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Adobe Photoshop CC for Photographers, 2015 Release, 3rd Edition

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Adobe Photoshop CC for Photographers by Photoshop hall-of-famer and acclaimed digital imaging professional Martin Evening has been revamped for a thirteenth edition to include detailed instruction for all of the updates to Photoshop CC on Adobe’s Creative Cloud, including significant new features, such as faster Camera Raw processing, Blur Gallery noise matching, and new export options for quick image-saving and layers as separate documents. This guide covers all the tools and techniques photographers and professional image editors need to know when using Photoshop CC, from workflow guidance to core skills to advanced techniques for professional results. Using clear, succinct instruction and real world examples, this guide is the essential reference for Photoshop users. Accompanying the book is the photoshopforphotographers.com website, fully updated with new sample images, tutorial videos, and bonus chapters.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Table of Contents
  5. Please read first
  6. Introduction
  7. What’s different in this book
  8. Acknowledgments
  9. 1 Photoshop fundamentals
    1. Photoshop installation
      1. New Welcome experience
    2. The Photoshop interface
      1. Creating a new document
      2. Tabbed document windows
      3. Managing document windows
        1. Synchronized scroll and zoom
      4. Image document window details
        1. Title bar proxy icons (Mac only)
        2. Info panel status information
      5. Rulers, Guides & Grid
      6. Additional Guides features
        1. New Guide Layout dialog
        2. New Guides from Shapes
      7. ‘Snap to’ behavior
      8. Pixel Grid view
      9. The Photoshop panels
        1. Panel arrangements and docking
        2. Panel positions remembered in workspaces
        3. Customizing the menu options
        4. Customizing the keyboard shortcuts
      10. Task-based workspaces
        1. Working with a dual display setup
    3. Automating Photoshop
    4. Photoshop CC Tools panel
      1. Options bar
      2. Tool Presets
    5. Selection tools
      1. Color Range
        1. Adjustable tone ranges
      2. Modifier keys
    6. Painting tools
      1. On-the-fly brush changes
        1. On-screen brush adjustments
      2. Brush panel
        1. Brush panel options
      3. Pressure sensitive control
      4. Brush tool presets
      5. Mixer brush
      6. Bristle tip brush shapes
      7. Load/Replace Swatches from HTML
        1. Hex Field
      8. Adobe Color Themes panel
      9. Setting a custom background color
      10. Automatically add colors to the Swatches panel
    7. Tools for filling
    8. Tools for drawing
    9. Image editing tools
      1. Move tool
      2. Layer selection using the move tool
    10. Navigation and information tools
      1. Zoom tool shortcuts
      2. Hand tool
        1. Bird’s-eye view
        2. Flick panning
        3. Windows Multi-touch support
      3. Eyedropper tool
      4. Ruler tool
      5. Rotate view tool
      6. Notes tool
      7. Count tool
    11. Screen view modes
    12. Working with Layers
    13. Preset Manager
    14. History
      1. The History panel
        1. History settings and memory usage
      2. History brush
      3. Use of history versus undo
      4. Snapshots
      5. Non-linear history
    15. When files won’t open
      1. Save often
      2. Background Saving
        1. Normal saves
        2. Using Save As to save images
    16. File formats
      1. Photoshop native file format
        1. Smart PSD files
      2. Large Document (PSB) format
      3. TIFF (Tagged Image File Format)
        1. Pixel order
        2. Byte order
        3. Save Image Pyramid
        4. TIFF compression options
        5. Flattened TIFFs
      4. JPEG
      5. PNG
      6. Photoshop PDF
    17. Adobe Bridge CC
      1. The Bridge interface
        1. Making Bridge CS6 work with Photoshop CC
        2. Custom work spaces in Bridge
      2. Opening files from Bridge
      3. Slideshows
    18. Camera Raw
      1. DNG and transparency support
      2. Opening photos from Bridge via Camera Raw
    19. Splash screen
  10. 2 Camera Raw image processing
    1. Camera Raw advantages
      1. The new Camera Raw workflow
        1. Does the order matter?
        2. Raw capture
        3. JPEG capture
        4. Editing JPEGs and TIFFs in Camera Raw
        5. Alternative Raw processors
      2. Camera Raw support
        1. DNG compatibility
    2. Basic Camera Raw image editing
