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Focal Easy Guide to Photoshop CS2

Book Description

If you don't know where to start in Photoshop and feel overwhelmed with the options, then this is the book for you. With highly visual step-by-step explanations, this concise guide gives you a solid grounding in using Photoshop to edit digital images and helps you develop a full understanding of the key tools and features of Photoshop CS2.

Brad Hinkel guides you through a simple image editing workflow to get you up and running fast. If you want solutions quickly and easy access to any basic step of the workflow, this guide provides the essential knowledge you need. Filled with step-by-step projects and covering all the key new features of Photoshop CS2: Camera RAW, Reduce Noise, Smart Sharpen and Spot Healing Brush.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Half Title
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright
  5. Contents
  6. Chapter 1: Introduction
    1. Who Should Use this Book
    2. Steps for Using this Book
    3. Conventions
    4. Photoshop Versions
    5. Apple Macintosh OS X vs Microsoft Windows XP Operating Systems
    6. Computer Requirements
    7. Web Site
    8. Acknowledgments
  7. Chapter 2: Foundation
    1. A Look at Photoshop
      1. The Toolbox
      2. The Palettes
      3. Viewing the Image
      4. Accelerators
    2. Layers
      1. The Layer Masks
      2. A Look at the Layers Palette
      3. Adjustment Layers
      4. Some Notes on Layers
      5. Merged Image Layers
      6. Photoshop Brushes
    3. Basic Adjustment Tools
      1. Histograms
      2. Levels
      3. Curves
      4. Color Balance
      5. Hue/Saturation
    4. Geeky Stuff
      1. A Digital Image
      2. Pixels
      3. Channels/Color Models
      4. Bits and Bytes
      5. Bit Depth
      6. Image Size
      7. Dots and Sensors
      8. Resolution
      9. Resampling/Interpolation
      10. Native Resolution
    5. Files for Digital Imaging
      1. Photoshop (*.PSD)
      2. TIFF (*.TIF, *.TIFF)
      3. JPEG (*.JPG, *.JPEG)
      4. PDF Files
      5. RAW Files
  8. Chapter 3: The Image Editing Workflow
    1. The Workflow Outline
    2. Workflow Stage Summaries
      1. Stage 0: Capture the Image
      2. Stage 1: Organize the Images
      3. Stage 2: Open Image Files (Process RAW Files)
      4. Stage 3: Image Clean-Up
      5. Stage 4: Perform Global Adjustments
      6. Stage 5: Perform Local Adjustments
      7. Stage 6: Photographic Edits
      8. Stage 7: Print Preparation
      9. Stage 8: Print
    3. Stage 1: Organizing the Images
      1. Organizing Original Image Files
      2. Sorting Original Images
      3. Organizing Edit Images
      4. Archiving Files
    4. Stage 2A: Opening Image Files
    5. Stage 2B: Processing RAW Images
      1. Adobe Camera RAW
      2. Using Camera RAW with Multiple Images
    6. Stage 3: Image Clean-Up
      1. Straighten
      2. Crop
      3. Spot
      4. Reduce Noise
      5. Save the Clean Image
    7. Stage 4: Perform Global Adjustments
      1. Adjustments Tasks and Adjustment Tools
      2. Order of Adjustments
      3. Adjustment Layers
      4. Black and White Point Adjustment (Levels Tool)
      5. Adjusting Image Brightness (Levels Tool)
      6. Adjusting Image Contrast (Curves Tool)
      7. Adjusting Shadows/Highlights (Curves Tool)
      8. Color Balance (Color Balance Tool)
      9. Edit Colors (Hue/Saturation Tool)
      10. The Success of Basic Adjustments
    8. Stage 5: Perform Local Adjustments
      1. A Task List for Localizing Adjustments
      2. Some of My Favorite Selections
      3. Some Notes on Selections
      4. Performing the Adjustments
      5. Editing the Mask
  9. Chapter 4: Printing
    1. What is Color Management?
      1. Color Spaces
      2. Color Space Settings
      3. Convert to sRGB
    2. Components of a Good Print
    3. Proof Prints
    4. Preparing Images for Print
      1. Outline of the Print Prep Stage
      2. Save the Edited Image
      3. Flatten the Image
      4. Determine the Print Parameters
      5. Crop Your Image
      6. Resize the Image
      7. Sharpening
      8. Localized Sharpening
      9. Print
      10. Add an Annotation
      11. Save the Print File
    5. Basic Printing
    6. Online Printing Services
    7. Advanced Printing
      1. Set Up the Proof
      2. Resolving Out of Gamut Colors
      3. Printing with Profiles
  10. Chapter 5: Advanced Options
    1. Blending Layers
      1. Opacity
      2. Blending Modes
    2. Advanced Adjustments – Tonal
      1. Precise B&W Point Adjustment
      2. Easy Dodging and Burning
      3. Curves Adjustment Using Locking Points
      4. Contrast Masking
      5. Shadow/Highlight Tool
    3. Advanced Options – Color Corrections
      1. Using Photoshop’s Auto Color
      2. Color Correction by the Numbers
      3. Color Correcting Skin Tones
      4. Copying Color Corrections
      5. Match Color
      6. Photo Filters
      7. Reducing Red in Skin Tones
      8. Changing Color with the Color Replacement Tool
    4. B&W Images
      1. Converting from Color to B&W – Using Luminosity
      2. Toning B&W Images
    5. Photographic Effects
      1. Film Grain
      2. Soft Focus
      3. Lens Blur
      4. Photo Edges
      5. Burn Corners
  11. Chapter 6: Images for the Web
    1. Issues for Web Images
    2. Creating an E-mail File
    3. Preparing Images for the Web
    4. Adding a Black Border and Drop Shadow
  12. Appendix
    1. Monitor Profiling
      1. Work Environment
      2. Elements of Monitor Profiling
      3. Options for Profiling
      4. Checking the Profile
    2. Next Steps
  13. Index
  14. Outline of the Image Editing Workflow