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Advanced Photoshop CC for Design Professionals Digital Classroom

Book Description

Take your Photoshop CC skills to the next level with this complete, advanced training package

Adobe Photoshop is the industry leading image-editing program for digital photographers, graphic designers, and web developers. The newest version includes even more great tools to manage and enhance your images. This book-and-DVD package focuses on using the more advanced Photoshop CC features such as curves, levels, blending modes, painting and drawing tools, and the latest special effects to create professional-quality designs and images for web and video. You can learn at your own pace, using the step-by-step instructions in the book and supplementary exercises on the DVD.

  • Encourages you to develop your skills in the program's finer points with these 13 self-paced lessons developed by the AGI Creative Team

  • Features illustrated, step-by-step instructions plus video tutorials and lesson files, all created by expert instructors

  • Covers Adobe Bridge and Camera RAW, then focuses on advanced techniques including curves, levels, blending modes, painting and drawing tools, and the latest Photoshop CC special effects

  • Enables web developers and graphic designers to make full use of the advanced features of Photoshop CC (Creative Cloud)

  • Advanced Photoshop CC Digital Classroom takes your Photoshop CC skills a step further, giving you more control over your images.

    Note: DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of the e-book file, but are available for download after purchase.

    Table of Contents

    1. Contents
    2. Starting up
      1. About Advanced Adobe® Photoshop® CC Digital Classroom™ for Design Professionals
      2. Prerequisites
        1. System requirements
      3. Starting Adobe Photoshop CC
        1. Windows
        2. Mac OS
      4. Resetting Adobe Photoshop CC preferences
        1. Steps to reset Adobe Photoshop CC preferences
        2. Steps to reset default settings, but keep color settings
      5. A note about color warnings
      6. Loading lesson files
      7. Additional resources
        1. On-demand video training from the authors
        2. Training from the Authors
        3. Additional Adobe Creative Cloud Books
        4. Seminars and conferences
        5. Resources for educators
    3. Lesson 1: Introduction to Advanced Navigational Features
      1. Starting up
      2. Speeding up your navigation process
      3. Navigational tips
        1. Practice with Zooming controls
        2. Dynamic zooming and panning
      4. Using the Navigator panel
        1. Maximizing productivity with screen modes
      5. Creating your own keyboard shortcuts
        1. Using your new shortcut
        2. Saving and summarizing your keyboard shortcuts
      6. Editing the menu items
      7. Using Photoshop Extras
        1. Using rulers and guides
        2. Using the Grid
        3. Using the guides and grids to align text
        4. Turning off and on Extras
      8. Customizing your panels
        1. Finding the panels you want
      9. Customizing workspaces
      10. Self study
      11. Review
        1. Answers
    4. Lesson 2: Taking Advantage of Adobe Bridge
      1. Starting up
        1. Why use Adobe Bridge
        2. Changing the view of Adobe Bridge
      2. Workspaces
      3. Using folders in Adobe Bridge
        1. Making a Favorite
        2. Stacking your images
      4. Creating and locating metadata
        1. Using keywords
      5. Creating a Metadata Template
      6. Searching for files using Adobe Bridge
        1. Setting up unique keywords
        2. Searching by name or keyword
      7. Using the Filter panel
      8. Using Adobe Bridge for automation
        1. Batch renaming your files
      9. Saving time with the Image Processor
      10. Load Files into Photoshop Layers
      11. Correcting images right from Adobe Bridge
      12. Self study
      13. Review
        1. Answers
    5. Lesson 3: Advanced Selection Techniques
      1. Starting up
      2. Review of the common selection tools
        1. Rectangular Marquee tool
        2. Elliptical Marquee tool
      3. Building a selection
        1. Transforming your selection
        2. Saving your selection
        3. Transforming to create a second selection
        4. Combining your selections
      4. Taking the Lasso tool to the max
        1. Default Lasso tool
        2. Polygonal Lasso tool
        3. Magnetic Lasso tool
        4. Alternating between the Polygonal and regular Lasso tool
        5. Covering up a non-perfect selection
      5. About the Quick Selection tool
        1. Refining your selection
      6. Going beyond the Magic Wand
        1. Cleaning up your selection with Quick Mask
      7. Self study
      8. Review
        1. Answers
    6. Lesson 4: The Pen Tool: Beyond the Primer
      1. Starting up
      2. Practicing with the Pen tool
        1. Creating controlled paths
      3. About precision creation of Pen paths
        1. Creating guides
        2. Beginning the Pen path
        3. Editing your arch
        4. Continuing the path
      4. Practicing with an image
      5. Saving your path
      6. What you can do with a path
      7. Loading your path as a selection
        1. Creating a vector mask of the gumball machine
        2. Using a Pen path to create a Smart filter selection
        3. Applying Unsharp mask to the selection
      8. Stroking a Pen path
        1. Defining a custom brush preset
        2. Editing your brush
        3. Applying your custom brush to the path
      9. Saving the image for other applications
