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Adobe® Photoshop® CS6 on Demand, Second Edition

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Need answers quickly? Adobe Photoshop CS6 on Demand provides those answers in a visual step-by-step format. We will show you exactly what to do through lots of full color illustrations and easy-to-follow instructions.

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Inside the Book

  • Improve productivity with the CS6 adjustable interface and templates

  • Use automatic saving options for better efficiency and protection

  • Use automatic layer alignment and blending to work with objects

  • Use more precise color correction to enhance a photo

  • Use content-aware options for scaling and fill

  • Create eye-catching images with special effect filters

  • Transform plain text into a showstopping image

  • Create character and paragraph styles to manage and use text

  • Transform video in Photoshop justlike an image

  • Create and manipulate 3D models using presets and custom options

  • Table of Contents

    1. Title Page
    2. Copyright Page
    3. Contents
    4. a. Acknowledgments
      1. Perspection, Inc.
      2. Acknowledgments
      3. About the Author
      4. We Want to Hear from You!
    5. i. Introduction
      1. How This Book Works
      2. What’s New
      3. Keyboard Shortcuts
      4. Step-by-Step Instructions
      5. Real World Examples
      6. Workshops
      7. Adobe Certification
      8. Get More on the Web
    6. 1. Getting Started with Photoshop CS6
      1. Introduction
      2. Installing Photoshop
      3. Starting Photoshop
      4. Viewing the Photoshop Window
      5. Showing and Hiding Panels
      6. Working with Panels
      7. Working with Photoshop Tools
      8. Creating a New Document
      9. Selecting Color Modes and Resolution
      10. Creating a New Document Using Presets
      11. Working with Non-Square Pixels
      12. Opening Images
      13. Inserting Images in a Document
      14. Importing Raw Data from a Digital Camera
      15. Working with Smart Objects
      16. Changing Image Size and Resolution
      17. Checking for Updates and Patches
      18. Getting Help While You Work
      19. Saving a Document
      20. Using the Status Bar
      21. Closing a Document
      22. Finishing Up
    7. 2. Understanding Navigation and Measurement Systems
      1. Introduction
      2. Changing the View Size with the Navigator Panel
      3. Changing the View Area with the Navigator Panel
      4. Changing the Color of the Navigator Panel View Box
      5. Changing the Screen Display Mode
      6. Changing the View with the Zoom Tool
      7. Increasing or Decreasing Magnification
      8. Moving Images in the Document Window
      9. Working with Multiple Documents
      10. Working with One Image in Multiple Windows
      11. Moving Layers Between Documents
      12. Creating Notes
      13. Working with the Info Panel
      14. Changing How the Info Panel Measures Color
      15. Working with Rulers
      16. Creating Tool Presets
    8. 3. Customizing the Way You Work
      1. Introduction
      2. Optimizing Photoshop
      3. Setting General Preferences
      4. Setting File Handling Preferences
      5. Setting Interface Preferences
      6. Setting Cursors Preferences
      7. Controlling Transparency & Gamut Preferences
      8. Working with Units & Rulers
      9. Working with Guides, Grid & Slices
      10. Setting Plug-Ins Preferences
      11. Selecting Scratch Disks
      12. Allocating Memory & Image Cache
      13. Setting Type Preferences
      14. Managing Libraries with the Preset Manager
      15. Using and Customizing Workspaces
      16. Building Specialized Workspaces
      17. Creating a Customized User Interface
      18. Defining Shortcut Keys
    9. 4. Mastering the Art of Selection
      1. Introduction
      2. Using the Rectangular Marquee Tool
      3. Using the Elliptical Marquee Tool
      4. Using the Single Row and Single Column Marquee Tools
      5. Using the Lasso Marquee Tool
      6. Using the Magnetic Lasso Tool
      7. Using the Polygonal Lasso Tool
      8. Using the Quick Selection Tool
      9. Using the Magic Wand Tool
      10. Selecting by Color Range
      11. Refining a Selection Edge
      12. Modifying an Existing Selection
      13. Working with an Existing Selection
      14. Copying and Pasting a Selection
      15. Using Channels to Create and Store Selections
      16. Using Free Transform and Transform
      17. Using the Crop Tool
      18. Using the Perspective Crop Tool
      19. Using Content-Aware Scaling
      20. Using Content-Aware Fill
      21. Using Content-Aware Patch
      22. Using Content-Aware Move and Extend
      23. Using Puppet Warp
    10. 5. Working with Layers
      1. Introduction
      2. Understanding the Layers Panel
      3. Defining Layer Designations and Attributes
      4. Creating a New Layer
