’ll find Lesa carving the twisties on her sportbike, dressed up in her Star Trek best at a sci-fi convention with her husband, or hanging with fellow Apple Mac enthusiasts. Lesa is a proud member of the BMWMOA and the First Lady of the Colorado Mac User Group ( a.k.a. the Boulder Mac Maniacs. Email:

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Table of Contents

The Missing Credits;
About the Author;
About the Creative Team;
What’s New in Photoshop CC 2014;
About This Book;
About the Online Resources;
Part 1: The Basics;
Chapter 1: Photoshop CC Guided Tour;
1.1 Meet the Application Frame;
1.2 Working with Panels;
1.3 The Power of Undo;
1.4 Tweaking Photoshop’s Preferences;
1.5 Working with Presets;
Chapter 2: Opening, Viewing, and Saving Files;
2.1 Creating a New Document;
2.2 Saving Files;
2.3 Opening an Existing Document;
2.4 Changing Your View;
2.5 Arranging Open Images;
2.6 Guides, Grids, and Rulers;
Chapter 3: Layers: The Key to Nondestructive Editing;
3.1 Layer Basics;
3.2 Managing Layers;
3.3 Layer Blending;
3.4 Layer Masks: Digital Masking Tape;
3.5 Using Smart Objects;
3.6 Layer Styles;
Chapter 4: Selections: Choosing What to Edit;
4.1 Selection Basics;
4.2 Selecting by Shape;
4.3 Selecting by Color;
4.4 Selecting Irregular Areas;
4.5 Modifying Selections;
Chapter 5: Understanding Channels;
5.1 How Color Works;
5.2 The Channels Panel and You;
5.3 Meet the Color Channels;
5.4 The Mighty Alpha Channel;
5.5 Basic Channel Stunts;
Part 2: Editing Images;
Chapter 6: Cropping, Resizing, and Rotating;
6.1 Cropping Images;
6.2 Resizing Images;
6.3 Content-Aware Scaling;
6.4 Rotating and Distorting;
Chapter 7: Combining Images;
7.1 Cut It Out;
7.2 Pasting into a Selection;
7.3 Fading Images Together;
7.4 Layer Blend Modes;
7.5 Hiding Backgrounds with Blending Sliders;
7.6 Auto-Aligning Layers and Photomerge;
7.7 Auto-Blending Layers;
7.8 Cloning Between Documents;
7.9 Combining Vectors and Rasters;
7.10 Mapping One Image onto Another;
Chapter 8: Draining, Changing, and Adding Color;
8.1 Draining Color;
8.2 Changing Color;
8.3 Adding Color;
Chapter 9: Correcting Color and Lighting;
9.1 Lighting Basics;
9.2 Quick Fixer-Uppers;
9.3 Correcting Images in Camera Raw;
9.4 Using Levels;
9.5 Working with Curves;
9.6 Creating HDR Images;
9.7 Making Colors Pop;
9.8 Rescuing the Unfixables;
Chapter 10: Retouching, Removing, and Repositioning;
10.1 The Great Healers;
10.2 Using the Clone Stamp Tool;
10.3 Whitening Teeth;
10.4 Super Slimmers;
10.5 Skin Softeners;
10.6 Show-Stopping Eyes;
10.7 Other Creative Madness;
Chapter 11: The Art of Sharpening;
11.1 What Is Sharpening?;
11.2 Basic Sharpening;
11.3 Advanced Sharpening Techniques;
11.4 Sharpening in Camera Raw;
Part 3: The Artistic Side of Photoshop;
Chapter 12: Painting in Photoshop;
12.1 Color Theory: The Basics;
12.2 Choosing a Color Scheme;
12.3 Choosing Individual Colors;
12.4 (Re)Introducing the Brush Tool;
12.5 Customizing Brushes;
12.6 Defining a New Brush;
12.7 Sharing and Installing New Brushes;
Chapter 13: Drawing with the Vector Tools;
13.1 Photoshop’s Drawing Modes;
13.2 Drawing Paths with the Pen Tool;
13.3 Saving Paths;
13.4 Drawing with the Shape Tools;
13.5 Editing Paths;
13.6 Making Selections and Masks with Paths;
Chapter 14: Creating Artistic Text;
14.1 Typography 101;
14.2 Creating and Editing Text;
14.3 Formatting Text;
14.4 Special Text Effects;
14.5 More Typographic Resources;
Chapter 15: The Wide World of Filters;
15.1 The Joy of Smart Filters;
15.2 A Filters Tour;
Part 4: Printing and the Web;
Chapter 16: Photoshop and Print;
16.1 The Challenge of WYSIWYG Printing;
16.2 Resizing and Formatting Files;
16.3 Printing on an Inkjet Printer;
16.4 Printing on a Commercial Offset Press;
16.5 Printing on a Digital Press;
16.6 Printing Multiple Images;
16.7 Recap: Stress-Free Printing Tips;
Chapter 17: Photoshop and the Web;
17.1 Creating Web- and Email-Friendly Images;
17.2 Animating a GIF;
17.3 Designing a Website Favicon;
17.4 Creating Web Page Mockups and Image Maps;
17.5 Exporting Web Graphics with Generator;
17.6 Protecting Your Images Online;
17.7 Building Online Photo Galleries;
Part 5: Photoshop Power;
Chapter 18: Working Smarter with Actions;
18.1 The Actions Panel;
18.2 Using Actions;
18.3 Recording Actions;
18.4 Managing Actions;
18.5 Creating Droplets;
18.6 Sharing Actions;
Chapter 19: Beyond Photoshop: Plug-Ins;
19.1 Adding and Removing Plug-Ins;
19.2 Managing Plug-Ins;
19.3 Noise Reducers;
19.4 Making Selections and Masking;
19.5 Correcting and Enhancing Color;
19.6 Miscellaneous Plug-Ins;
Chapter 20: Photoshop and Video;
20.1 Creating Your First Video Project;
20.2 Editing Video;
20.3 Animating Objects and Effects;
20.4 Global Lighting;
20.5 Adding Comments;
20.6 Adding Fill and Adjustment Layers;
20.7 Adding Layer Styles;
20.8 Using Smart Filters with Video;
20.9 Cloning and Healing;
20.10 Exporting Videos;
20.11 Additional Video Resources;
Chapter 21: Working with 3D Objects;
21.1 3D Basics;
21.2 Photoshop’s 3D Environment;
21.3 3D Text and Shapes;
21.4 Editing 3D Objects;
21.5 Rendering 3D Objects;
21.6 Saving and Exporting 3D Objects;
21.7 Printing in 3D;
21.8 Creating 3D Animations;
21.9 Additional 3D Resources;
Chapter 22: Using Adobe Bridge;
22.1 Installing Bridge;
22.2 Browsing through Photos;
22.3 Importing and Managing Photos;
22.4 Showing Off Your Work;

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