Photoshop CS2 for Dummies

Photoshop CS2 for Dummies

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by Peter Bauer
     
 

If you’re a photography hobbyist, would you like to brighten up that gloomy island vacation photo? Slim down without going on a diet? See whether white or green shutters look best on the house? Expunge the ex-boyfriend from family photos?

If you’re a pro or semi-pro photographer, would you like to make it snow in that ski resort photo?  Replace

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If you’re a photography hobbyist, would you like to brighten up that gloomy island vacation photo? Slim down without going on a diet? See whether white or green shutters look best on the house? Expunge the ex-boyfriend from family photos?

If you’re a pro or semi-pro photographer, would you like to make it snow in that ski resort photo?  Replace the old logo in the glamour shot of the corporate headquarters with the new one?  Grow hair in the CEO’s glaring bald spot?  Freshen up the lettuce in that food shot?

You’ve come to the right place. With Photoshop CS2, you have the tools. With Photoshop CS2 For Dummies, you’ll have the know-how.  In full color, with all kinds of examples, screen shots, step-by-step explanations, tips, and techniques, this guide takes you from the fundamentals to special power-user tricks! Cross-platform Mac-PC coverage includes:

  • The basics of getting around in Photoshop, getting images into and out of Photoshop, choosing the right file formats, and setting your preferences
  • Working with Adobe Bridge to organize and manage your images
  • Working with tonality, including making easy Auto Repairs, making adjustments with Levels and Curves (and the eyedroppers), and using Shadow/Highlight and the toning tools, Burn and Dodge
  • Making color look natural using the color adjustment commands
  • Taking advantage of the RAW format for maximum flexibility, including using the Adjust, Detail, Lens, Curve, and Calibrate tabs and the Camera Raw buttons
  • Fine-tuning your fixes, including making your selections with tools (four marquee tools, three lasso tools, and the Magic Wand tool) 
  • Masking for both layer visibility and for protecting parts of your images
  • The most common problems in digital photos—red-eye, wrinkles, unwanted objects and people, and noise—and what to do about them

With Photoshop CS2, you can go beyond enhancing your images to create “art.” You have a very powerful painting engine, an extremely complex Brushes palette, and all kinds of painting tools. Photoshop CS2 For Dummies walks you though:

  • Compositing (combining images into a piece of artwork) and working with layers, including choosing from the almost two dozen blending modes
  • Selecting with Extract which is great for making tough selections, such as flyaway hair and various types of fringe
  • Using Vanishing Point to “map” a pattern to angled surfaces
  • Creating panoramas with Photomerge
  • Creating precision edges with vector paths, including using shape layers and the Custom Shape tool, choosing from more than 300 ready-to-use shapes with the Custom Shape Picker, and using the Pen tool to create paths
  • Where to find dozens, or even hundreds, of custom shapes already on your computer – absolutely free
  • Dressing up images with layer styles, including using the Styles palette and creating custom layer styles
  • Adding text messages and tweaking your text
  • Using the extensive painting tools and the Brushes palette
  • Using filters, including sharpening to focus the eye using blur filters or the Unsharp Mask and the new Smart Sharpen filter that give incredible control
  • Getting fun effects with the Liquify filter

In a special Power Photoshop section, you’ll learn about streamlining your work, including creating a PDF for both onscreen presentation and for printing. You’ll discover how to spiff up your online images by working with Image Ready to slice, optimize, and otherwise juice up your images for the Web and how to create fancy rollover buttons and fun animations, 

From basic cropping to complex techniques that can turn good photos into great ones, Photoshop CS2 For Dummies is your guide to exploring all the possibilities that await you in Photoshop CS2.

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Want to learn Photoshop CS2 the easy way? What if one book combined the proven For Dummies style -- simple, readable, fun -- with full, vibrant color that’s a pleasure to learn from? What if it was authored by a world-renowned Photoshop instructor? And it cost less than you expected?

You’d check it out. And you’d be glad you did. This book’s been crafted from the ground up for Photoshop CS2: new author, text, images, layout, format, and loads of new features. (For instance: the super-handy Adobe Bridge file manager, and the nifty Vanishing Point, which lets you paint or paste elements that automatically match the surrounding perspective.)

Peter Bauer’s “Basic Training” section will get you running fast. But Bauer will take you further than you might expect: all the way to smoothing skin and automating workflow. Bill Camarda, from the August 2005 Read Only

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764595714
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
05/27/2005
Series:
For Dummies Series
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
1,260,892
Product dimensions:
7.38(w) x 9.16(h) x 0.84(d)

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Meet the Author

Peter Bauer: Best known as the Help Desk Director for the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP), Pete is also the author of a half-dozen books on Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, a contributing writer for Photoshop User and Mac Design magazines, featured columnist for PlanetPhotoshop.com, and software documentation writer for a variety of Photoshop- and Illustrator-related products. An Adobe Certified Expert, he also appears regularly as a member of the Photoshop World Instructor Dream Team. As NAPP Help Desk Director, Pete personally answers tens of thousands of e-mail questions annually about Photoshop and computer graphics. He has contributed to and assisted on such projects as feature film special effects, major book and magazine publications, award-winning Web sites, and fine art exhibitions. He has taught computer graphics at the university level and serves as a computer graphics efficiency consultant for a select corporate clientele.

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If there was ever a Dummies book that cried out to be the first all-color book in the series, this was it. If there was ever one that could benefit from more illustrations, PS CS2 was it. And how many popular software programs have more features and are perfect for a Dummies book? It must have sounded like a fantastic idea, but the reality is less. Psychologically, the all-color production, combined with the huge number of PSCS2 features, make the book seem less clear and more like a regular PS book rather than a Dummies book. The large number of illustrations had to be printed, in many cases, too small to be useful (the book is already almost 400 pages). Bauer writes clearly enough, but for rank beginners the book is likely to be a bit overwhelming in places. The small pictures (What marching ants?) and, oddly, the full-color often don't help. It probably sounded like a great idea in production meetings and I would have gone for it in a New York minute, but a return to B/W and three color insert sections with fewer screen shots would probably have been a better choice. Still, if you're new to PS or don't have much experience with it, it's still better than the other introduction books. Bob McDonald