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Overview

After years of fielding questions at seminars from Photoshop users, Dave Cross realized there was a lot of common ground: there were many questions that were indeed "frequently asked." In addition, most questions seemed start with “How come I can’t…." "How do I…." or "Why won’t the (fill in the blank) tool work?" This book addresses the most common problems and questions in Photoshop by both providing answers to the most frequently asked questions, and outlining strategies that can help you avoid problems in the first place.

You’ll see:

• Where to start when things don't work: from tool settings to re-installing Photoshop

• The most common warning dialogs: why they appears, how to fix them, and how to avoid them

• The Photoshop CS2 Checklist: what to check when things go wrong, or before you start working, to help avoid problems

• Solutions to typical problems when using the Adobe Creative Suite

• How to avoid problems by creating flexible documents (adjustment layers, layer masks, groups, smart object, layer comps, and more)

• Frequently asked questions—and their answers—in all key areas of Photoshop CS2:

• general operations (palettes, workspaces, menus, etc.)

• color (CMYK, color management, spot color, choosing color, etc.)

• type

• selections

• making adjustments

• layers

• preferences and settings

• image capture (resolution, Camera Raw, file size)

• sizing (canvas size, image size, copping)

• automation (actions, batch, built-in automation commands)

• common image problems (exposure, focus, noise, color cast, etc.)

• painting (brushes, choosing color)

• output (web, PDF, video, printing)

• special effects (filters, layer styles)

• tools (that don't fit into any other category)

• How to customize Photoshop CS2 to work the way you want it to (actions, menus, workspaces, shortcuts, preferences)

• How to make your own brushes, swatches, shapes, styles, and patterns

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Got questions about Photoshop? Odds are, someone’s asked them before. And someone’s answered them: the National Association of Photoshop Professionals. Now NAPP’s senior developer of education and curriculum brings together hundreds of the issues he’s seen most often -- together with clear, proven solutions. You won’t just find troubleshooting help; you’ll learn how to stay away from trouble in the first place.

Dave Cross starts with strategies for tracking down virtually any problem. You’ll find a full chapter on Photoshop’s warning dialogs: why they appear, how to fix them, how to avoid them. Cross shows how to set up more flexible, trouble-resistant documents, then turns to the specific areas where Photoshop users are most likely to run into difficulty.

You’ll find solutions for working with color, capturing and editing images, sizing, selections, layers, type, automation, painting, special effects, and more. There's a big catch-all “general operations” section, too, covering everything from guides to Free Transform.

Want to hide floating palettes? Stop things (or just some things) from aligning automatically with your grids? Repeat a transform, like in Illustrator? Zoom in while a dialog’s open? Transfer custom brushes to another computer? Place the results of a Vanishing Point operation on a separate layer? Make one of your drop shadows use a different angle from the rest? It’s all here.

There’s a full chapter of tips for integrating Photoshop with other Adobe applications (plus help for coexisting with PowerPoint, too). Finally, Cross offers Photoshop customization solutions ranging from Actions to patterns, workspaces to contact sheets. If you live in Photoshop, you need this book. Bill Camarda, from the August 2005 Read Only

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321337047
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press
  • Publication date: 6/17/2005
  • Pages: 259
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

Dave Cross is Senior Developer of Education and Curriculum for NAPP. He is involved in all aspects of the training that is provided to NAPP members, including the content of seminars, conferences, workbooks, and tutorials on their website. Prior to joining NAPP, he lived in Canada and spent many years as a trainer and author, running his own training center, the Digital Media Learning Centre, teaching classes on Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat, QuarkXPress, and InDesign. He wrote Illustrator CS2 Killer Tips, and is the author of three other instructional DVDs: Photoshop Elements for Beginners, Photoshop CS for Beginners, and Photoshop Elements for Digital Photographers.

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Table of Contents

Sect. 1 Be your own help desk 1
Ch. 1 Where to start 2
Ch. 2 The checklist 6
Ch. 3 Warning dialogs 22
Ch. 4 Creating flexible documents 38
Sect. 2 Frequently asked questions 61
Ch. 5 General operations 62
Ch. 6 Preferences, settings, & colors 70
Ch. 7 Tools 82
Ch. 8 Image capture 94
Ch. 9 Sizing 100
Ch. 10 Selections 106
Ch. 11 Making adjustments & fixing image problems 117
Ch. 12 Layers 128
Ch. 13 Type 148
Ch. 14 Automation 158
Ch. 15 Painting 168
Ch. 16 Special effects 179
Ch. 17 Saving & output 195
Ch. 18 Creative suite issues 202
Sect. 3 Customizing Photoshop 211
Ch. 19 Actions 212
Ch. 20 Make your own 224
Ch. 21 Customizing 236
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