Photoshop CS: Essential Skills

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Overview

'Reading a technical manual with such interest and enthusiasm is indeed a rarity. Easy to comprehend this will be essential reading for novice and experts alike who want to get to grips and understand the creative suite program as a whole. It is one of the best intro Photoshop books I have encountered to date.'
Andy Moxon, Professor of Photography, Savannah College of Art and Design

* Offers practical advice through a highly structured learning approach to the fundamental techniques and skills for personal creativity and communication
*Jam-packed full of Photoshop tutorials to put your skills into practice

A superb full color guide to creative image editing, this will take you through all the necessary steps in order to become a competent and confident Photoshop user. Photoshop CS: Essential Skills companion to Digital Imaging: Essential Skills, provides an in-depth exploration on the latest software features, allowing those who wish to use the digital darkroom instead of traditional darkroom techniques to create professional photographic illustration.

Supporting an independent learning approach, the foundation modules allow you to establish an effective working environment, promoting easy navigation through the image editing process from capture to print, focusing on the essential techniques and skills required. Subsequent guides build upon these skills by exploring creative applications including advanced retouching, photomontage, vector graphics, special effects and preparing images for the web.

www.photoshopessentialskills.com provides an hour and a half of QuickTime movie tutorials in addition to all of the downloadable images required to complete the practical activities within the study guides. It also supplies all the layer styles, custom shapes, gradients and curves settings used in the creative projects and a huge number of helpful links and galleries.

Philip Andrews is a photographer, author and lecturer at the Queensland School of Printing and Graphic Arts, Australia. He is a beta tester for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements and regular contributor to several magazines including Amateur Photographer, Australian Photography and Better Photography. He is also senior contributing editor for Better Digital and Technical Editor for What Digital Camera. His other books include Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0 and Advanced Photoshop Elements for Digital Photographers, published by Focal Press.

Mark Galer is a photographer, author and Senior Photography Lecturer at RMIT University, Australia. He has also lectured in photography in the UK and has worked commercially as a freelance photographer on corporate and editorial assignments. He is a beta tester for Adobe Photoshop and a regular contributor to Digital Photography + Design magazine and Better Digital. He is the author of Photography: Foundations for Art and Design and other titles within the Essential Skills series.

The Essential Skills Photography Series offers a highly structured learning approach to the fundamental skills of photography. They mix theoretical information with practical advice to maximise the opportunities for creative results.

Each subject includes:

* clear aims and objectives
* short sub-sections illustrated by student and author work
* student activities to check learning outcomes
* student assignments to put theoretical knowledge into a creative context
* glossary of terms

Other titles in the series are 'Studio Photography: Essential Skills' by John Child; 'Photographic Lighting: Essential Skills' by John Child and Mark Galer; Location Photography: Essential Skills' by Mark Galer and Digital Imaging: Essential Skills' by Mark Galer and Les Horvat.

Audience: Students studying photography/digital imaging/art and design/graphics both at school, and full-time tertiary education worldwide. Secondary - amateur photographers and keen novices interested in self-teaching.

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Mark Galer and Philip Andrews have helped hundreds of college and university students master Photoshop and digital imaging. In Photoshop CS: Essential Skills, they’ve organized all they know about teaching Photoshop into one highly structured, highly effective course.

Galer and Andrews drew heavily on actual student experiences to build a full-color book with clear learning aims and objectives, the simplest possible explanations, and as little jargon and theory as possible. (For those moments when jargon is inescapable, there’s even a “Jargon Buster” section.) As you work with blends, effects, layers, retouching, and other common tasks, you can even watch downloadable QuickTime movies that show you the ropes. Bill Camarda

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2003 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780240519517
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/1/2004
  • Series: Photography Essential Skills Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.22 (w) x 10.06 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Galer is the Program Director and Senior lecturer at RMIT University in the School of Media and Communication, Australia. He is also co-writer of their popular online photography courses. He has lectured in photography in the UK and Australia and has worked commercially as a freelance photographer on corporate and editorial assignments. He has written numerous top-selling photography books, including Photography Foundations for Art & Design, the Popular Photoshop Elements; Maximum Performance and Photoshop; Essential Skills series. He is an Official Adobe Ambassador for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.
Philip Andrews is Adobe Australia's official Photoshop and Elements Ambassador. He is an experienced photographer, author, magazine editor and online course creator. He was previously a lecturer at the Queensland School of Printing and Graphic Arts, Australia and Nescot, England. He is a beta tester for Photoshop, an alpha tester for Photoshop Elements and a Photoshop specialist demonstrator for Adobe Australia. Contributing numerous articles and videos to AdobeTV and the inspirational browser, Philip is a leading source in adobe information and instruction.
Philip is also co-founder of photo-college.com an online photography training college. He's a regular contributor to several magazines including Shutterbug, Amateur Photographer, Australian Photography and Better Photography, he is senior contributing editor for Better Digital, columnist for What Digital Camera and Co-editor and publisher of Better Photoshop Techniques magazine.

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Table of Contents

Foundations: The Digital darkroom; Basics; Capture enhance; Digital printing; Layers; Blend; Selections; Retouching; Special effects; Filters; Auto-features: Jargon buster

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