      1. Working with Bridge and Camera Raw
      2. General controls for single file opening
        1. Full size window view
      3. General controls for multiple file opening
      4. Preview controls
        1. Checkpoints
        2. Preview preferences
      5. Workflow options
      6. CMYK Proofing
      7. Output proofing and the computer display
      8. Saving soft proofed raw files as smart objects
      9. Summary of the proposed soft proofing workflow
      10. Opening raw files as Smart Objects
      11. Saving photos from Camera Raw
        1. Saving a JPEG as DNG
        2. Resolving naming conflicts
        3. Color space and image sizing options
      12. Altering the background color
      13. The histogram display
      14. Digital camera histograms
      15. Interactive histogram
      16. Image browsing via Camera Raw
      17. Camera Raw preferences
        1. Default Image Settings
        2. Camera Raw cache
        3. DNG file handling
        4. JPEG and TIFF handling
        5. Performance: Accelerated graphics (GPU)
        6. Graphics card compatibility
        7. Scrubby zoom
      18. Camera Raw cropping and straightening
      19. How to straighten and crop
    3. Basic panel controls
      1. White balance
        1. Using the white balance tool
        2. Localized white balance measurements
      2. Independent auto white balance adjustments
      3. Process Versions
      4. The Process 2012 tone adjustment controls
        1. Exposure
        2. Contrast
        3. Highlights and Shadows
        4. Whites and Blacks
        5. Suggested order for the Basic panel adjustments
      5. Preserving the highlight detail
      6. When to clip the highlights
      7. How to clip the shadows
      8. Shadow levels after a conversion
        1. Digital exposure
        2. How Camera Raw interprets the raw data
      9. Basic panel image adjustment procedure
      10. Auto tone corrections
        1. Auto Whites and Blacks sliders
        2. Camera-specific default settings
      11. Clarity
        1. Negative clarity
      12. Vibrance and Saturation
      13. Tone Curve panel
        1. Point Curve editor mode
        2. RGB Curves
      14. Correcting a high contrast image
      15. HSL/Grayscale panel
        1. Recovering out-of-gamut colors
        2. Adjusting the hue and saturation
      16. Lens Corrections panel
        1. Accessing and creating custom lens profiles
      17. Lens Corrections: Color tab
        1. Chromatic aberration
        2. Defringe sliders
        3. The Defringe controls in use
        4. Eyedropper tool mode
        5. Localized adjustments: Defringe slider
      18. Lens Corrections: Manual tab
        1. Upright corrections
        2. Synchronizing Upright settings
        3. Transform controls
        4. Lens Vignetting controls
      19. Effects panel
        1. Post Crop Vignetting control
        2. Post Crop Vignette style options
        3. Highlights slider
        4. Adding Grain effects
        5. Dehaze slider
      20. Camera Calibration panel
        1. New Camera Raw profiles
        2. Camera look settings profiles
      21. Custom camera profile calibrations
        1. DNG Profile Editor
      22. Camera Raw as a Photoshop filter
      23. Spot removal tool
        1. Creating circle spots
        2. Synchronized spotting with Camera Raw
      24. Spot removal tool feathering
      25. Spot removal tool fine-tuning
        1. Visualize spots
        2. Creating brush spots
        3. Deleting spots
      26. Red eye removal
      27. Red eye: pet eye removal
    4. Localized adjustments
      1. Adjustment brush
        1. Initial Adjustment brush options
        2. Brush settings
        3. Adding a new brush effect
        4. Resetting adjustments
        5. Adjustment brush duplication
      2. Editing brush adjustments
        1. Previewing the brush stroke areas
        2. Auto masking
      3. Darkening the shadows
      4. Hand-coloring in Color mode
      5. Graduated filter tool
        1. Graduated color temperature adjustment
      6. Radial filter adjustments
        1. Fill to document bounds
      7. Modifying graduated and radial filter masks
      8. Correcting edge sharpness with the Radial filter
      9. Camera Raw settings menu
        1. Export settings to XMP
        2. Update DNG previews
        3. Load Settings Save Settings
        4. Camera Raw defaults
      10. Presets panel
        1. Saving and applying presets
        2. Copying and synchronizing settings
      11. Synchronizing different process versions
      12. Legacy presets
      13. Working with Snapshots
    5. DNG file format
      1. The DNG solution
        1. DNG compatibility
      2. Saving images as DNG
        1. Lossy DNG
      3. DNG Converter
  11. 3 Sharpening and noise reduction
    1. When to sharpen
      1. Why one-step sharpening is ineffective
      2. Capture sharpening
        1. Capture sharpening for scanned images
      3. Process versions
      4. Improvements to Camera Raw sharpening
      5. Sample sharpening image
      6. Detail panel
        1. Sharpening defaults
        2. The sharpening effect sliders
        3. Amount slider
        4. Radius slider
        5. The suppression controls
        6. Detail slider
        7. Interpreting the grayscale previews
        8. Radius and Detail grayscale preview
      7. Masking slider
        1. Masking slider example
      8. Some real world sharpening examples
        1. Sharpening portrait images
        2. Sharpening landscape images
        3. Sharpening a fine-detailed image
      9. How to save sharpening settings as presets
      10. Capture sharpening summary
      11. Selective sharpening in Camera Raw
        1. Negative sharpening
        2. Extending the sharpening limits
        3. How to apply localized sharpening
        4. Negative sharpening to blur an image
      12. Noise removal in Camera Raw
        1. Process Versions and noise reduction
        2. Removing random pixels
        3. Detail panel Noise Reduction sliders
        4. Color noise
      13. Non-raw image noise reduction
      14. Color Smoothness slider
        1. Adding grain to improve appearance of sharpness
      15. Localized noise reduction in Camera Raw
      16. Localized moiré removal in Camera Raw
    2. Localized sharpening in Photoshop
      1. Smart Sharpen filter
        1. Basic Smart Sharpen mode
      2. Advanced Smart Sharpen mode
        1. Removing Motion Blur
      3. Shake Reduction filter
        1. The Shake Reduction controls
        2. Repeat filtering
        3. Smart object
        4. Blur direction tool
        5. How to get the best results
      4. Creating a depth of field brush
  12. 4 Image editing essentials
    1. Pixels versus vectors
      1. Photoshop as a vector program
      2. Image resolution terminology
        1. ppi: pixels per inch
        2. lpi: lines per inch
        3. dpi: dots per inch
        4. Desktop printer resolution
      3. Altering the image size
      4. Image interpolation
        1. Nearest Neighbor (hard edges)
        2. Bilinear
        3. Bicubic (smooth gradients)
        4. Bicubic Smoother (enlargement)
        5. Bicubic Sharper (reduction)
        6. Bicubic Automatic
        7. Preserve Details (enlargement)
    2. Photoshop image adjustments
      1. The image histogram
        1. The Histogram panel
      2. Basic Levels editing and the histogram
      3. Bit depth
        1. 8-bit versus 16-bit image editing
        2. 16-bit and color space selection
        3. Comparing 8-bit with 16-bit editing
      4. The RGB edit space and color gamut
      5. Direct image adjustments
        1. Adjustment layers approach
        2. Adjustments panel controls
        3. Properties panel controls
        4. Maintaining focus in the Properties panel
      6. Levels adjustments
        1. Analyzing the histogram
      7. Curves adjustment layers
        1. On-image Curves editing
        2. Removing curve points
        3. Using Curves in place of Levels
        4. Output levels adjustments
        5. Luminosity and Color blending modes
        6. Locking down portions of a curve
        7. Creating a dual contrast curve
      8. Correcting shadow and highlight detail
        1. Amount
        2. Tonal Width
        3. Radius
        4. Color Correction
        5. Midtone Contrast
      9. Auto image adjustments
      10. Match Color corrections
      11. Enhanced Brightness and Contrast
      12. Color corrections using Curves
      13. Hue/Saturation
      14. Vibrance
      15. Color Lookup adjustments
      16. Color Lookup Table Export
      17. Photo Filter
      18. Multiple adjustment layers
      19. Adjustment layer masks
      20. Properties panel mask controls
        1. Editing a mask using the masks controls
      21. Image Adjustments as Smart Filters
      22. Live shape properties
    3. Cropping
      1. Entering measurement units
      2. Delete cropped pixels
      3. Crop ratio modes
      4. Landscape and portrait mode crops
      5. Crop tool presets
      6. Crop overlay display
      7. Crop tool options
      8. Front Image cropping
        1. Disable edge snapping
      9. Selection-based cropping
      10. Canvas size
      11. Big data
      12. Perspective crop tool
      13. Content-aware scaling
        1. How to protect skin tones
        2. How to remove objects from a scene
      14. Image rotation
  13. 5 Black and white
    1. Converting color to black and white
      1. Dumb black and white conversions
      2. Smarter black and white conversions
      3. Black & White adjustment presets
      4. Split color toning using Color Balance
      5. Split color toning using Curves adjustments
      6. Split color toning using a Gradient Map
      7. Camera Raw black and white conversions
        1. Pros and cons of the Camera Raw approach
        2. HSL grayscale conversions
        3. Camera Calibration panel tweaks
      8. Camera Raw Split Toning panel
        1. Saturation shortcut
        2. Camera Raw color image split toning
  14. 6 Extending the dynamic range
    1. High dynamic range imaging
      1. HDR essentials
        1. Alternative approaches
        2. Bracketed exposures
      2. Photomatix Pro
        1. Displaying deep-bit color
      3. Capturing a complete scenic tonal range
      4. HDR shooting tips
        1. HDR File formats
        2. How to fool Merge to HDR
    2. Basic tonal compression techniques
      1. Blending multiple exposures
      2. Camera Raw adjustments using Process 2012
      3. Processing HDR files in Camera Raw
        1. The Camera Raw options
      4. HDR photos using Photo Merge in Camera Raw
        1. Creating Photo Merge DNGs
    3. Merge to HDR Pro
      1. Response curve
      2. Tone mapping HDR images
        1. Local Adaptation
        2. Removing ghosts
        3. How to avoid the ‘HDR look’
      3. Smooth Edges option
      4. HDR toning examples
      5. How to smooth HDR toned images
  15. 7 Extending the dynamic range
    1. Basic cloning methods
      1. Clone stamp tool
        1. Clone stamp brush settings
      2. Healing brush
      3. Choosing an appropriate alignment mode
      4. Clone Source panel and clone overlays
        1. Clone and healing sample options
      5. Better healing edges
      6. Spot healing brush
        1. Healing blend modes
      7. Spot healing in Content-Aware mode
      8. Patch tool
        1. The patch tool and content-aware filling
        2. Structure control
      9. Content-aware move tool
        1. Content-aware move tool in Extend mode
      10. Enhanced content-aware color adaptation
        1. Content-aware move with transformations
      11. Working with the Clone Source panel
      12. Perspective retouching
    2. Beauty retouching
    3. Liquify
      1. Advanced Liquify tool controls
        1. Reconstructions
        2. Mask options
        3. View options
        4. Saving the mesh
      2. Liquify performance
      3. Smart Object support for Liquify
        1. On-screen cursor adjustments
        2. Targeted distortions using Liquify
  16. 8 Layers, selections and masking
    1. Selections and channels
      1. Selections
      2. Quick Mask mode
      3. Creating an image selection
      4. Modifying selections
      5. Alpha channels
      6. Modifying an image selection
      7. Selections, alpha channels and masks
      8. Anti-aliasing
      9. Feathering
    2. Layers
      1. Layer basics
      2. Image layers
      3. Vector layers
      4. Text layers
      5. Adjustment layers
      6. Layers panel controls
        1. Layer styles
      7. Adding layer masks
        1. Viewing in Mask or Rubylith mode
        2. Removing a layer mask
        3. Adding an empty layer mask
        4. Thumbnail preview clipping
      8. Properties Panel in Masks mode
      9. Refine Edge command
        1. View modes
        2. Edge detection
        3. Smart Radius
        4. Adjust Edge section
        5. Refine Edge output
      10. Working with the quick selection tool
      11. Combining a quick selection with Refine Edge
      12. Focus area
      13. Ragged borders with the Refine Edge adjustment
      14. Color Range masking
    3. Layer blending modes
      1. Creating panoramas with Photomerge
      2. Panorama Photo Merges in Camera Raw
        1. Creating Photo Merge panoramas
        2. The panorama projection options
      3. Depth of field blending
    4. Working with multiple layers
      1. Color coding layers
      2. Layer group management
        1. Nested group layer compatibility
        2. Managing layers in a group
      3. Clipping masks
        1. How to create a clipping mask
        2. Masking layers within a group
      4. Clipping layers and adjustment layers
      5. Layer Comps panel
      6. Layer linking
        1. Selecting all layers
      7. Layer selection using the move tool
      8. Layer selection with the path selection tools
      9. Layer mask linking
      10. Layer locking
        1. Lock Transparent Pixels
        2. Lock Image Pixels
        3. Lock Layer Position
        4. Lock All
      11. Generator: generating assets from layers
        1. Extended tagging
        2. Summary of how Generator works
        3. Generator uses
      12. Export options
        1. Exporting a layer
      13. Creative Cloud Libraries
        1. Sharing libraries with other users
      14. Smarter naming when merging layers
      15. Layer filtering
        1. Isolation mode layer filtering
    5. Transform commands
      1. Repeat Transforms
      2. Interpolation options
      3. Numeric Transforms
      4. Transforming paths and selections
      5. Transforms and alignment
      6. Warp transforms
      7. Perspective Warp
      8. Puppet Warp
        1. Pin rotation
        2. Pin depth
        3. Multiple pin selection
        4. Smart Objects
    6. Smart Objects
      1. Linked Smart Objects
        1. Creating linked Smart Objects
        2. Packaging linked embedded assets
        3. Resolving bad links
        4. Layers panel Smart Object searches
    7. Photoshop paths
      1. Pen path modes
      2. Drawing paths with the pen tool
      3. Pen path drawing example
        1. Pen tool shortcuts summary
        2. Rubber Band mode
      4. Multi-selection path options
      5. Selecting path anchor points
      6. Vector masks
        1. Isolating an object from the background
  17. 9 Blur, optical and rendering filters
    1. Filter essentials
      1. 32-bit filters
      2. Blur filters
        1. Gaussian Blur
        2. Average Blur
        3. Adding a Radial Blur to a photo
        4. Surface Blur
        5. Box Blur
        6. Shape Blur
        7. Lens Blur
        8. Depth of field effects
      3. Blur Gallery filters
        1. Iris Blur
        2. Radius field controls
        3. Blur Tools options
      4. Noise panel
        1. Tilt-Shift blur
        2. Blur ring adjustments
        3. Field Blur
        4. Spin blur
        5. Path blur
      5. Motion Blur Effects panel
      6. Smart Object support
        1. Blur Gallery filters on video layers
        2. Smart objects and selections
        3. Applying a Blur Gallery filter to a video clip
        4. Blur Gallery filter with a smart object plus mask
    2. Smart Filters
      1. Applying Smart Filters to pixel layers
      2. Lens Corrections
        1. Custom lens corrections
        2. Selecting the most appropriate profiles
      3. Adobe Lens Profile Creator
        1. Interpolating between lens profiles
        2. Lens Correction profiles and Auto-Align
        3. Batch lens correction processing
      4. Adaptive Wide Angle filter
        1. How the Adaptive Wide Angle filter works
        2. Applying constraints
        3. Rotating a constraint
        4. Saving constraints
        5. Constraint line colors
        6. Polygon constraints
        7. Calibrating with the Adaptive Wide Angle filter
        8. Editing panorama images
      5. Flame filter
        1. Flame filter controls
      6. Tree filter
        1. Tree filter checkbox options
        2. Filter Gallery
  18. 10 Print output
    1. Print sharpening
      1. Judge the print, not the display
      2. High Pass filter edge sharpening technique
      3. Soft proof before printing
        1. Managing print expectations
    2. Making a print
      1. Photoshop Print dialog
        1. Printer selection
        2. Color Management
        3. Rendering intent selection
        4. Hard Proofing
        5. Position and Size
        6. Print selected area
      2. Ensuring your prints are centered (Mac)
        1. Printing Marks
        2. Functions
      3. Saving operating system print presets
      4. Print output scripting
      5. Configuring the Print Settings (Mac and PC)
        1. Photoshop managed color on Windows
      6. Custom print profiles
  19. 11 Automating Photoshop
    1. Working with Actions
      1. Playing an action
      2. Recording actions
      3. Troubleshooting actions
      4. Limitations when recording actions
        1. Actions only record changed settings
        2. Background layers and bit depth
        3. Layer naming
        4. Inserting menu items
      5. Batch processing actions
      6. Exporting and importing presets
      7. Creating a droplet
      8. Conditional Actions
        1. Conditional action droplets
      9. Image Processor Pro
    2. Scripting
    3. Automated plug-ins
      1. Fit Image
  20. Index
    1. Remote profiling for RGB printers
    2. Consultancy services
    3. Rod Wynne-Powell
      1. SOLUTIONS Photographic
    4. Pixel Genius PhotoKit plug-in
      1. www.pixelgenius.com