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Adobe® Photoshop® CS2 Studio Techniques

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If you're ready to go from blindly following step-by-step instructions to "Aha, I finally GET Photoshop!" this is the place to start. In these pages, world renowned Photoshop instructor and best-selling author Ben Willmore writes in his signature style–intuitive, crystal clear, and in-depth–helping you gain the deep understanding needed to master Photoshop's most essential features. Complex concepts like Curves and Channels are broken down into easy to digest metaphors and descriptions, and features new to Photoshop CS2–such as Bridge, Smart Objects, the revamped Layers Palette and Camera Raw dialog box, as well as the awesome new Warping and Vanishing Point features–are all covered in the depth they deserve, making it possible to quickly adapt them into your daily workflow. Whether you’re a photographer, designer, production artist or hobbyist, the knowledge you gain in this book can dramatically change the way you think about Photoshop.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
    1. Dedication
  2. About the Author
  3. Much Obliged!
  4. Foreword
  5. Introduction
    1. Why This Book?
    2. Will I Understand It?
    3. Does It Start at My Level?
    4. Mac or Windows?
    5. What's on the CD?
    6. Have You Lost Weight?
    7. Is There More On-line?
    8. Where's the New Stuff?
    9. Ready to Get Started?
  6. Working Foundations
    1. Tool and Palette Primer
      1. Preparing Your Workspace
        1. Controlling Those Palettes
        2. The Palette Well
        3. Stacking Palettes
        4. Workspace Presets
      2. Working with Screen Modes
        1. Standard Screen Mode
        2. Full Screen Mode with Menu Bar
        3. Full Screen Mode
        4. Screen Mode Shortcuts
      3. A Quick Tour of the Tools
        1. The Options Bar
      4. Navigating Your Document
        1. The Navigator Palette
        2. Hand Tool
        3. Zoom Tool
        4. View Menu
      5. Picking Colors
        1. Foreground and Background Colors
        2. Color Picker Dialog Box
        3. Color Palette
        4. Eyedropper Tool
        5. Swatches Palette
        6. Info Palette
      6. Basic Editing Tools
        1. Painting
          1. Opacity
          2. Flow
          3. Blending Mode
        2. Eraser Tool
        3. Brush Presets Palette
        4. Brushes Palette
        5. Paint Bucket Tool
        6. Shape Tools
        7. Measure Tool
        8. Gradient Tool
        9. Notes Tool
        10. Tool Presets
      7. Adobe Bridge
        1. Navigating Your Hard Drive
        2. Working with Thumbnails
        3. Sorting the Thumbnails
        4. Renaming Files
      8. Editing Menus
      9. Editing Keyboard Shortcuts
        1. The Logic Behind the Keyboard Commands
      10. Closing Thoughts
    2. Selection Primer
      1. What Is a Selection?
      2. Basic Selection Tools
        1. Rectangular Marquee Tool
        2. Elliptical Marquee Tool
        3. Single Row and Single Column Marquee Tools
        4. Crop Tool
        5. Crop and Straighten
        6. Lasso Tool
        7. Polygonal Lasso Tool
        8. Magnetic Lasso Tool
      3. Magic Wand Tool
        1. Type Tool
      4. Refining a Selection
        1. Adding to a Selection
        2. Removing Part of a Selection
        3. Intersecting a Selection
      5. The Select Menu
        1. Select All
        2. Deselect/Reselect
        3. Inverse
        4. Color Range
        5. Feather
        6. Modify
        7. Grow
        8. Similar
        9. Transform Selection
        10. Load Selection and Save Selection
      6. Quick Mask Mode
        1. Shades of Gray
        2. Selections in Quick Mask Mode
        3. Color
      7. Closing Thoughts
    3. Layers Primer
      1. How Do Layers Work?
      2. Meeting the Layers
        1. Creating Layers
        2. Active Layer
        3. Stacking Order
        4. Background Image
        5. The Eyeballs: What They See Is What You Get
        6. Opacity
        7. Moving Layers
        8. Selecting Multiple Layers
        9. Linking Layers
        10. Trimming the Fat
        11. Copying Between Documents
        12. Duplicating Layers
        13. Deleting Layers
        14. Transforming Layers
        15. Locking Up
        16. Layer Styles
        17. Adjustment Layers
        18. Fill Layers
        19. The Blending Mode Menu
        20. Automatic Selections
        21. Via Copy
        22. Use All Layers
        23. Shortcuts
        24. Grouping Layers
        25. Smart Guides
        26. No Thumbnail View
        27. Layer Bounds View
        28. Color Coding
        29. Merging Layers
      3. Closing Thoughts
  7. Production Essentials
    1. Resolution Solutions
      1. Understanding Pixel Size
      2. Printing
        1. Resolution and Line Art
