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Adobe Photoshop is the world's leading image manipulation software. Used by both professional and amateur graphic designers, it is the de facto standard for print and Web publishing. Sams Teach Yourself Adobe Photoshop in 24 Hours is an easily accessible tutorial that uses a friendly, conversational approach to teach readers the basics. Photoshop is an immense tool and can be intimidating for the beginning user, but the book makes it easy to learn the basic techniques involved in creating and manipulating images ...
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Adobe Photoshop is the world's leading image manipulation software. Used by both professional and amateur graphic designers, it is the de facto standard for print and Web publishing. Sams Teach Yourself Adobe Photoshop in 24 Hours is an easily accessible tutorial that uses a friendly, conversational approach to teach readers the basics. Photoshop is an immense tool and can be intimidating for the beginning user, but the book makes it easy to learn the basic techniques involved in creating and manipulating images with Photoshop.
I. GETTING STARTED.
Hour 1. The Basics.
Finding Your Way Around. The Toolbox. Tool Options Bar. What's on the Menus? Setting Preferences. Summary. Workshop.
Hour 2. Opening and Saving.
Working with Files. Saving Your Work. Undoing and Redoing. Summary. Workshop.
Hour 3. Making Selections.
The Selection Tools. The Selection Menu. Selecting Large Areas. Cutting and Copying. Cropping. Summary. Workshop.
Hour 4. Transformations.
Resizing. Rotating. Flipping. Selection Transformations. Liquify. Summary. Workshop.
Hour 5. Color Modes and Color Models.
Color Models. The Modes and Models of Color. Color Bit Depth and Why It Matters. Summary. Workshop.
Hour 6. Adjusting Color.
Adjusting by Eye with Variations. Making Other Adjustments. Adjustment Layers. Understanding Channels. Summary. Workshop.
Hour 7. Paintbrushes and Art Tools.
The Brushes Menu. Brushes. Summary. Workshop.
Hour 8. Digital Painting.
Foreground and Background Colors. Selecting Colors. Blending Modes. Summary. Workshop.
Hour 9. Moving Paint.
Smudges. Focus Tools. The Toning Tools. Summary. Workshop.
II. MORE TOOLS AND TRICKS.
Hour 10. Advanced Painting Techniques.
Simulating Different Media. Summary. Workshop.
Hour 11. Layers.
Using the Layers Palette. Working with Multiple Layers. Summary. Workshop.
Hour 12. Using Masks.
Applying Masks. Using Quick Mask. Layer Masks. Summary. Workshop.
Hour 13. Paths.
Creating Paths. Editing Paths. Using Paths. Summary. Workshop.
III. FUN WITH FILTERS.
Hour 14. Filters That Improve Your Picture.
Sharpen Filters. Blur Filters. Fading Filters. Summary. Workshop.
Hour 15. Filters to Make Your Picture Artistic.
Artistic Filters. Brush Strokes. Sketch Filters. Summary. Workshop.
Hour 16. Filters to Distort and Other Funky Effects.
Distort Filters. Pixelate Filters. The Stylize Filter. Combining Filters. Summary. Workshop.
IV. TEXT, EFFECTS AND GETTING PLUGGED IN.
Hour 17. Adding Type to Pictures.
The Type Tools. Setting Type. Creating Drop Shadows. Cutting and Filling Type. Adding Glows. Creating Bevel and Emboss Effects. Warping Text. Setting Type on a Path. Checking Your Spelling. Summary. Workshop.
Hour 18. Special Effects and Useful Tricks.
Glows. Lighting Effects. Reflections. Extracting Selections. Notepad. Contact Sheets and Picture Packages. Working Efficiently. Summary. Workshop.
Hour 19. Photoshop Plug-Ins and Add-Ons.
Where to Get Plug-Ins. How to Install Plug-Ins. Alien Skin's Eye Candy. Kai's Power Tools. Auto FX Photo/Graphic Edges. Flaming Pear. Genuine Fractals. Andromeda. Digimarc. Summary. Workshop.
V. PHOTO REPAIR AND ENHANCEMENT.
Hour 20. Compositing.
Image Sources. Making One Picture from Two. Realistic Composites. Replacing a Background. Composites from Nothing. Photomerge. Summary. Workshop.
Hour 21. Photo Repair-Black-and-White.