      5. Selecting Layers
      6. Creating a Layer Group
      7. Creating a Selection from a Layer
      8. Creating a Layer from a Selection
      9. Converting a Background into a Layer
      10. Controlling Image Information Using the Layers Panel
      11. Filtering Layers in the Layers Panel
      12. Using Merge Layer Options
      13. Linking and Unlinking Layers
      14. Aligning and Combining Layers
      15. Working with Layer Blending Modes
      16. Setting Layer Opacity
      17. Duplicating a Layer
      18. Deleting Layers
      19. Moving Layers Between Documents
      20. Working with the Layer Comps Panel
      21. Exporting Layers as Files
      22. Setting Layers Panel Options
      23. Using Smart Guides to Align Layers
    11. 6. Working with the History Panel
      1. Introduction
      2. Setting History Panel Options
      3. Working with Linear and Non-Linear History
      4. Controlling the Creative Process with Snapshots
      5. Duplicating a History State in Another Document
      6. Saving the History State of a Document
      7. Reviewing the History State Text File
      8. Combining the History Brush with a History State
      9. Using the Art History Brush
      10. Changing the Eraser Tool into the History Brush
      11. Controlling History States
    12. 7. Working with Adjustment Layers, Filters, and Tools
      1. Introduction
      2. Creating an Adjustment Layer
      3. Modifying an Adjustment Layer
      4. Merging Adjustment Layers
      5. Creating a Temporary Composite Image
      6. Controlling Adjustment Layers with Clipping Groups
      7. Deleting an Adjustment Layer
      8. Using Blending Modes and Opacity with Layers
      9. Using Masks with Adjustment Layers
      10. Creating Masks with Selections
      11. Using the Add Noise Filter
      12. Using the Reduce Noise Filter
      13. Keeping Proper Perspective with Vanishing Point
      14. Working with the Lens Correction Filter
      15. Using the Box, Surface, and Shape Blur Filters
      16. Using the Gaussian Blur and Despeckle Filters
      17. Using the Unsharp Mask Filter
      18. Using the Smart Sharpen Filter
      19. Using Sharpen, Blur, and Smudge Tools
      20. Using the Clone Stamp Tool
      21. Setting Up Multiple Clone Sources
      22. Using the Dodge and Burn Tools
      23. Using the Healing Brush and Patch Tools
      24. Working with the Spot Healing Brush
      25. Working with the Red Eye Tool
      26. Controlling Tonal Range
      27. Working with the Histogram Panel
    13. 8. Understanding Colors and Channels
      1. Introduction
      2. Working with 8-, 16-, and 32-Bit Images
      3. Working with the Channels Panel
      4. Working with Color Modes
      5. Understanding the RGB Color Mode
      6. Understanding the CMYK Color Mode
      7. Understanding the Grayscale Color Mode
      8. Understanding the Bitmap Color Mode
      9. Understanding the Indexed Color Mode
      10. Understanding the Lab Color Mode
      11. Understanding the Duotone Color Mode
      12. Using Multichannel Color Mode
      13. Using the Replace Color Adjustment
      14. Working with the Color Panel
      15. Working with the Swatches Panel
      16. Using the Stroke and Fill Commands
      17. Creating Spot Color Channels
      18. Using the Auto Contrast and Auto Color Commands
      19. Using Levels Adjustment Commands
      20. Using the Exposure Adjustment
      21. Using Curves and Color Adjustments
      22. Adjusting Hue and Saturation
      23. Adjusting Vibrance
      24. Using the Selective Color Adjustment
      25. Using the Channel Mixer Adjustment
      26. Using the Gradient Map Adjustment
      27. Using the Photo Filter Adjustment
      28. Using the Invert and Equalize Commands
      29. Using the Threshold and Posterize Adjustments
      30. Using the HDR Toning Adjustment
      31. Using the Shadows/Highlights Adjustment
      32. Using the Black & White Adjustment
      33. Using the Match Color Adjustment
    14. 9. Using the Paint, Shape Drawing, and Eraser Tools
      1. Introduction
      2. Selecting Foreground and Background Colors
      3. Using the Brush and Brush Presets Panels
      4. Modifying the Brush Presets Panel
      5. Selecting Brush Tip Sets
      6. Adjusting Brush Tips
      7. Adjusting Bristle Brush Tips
      8. Creating Customized Brush Tips
      9. Saving Customized Brush Tips
      10. Working with the Brush and Airbrush Tools
      11. Working with the Mixer Brush Tool
      12. Working with the Pencil Tool
      13. Working with Auto Erase
      14. Working with the Line Tool
      15. Working with the Shape Tool
      16. Working with the Custom Shape Tool
      17. Working with Shape Layers
      18. Arranging Shape Layers
      19. Creating a Custom Shape
      20. Saving Custom Shape Sets
      21. Using the Paint Bucket Tool
      22. Working with the Eraser Tools
      23. Working with the Magic Eraser Tool
      24. Creating and Applying Gradients
