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Photoshop has set a standard that has yet to be eclipsed by other image- editing packages. As the quintessential image-editing package for graphics professionals, its users number in the millions. And with sales of products such as cameras on the rise, and billions of photographs taken each year worldwide, the need for a high-end, concise reference guide like Photoshop in a Nutshell, 2nd Edition also increases. Professional graphics designers and enthusiasts alike will turn to this book for information on the ...

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Overview

Photoshop has set a standard that has yet to be eclipsed by other image- editing packages. As the quintessential image-editing package for graphics professionals, its users number in the millions. And with sales of products such as cameras on the rise, and billions of photographs taken each year worldwide, the need for a high-end, concise reference guide like Photoshop in a Nutshell, 2nd Edition also increases. Professional graphics designers and enthusiasts alike will turn to this book for information on the topics and tools in Photoshop 5 that they really want to know.

Photoshop 5 is poised to meet the ever-rising demands for quality image editing with the addition of key new features in an already comprehensive feature set. These new features include the History Palette, Editable Text Layers, Spot-ColorChannels, and color management support. Each is richly detailed in the second edition to the bestselling Photoshop in a Nutshell. Part of O'Reilly and Associates' outstanding series of In a Nutshell books, this book offers the reader an extensive, focused reference to Photoshop 5. Whether toiling with images for the Web, video, or print, in the home or office, this book enables Photoshop 5 users to focus their creative energies on their designs, and not on where to find a certain tool or the right combination of filters and effects.

The advent of Photoshop 5 will mean the addition of many new users. Consequently, the range of purposes for which they use Photoshop will also be more varied, increasing the need for an easy look-up reference like Photoshop in a Nutshell, 2nd Edition. This book explains and expounds on every tool, command, palette, and submenu. Each item is accompanied by a list of its most common uses and misuses. The book also includes step-by-step techniques for common uses and experience-based advice and solutions for common misuses. The information is organized in an encyclopedic format, following the structure of Photoshop itself. All topics are easy to find and fully cross-referenced, which lets the reader intuitively explore the cause-and-effect relationships of each command.

The book also includes the following:

  • An intensive study of Photoshop's new ability to handle and create color profiles, including real-world examples and troubleshooting techniques
  • Information on color-correcting tools that include more cause-and-effect descriptions of image adjusting vs. the final on-screen or printed piece
  • An updated techniques appendix that still contains nearly 200 step-by-step items

Photoshop in a Nutshell, 2nd Edition offers its readers a comprehensive reference guide that drills down to the smallest detail to cover every aspect of version 5, including its newest features. Like other bestselling In a Nutshell books, this is a book that will be valued by both professionals and sophisticated beginners.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781565925656
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/8/1999
  • Series: In a Nutshell (O'Reilly) Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 658
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.23 (d)

Meet the Author

O'Quinn is a graphic arts consultant, on-site trainer, and author.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Part I. Tools

Chapter 1. Selection Tools
     Common Reasons to Select
     Marquee Tool
     Cropping Tool
     Move Tool
     Lasso Tool
     Polygon Lasso Tool
     Magnetic Lasso Tool
     Magic Wand Tool
     Additional Selection Tools

Chapter 2. The Paint Tools
     Stylus Pressure
     Fade
     Brush Modes
     Airbrush Tool
     Paintbrush Tool
     Rubber Stamp Tool
     Pattern Stamp Tool
     History Brush Tool
     Eraser Tool
     Pencil Tool
     Line Tool
     Smudge Tool
     Focus Tools
     Toning Tools

Chapter 3. Special Tools
     Pen Tool
     Magnetic Pen Tool
     Freehand Pen Tool
     Path Select (Arrow) Tool
     Add Point Tool
     Delete Point Tool
     Convert Point Tool
     Type Tool
     Type Outline Tool
     Vertical Type Tool
     Vertical Outline Type Tool
     Measure Tool
     Linear Gradient Tool
     Radial Gradient Tool
     Angle Gradient Tool
     Reflected Gradient Tool
     Diamond Gradient Tool
     Paint Bucket Tool
     Eyedropper Tool
     Color Sampler Tool