Easy Fixes. Using the Eyedropper. Using the Clone Stamp. Healing Brush and Patch Tools. Cleaning Up a Picture, Step by Step. Applying Tints. Vignetting. Summary. Workshop.
Hour 22. Photo Repair-Color.
Color Retouching. Summary. Workshop.
VI. PICTURE PUBLISHING ON PAPER AND OTHERWISE.
Hour 23. Printing and Publishing.
Choosing a Printer. Preparing to Print. Printing the Page. Preparing the Image. Papers. Placing Photoshop Images in Other Programs. Summary. Workshop.
Hour 24. Photoshop for the Web.
Jumping into ImageReady. File Formats and File Size. Preparing Backgrounds. Building Animations. Web Photo Gallery. Creating Slices. Preparing Text for the Web. Emailing Your Pictures. Making Pages Load Faster. Summary. Workshop.
Appendix A: Photoshop CS Palette Quick Reference.
Navigator Palette. Info Palette. Histogram Palette. Color Palette. Swatches Palette. Styles Palette. History Palette. Layers Palette. Channels Palette. Paths Palette. Character Palette. Paragraph Palette.
Photoshop CS2 is the latest and greatest version of a program that has set the standard for image manipulation since 1987. The new version has lots of new features, including Smart Objects, a beefed-up File Browser that's been renamed Bridge, a new Red Eye tool, Reduce Noise and Smart Sharpen commands for cleaning up photos, and a lot of "under-the-hood" enhancements that make your work easier and quicker. If you've used an earlier version of Photoshop, you'll be amazed at how much more powerful this one is. If this is your first experience with Photoshop, you'll be blown away. It's that good! The big surprise for first-time users is that it's really not as difficult to work with as it looks. If you have used any other Adobe software, the Photoshop interface will be immediately familiar to you. If this is your first step into creating digital graphics, you'll find the going easier if you work on the hours of this book one at a time and don't skip the activities or exercises.
Also, please be aware that this book was written using beta versions of the software. As such, some of the figures might be slightly different from what you see on your screen. Nevertheless, every possible effort has been made to keep the book as accurate as possible.
Download the Pictures! - I've provided a few of the source images for the book's exercises on the Sams website dedicated to this book. To download the images, point your Web browser to samspublishing.com, and type the book's ISBN: 0672325926. (Note: Don't use any hyphens.)
After the main book page has loaded, click the Downloads link to get to the files.
Please be aware that all images are protectedby copyright and cannot be used for any purpose other than to work on the exercises.
There's honestly no way to become an overnight expert, be it in Photoshop or anything else, but Sams Teach Yourself Adobe Photoshop CS2 in 24 Hours will get you up and running in 24 hours or less. It's divided into 24 one-hour lessons, rather than chapters. Each lesson should take you about an hour to complete. Some lessons might need more time; others, less time. Please don't try to do it all in one 24-hour day, even if you could. The best way to learn is to take an hour or two between the lesson sessions to try out what you've learned. You'll want to simply poke around, and see what's on the menus and what happens when you click here and there.
Here's one for you to start with: Open the About Photoshop window and wait for a minute. You'll see it start to scroll through the list of all the people who worked on the program. Watch carefully for the very last name on the list. It's a pleasant surprise.
Ready? Let's get to work.
This book uses the following conventions:
Note - By the Way presents interesting information related to the discussion.
Tip - Did You Know? offers advice or shows you an easier way to do something.
Caution - Watch Out! alerts you to a possible problem, and gives you advice on how to avoid it.
Posted June 17, 2005
I purchased Carla's 'Sams Teach Yourself Adobe Photoshop 6 in 24 Hours' when I first got the software. I only got to hour two of that book. Yes, I am the world's top procrastinator, so it had nothing to do with the book. I¿ve upgraded Photoshop, so out I go to purchase a book. And without hesitation, I will again buy Ms. Rose¿s book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 13, 2003
In all honesty, I am the author of this book, so my opinion may be a little bit slanted. However, I started explaining Photoshop for smart people who just didn't know how to use it (as opposed to dummies, total idiots and dweebs) way back with version 4. Well, after all those edits and changes I've finally, truly gotten it right. I am as proud of this book as I am of my kids, and that's going pretty far. This is the one you need if you're just starting out. I'll walk you through the hard parts, explaining why -- as well as how -- you do things in Photoshop. You will learn, and you will have fun. That I promise.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.