Overview

Anyone who relies on Photoshop to meet tough production challenges knows that when a new version arrives, especially one as chockfull of enhancements as Photoshop CS3, there's no time to fool around. You need to get up to speed on it, and you need to do so now. This book will get you there. In this copiously illustrated book, best-selling author David Blatner offers shows you how to sharpen your Photoshop production techniques and provides clear explanations of the concepts that drive them. Readers will learn ...
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Real World Adobe Photoshop CS3

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Overview

Anyone who relies on Photoshop to meet tough production challenges knows that when a new version arrives, especially one as chockfull of enhancements as Photoshop CS3, there's no time to fool around. You need to get up to speed on it, and you need to do so now. This book will get you there. In this copiously illustrated book, best-selling author David Blatner offers shows you how to sharpen your Photoshop production techniques and provides clear explanations of the concepts that drive them. Readers will learn about managing color, correcting colors, capturing images, getting great scans, and more. They'll also find complete coverage of Photoshop CS3's new features: a streamlined interface, nondestructive Smart Filters, a new Quick Selection and Refine Edge tools, improved Curves, automatic layer alignment and blending, and more. Throughout, the emphasis in this book is on efficiency: the timesaving tips and professional shortcuts that will allow readers to solve their everyday production challenges creatively with Photoshop CS3.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780132712729
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 12/24/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 768
  • File size: 35 MB
  • Note: This product may take a few minutes to download.

Meet the Author

David Blatner is an internationally known expert on Photoshop and QuarkXPress and is the author of numerous other books, including Real World QuarkXPress and Real World Adobe InDesign. David lectures on desktop publishing and digital imaging at conferences and workshops around the world.

Conrad Chavez began providing education, training, and support for digital-media applications in 1987, contributing countless pages to the user guides for print, Web, and digital video products at Aldus Corporation and Adobe Systems Incorporated. Now a freelance writer and editor, Conrad co-authored the books Adobe Photoshop CS/CS2 Breakthroughs (with David Blatner) and Real World Scanning and Halftones, Third Edition, and is a contributing writer for The Adobe Illustrator CS2 Wow! Book by Sharon Steuer.

Bruce Fraser is a widely recognized authority on digital imaging and color reproduction. He is the author of the best-selling Real World Camera Raw with Adobe Photoshop CS2 and the co-author of Real World Color Management, and was a principal and co-founder of Pixel Genius, LLC.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Photoshop in the Real World

Chapter 1: Building a Photoshop System
Putting It All Together
Choosing a Platform
Processors and cores
RAM
Virtual Memory
Monitors

Chapter 2: Image Essentials
It's All Zeroes and Ones
Pixels and Paths
Pixels and Images
Resolution
How Much Is Enough?
Resampling
Image Mode
Bitmaps and File Size

Chapter 3: Color Essentials
What Makes a Color
Primary Colors
The Color Wheel
How Colors Affect Each Other
Device-Independent Color
Working with Colors

Chapter 4: Color Settings
Understanding Color Management in Photoshop
Color Management Systems Explained
The Conceptual Framework
Photoshop and the Monitor
Color Settings
The RGB Working Space
Choosing a CMYK Working Space
Choosing a Gray Working Space
Spot Spaces
Color Management Policies
Color Settings with More Options
The Color Picker
Applying Profiles Outside Color Settings
Soft-Proofing Controls
Converting Colors When You Print
Isolating Variables

Chapter 5: Building a Digital Workflow
Making Quick Work of Digital Camera Images
Digital Raw Formats
Digital Workfl ow Phases
Workflow Principles
Copying Files from a Camera
Verifying Images
Camera Raw, Bridge, and Photoshop
Refining a Shoot Using Bridge
Opening Images with Camera Raw
Camera Raw Static Controls
Camera Raw Preferences
The Main Control Buttons
Adjusting with Precision and Speed
Camera Raw Workflow Options
Camera Raw Image Controls
The Basic Tab
Workflow Guidelines for the Image Controls
The Tone Curve Tab
The Detail Tab
The HSL/Grayscale Tab
The Split Toning Tab
The Lens Corrections Tab
The Camera Calibration Tab
The Presets Tab
Filmstrip Mode
Using Adobe Bridge
Image Previews and the Cache
The Preproduction Phase
The Production Phase
Automating with the Batch Command
Recording Batch Actions
Running the Batch Dialog
Bridge Windows
Bridge Menu Commands

Chapter 6: Essential Photoshop Tips and Tricks
Making Photoshop Fly
Window Tips
Navigation Tips
Moving Tips
Guides, Grids, and Alignment Tips
Dialog Tips
New Document Tips
Keyboard Shortcut Tips
Menu Customization Tips
Tips for Tools
Palettes and Workspaces
Setting Preferences
When Things Go Wrong
Easter Eggs

Chapter 7: Image Adjustment Fundamentals
Stretching and Squeezing the Bits
Stretching and Squeezing the Bits
Tonal-Correction Tools
The Histogram Palette
The Info Palette
Levels
Curves
Choosing a Color Mode for Editing
Hands-On Levels and Curves
Quick Lab Mode Fixes
Using Color Samplers
Hue, Saturation, and Lightness
Replace Color
Selective Color
Channel Mixer
Photo Filter
Shadow/Highlight
Tools We Don't Use

Chapter 8: The Digital Darkroom
Layers, Masks, Selections, Channels, and More
Adjustment Layer Basics
Selections, Masks, and Channels
Adjustment Layers in Practice
Image Adjustment with Blending Modes
Beyond Adjustment Layers
Advanced Pixel-Blending
History and Virtual Layers
Optimizing an Image for Print

Chapter 9: Making Selections
Getting Just What You Need
Masking-Tape Selections
Tips for All Selection Tools
Quick Masks
Anti-Aliasing and Feathering
Refi ning a Selection
Channels
The Select Menu
Step-by-Step Selections

Chapter 10: Sharpness, Detail, and Noise Reduction
Getting an Edge on Your Image
How the Unsharp Mask Filter Works
Working the Controls
A Practical Sharpening Workflow
Sharpening Techniques
High-Pass Sharpening
Sharpening in Photoshop vs. Camera Raw
Noise Reduction
Smart Sharpen
Lens Correction
Avoiding the Crunchies1

Chapter 11: Essential Image Techniques
Pushing Pixels into Place
The Color of Grayscale
Line Art
Reproducing Screened Images
HDR Imaging
Retouching
Compositing Images
Vectors vs. Pixels
Text and Typography
Filters and Effects
The Nondestructive Workflow
Actions, Automate, and Scripting

Chapter 12: Image Storage and Output
The Right File for the Right Job
Storing Images
Save As Dialog
Opening Images
Creating Output for Prepress
Halftone, Contone, and Hybrid Screening
Image Diff erences
Printing from Photoshop
Creating Images for the Web
Saving Images for the Web or Mobile Devices
File Formats
Compressing Images

Index

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