Chapter 4. The View Tools
     Hand Tool
     Zoom Tool

Chapter 5. The Color Controls
     Foreground Color Swatch
     Background Color Swatch
     Switch Colors
     Default Colors
     The Color Picker

Chapter 6. Quick Mask Tools
     Make Quick Mask Tool
     Make Selection Tool

Chapter 7. The View Controls
     View Control Shortcuts
     Window View
     Full Screen View (with Menu Bar)
     Full Screen View

Part II. Menus

Chapter 8. The File Menu
     File: New
     File: Open
     Opening Vector-Based Images
     File: Close
     File: Save
     File: Save As
     Supported File Formats
     File: Save a Copy
     File: Revert
     File: Place
     File: Import
     Anti-Aliased PICT
     PICT Resource
     TWAIN Acquire
     TWAIN Select
     File: Export
     GIF89a Export
     Paths to Illustrator
     File: Automate
     Batch
     Conditional Mode Change
     Contact Sheet
     Fit Image
     Multi-Page PDF to PSD
     File: File Info
     File: Page Setup
     File: Print
     File: Preferences
     General
     Saving Files
     Display & Cursors
     Transparency & Gamut
     Units & Rulers
     Guides & Grid
     Plug-ins & Scratch Disk
     Image Cache
     File: Color Settings
     RGB Setup
     CMYK Setup
     Grayscale Setup
     Profile Setup
     File: Quit

Chapter 9. The Edit Menu
     Edit: Undo/Redo
     Edit: Cut
     Edit: Copy
     Edit: Copy Merged
     Edit: Paste
     Edit: Paste Into
     Edit: Clear
     Edit: Fill
     Edit: Stroke
     Edit: Free Transform
     Edit: Free Transform Point
     Edit: Free Transform Path
     Edit: Transform
     Again
     Scale
     Rotate
     Skew
     Distort
     Perspective
     Numeric
     Rotate 180°
     Rotate 90° CW
     Rotate 90° CCW
     Flip Horizontal
     Flip Vertical
     Edit: Define Pattern
     Edit: Purge

Chapter 10. The Image Menu
     Image: Mode Overview
     Image: Mode: Bitmap
     Image: Mode: Grayscale
     Image: Mode: Duotone
     Image: Mode: Indexed Color
     Image: Mode: RGB Color
     Image: Mode: CMYK Color
     Image: Mode: Lab Color
     Image: Mode: Multichannel
     Image: Mode: 8 Bits/Channel
     Image: Mode: 16 Bits/Channel
     Image: Mode: Color Table
     Image: Mode: Profile to Profile
     Image: Adjust Overview
     Image: Adjust: Levels
     Image: Adjust: Auto Levels
     Image: Adjust: Curves
     Image: Adjust: Color Balance
     Image: Adjust: Brightness/Contrast
     Image: Adjust: Hue/Saturation
      Image: Adjust: Desaturate
     Image: Adjust: Replace Color
     Image: Adjust: Selective Color
     Image: Adjust: Channel Mixer
     Image: Adjust: Invert
     Image: Adjust: Equalize
     Image: Adjust: Threshold
     Image: Adjust: Posterize
     Image: Adjust: Variations
     Image: Duplicate
     Calculations Overview
     Image: Apply Image
     Image: Calculations
     Image: Image Size
     Image: Canvas Size
     Image: Crop
     Image: Rotate Canvas
     180°
     90° CW
     90° CCW
     Arbitrary
     Flip Horizontal
     Flip Vertical
     Image: Histogram
     Image: Trap Overview
     Image: Trap