        1. PNG-24
        2. EPS, DCS 2.0
      10. Self study
      11. Review
        1. Answers
    7. Lesson 5: Color Correcting like a Pro
      1. Starting up
      2. Understanding color
        1. Tools you will use
      3. Using the Histogram panel
      4. Intentionally creating a bad Histogram reading
        1. What images need to be color corrected?
      5. Choosing your color settings
        1. Importance of RGB vs. CMYK color modes
        2. Understanding Gamuts
        3. Working in the RGB mode
        4. Locating the white and black point
        5. Defining highlight and shadow
      6. Adjusting the midtones
      7. Balancing the neutrals in an image
      8. Adding additional curve corrections
        1. Adding more variation to your curve adjustment
      9. Sharpening the image
        1. Painting your filter on your image
        2. Adjusting the Blending of the filter
      10. Self study
      11. Review
        1. Answers
    8. Lesson 6: Painting and Retouching
      1. Starting up
      2. Content Painting tools
      3. Retouching an image
        1. Repositioning the branch
        2. Creating a new layer from the selection
      4. Adding an adjustment layer
      5. Adding a vector mask
      6. Retouching the frog’s nose
      7. Organizing your Layers panel
      8. Using the Clone Stamp tool
      9. Adding a vignette
      10. Self study
      11. Review
        1. Answers
    9. Lesson 7: Creating Compositions
      1. Starting up
      2. Reviewing Smart Objects
        1. Applying Smart Filters
        2. Adding a second image to the composition
      3. Adding an image with the place feature
        1. Masking a layer
        2. The Adaptive Wide Angle filter
        3. Using the Clone Stamp tool to copy a window
        4. Adding an additional building
        5. Blending the church
      4. Removing some of the architecture
        1. Blending the church using Adjustment Layers
        2. Final flourish
      5. Using a color look-up table
      6. Self study
      7. Review
        1. Answers
    10. Lesson 8: Creating Special Effects
      1. Starting up
      2. Using Oil Paint as a Smart Filter
        1. Exploring Oil Paint options
        2. The power of Smart Filters
        3. Deleting a Smart Filter
      3. Using Camera Raw as a Smart Filter
      4. Adding Layer Style effects
      5. Adding lighting effects
        1. Adding interesting lighting effects
        2. Adjusting the lighting
        3. Adding sunlight effects
        4. Creating a Depth of Field effect
      6. Adding text effects
      7. Adding Swash Characters
      8. Self study
      9. Review
        1. Answers
    11. Lesson 9: Advanced Use of the Vector Tools
      1. Starting up
      2. Taking advantage of vector objects in Photoshop CC
      3. Location of the vector tools
      4. Opening the image
      5. Starting with a vector shape
        1. Adding a mask
      6. Adding vector text
        1. Converting your text to a path
      7. Adding a stroke to the text
      8. Adding a drop shadow
      9. Using a custom shape
      10. Pasting vector objects from Illustrator
      11. Adding the Illustrator logo
      12. Saving your file for use outside of Photoshop
      13. Self Study
      14. Review
        1. Answers
    12. Lesson 10: Creating Images for the Web and Application Design
      1. Starting up
      2. Optimizing graphics for on-screen presentation
      3. Resizing the image
      4. Adjusting the image size
      5. Applying the Unsharp Mask filter to an image
      6. Selecting the best image format
        1. Choosing the right file format
      7. Choosing the best file format for your image
        1. Saving images as JPEGs
        2. Choosing the quality of a JPEG
        3. Previewing your image
        4. Creating a transparency effect in a JPEG image
        5. Saving your settings
      8. Saving images as GIFs
        1. Optimizing the GIF image
      9. Using the color table
        1. Adding a matte to a GIF
        2. Animating a GIF
      10. Saving as a PNG
      11. Slicing an image
        1. Viewing the completed file
        2. Creating slices
        3. Changing the attributes of the slices
        4. Saving slices out of Photoshop
      12. Self study
      13. Review
    13. Lesson 11: Zipping it up with Automation Tools
      1. Starting up
      2. What is an action?
      3. Creating a simple action
      4. Creating your own action
      5. Adding an Image Size and a Save action
      6. Playing your action
      7. Editing your script to change settings
      8. Creating a Droplet
      9. Using a Droplet
      10. Using the Panorama feature in Photoshop
      11. Creating your own keyboard shortcuts
      12. Using actions in Button mode
      13. Self study
      14. Review
        1. Answers
    14. Lesson 12: Using Photoshop for 3D
      1. Starting up
      2. Creating 3D objects
        1. Creating primitives
        2. Extruding paths
        3. Extruding 3D text
      3. Viewing and transforming 3D objects
        1. Working with 3D camera tools
        2. Using the 3D object tools
      4. Object appearances
        1. Lighting
        2. Materials
        3. Changing the properties of the extruded text
        4. Rendering
      5. Textures and painting
        1. Adding texture to a 3D object
        2. Painting a 3D object
      6. Using Photoshop 3D in production workflows
        1. Working with custom meshes
        2. Downloading external 3D content
      7. Self study
      8. Review
        1. Answers
    15. About the Authors
    16. Acknowledgments
      1. Advanced Adobe® Photoshop® CC Digital Classroom™ for Design Professionals
    17. Credits