      25. Creating and Saving Customized Gradients
      26. Using the Color Replacement Tool
    15. 10. Creating Masks
      1. Introduction
      2. Understanding Layer and Vector Masks
      3. Creating a Layer Mask
      4. Using Paint Tools with Layer Masks
      5. Using Selections to Generate Complex Layer Masks
      6. Using Layer Masks to Generate Soft Transparency
      7. Creating Unique Layer Mask Effects
      8. Creating a Vector Mask
      9. Modifying Layer and Vector Masks
      10. Creating Channel Masks
      11. Creating Channel Masks from Scratch
      12. Modifying Channel Mask Options
      13. Creating Channel Masks from Selections
      14. Making Channel Masks from Native Color Channels
      15. Loading Channel Masks from Selections
      16. Moving Channel Masks Between Documents
      17. Combining Channel Masks
      18. Using the Quick Mask Mode
      19. Working with Quick Mask Options
      20. Modifying Selections with Quick Mask Mode
    16. 11. Using the Paths Panel
      1. Introduction
      2. Understanding Vector and Raster Images
      3. Converting a Selection into a Path
      4. Working with Pen Tools
      5. Creating Paths Using the Freeform Pen Tool
      6. Using the Magnetic Option with the Freeform Pen Tool
      7. Adding and Deleting Anchor Points
      8. Modifying Anchor Points
      9. Modifying Existing Direction Lines
      10. Converting Straight Points and Curved Points
      11. Working with Clipping Paths
      12. Filling an Area of an Image Using Paths
      13. Stroking an Area of an Image Using Paths
      14. Creating Shapes as Paths
      15. Exporting Paths to Adobe Illustrator
      16. Exporting Paths Using the Export Method
    17. 12. Working with Layer Styles
      1. Introduction
      2. Understanding Layer Styles
      3. Adding a Layer Style
      4. Creating and Modifying a Drop Shadow
      5. Working with Bevel and Emboss
      6. Working with Contour and Texture
      7. Applying a Color Overlay
      8. Using the Stroke Layer Style
      9. Using Pattern Overlays
      10. Working with Outer Glow and Inner Shadow
      11. Applying an Inner Glow Style
      12. Creating Customized Layer Styles
      13. Creating Customized Styles Using the Styles Panel
      14. Moving Existing Layer Styles
    18. 13. Getting Creative with Type
      1. Introduction
      2. Using Standard Type Tools
      3. Working with Type Options
      4. Working with the Character Panel
      5. Working with the Paragraph Panel
      6. Setting Anti-aliasing Options
      7. Using the Warp Text Option
      8. Working with Text Styles
      9. Using Spell Check
      10. Finding and Replacing Text
      11. Using the Rasterize Type Command
      12. Creating Work Paths and Shapes from Type Layers
      13. Creating Shape Layers
      14. Creating a Type Mask
      15. Isolating Image Pixels Using a Type Mask
      16. Creating Chiseled Type with a Type Mask
      17. Using Masks to Generate Special Effects
      18. Creating and Modifying Text on a Path
    19. 14. Manipulating Images with Filters
      1. Introduction
      2. Working with the Filter Gallery
      3. Creating and Working with Smart Filters
      4. Applying Multiple Filters to an Image
      5. Modifying Images with Liquify
      6. Working with Liquify Tool Options
      7. Working with Liquify Mask Options
      8. Working with Liquify View Options
      9. Creating a Liquify Mesh
      10. Applying a Liquify Mesh
      11. Using the Adaptive Wide Angle Filter
      12. Using the Oil Paint Filter
      13. Using the Lighting Effects Filter
      14. Using the Blur Filter Gallery
      15. Using the Lens Blur Filter
      16. Working with Photo Filters
      17. Blending Modes and Filter Effects
      18. Building Custom Patterns
      19. Applying a Fade Effect
      20. Controlling Filters Using Selections
      21. Using a Channel Mask to Control Filter Effects
      22. Protecting Images with Watermarks
      23. Viewing Various Filter Effects
    20. 15. Automating Your Work with Actions
      1. Introduction
      2. Examining the Actions Panel
      3. Building a New Action
      4. Recording an Action
      5. Adding a Stop to an Action
      6. Controlling the Playback of a Command
      7. Adding a Command to an Action
      8. Deleting a Command from an Action
      9. Working with Modal Controls in an Action
      10. Changing the Order of Commands in an Action
      11. Copying an Action
      12. Running an Action Inside an Action
      13. Saving Actions into Sets
      14. Saving Actions as Files
      15. Moving and Copying Actions Between Sets
      16. Inserting a Non-Recordable Command into an Action
      17. Using Enhanced Scripting
      18. Enhancing the Process with Droplets
      19. Using a Droplet
    21. 16. Controlling Image Output
      1. Introduction
      2. Setting Document Print Options
      3. Setting Print Output Options