Chapter 11. The Layer Menu
     The Background Layer
     Image Layers
     Adjustment Layers
     Transparency
     Opacity
     Layer: New
     New: Layer
     New: Adjustment Layer
     New: Background
     New: Layer Via Copy
     Layer Via Cut
     Layer: Duplicate Layer
     Layer: Delete Layer
     Layer: Layer Options
     Layer: Adjustment Options
     Layer: Effects
     Drop Shadow
     Inner Shadow
     Outer Glow
     Inner Glow
     Bevel & Emboss
     Copy Effects
     Paste Effects
     Paste Effects to Linked
     Clear Effects
     Global Angle
     Create Layer
     Hide/Show All Effects
     Layer: Add Layer Mask
     Reveal All
     Hide All
     Reveal Selection
     Hide Selection
     Layer: Remove Layer Mask
     Layer: Disable/Enable Layer Mask
     Layer: Group with Previous/Group Linked
     Layers: Ungroup
     Layer: Arrange
     Bring to Front
     Bring Forward
     Send Backwards
     Send to Back
     Layer: Align Linked
     Top
     Vertical Center
     Bottom
     Left
     Horizontal Center
     Right
     Layer: Distribute Linked
     Top
     Vertical Center
     Bottom
     Left
     Horizontal Center
     Right
     Layer: Merge
     Layer: Merge Down
     Layer: Merge Group
     Layer: Merge Linked
     Layer: Merge Visible
     Layer: Flatten Image
     Layer: Matting
     Defringe
     Remove Black Matte
     Remove White Matte

Chapter 12. The Select Menu
     Select: All
     Select: Deselect
     Select: Reselect
     Select: Inverse
     Select: Color Range
     Select: Feather
     Select: Modify
     Border
     Smooth
     Expand
     Contract
     Select: Grow
     Select: Similar
     Select: Transform Selection
     Select: Load Selection
     Select: Save Selection

Chapter 13. The Filter Menu
     Filter: Last Filter
     Filter: unfilteredFade Filter
     Filter: Artistic
     Colored Pencil
     Cutout
     Dry Brush
     Film Grain
     Fresco
     Neon Glow
     Paint Daubs
     Palette Knife
     Plastic Wrap
     Poster Edges
     Rough Pastels
     Smudge Stick
     Sponge
     Underpainting
     Watercolor
     Filter: Blur
     Blur
     Blur More
     Gaussian Blur
     Motion Blur
     Radial Blur
     Smart Blur
     Filter: Brush Strokes
     Accented Edges
     Angled Strokes
     Crosshatch
     Dark Strokes
     Ink Outlines
     Spatter
     Sprayed Strokes
     Sumi-e
     Filter: Distort
     Diffuse Glow
     Displace
     Glass
     Ocean Ripple
     Pinch
     Polar Coordinates
     Ripple
     Shear
     Spherize
     Twirl
     Wave
     ZigZag
     Filter: Noise
     Add Noise
     Despeckle
     Dust & Scratches
     Median
     Filter: Pixelate
     Color Halftone
     Crystallize
     Facet
     Fragment
     Mezzotint
     Mosaic
     Pointillize
     Filter: Render
     3-D Render
     Clouds
     Difference Clouds
     Lens Flare
     Lighting Effects
     Texture Fill
     Filter: Sharpen
     Sharpen
     Sharpen Edges
     Sharpen More
     Unsharp Mask
     Filter: Sketch
     Bas Relief
     Chalk & Charcoal
     Charcoal
     Chrome
     Conté Crayon
     Graphic Pen
     Halftone Pattern
     Note Paper
     Photocopy
     Plaster
     Reticulation
     Stamp
     Torn Edges
     Water Paper
     Filter: Stylize
     Diffuse
     Emboss
     Extrude
     Find Edges
     Glowing Edges
     Solarize
     Tiles
     Trace Contour
     Wind
     Filter: Texture
     Craquelure
     Grain
     Mosaic Tiles
     Patchwork
     Stained Glass
     Texturizer
     Filter: Video
     De-Interlace
     NTSC Colors
     Filter: Other
     Custom
     High Pass
     Maximum
     Minimum
     Offset
     Filter: Digimarc
     Embed Watermark
     Read Watermark

