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Photoshop CC and Lightroom

Book Description

Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom are central to almost all photographic workflows. Each new version of the software is a milestone in the development of these vital imaging tools, and the 2014 releases are no exception.

Photographers often feel overwhelmed when starting with Photoshop; the sheer number of tools and options make it difficult for the novice and intermediate user alike. There is no shortage of instructional books, yet very few direct the user to the most significant aspects of the program in a way that reflects a real workflow for the photographer.

Adobe Certified Instructor Steve Laskevitch has leveraged his experience as a teacher and practitioner to create a guide that provides a clear and effective workflow for editing photographs in the 2014 release of Photoshop CC and its companions Bridge, Camera Raw, and Lightroom 5.

Focusing on the critical elements of a workflow rather than covering every arcane feature, this book is designed to get you working quickly in these applications. Along the way, the various applications are presented side-by-side so that a user of one may learn how to use the other: a kind of workflow Rosetta Stone. Or, if you're new to it all, this book will be your roadmap, helping you decide which way to go.

In addition to the essential features of these programs, Laskevitch covers new features specific to the new releases.

This book is based on Lightroom 5, the current version at the time of writing. With the release of the next version of Lightroom, readers of this book may sign up to receive a free PDF by the author that will cover what's new.

Table of Contents

  1. Acknowledgements
  2. Introduction
    1. About This Book
    2. Who Should Use This Book
    3. Steps for Using This Book
    4. Conventions
    5. Photoshop Versions
    6. Mac vs. Microsoft Windows Operating Systems
    7. System Requirements
  3. Important Terms & Concepts
    1. Some Background
    2. What is a Digital Image?
    3. Pixels
    4. Dots & Sensors
    5. Image Size
    6. Resolution
    7. Resampling/Interpolation
    8. Native Resolution
    9. Color & Tone
    10. Bits & Bytes
    11. Bit Depth
    12. Channels/Color Models
    13. Color Management
    14. File Formats for Digital Imaging
    15. DNG & Raw Files
    16. Photoshop (*.PSD) & Large Document Format (*.PSB)
    17. TIFF (*.TIFF, *.TIF)
    18. JPEG (*.JPG, *.JPEG)
    19. PDF Files
    20. The Lightroom Catalog
  4. System Configuration
    1. Computer Requirements
    2. Work Environment
    3. Light
    4. Colors
    5. Application Preferences & Settings
    6. Color Settings
  5. The Interface: A Hands-On Tour
    1. Finding Your Way in Photoshop
    2. Layers
    3. Masks
    4. A Typical Document’s Layers
    5. Panels & Workspaces
    6. The Tools
    7. Keyboard Shortcuts & Menu Modification
    8. Navigation & Viewing
    9. Finding Your Way in Bridge
    10. What is Bridge?
    11. Exploring Bridge—A Guided Tour
    12. Metadata
    13. Searches & Collections
    14. Integration with Other Applications
    15. Finding Your Way in Adobe Camera Raw
    16. Tools
    17. Image Adjustment Panels
    18. Shortcuts & Navigation
    19. Finding Your Way in Lightroom
    20. Panels & Modules
    21. Vital Keyboard Shortcuts
    22. A Brief Overview
    23. Capture & Import
    24. Organize & Archive
    25. Global Adjustments
    26. Local Adjustments
    27. Cleanup & Retouching
    28. Creative Edits & Alternates
    29. Output-: Digital Files, Print, Web, & Slideshow
  6. Capture & Import
    1. Capture
    2. Shoot Raw
    3. Lens Profile Creator
    4. Standard Practices
    5. Digital Negative
