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Photoshop® CS4 Bible

Book Description

The ultimate comprehensive reference to Adobe now updated and revised to cover the CS4 release!

  • As the industry-standard image-editing software for print and digital media, Photoshop has a phenomenally broad reach and, if you’re a user, then you’re anxious to get started with CS4!

  • This authoritative guide to Photoshop CS4 shows you how to retouch, color correct, manipulate, and combine images

  • Sheds light on optimal ways to create cutting-edge special effects for digital or film-based images, and then use them on the Web or in print

  • More than 1,200 pages are packed with advice that demystifies even the most complex Photoshop tasks

  • Covers everything from image-editing basics to techniques for working with camera raw images

  • Also discusses the file browser, histogram palette, lens blur, customizable keyboard shortcuts, and more

Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. Dedication
  3. About the Authors
  4. Credits
  5. Acknowledgments
  6. Introduction
  7. Welcome To Adobe Photoshop CS4
    1. Working with Digital Images
      1. About Digital Images
      2. Getting Images into Photoshop
      3. Storing Digital Images
      4. Summary
    2. The Photoshop Workspace, Preferences, and Tools
      1. Overview of the Photoshop Workspace
      2. Preferences
      3. Presets and the Preset Manager
      4. Customizing Shortcuts and Menus
      5. Tools
      6. Summary
    3. Finding and Processing Images with Bridge
      1. Finding and Opening Images
      2. Adding Descriptive and Searchable Data to Images
      3. Organizing Image Collections
      4. Creating Presentations
      5. Processing Batches of Images and Repetitive Tasks
      6. Summary
    4. Camera Raw Work Area
      1. The RAW Format
      2. The Camera Raw dialog box
      3. Using Adobe Camera Raw
      4. Summary
  8. Working with Images
    1. Creating New Images, Resizing, and Adjusting Resolution
      1. Getting Started with New Images
      2. Opening Images
      3. Placing and Pasting Images
      4. Image Resizing
      5. Summary
    2. Undoing Mistakes
      1. The Undo Command
      2. The Revert Command
      3. History Panel
      4. Features with Built-In Undos
      5. Summary
    3. Saving Files
      1. Saving Files to Disk
      2. Save for Web & Devices Command
      3. File Formats in Depth
      4. Save from Camera Raw
      5. Summary
  9. Layers, Selections, Channels, and Curves
    1. Layers, Layer Masks, Blending Modes, and Smart Objects
      1. Working with Layers
      2. Layer Masks
      3. Adjustment Layers
      4. Blending Modes
      5. Smart Objects
      6. Image Stacks
      7. Summary
    2. Histograms, Levels, and Curves
      1. About Histograms
      2. The Levels Command
      3. The Curves Command
      4. Summary
    3. Selections and Channels
      1. Core Selection Tools and Options
      2. Refining Selections
      3. Understanding Channels
      4. Summary
  10. Paths, Shapes, and Text
    1. Working with Paths
      1. Introduction to Bézier Paths
      2. Defining Paths and Vector Tools
      3. Creating Vector Paths
      4. Paths as selections
      5. Summary
    2. Working with Vector Shapes
      1. Vector Shapes Defined
      2. Using Vector Shape Tools
      3. Editing Vector Shape Layers
      4. Using Vector Shape Presets
      5. Creating New Custom Shapes
      6. Creating New Shape Presets
      7. Summary
    3. Working with Text
      1. Entering Text
      2. Editing Text
      3. Type tools
      4. Single-Line Type
      5. Paragraph Type
      6. Type on a Path
      7. Type with Layer Styles
      8. Vector versus Rasterized Type
      9. Summary
  11. Enhancing, Correcting, and Retouching
    1. Lightening, Darkening, and Changing Contrast
      1. Lightening
      2. Darkening
      3. Increasing Contrast and Detail
      4. Decreasing Contrast and Detail
      5. