Photoshop CS5: Top 100 Simplified Tips and Tricks

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Intermediate-level users learn to coax much more from Photoshop

Photoshop is the preferred image-editing software, with more than four million users worldwide. Professional photographers, Web designers, graphic designers, and serious photo hobbyists who already know earlier versions of Photoshop will expand their skills by mastering these techniques. Fully revised for the newest Photoshop release, this guide uses step-by-step instructions and ...

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Intermediate-level users learn to coax much more from Photoshop

Photoshop is the preferred image-editing software, with more than four million users worldwide. Professional photographers, Web designers, graphic designers, and serious photo hobbyists who already know earlier versions of Photoshop will expand their skills by mastering these techniques. Fully revised for the newest Photoshop release, this guide uses step-by-step instructions and full-color screen shots to make comprehension quick and easy for the visual learner.

  • Photoshop is the image-editing software preferred by professional photographers and designers around the world; new functionality and enhanced tools in the latest version enable new shortcuts and techniques
  • This full-color guide shows intermediate-level users how to coax more from Photoshop with professional tips and tricks
  • Packed with cool and valuable advice to help you take advantage of Photoshop's newest bells and whistles and take your skills to new heights

Photoshop Top 100 Simplified Tips & Tricks provides a visual reference that teaches adventurous users how to make the most of Photoshop.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470612651
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/28/2010
  • Series: Top 100 Simplified Tips & Tricks Series, #26
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 845,835
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Lynette Kent (Huntington Beach, CA) studied art and French at Stanford University, where she received a Master's degree. She taught at the high school and community college level before becoming an unconventional computer guru when she adopted the Mac in 1987. As a photographer and artist, Lynette writes books and magazine articles on digital imaging and photography. She also teaches and presents graphics-related hardware and software for technology companies, including Wacom, Adobe, G-Technology, and Digital Foci. Lynette enjoys traditional and digital painting and often blends these techniques with her photographs to create images. Lynette has written the Top 100 Simplified Tips & Tricks titles for Photoshop CS2, CS3, and CS4, Teach Yourself VISUALLY Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2, Teach Yourself VISUALLY Mac OS X Leopard, and Teach Yourself VISUALLY Digital Photography, 3rd Edition. In her non-existent spare time, Lynette helps run the Adobe Technology Exchange of Southern California, a professional organization for photographers, graphic designers, and fine artists.

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Table of Contents

1 Customize Photoshop for Your Projects.

#1 Select the Color Settings for Your Projects.

#2 Set the Preferences for the Way You Work.

#3 Set Up and Save Your Own Customized Workspace.

#4 Switch Your Workspaces to Work More Efficiently.

#5 Change Your Window Views.

#6 Customize Your View of Bridge.

#7 Take Advantage of the Mini Bridge to Find Your Files.

#8 Add a Keyboard Shortcut for a Favorite Filter.

#9 Create a Custom Action to Increase Your Efficiency.

#10 Design a Customized Brush with Your Settings.

#11 Load Optional Brush Sets.

#12 Make a Special Gradient to Suit Your Design.

#13 Calibrate and Profile Your Monitor for Better Editing.

#14 Turn On the Full Power of Photoshop with a Pen Tablet.

2 Work with Layers, Selections, and Masks

#15 Name and Color-Code Layers to Organize the Layers Panel.

#16 Duplicate and Change the Background Layer for MoreOptions.

#17 Adjust a Photo with an Adjustment Layer.

#18 Blend Two Photos Together with an Automatic Layer Mask.

#19 Add a Design with a Custom Shape Layer.

#20 Accentuate a Sky with a Gradient Fill Layer.

#21 Make a Selection with the Quick Selection Tool.

#22 Use Refine Edge to Improve Any Selection.

#23 Paint a Quick Mask to Make a Detailed Selection.

#24 Add Layers as Smart Objects for Flexible Changes.

#25 Apply Filters as Smart Filters for Dynamic Adjustments.

#26 Automatically Blend Multiple Images to Get the BestColor.

3 Straighten, Crop, and Resize.

#27 Crop Your Images to Improve Composition.

#28 Easily Level a Crooked Horizon.

#29 Expand the Canvas with a Reverse Crop.

#30 Straighten Crooked Scans Quickly.

#31 Crop Creatively for a Diptych, Triptych, or Quadriptych.

#32 Change Your Perspective with the Crop Tool.

#33 Correct Geometric Distortion with the Lens CorrectionFilter.

#34 Use Photomerge to Assemble a Panaorama.

#35 Resize Your Image with Minimal Visible Loss.

4 Retouch Portraits.

#36 Remove Blemishes to Improve the Skin.

#37 Reduce Wrinkles with a Soft Touch.

#38 Remove Red Eye to Quickly Improve any Photo.

#39 Change Eye Color Digitally.

#40 Add a Gradient Layer to Lighten the Irises.

#41 Brighten the Eyes by Lightening the Whites.

#42 Add Depth to the Eyes to Emphasize Them.

#43 Add a Catchlight to Make the Eyes Come Alive.

#44 Selectively Sharpen Just the Eyes to Add Focus.

#45 Whiten Teeth to Improve a Smile.

5 Enhance Colors, Tone, and Sharpness in Photos.

#46 Improve an Underexposed Photo in Two Steps.

#47 Improve an Overexposed Photo in Three Steps.

#48 Remove a Colorcast to Improve the Overall Color.

#49 Colorize a Black-and-White Photograph.

#50 Change a Color Photo into a Custom Grayscale Photo.

#51 Add a Creative Touch with a Little Color.

#52 Dodge and Burn with a Special Layer.

#53 Increase Saturation Subtly Using a Vibrance AdjustmentLayer.

#54 Sharpen the Photo to Correct Digital Softening.

#55 Apply High Pass Sharpening to Increase Edge Sharpness.

6 Process Photos in Camera Raw.

#56 Set the Preferences to Open Any Image in Camera Raw.

#57 Crop and Straighten in Camera Raw.

#58 Recover Highlights with Camera Raw.

#59 Change the White Balance to a Group of Images in CameraRaw.

#60 Use the Targeted Adjustment Tool in Camera Raw.

#61 Improve a Sky with the Camera Raw Graduated Filter.

#62 Create a Split Tone for a Special Effect in Camera Raw.

7 Make Magic with Digital Special Effects.

#63 Apply a Photo Filter for Dynamic Adjustments.

#64 Add a Vignette Effect to Focus on the Subject.

#65 Add Action with a Simulated Motion Blur.

#66 Remove Image Elements with a Content-Aware Fill.

#67 Scale an Image without Distorting the Subject.

#68 Blend Separate Photos for the Best Group Shot.

#69 Merge Multiple Photos into an Image with High DynamicRange.

#70 Use a Puppet Warp to Alter Your Subject.

#71 Alter Depth of Field with a Lens Blur Filter.

#72 Use the Auto Blend Tool to Create Greater Depth ofField.

#73 Edit in Perspective with the Vanishing Point Filter.

#74 Use the Clone Stamp Tool to Simulate a Reflection.

#75 Blend One Image into Another with a Displacement Map.

8 Design with Text Effects.

#76 Design a Neon Sign.

#77 Create a Custom Watermark to Protect Your Images.

#78 Make Text Wrap Around a Subject.

#79 Warp Type for a Fun Effect.

#80 Add Perspective to Type and Keep It Sharp.

#81 Create a Photo-Filled Title.

#82 Create a Realistic Colored Shadow.

#83 Weave Text and Graphics for Intriguing Designs.

9 Create Digital Artwork from Photographs.

#84 Make Any Photo Appear Sketched on the Paper.

#85 Add Your Own Signature to Any Artwork.

#86 Convert a Photo to a High-Contrast Stylized Image.

#87 Posterize a Photo for a Warhol-Style Image.

#88 Set Up the Mixer Brush and HUD for Art Projects.

#89 Turn a Photograph into a Pencil Sketch.

#90 Create a Digital Pen-and-Ink Drawing.

#91 Create a Pastel Drawing from a Photograph.

#92 Change a Photograph into a Pen-and-Colored-Wash Drawing.

#93 Turn a Photo into a Hand-Painted Oil Painting.

#94 Paint a Digital Watercolor.

10 Give Your Images a Professional Presentation.

#95 Quickly Frame a Photo with a Frame Action.

#96 Make a Line Frame from within a Photo.

#97 Apply a Filter to Give a Photo an Artistic Edge.

#98 Create Your Own Custom Edge.

#99 Make a Photo Look like a Gallery Print.

#100 Make a Contact Sheet of Your Photos.

#101 Create a Slide Show Presentation.

#102 Create a Web Photo Gallery.

11 Plug In to Photoshop CS5.

#103 Control Digital Noise with Nik Dfine 2.

#104 Sharpen Photos with Finesse Using Nik Sharpener Pro 3.

#105 Apply Photo Filters Digitally Using Nik Color Efex Pro3.

#106 Enhance Colors and Light Selectively with Nik Viveza 2.

#107 Create a Dynamic Black-and-White Image with Nik Silver EfexPro.

#108 Colorize a Black-and-White Photo with AKVIS Coloriage.

#109 Create a Graphite Drawing with AKVIS Sketch.

#110 Use Alien Skin Snap Art 2 to Change Your Photos intoArt.

#111 Create Special Effects with Alien Skin Eye Candy 6.

#112 Explore Colors and Tones Visually with Auto FXSoftware.

#113 Enhance Your Portraits with Imagenomic Portraiture.

#114 Transform an Image with an Action from Kubota ImageTools.

#115 Add a Frame for a Finishing Touch with OnOnePhotoFrame.

#116 Give a Photo Greater Color Depth with Topaz Adjust.

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  • Posted December 7, 2010

    Highly recommended

    This is an excellent book. The basics are taught along with some advanced options showing the difficulty level for each. Each step is numbered and corresponds to a number on the Elements work space. One of the easiest and in depth books on the market.

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  • Posted July 12, 2011

    One of the most we written contextually correct, east reads I have found for PS CS5

    Just wanted let everyone know and to say thank you to Lynette for producing an easy to follow, understand, extremely well organized and content filled book. Further I was super excited to see it already available for Kindle. Although I have had CS5 Master Suite for over a year now (*those who have learned this in the past know the curve)...I am just starting to finally rap my head around some of the finer points of CS5 Photoshop, Bridge (*of course mini bridge) and Lightroom 3. However I am still trying like a bald tired monster motored hot rod in the mud, to get moving on learning most of the rest of CS5 still (did I mention I have master suite), but Photoshop along with OnOne's Perfect Photo Suite, Topaz Labs Suite and Unified Colors Suites have been my primary focus.

    Lynette, Your book will aid in my learning more than you may ever know. I was a top IT OP's/Deployment manager until a torn retina cost me most of my vision. That, coupled with other heath issues left me with little more than the taking/playing with a photo here & there and that is all I have left (yep - blind photographer, what a concept!). So this really has so far been and no doubt will continue to be a fun read, Again Thank You and as always - Cheers! Brad

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