      4. Setting Print Color Management Options
      5. Printing a Document in Macintosh
      6. Printing a Document in Windows
      7. Changing Printer Settings
      8. Printing One Copy
      9. Understanding File Formats
      10. Saving a Document with a Different File Format
      11. Inserting File Information into a Document
      12. Understanding File Compression
      13. Preparing Clip Art for the Web
      14. Preparing a Photograph for the Web
      15. Preparing an Image for the Press
      16. Preparing an Image for an Inkjet or Laser Printer
      17. Understanding Monitor, Image, and Device Resolution
    22. 17. Working with Automate Commands
      1. Introduction
      2. Working with Batch File Processing
      3. Working with Conditional Mode Change
      4. Cropping and Straightening Photos
      5. Converting a Multi-Page PDF to PSD
      6. Creating a PDF Document
      7. Creating a Contact Sheet
      8. Creating Panoramic Images
      9. Processing Lens Corrections
      10. Merging Images to HDR Pro
      11. Processing Multiple Image Files
      12. Adjusting an Image Fit Size
    23. 18. Managing Color from Monitor to Print
      1. Introduction
      2. Producing Consistent Color
      3. Calibrating Using Hardware and Software
      4. Setting Up Soft-Proof Colors
      5. Changing from Additive (RGB) to Subtractive (CMYK) Color
      6. Working with Rendering Intents
      7. Printing a Hard Proof
      8. Working with Color Management
      9. Embedding ICC Color Profiles
      10. Assigning a Different Profile to a Document
      11. Converting Document Colors to Another Profile
      12. Using Hue/Saturation for Out-Of-Gamut Colors
      13. Using the Sponge Tool for Out-Of-Gamut Colors
      14. Working with the Out-Of-Gamut Warning
    24. 19. Designing for the Web and Devices
      1. Introduction
      2. Saving for the Web
      3. Working with Save for Web Options
      4. Optimizing an Image to File Size
      5. Working with Web File Formats
      6. Optimizing a JPEG Document
      7. Optimizing a GIF Document
      8. Optimizing a PNG-8 Document
      9. Optimizing a PNG-24 Document
      10. Optimizing a WBMP Document
      11. Slicing Images the Easy Way
      12. Working with Slices
      13. Arranging Slices
      14. Saving a Sliced Image for the Web
      15. Adding HTML Text or an URL Link to a Slice
      16. Defining and Editing Web Data Variables
      17. Exporting an Image to Zoomify
    25. 20. Working with Video
      1. Introduction
      2. Opening Video Files and Image Sequences
      3. Creating a Video Layer
      4. Modifying a Video Layer
      5. Creating a Video Group
      6. Adding Text to a Video Layer
      7. Splitting a Video Layer
      8. Cloning Video Layer Content
      9. Adding a Transition to a Video Layer
      10. Adding Audio to a Video Layer
      11. Creating an Animation
      12. Working with Animation
      13. Exporting Directly to Video
      14. Creating an Image from a Video
    26. 21. Extending Photoshop
      1. Introduction
      2. Counting Objects in an Image
      3. Taking Measurements in an Image
      4. Setting 3D Preferences
      5. Creating 3D Models
      6. Creating 3D Models Using Preset Shapes
      7. Viewing the 3D Workspace
      8. Modifying 3D Models
      9. Creating 3D Type
      10. Adjusting Light with 3D Models
      11. Rendering and Saving 3D Models
    27. 22. Working Together with Adobe Programs
      1. Introduction
      2. Exploring Adobe Programs
      3. Exploring Adobe Bridge
      4. Getting Started with Adobe Bridge
      5. Getting Photos from a Digital Camera
      6. Working with Raw Images from a Digital Camera
      7. Modifying Images in Camera Raw
      8. Working with Images Using Adobe Bridge
      9. Setting Preferences in Adobe Bridge
      10. Applying Image Adjustments
      11. Creating a Web Photo Gallery
      12. Automating Tasks in Adobe Bridge
      13. Using Mini Bridge
      14. Working with Adobe Media Encoder
      15. Working with Adobe Extension Manager
      16. Scripting with Adobe ExtendScript Toolkit
    28. n. New! Features
      1. Adobe Photoshop CS6
      2. Only New Features
      3. What’s New
      4. Photoshop CS6
      5. Photoshop CS6 Extended
      6. What Happen To ...
    29. c. Adobe Certification
      1. About Adobe Certifications
      2. What Does This Logo Mean?
      3. About the Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) Program
      4. What Is an ACE?
      5. Choosing an ACE Certification Level
      6. Preparing for an ACE Exam
      7. Getting ACE Recertified
      8. Taking an ACE Exam
      9. About the Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) Program
      10. What is an ACA?
      11. Preparing for an Adobe Certified Associate Exam
      12. Taking an Adobe Certified Associate Exam
      13. Getting More Information
    30. Index
    31. Online Workshop
      1. Bonus Online Content