Chapter 14. The View Menu
     Magnification Box
     View: New View
     Preview
     CMYK
     Cyan
     Magenta
     Yellow
     Black
     CMY
     View: Gamut Warning
     View: Zoom In
     View: Zoom Out
     View: Fit on Screen
     View: Actual Pixels
     View: Print Size
     View: Hide/Show Edges
     View: Hide/Show Path
     View: Hide/Show Rulers
     View: Hide/Show Guides
     View: Snap To Guides
     View: Lock Guides
     View: Clear Guides
     View: Hide/Show Grid
     View: Snap To Grid

Part III. Palettes

Chapter 15. The Navigator Palette
     Image Thumbnail
     View Box
     Zoom Percentage
     Zoom In/Zoom Out
     Zoom Slider

Chapter 16. The Info Palette
     Panel One: Primary Color Info
     Panel Two: Secondary Info
     Panel Three: Cursor Coordinates
     Panel Four: Selection Dimensions
     The Info Palette Submenu

Chapter 17. The Color Palette
     Foreground/Background Color
     Slider Bar
     Gamut Warning
     Color Bar
     The Color Palette Submenu

Chapter 18. The Swatches Palette
     Using the Swatches Palette
     Specifying Color with Swatches
     Removing Swatches
     The Swatches Palette Submenu
     Reset Swatches
     Load Swatches
     Replace Swatches
     Save Swatches

Chapter 19. The Brushes Palette
     Brushes Palette Submenu
     New Brush
     Delete Brushes
     Brush Options
     Define Brush
     Reset Brushes
     Load Brushes
     Replace Brushes
     Save Brushes

Chapter 20. The Layers Palette
     Blend Modes
     Opacity Slider
     Preserve Transparency
     View Box
     Status Box
     Activating Layers
     Moving the Contents of a Layer
     Reordering Layers
     Linking Layers
     Grouping Layers
     Control Buttons
     Layers Palette Submenu
     New Layer
     New Adjustment Layer
     Duplicate Layer
     Delete Layer
     Layer Options
     Merge Down/Grouped/Linked
     Merge Visible
     Flatten Image
     Palette Options

Chapter 21. The Channels Palette
     Spot Channels
     Using the Channels Palette
     Activating Channels
     Arranging Channels
     Viewing Channels
     The Channels Palette Buttons
     The Channels Palette Submenu
     New Channel
     Duplicate Channel
     Delete Channel
     New Spot Channel
     Merge Spot Channels
     Split Channels
     Merge Channels
     Palette Options

Chapter 22. The Paths Palette
     Creating and Adding Paths
     Work Paths
     Viewing a Path
     Reordering Paths
     Renaming Paths
     Control Buttons
     Paths Palette Submenu
     New Path/Save Path
     Duplicate Path
     Turn Off Path
     Make Work Path
     Make Selection
     Fill Path/Fill Subpath
     Stroke Path/Fill Subpath
     Clipping Path
     Palette Options

Chapter 23. The History Palette
     The History Palette Controls
     The History Palette Submenu
     Step Forward
     Step Backward
     New Snapshot
     Delete
     Clear History
     New Document
     History Options

Chapter 24. The Actions Palette
     Using the Actions Palette
     Selecting Actions and Commands
     Organizing Actions and Commands
     Control Buttons
     Checkboxes
     Actions Palette Submenu
     New Action
     New Set
     Duplicate
     Delete
     Play
     Play Only
     Start Recording
     Record Again
     Insert Menu Item
     Insert Stop
     Insert Path
     Action Options
     Playback Options
     Clear Actions
     Reset Actions
     Load Actions
     Replace Actions
     Save Actions
     Button Mode
     Actions Palette Strategies

Part IV. Appendixes

Appendix A. Common Techniques

Appendix B. Photoshop Shortcuts

Appendix C. Resolution Types

Appendix D. Image Credits

Index

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