    6. Import
    7. Deferred Import
    8. Configure Bridge
    9. Adobe Photo Downloader
    10. Automatic Import
    11. Tethered Capture
    12. Do NOT Reorganize Outside Lightroom
  7. Organizing & Archiving Images
    1. Rating Systems & Methods
    2. Rating in Bridge
    3. Filtering in Bridge
    4. Rating in Lightroom
    5. Filtering in Lightroom
    6. Keywords & Other Metadata
    7. Keywords
    8. Copyright & Contact Data: Bridge Metadata Templates
    9. Keywords in Bridge
    10. Copyright & Contact Data: Lightroom Metadata Presets
    11. Keywords in Lightroom
    12. Labels: Workflow Landmarks
    13. File Management
    14. Folders vs. Collections
    15. Metadata Challenges
    16. Moving & Archiving Files
    17. Multi-Device Image Sharing: Computer-to-Computer
    18. Multi-Device Image Sharing: Computer-to-Mobile
  8. Global Adjustments
    1. Nondestructive Editing: A Lifestyle
    2. Getting Started
    3. White Balance
    4. Tone
    5. Histograms
    6. Tone Curves
    7. Exposure & Contrast
    8. Highlights & Shadows
    9. Whites & Blacks
    10. Tone Curve Panel
    11. Brightness/Contrast
    12. Levels
    13. Curves (Take 1)
    14. Shadows/Highlights
    15. HDR Toning
    16. Color & Presence
    17. Hue, Saturation, & Luminance
    18. Split Toning
    19. Clarity
    20. Vibrance & Saturation
    21. HSL
    22. Black-and-White
    23. Split Toning
    24. Vibrance
    25. Hue/Saturation
    26. Photo Filter
    27. Curves (Take 2): Per Channel Contrast Adjustment
    28. Color Balance
    29. Black & White
    30. Split Toning
    31. Details: Sharpening & Noise Reduction
    32. Sharpness
    33. Noise
    34. Sharpening
    35. Noise Reduction
    36. Smart Sharpen
    37. Reduce Noise Filter
    38. Lens & Composition Corrections
    39. Cropping & Straightening
    40. Barrel & Pincushion Distortions
    41. Convergence
    42. Vignetting
    43. Chromatic Aberration
    44. Crop & Straighten
    45. Lens Correction Profiles & Tools
    46. Saving & Sharing Develop Settings
    47. Presets & Copying Color Corrections
  9. Local Adjustments
    1. Defining an Adjustment’s Scope
    2. Graduated & Radial Adjustments
    3. Painting Adjustments
    4. Painting Tools & Brush Presets
    5. Painting Adjustments Example: Dodging & Burning
    6. Precise Area Adjustments
    7. To-Do: Select, Create an Adjustment, Refine the Mask
    8. Select
    9. Create an Adjustment
    10. Refine the Mask
    11. Example: Reducing Local Color Casts
  10. Cleaning & Retouching
    1. Removing Dust & Defects
    2. Cloning
    3. Healing
    4. Sampling, Sources, & Alignment
    5. Content Awareness
    6. Spot Removal Tool
    7. Vital Preliminaries
    8. Removing Small Defects
    9. Clone Stamp Tool
    10. Healing Brush
    11. Spot Healing Brush
    12. Save the Clean Image
    13. Larger Defects
    14. Content-Aware Fill
    15. Patch Tool
    16. Content-Aware Move Tool
    17. Transformations
    18. Free Transform
    19. Liquify Filter
    20. Content-Aware Scaling (CAS)
  11. Creative Edits & Alternates
    1. Managing Versions
    2. Virtual Copies & Snapshots
    3. Layer Comps
    4. Saving Copies
    5. Combining Images
    6. Compositing Two or More Images
    7. Blending
    8. Merging Images
    9. Photographic Effects
    10. Focus Effects
    11. Film Grain
    12. Video
  12. Output
    1. Digital Deliverables
    2. Save a Copy
    3. Image Processor
    4. Export
    5. Publish Services
    6. Print Output
    7. Best Practices
    8. Components of a Good Print
    9. The Final Print Process
    10. Printing Directly
    11. Book
    12. Web
    13. Save for Web
    14. Generator
    15. Building a Web Gallery
    16. Slideshows
    17. Building a Slideshow
    18. Have Fun