The Photoshop CS4 Companion for Photographers [NOOK Book]

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"Derrick shows that Photoshop can be friendly as well as powerful. In part, he does that by focusing photographers on the essential steps of an efficient workflow. With this guide in hand, you'll quickly learn how to leverage Photoshop CS4's features to organize and improve your pictures."-- John Nack, Principal Product Manager, Adobe Photoshop & Bridge

Many photographers -- even the pros -- feel overwhelmed by all the editing options Photoshop provides. The Photoshop CS4 Companion for Photographers pares it...

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Overview

"Derrick shows that Photoshop can be friendly as well as powerful. In part, he does that by focusing photographers on the essential steps of an efficient workflow. With this guide in hand, you'll quickly learn how to leverage Photoshop CS4's features to organize and improve your pictures."-- John Nack, Principal Product Manager, Adobe Photoshop & Bridge

Many photographers -- even the pros -- feel overwhelmed by all the editing options Photoshop provides. The Photoshop CS4 Companion for Photographers pares it down to only the tools you'll need most often, and shows you how to use those tools as part of an efficient and enjoyable workflow. This book explains an easy method for processing your images using the new user-friendly features that come with Photoshop CS4, including Adobe Bridge, Photo Downloader, and Adobe Camera Raw.

A perfect fit for your laptop bag, this guide is designed to help you process photos in the field. Professional photographer and bestselling author Derrick Story teaches you how to quickly and efficiently organize and edit your photos without compromising the originals. With this book, you will:

  • Import your images and apply metadata with Photo Downloader
  • Rate your images and add keywords with Adobe Bridge
  • Make basic (and reversible) edits with Adobe Camera Raw, such as cropping, color balance, and tonal adjustments
  • Use advanced ACR tools for black & white conversion, spot removal, batch processing, and more
  • Refine your images with Photoshop using adjustment layers, masking, and smart objects
  • Apply advanced Photoshop techniques for retouching portaits, swapping colors, correcting lens distortion, and much more

To use Photoshop effectively, photographers must know which tools they really need and which ones they don't. The Photoshop CS4 Companion for Photographers gives you the knowledge to create your own efficient path to great-looking photos.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596554194
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/23/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • File size: 9 MB

Meet the Author

Derrick Story is the digital media evangelist for O'Reilly Media. His experience includes more than 20 years as a photojournalist, managing editor for O'Reilly Network, and a speaker for IDG, PMA, and Santa Fe Workshops. He is the author of Digital Photography Hacks, Digital Photography Pocket Guide, 3rd Ed., and his latest, The Digital Photography Companion.

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Table of Contents

Introduction;
Chapter 1: The Quick-Start Road Map;
1.1 Your Digital Darkroom;
1.2 The Basic Steps;
1.3 Let's Get to It!;
Chapter 2: Importing Your Images;
2.1 Before You Start Downloading;
2.2 Importing Photos from Your Camera;
2.3 Where to Go from Here;
Chapter 3: Rating and Keywording Images;
3.1 Setting Up Your Workspaces;
3.2 Organizing Your First Batch of Images;
3.3 Rating and Sorting Tips;
3.4 Introduction to Keywording;
3.5 Where to Go from Here;
Chapter 4: Basic Image Editing in Camera Raw;
4.1 The Benefits of ACR;
4.2 Working on Images in ACR from Bridge;
4.3 Your First Image Edit;
4.4 Fine-Tuning Your Image;
4.5 Finishing Touches in the Detail Tab;
4.6 And These Were Just the Basic Tools;
Chapter 5: Advanced Camera Raw Techniques;
5.1 Batch Processing in ACR;
5.2 Black-and-White Conversion in ACR;
5.3 Spot Removal in Adobe Camera Raw;
5.4 Localized Corrections with the Adjustment Brush;
5.5 Tonal and Color Adjustments with the Graduated Filter Tool;
5.6 Where to Go from Here;
Chapter 6: Refining Your Image in Photoshop;
6.1 Touching Up Imperfections with the Clone Stamp Tool;
6.2 Adjusting Tone with a Levels Adjustment Layer;
6.3 Adding a Mask to the Adjustment Layer;
6.4 Nondestructive Sharpening with Smart Objects;
6.5 Where to Go from Here;
Chapter 7: Photoshop Recipes for Photographers;
7.1 Portrait Retouching Techniques;
7.2 Adjustments in the World Around Us;
7.3 Finishing Touches;
7.4 You're a Photoshop Artist; Now What?;
Chapter 8: Printing;
8.1 Calibrating Your Monitor;
8.2 Dedicated Photo Printers;
8.3 A Word About Printer Profiles;
8.4 Success! A Beautiful Print;
8.5 Improving Your Photography Through Printing;
8.6 Reference Tables for Printing;
8.7 Final Thoughts;
About the Photos in this Book;
Cover Images;
Frontmatter Images;
Chapter Openers;
Special Thanks to Those Who Helped Me Make These Images;

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  • Posted February 26, 2009

    The Perfect Photographers' Computer Bag Book

    The Photoshop CS4 Companion for Photographers
    Notice the word "companion" in the title of this book. It's there for a reason: to define the intent of this slim, paperback-sized volume. This is not an in-depth book from which one learns Photoshop. Nor is it a single subject book-designed to turn the reader into an expert on say, layers, composting or the use of blend modes. Rather, The CS4 Companion for Photographers is a throw-in-your-computer-bag mini-toolkit for the on-the-go-photographer.
    The book is workflow oriented. That is, it highlights the key steps and techniques necessary to get from raw image import to finished printed output logically and economically. Put a bit differently, it cuts through the 10 ways Photoshop has to do just about everything to show photographers the most used (and useful) steps and skills to turn raw images into professional prints.

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