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Whether you're new to Photoshop or want to use it at a more advanced level, this book will give you must-have techniques to work more quickly and achieve dazzling results. You'll begin with core Photoshop and DV fundamentals, then move on to titling, working with still photos, and advanced tricks for specific effects. This one-stop resource gets right to the point and walks you through procedures with loads of images. Whether you're on a Mac or PC, you will benefit quickly from the authors' expert advice.

This full-color book, based on Adobe Photoshop CS, provides complete information on how to master Photoshop and incorporate it within the video workflow. Everything from working with files to creative typography and animation is included in short, cookbook-style chapters with sample files on the DVD. The end result: dazzling and professional-looking videos.

This is one of the only books available that is specifically structured for Video Editors. Our book has more illustrations, which are contructed to deliver answers, instruct faster and with less effort. Examples also include how to incorportate Adobe After Effects.

Whether you're new to Photoshop or want to use it at a more advanced level, this book will give you must-have techniques to work more quickly and achieve dazzling results. You'll begin with core Photoshop and DV fundamentals, then move on to titling, working with still photos, and advanced tricks for specific effects. This one-stop resource gets right to the point and walks you through procedures with loads of images. Whether you're on a Mac or PC, you will benefit quickly from the authors' expert advice.

This full-color book, based on Adobe Photoshop CS, provides complete information on how to master Photoshop and incorporate it within the video workflow. Everything from working with files to creative typography and animation is included in short, cookbook-style chapters with sample files on the DVD. The end result: dazzling and professional-looking videos.

This is one of the only books available that is specifically structured for Video Editors. Our book has more illustrations, which are contructed to deliver answers, instruct faster and with less effort. Examples also include how to incorportate Adobe After Effects.Quickly master Photoshop as it relates to your DV projects

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780240806334
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/16/2004
  • Edition description: BK & DVD
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Mike Gondek is a designer and computer graphics expert, whose professional experience dates back to 1985. He is an Adobe Certified Expert who teaches Adobe, Apple, Macromedia and graphics design classes. He is a skilled Typesetter, Art Director, Photo Retoucher, Color Specialist, Photographer, Videographer, Packaging Designer, Web Designer and Post Effects Artist. Mike was the Creative Technologies Manager for a major ad agency. He also does beta testing, and his product reviews are often found at CreativeCow.net.
Archie Cocke is the Chief Avid Editor for Weigel Broadcasting in Chicago, IL, which broadcasts five channels to three states. Most of his work involves shooting and editing commercials, half-hour specials, and episodic programming. Throughout his career he has done camera, lighting, audio, switching, writing, directing, producing, editing, special effects, photography, scoring, music editing, and occasionally, acting. His newest venture is a small production company called iVIEW Media Services which caters to everyone from newlyweds, villages, churches, and even poets. The next project on the horizon for iVIEW is the production of an independent feature, "Morning Star."

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PHOTOSHOP FOR DIGITAL VIDEO

Creative Solutions for Professional Results
By Mike Gondek Archie Cocke

Focal Press

Copyright © 2005 Elsevier Inc.
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-08-051382-9


Chapter One

STARTUP KIT

PREFERENCES

To reset preferences in Photoshop, depress and hold down three keys immediately after you start the program. Position your fingers over Shift Ctrl Alt [Shift Option Command], click to boot the application, and then depress the three keys. You will be asked whether you want to delete your prefs for Photoshop; choose Yes, so we all have the same default Adobe prefs. You will next be asked if you wish to customize your color settings. This is very important for how your monitor displays color, but we will configure this in the next chapter. For now, choose No.

Afer booting you will see the Photoshop CS welcome screen. New users of Photoshop might find the welcome window useful and want to see it each time they boot. Most Photoshop users find it annoying. To discontinue it, remove the checkmark in the box for showing this dialog at startup that appear at the bottom of the screen. Should you change your mind in the future it is easily restored by choosing Ctrl K [Command K] and clicking the Reset All Warning Dialogs. Most users never choose, to reset the warnings, but they are very good for new Photoshop users.

If you closed the box, you can also find it at Edit >> Preferences >> General [Photoshop >> Preferences >> General].