        2. Resolution and Grayscale or Color Images
        3. Resolution and File Size
        4. Other Resolution Tricks
      3. Closing Thoughts
    2. Optimizing Grayscale Images
      1. Levels Is the Solution
        1. The Histogram Is Your Guide
        2. Evaluating and Adjusting Contrast
          1. Hidden Features to the Rescue
      2. The Histogram Gives You Feedback
        1. Adjusting Brightness
      3. Setting Up Your Images for Final Output
        1. Preparing for a Printing Press
      4. A Quick Levels Recap
      5. Postadjustment Analysis
        1. Low Contrast On-Screen Appearance
        2. Recognizing Posterization
        3. Eliminating Posterization
      6. Closing Thoughts
    3. Understanding Curves
      1. With Power Comes Complexity
        1. But First, a Test!
        2. The Idea Behind Curves
      2. Taking Curves for a Test Drive
        1. Improving Dark Images
        2. Increasing Contrast and Detail
        3. Decreasing Contrast and Detail
      3. Input and Output Numbers
        1. Two Numbering Systems
        2. Entering Numbers
        3. The Info Palette
        4. Color Is Different
        5. A Quick Recap
      4. The Histogram Palette
        1. Achieving Optimal Contrast
        2. Preventing Blown-Out Highlights and Plugged-Up Shadows
        3. Avoiding Posterization
        4. Sneaky Contrast Adjustments
      5. Shadow/Highlight
      6. Closing Thoughts
    4. Color Management
      1. How Color Works
      2. The Problem with Color
      3. Color Management to the Rescue
      4. Implementing Color Management
        1. Choosing an RGB Working Space
        2. RGB Working Spaces
          1. Profile Mismatch Warnings
        3. Device Profiles
        4. Creating a Monitor Profile
      5. Color Management in Action
        1. Accurate Scans
        2. Simulating a Printing Press Onscreen
        3. Accurate Prints
        4. Better CMYK Conversions
        5. Perceptual
        6. Saturation
        7. Relative and Absolute Colorimetric
      6. Closing Thoughts
    5. Color Correction
      1. Use Gray to Fix Color?!?
      2. Professional Color Correction
        1. Balancing Your Colors
        2. Adjusting Skin Tones
      3. Closing Thoughts
    6. Using Camera Raw
      1. The Camera Raw Dialog Box
        1. The Adjust Tab
        2. The Detail Tab
          1. Sharpness
          2. Luminance Smoothing
          3. Color Noise Reduction
        3. The Lens Tab
        4. The Curve Tab
        5. The Calibrate Tab
      2. Adjusting Multiple Images
      3. Finishing Touches
      4. Closing Thoughts
    7. Color Manipulation
      1. At the Core Is the Color Wheel
        1. Hue = Basic Color
        2. Saturation = How Colorful
        3. Brightness/Lightness/Luminosity
      2. The Hue/Saturation Dialog Box
        1. Isolating a Range of Colors
        2. Saturating Your World
        3. Enhancing Skies
        4. Color to Grayscale
        5. Colorizing Grayscale Photos
        6. Digging a Little Deeper
      3. Replacing Color
      4. Variations
      5. Color Balance
      6. Levels/Curves
        1. Auto Color
      7. Selective Color
      8. Match Color
      9. Red Eye Tool
      10. Color Replacement Tool
      11. Channel Mixer
      12. Gradient Map
      13. Closing Thoughts
    8. Adjustment Layers
      1. Two Methods For Adjusting An Image
        1. Direct Adjustments
        2. Adjustment Layers
      2. Using Adjustment Layers
        1. Stacking Order
        2. Before and After Views
        3. Dragging Between Documents
      3. Photo Filter Adjustments
      4. Blending Modes
        1. Empty Adjustment Layers
      5. Adjusting Isolated Areas
        1. Layer Masks
      6. Limiting The Brightness Range That's Affected
      7. Limiting Which Layers Are Affected
        1. Adjusting a Single Layer
        2. Adjusting a Limited Number of Layers
      8. Histograms & Automatic Adjustments
      9. Potential Problems
      10. Limitations of Adjustment Layers
      11. Closing Thoughts
    9. Sharpening
      1. Removing Film Grain and Scanner/Camera Noise
        1. Gaussian Blur
        2. Despeckle
        3. Median
        4. Dust & Scratches
        5. Reduce Noise
          1. Advanced Mode
        6. Reclaiming Detail with the History Brush
      2. How Sharpening Works
        1. Sharpening an Image
        2. Using Smart Sharpen
          1. Advanced Mode
      3. Tricks of the Trade
        1. Sharpen Luminosity
        2. Sharpen the Black Channel
        3. Sharpen Channels Separately
        4. Control Highlight and Shadow Separately
      4. Closing Thoughts
  8. Creative Explorations
    1. Enhancement
      1. The Battalion of Blending Modes
        1. Dissolve Mode
        2. Behind Mode
        3. Clear Mode
        4. Darken Blending Modes
          1. Darken Mode
          2. Multiply Mode
          3. Color Burn Mode
          4. Linear Burn Mode
