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Adobe Photoshop CC Classroom in a Book (2015 release)

Book Description

Creative professionals seeking the fastest, easiest, most comprehensive way to learn Adobe Photoshop choose Adobe Photoshop CC Classroom in a Book (2015 release) from Adobe Press. The 14 project-based lessons in this book show users step-by-step the key techniques for working in Photoshop and how to manipulate images, edit motion-based content, and create image composites.

In addition to learning the key elements of the Photoshop interface, this completely revised CC (2015 release) edition covers automatically repairing empty areas of a merged panorama using Content-Aware Fill, making the noise level of a Blur Gallery effect consistent with an image, and adding specialized type characters more easily in the new Glyphs Panel. Learn to easily reuse design assets and share them with your team using Creative Cloud libraries with Linked Smart Objects, and instantly modify duplicated content using the enhanced Content Aware Move tool. Design screens more efficiently for the range of display sizes across desktop and mobile devices using multiple Artboards, test them on actual hardware using Device Preview, and generate output using the iteration-friendly Export Assets workflow.

The online companion files include all the necessary assets for readers to complete the projects featured in each chapter as well as ebook updates when Adobe releases new features for Creative Cloud customers. And new to this release, all buyers of the book get full access to the Web Edition: a Web-based version of the complete ebook enhanced with video and interactive multiple-choice quizzes. As always with the Classroom in a Book, Instructor Notes are available for teachers to download.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Copyright Page
  3. How to Get Your Lesson Files
    1. What to do with the Lesson files once you’ve downloaded them
    2. Important!
  4. Contents
  5. Getting Started
    1. About Classroom in a Book
    2. What’s new in this edition
    3. Prerequisites
    4. Installing Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Bridge
    5. Starting Adobe Photoshop
    6. Accessing the Classroom in a Book files
      1. Web Edition
      2. Accessing the Free Web Edition
    7. Restoring default preferences
      1. To save your current color settings
      2. To restore your color settings
    8. Additional resources
    9. Adobe Authorized Training Centers
  6. 1. Getting to Know the Work Area
    1. Starting to work in Adobe Photoshop
      1. Starting Photoshop and opening a file
    2. Using the tools
      1. Selecting and using a tool from the Tools panel
      2. Brightening an image
    3. Sampling a color
    4. Working with tools and tool properties
      1. Using context menus
      2. Selecting and using a hidden tool
      3. Setting tool properties in the options bar
      4. Using panels and panel menus
    5. Undoing actions in Photoshop
    6. More about panels and panel locations
      1. Expanding and collapsing panels
      2. Special notes about the Tools panel and options bar
    7. Finding resources for using Photoshop
    8. Review questions
    9. Review answers
  7. 2. Basic Photo Corrections
    1. Strategy for retouching
      1. Organizing an efficient sequence of tasks
      2. Adjusting your process for different intended uses
    2. Resolution and image size
    3. Opening a file with Adobe Bridge
    4. Straightening and cropping the image in Photoshop
    5. Adjusting the color and tone
    6. Using the Spot Healing Brush tool
    7. Applying a content-aware patch
    8. Repairing areas with the Clone Stamp tool
    9. Sharpening the image
    10. Review questions
    11. Review answers
  8. 3. Working with Selections
    1. About selecting and selection tools
    2. Getting started
    3. Using the Quick Selection tool
    4. Moving a selected area
    5. Manipulating selections
      1. Repositioning a selection marquee while creating it
      2. Moving selected pixels with a keyboard shortcut
      3. Moving a selection with the arrow keys
    6. Using the Magic Wand tool
    7. Selecting with the lasso tools
    8. Rotating a selection
    9. Selecting with the Magnetic Lasso tool
    10. Selecting from a center point
    11. Resizing and copying a selection
      1. Resizing the contents of a selection
      2. Moving and duplicating a selection simultaneously
    12. Cropping an image
    13. Review questions
    14. Review answers
  9. 4. Layer Basics
    1. About layers
    2. Getting started
    3. Using the Layers panel
      1. Renaming and copying a layer
      2. Viewing individual layers
      3. Adding a border to a layer
    4. Rearranging layers
      1. Changing the opacity of a layer
      2. Duplicating a layer and changing the blending mode
      3. Resizing and rotating layers
      4. Using a filter to create artwork
      5. Dragging to add a new layer
      6. Adding text
    5. Applying a gradient to a layer
    6. Applying a layer style
    7. Adding an adjustment layer
    8. Updating layer effects
    9. Adding a border
    10. Flattening and saving files
    11. Review questions
    12. Review answers
  10. 5. Quick Fixes
    1. Getting started
    2. Improving a snapshot
      1. Correcting red eye
      2. Brightening an image
    3. Blurring a background