General

History States indicates the number of times you can use undo. Every brush stroke is one history state, and they can go fast if you don't pay attention. The default is set to 20, which is a good amount. In video the size of the files is generally smaller; you can set this amount higher if you desire to have more levels of undo. In Photoshop CS you do not have three options for setting undo, as you did in version 7 for stepping backward. The default keyboard shortcut is Alt Ctrl Z [Option Command Z], and you can change this using Edit >> Keyboard Shortcuts >> Edit. Adobe Image Ready, which comes with Photoshop, still prescribes to the version 7 method of having general preferences which allow you to additionally choose Ctrl Y [Command Y] for the undo key.

Change Zoom Resizes Windows is useful when you enable it. If enabled, when zooming using the keyboard shortcuts of Ctrl + [Command +], the window will also resize along with the image. With this disabled, your image will get cropped if you zoom in a window, unless you additionally hold down Alt [Option].

Save Palette Locations will remember the location of the palettes since the last time you quit Photoshop. Occasionally, a palette gets moved off screen and later disappears. You can fix this by resetting the preferences, as shown in the beginning of this chapter.

Use of Shift Key for tool switch is very useful, as you can cycle between the different swatches of a tool in the tool palette. For example, depress Shift (U) and watch the rectangle tool change into the rounded rectangle tool, into the ellipse tool, or cycle between all six swatches of that tool. Smart Quotes will automatically change your straight quotes to "curly" 69-shaped quotes. Click the next box to advance to the next dialog box for file handling.

File Handling

Make sure Image Previews are set to Always Save. In video, the files are small and hunting down images later can be a task. The Mac has more detailed options for Image Previews, but they basically will save an image used by the icon and a larger preview image for digital asset management software to use such as Extensis portfolio. If you choose Never Save, then you will not get a thumbnail in Photoshop document (PSD) format. Saving to TIF or PNG though, you will get a thumbnail automatically because it is part of the file format.

Open the Chapter 01 folder and change your view options to Thumbnails [Icons]. You will see two files inside the folder have images for icons on the PC, and three have them on the Mac. The same file was saved on both PC and Mac in all the major possibilities. The names of the files will help you make sense of this; also do a view by Details [List] and take a look at the file sizes.

If you wish to see thumbnails in Mac OS X, you must turn them on. In the finder, hit [Command J] to get the view options for the Mac OS X finder. Turn on Show Icon Preview, and you can make your thumbnail larger.

On the PC you will see the invisible Mac resource fork files which have a "._" prior to the name, and the icon is semitransparent. The purpose of the resource fork is to store the creator of the file so that the Mac knows which program should open the file, along with thumbnails. These resource forks are annoying to the PC user, because they clutter up your directory. On the PC it is easy to see that the Mac data file has the larger file size at 124 K, because the bitmapped data is in there.

You will also want to turn on Maximize PSD file compatibility. When saving a Photoshop document, this takes all the layers and merges them into an extra layer composite. This makes the file larger, taking more time to save, but gives you the ability to place a composite of a layered file in a video editor such as Adobe After Effects. Photo Retouchers working with 300+ MB images would turn this option off so that their files save more quickly. We are working in video, and definitely want to maximize PSD file compatibility, or else an error message may appear in your video editing application. On the Mac, you can change the size of your icon preview by choosing View >> View Options, from the finder.

Display & Cursors

Although it looks nice, seeing your individual channels in color is not as useful as seeing them in a tone of black. Use Pixel Doubling is another feature someone working in high resolution might utilize to speed up their machine. It basically uses a reduced resolution version of data you are working on that is displayed by your graphics card. When the computer has a chance, it will update the preview to full resolution. Leave this feature off.

You most definitely want your painting cursor to be set to Brush Size. This gives you a live preview of the brush tip size rather than a crosshair. I would also leave other cursors to standard so you can see what tool you are in. There are occasions when you will want crosshairs to be precise in sampling or painting a pixel, and that is easily done by pressing the Caps Lock key.

Transparency & Gamut

Transparency & Gamut show transparency. Photoshop by default uses a checkerboard grid of gray and white squares. This is very useful for video as we animate layers and often have to remove backgrounds. Use video alpha is only for the few very special one in a million people who have a graphic card which can accept Photoshop transparency information.