        5. Lighten Blending Modes
          1. Lighten Mode
          2. Screen Mode
          3. Color Dodge Mode
          4. Linear Dodge
        6. Contrast Blending Modes
        7. Comparative Blending Modes
          1. Difference Mode
          2. Exclusion Mode
        8. Hue/Saturation/Brightness Blending Modes
      2. Closing Thoughts
    2. Advanced Masking
      1. The Key Is to Choose the Right Tool
      2. The Background Eraser
        1. Tolerance
        2. Protect Foreground Color
        3. Sampling
        4. Limits
        5. Tips and Tweaks
      3. The Extract Filter
        1. Start with the Highlighter
        2. Fill with the Paint Bucket Tool
        3. Zoom In and Fine Tune
        4. Clean It Up
        5. Use Force Foreground for Intricate Images
        6. Using Extract to Make a Selection
      4. The Blending Sliders
      5. Channels
      6. The Pen Tool
      7. Layer Masks
      8. Closing Thoughts
    3. Collage
      1. Four Techniques to Choose From
        1. Clipping Masks
        2. Blending Sliders
        3. Layer Masks
        4. Vector Masks
      2. Clipping Masks
        1. Changing the Stacking Order
        2. Limiting Shadows
        3. The Magnifying Glass Trick
      3. Blending Sliders
        1. "This Layer" Sliders
        2. ”Underlying” Sliders
        3. Understanding the Numbers
        4. Using Color Channels
        5. Enhancing Clouds
        6. Making the Changes Permanent
      4. Layer Masks
        1. Creating a Layer Mask
        2. Switching Between the Layer Mask and the Image
        3. Hiding Selected Areas
        4. Paste Into
        5. Disabling a Layer Mask
        6. Viewing a Layer Mask
        7. Shades of Gray
        8. Filling Areas
        9. Using Gradients
        10. Applying Filters
        11. Interesting Edges
        12. Adjusting with Levels
        13. Image as Layer Mask
        14. Using the Move Tool
        15. Copying to Another Layer
        16. Load as Selection
        17. Masking Layer Styles
        18. Converting the Blending Sliders into a Layer Mask
        19. Removing a Layer Mask
      5. Creating a Panoramic Image with Photomerge
      6. Vector Masks
        1. Adding a Vector Mask
        2. Disabling the Vector Mask
        3. Using the Move Tool
        4. Transforming the Vector Mask
        5. Using Vector Masks with Layer Masks
        6. Removing the Vector Mask
        7. Saving Vector Data
        8. Clipping Paths
      7. Smart Objects
        1. Creating Smart Objects
        2. Multiple Instances
        3. Nested Smart Objects
        4. Editing Smart Objects
        5. Smart Objects Tips & Tricks
          1. Camera Raw
          2. Painting, Filters & Adjustments
      8. Warping
      9. Creating Complex Collages
        1. Creating the Fan of Leaves
        2. Adding The Head
        3. Adding the Camera Lens
        4. Adding Type and Logo Treatments
        5. Creating the Background Texture
        6. Final Tweaks
        7. Creating a 3-D Cover Mock Up
      10. Closing Thoughts
    4. Retouching
      1. Patch Tool
      2. Healing Brush Tool
        1. Layers
      3. Spot Healing Brush Tool
      4. Clone Stamp Tool
        1. Cloning Around
        2. Clone Aligned
        3. Clone Non-Aligned
        4. Opacity Settings
        5. Straight Lines
        6. Patchwork
        7. Lighten/Darken
        8. Automatic Sharpening
        9. Cloning Between Documents
      5. Vanishing Point
        1. Defining Planes
        2. Duplicating Areas
        3. Cloning in Perspective
      6. The Dodge and Burn Tools
        1. The Dodge Tool
        2. The Burn Tool
          1. Color Fixes
      7. The Sponge Tool
      8. The Blur and Sharpen Tools
        1. The Blur Tool
        2. The Lens Blur Filter
        3. The Sharpen Tool
          1. Reflected Highlights
      9. Lens Correction Filter
        1. Remove Distortion
        2. Chromatic Aberration
        3. Vignette
        4. Transform
      10. The Liquify Filter
        1. Real-World Retouching with Liquify
      11. Retouching and Restoring Real-World Photos
        1. Fixing a Faded Image
        2. Plastic Surgery
      12. Closing Thoughts
    5. Workflow
      1. Step 1—Image Capture
        1. Digital Cameras
        2. Scanners
      2. Step 2—Initial Rough Crop & Straighten
      3. Step 3—Spotting
      4. Step 4—Color Correction
      5. Step 5—Global Tonal Adjustments
      6. Step 6—Global Color Adjustment
      7. Step 7—Reduce or Remove Noise/Grain
      8. Step 8—Local Tonal Adjustments
      9. Step 9—Fine-Tune Localized Colors
      10. Step 10—Interpret Colors
      11. Step 11—Double & Triple Check Masks
      12. Step 12—Retouching
      13. Step 13—Creative Effects
      14. Step 14—Save Master File
      15. Step 15—Create Output-Specific Files
      16. Closing Thoughts
      17. Keep in Touch
    6. CD-ROM Licensing Agreement