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Sams Teach Yourself Adobe® Photoshop® CS4
In just 24 lessons of one hour or less, you’ll learn all the fundamental Photoshop CS4 skills you need to get great results–in digital photography, graphic design, painting, or anything else! Using this book’s easy, step-by-step approach, you’ll master Photoshop CS4’s revamped interface and powerful new shortcuts. You can also learn professional ...
Sams Teach Yourself Adobe® Photoshop® CS4
In just 24 lessons of one hour or less, you’ll learn all the fundamental Photoshop CS4 skills you need to get great results–in digital photography, graphic design, painting, or anything else! Using this book’s easy, step-by-step approach, you’ll master Photoshop CS4’s revamped interface and powerful new shortcuts. You can also learn professional techniques for repairing damaged photos, creating great composites, black-and-white images, and web graphics, and a whole lot more!
Full-color figures and clear step-by-step instructions visually show you how to use Photoshop.
Notes, Tips, and Cautions provide related information, advice, and warnings.
Q&A sections, quizzes, and exercises help you build and test your knowledge.
Learn how to…
• Master Photoshop CS4’s new tabbed interface, Application Frame, and Application Bar
• Personalize your workspace to work more efficiently
• Repair and retouch black-and-white and color images, no matter what condition they’re in
• Make “spot fixes” with Photoshop CS4’s improved toning tools
• Achieve powerful artistry with Photoshop’s filters and effects
• Master digital painting with Photoshop’s paintbrushes and other tools
• Get your colors right, in both print and web applications
• Transform your images using tools ranging from Flip and Warp to Liquify
• Master professional-level features including layers, channels, and masks
• Create outstanding typographic special effects
• Preparegreat web images for everything from online photo galleries to cellphones
• Save time and get better results with Photoshop CS4’s latest enhancements
Kate Binder is a design and graphics expert who works from her home in New Hampshire. She has written articles on graphics, publishing, and photography for magazines including Shutterbug, Publish, eDigitalPhoto, PEI, and Desktop Publishers Journal. Kate is also the author of several books, including iMac Portable Genius, Sams Teach Yourself Adobe Photoshop Elements 6 in 24 Hours, Easy Mac OS X Leopard, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Mac OS X, and Easy Adobe Photoshop 7.
Covers: Adobe® Photoshop® CS4
User Level: Beginning—Intermediate
Photoshop CS4 is the latest and greatest version of a program that has set the standard for image manipulation since 1987. Photoshop CS4 comes in two versions: Standard and Extended. Photoshop CS4 Standard is the image-editing powerhouse photographers and artists have always loved, with new features such as previews that show how your images will look to people who are color-blind, auto-alignment and auto-blending of image content on separate layers, a new Masks panel that puts sophisticated controls for both pixel and vector masks in a single location, an Adjustments panel for applying and managing editable image corrections, and more. Meanwhile, for users in specialized industries such as research science, Photoshop CS4 Extended has complex features that most people don't need, including 3D image creation, video layers, tools for image analysis, measurement and counting abilities, rotoscoping (painting on film or video), 32-bit painting, and database connectivity. If you're interested in learning more about the powerful capabilities in Photoshop CS4 Extended, turn to Appendix B, "A Quick Walk on the Extended Side," for a rundown on its features.
In this book, we look primarily at what Photoshop CS4 Standard has to offer. If you've used an earlier version of Photoshop, you'll be amazed by the new features you'll find in this version. On the other hand, if this is your first experience with Photoshop, you'll be amazed to find that it's really not as difficult to work with as it looks. The Photoshop interface will be immediately familiar if you've used other Adobe software.
This book was written usingbeta versions of the software, so some of the figures might be slightly different from what you see on your screen when you're using the final release version of Photoshop CS4. We've done our best to keep the book as accurate as possible, and my editors and I hope that any differences you do run across will be minor.
If this is your first foray into working with digital images, I recommend that you work on the hours of this book one at a time, without skipping the activities or exercises. There's really no way to become an overnight expert, in Photoshop or in anything else, but Sams Teach Yourself Adobe Photoshop CS4 in 24 Hours will definitely get you up and running in 24 hours or less. The book is divided into 24 one-hour lessons, rather than chapters, and each lesson should take you about an hour to complete. Some lessons might take more time, some less. Just don't try to work through all 24 lessons in one 24-hour day, even if you can manage to stay awake that long. The best way to retain what you've learned is to take a little time between the lesson sessions to try things out. Be sure to spend time simply messing around in Photoshop, learning what's on the menus and what happens when you click here and there.
Here's one for you to start with: At the far right end of Photoshop CS4's new Application bar, you'll see a pop-up menu of workspaces—different combinations of visible panels, keyboard shortcuts, and selected menu commands designed for working in particular ways. From the pop-up menu, choose What's New in CS4, and then click Yes in the resulting dialog. Now each menu command that's new or modified in Photoshop CS4 appears highlighted in blue so you can pick it out. Take some time to check out what's new before you switch back to the Essentials workspace, where you started. Now you're ready to get started—let's go!Downloading the Book's Source Images
I've provided a few of the source images for the book's exercises on the publisher's website. To download the images, go to http://informit.com/register.
Please be aware that all images are protected by copyright and cannot be used for any purpose other than to work on the exercises.Conventions Used in This Book
This book uses the following conventions:
Menu choices are shown with the name of the menu followed by a comma and then the name of the submenu: File, New.
Shortcut key combinations are shown like this:
For Mac OS, hold down the Command key and press the indicated letter: Command-X.
For Windows, hold down the Control key and press the indicated letter: Ctrl+X.
Text that you should type is shown in bold monospaced type: myfilename.
Filenames and URLS are shown in monospaced type: mypicture.jpg.
This book also presents information in the following sidebars:
Note - Notes offer interesting information related to the current topic.
Tip - Tips offer advice or show you an easier way to perform a task.
Caution - Cautions alert you to a possible problem and suggest ways to avoid it.
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