    4. Creating a panorama
    5. Correcting image distortion
    6. Adding depth of field
    7. Moving objects with the Content-Aware Move tool
    8. Adjusting perspective in an image
    9. Review questions
    10. Review answers
  11. 6. Masks and Channels
    1. Working with masks and channels
    2. Getting started
    3. Creating a mask
    4. Refining a mask
    5. Creating a quick mask
    6. Manipulating an image with Puppet Warp
    7. Working with channels
      1. Using an alpha channel to create a shadow
      2. Adjusting an individual channel
    8. Review questions
    9. Review answers
  12. 7. Typographic Design
    1. About type
    2. Getting started
    3. Creating a clipping mask from type
      1. Adding guides to position type
      2. Adding point type
      3. Making a clipping mask and applying a shadow
    4. Creating type on a path
    5. Warping point type
    6. Designing paragraphs of type
      1. Using guides for positioning
      2. Adding paragraph type from a sticky note
    7. Adding a rounded rectangle
    8. Adding vertical text
    9. Review questions
    10. Review answers
  13. 8. Vector Drawing Techniques
    1. About bitmap images and vector graphics
    2. About paths and the Pen tool
    3. Getting started
    4. Drawing with the Pen tool
      1. Drawing a straight line
      2. Drawing curves
      3. Drawing a more complex shape
      4. Tracing a shape from a photo
      5. Adding a second shape to a path
    5. Working with defined custom shapes
      1. Converting a path to a shape
      2. Changing the fill color of a shape layer
      3. Subtracting shapes from a shape layer
    6. Importing a Smart Object
    7. Adding color and depth to a shape using layer styles
    8. Review questions
    9. Review answers
  14. 9. Advanced Compositing
    1. Getting started
    2. Arranging layers
    3. Using Smart Filters
      1. Applying the Liquify filter
      2. Positioning other layers
      3. Editing a Smart Filter
    4. Painting a layer
    5. Adding a background
    6. Using the History panel to undo tasks
      1. Applying filters and effects
      2. Undoing multiple steps
    7. Upscaling a low-resolution image
    8. Review questions
    9. Review answers
  15. 10. Painting with the Mixer Brush
    1. About the Mixer Brush
    2. Getting started
    3. Selecting brush settings
      1. Experimenting with wetness options and brushes
      2. Using an erodible tip
    4. Mixing colors
    5. Creating a custom brush preset
    6. Mixing colors with a photograph
    7. Review questions
    8. Review answers
  16. 11. Editing Video
    1. Getting started
    2. About the Timeline panel
    3. Creating a new video project
      1. Creating a new file
      2. Importing assets
      3. Changing the duration and size of clips in the timeline
    4. Animating text with keyframes
    5. Creating effects
      1. Adding adjustment layers to video clips
      2. Animating a zoom effect
      3. Animating an image to create a motion effect
      4. Adding pan & zoom effects
    6. Adding transitions
    7. Adding audio
    8. Muting unwanted audio
    9. Rendering video
    10. Review questions
    11. Review answers
  17. 12. Working with Camera Raw
    1. Getting started
    2. About camera raw files
    3. Processing files in Camera Raw
      1. Opening images in Camera Raw
      2. Adjusting white balance
      3. Making tonal adjustments in Camera Raw
      4. Applying sharpening
      5. Synchronizing settings across images
      6. Saving Camera Raw changes
    4. Applying advanced color correction
      1. Adjust the white balance in Camera Raw
      2. Adjusting levels
      3. Editing the saturation in Camera Raw
      4. Using the healing brush tools to remove blemishes
      5. Enhancing an image using the Dodge and Sponge tools
      6. Adjusting skin tones
      7. Applying surface blur
    5. Review questions
    6. Review answers
  18. 13. Preparing Files for the Web
    1. Getting started
    2. Using layer groups to create button graphics
      1. Creating the first button
      2. Duplicating buttons
    3. Automating a multistep task
      1. Recording an action
      2. Batch-playing an action
      3. Placing files in Photoshop
    4. Saving assets with Adobe Generator
      1. Renaming layers and layer groups
      2. Evaluating and revising generated assets
      3. Generating multiple image sizes and formats from the same layer
      4. Previewing images in a browser
    5. Review questions
    6. Review answers
  19. 14. Producing and Printing Consistent Color
    1. Preparing files for printing
    2. Getting started
    3. Performing a “zoom test”
    4. Identifying out-of-gamut colors
    5. Adjusting an image
    6. Converting an image to CMYK
    7. About color management
    8. Specifying color-management settings
    9. Proofing an image
    10. Saving the image as a CMYK EPS file
    11. Printing a CMYK image from Photoshop
    12. Review questions
    13. Review answers
  20. 15. Printing 3D Files
    1. Getting started
    2. Understanding the 3D environment
    3. Positioning 3D elements
    4. Printing a 3D file
      1. Specifying 3D print settings
      2. Exporting a 3D object
    5. Review questions
    6. Review answers
  21. Appendix: Tools panel overview
    1. Photoshop CC Tools panel
  22. Appendix: Keyboard shortcuts
  23. Index
  24. Production Notes