Units & Rulers

You are not likely to need the Units & Rulers preferences, because you can change your units of measurement by right clicking on the ruler of an open document. If designing a printed piece you will want to right click on the ruler of an open document and switch to inches or centimeters. You may also occasionally want to change your rulers to show the percentage of a document if you are working on something which needs to be sliced up symmetrically. Type is the unit of measurement used for typefaces, and luckily the world is accustomed to using the typographer's measurement of points. Changing type units to pixels is not very useful, because the size of a letter is from the ascender to the descender. Every font also has a different amount of white space built into the font. It is quicker to use the transform tool and scale the type, to get it to fit a certain height or width. The transform tool in Photoshop actually creates the bounding box from the pixels of the type. If the type you set was all caps, then the transform bounding box would surround the cap height of the text.

The Column Size is best left alone, unless you plan to crop images using image or canvas size. It is used by page layout programs. Leave the rest of the settings alone; though 72.27 is the true measurement of points to an inch; everybody uses the rounded number of 72.

Guides, Grid & Slices

You can change your guide color from the default cyan if you prefer something that shows better or if you just prefer to see a dotted line rather than the default solid. The grid can be quite useful, especially since now Photoshop CS has non-square pixels. Slices are used for web, and we now have an export layers to files script, which saves an individual file for each layer of your document.

Plug-Ins & Scratch Disks

You may desire to have Photoshop CS try utilizing plug-ins from another program. Do not do this unless you are 100% sure that you want Photoshop to use that plug-in. Some people might try pointing it to your old Photoshop 7 plug-ins folder, but most will receive an error on restarting. You must also input the legacy Photoshop serial number here for older plug-ins which might require it. There are many plug-ins to extend Photoshop, but so far we found none that need this. If you try to select the After Effects plug-ins folder, when you save, you will get two different options for many file formats and possibly save in a flattened TIF accidentally.

A Scratch Disk is a hard disk in which Photoshop temporarily stores information used in various operations such as "undos." The default is set to the drive with the operating system. A much better choice to use is a raid drive and a dedicated drive for scratch disk space. Your video editing applications can also use this drive as a scratch disk. A dedicated drive will not get fragmented, as the data is removed once you quit your applications. If you do not have a dedicated raid drive, then choose a local drive with the largest amount of free space.

File Browser

Since we are working in video, set your Do Not Process Files Larger than to something such as 10 MB. This will skip generating new previews for files that are larger than the amount you specified. Now you might get confused after you change this and think, "Why do I still have previews for these files that are over 10 MB?" Well, if you have ever generated them before, Photoshop remembers this. Choose Filebrowser >> File >> Purge cache to clean out your cache and free up disk space if you need. You can also turn off high quality previews to save disk space, and most importantly, your previews will generate quicker. You can also enable Render Vector Files, which will generate previews for Adobe Illustrator and eps. It will not work for freehand fh or Corel Draw cdr files, so a more proper name would be Render Illustrator Files.

TOOLS

When not using a tool that allows setting type (text tool, note tool), you can use keyboard shortcuts to select another tool. To go inside individual tools of that set and change to another version, hold down Shift and type that same letter. This is very useful for example on the dodge burn saturation tool. You can press Shift (U) on your keyboard and switch between the tools when fixing the color on an image. Another useful combination is to switch between (j) and (s) when you are repairing an image to go between the Clone Stamp Tool and the Healing Brush. The tools look the same between Mac and PC.

These shortcuts above are essential to using Photoshop professionally for video. In order to meet the high expectations and turnaround times, you will want to learn and memorize each one. However, do not worry, as the exercises in this book will help you to learn and find the importance of these.

(Continues...)



Excerpted from PHOTOSHOP FOR DIGITAL VIDEO by Mike Gondek Archie Cocke Copyright © 2005 by Elsevier Inc.. Excerpted by permission of Focal Press. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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Table of Contents

'Knowing Photoshop; Startup Kit; Color (Management and Design); Pixels; Working with Files; Layers; Layer Styles and Patterns; Vector Graphics; Brushes; Speed Up Photoshop; Typography and Titles; Mastering Fonts; Creative Typography; DVD Menus; Masking and Transformations; Layer Masks; Transformations; Transparency and Blending; Better Images; Color Correction; Fixing Images; Photo Retouching; Creative Projects; Creating Custom Backgrounds; Animated Depth of Field; Illustrating in Photoshop; Gradient Maps for Realism; The Photo Montage; Pseudo 3D Animation; Enhanced Freeze Frames; Fun with Film Strips; Final Tips'

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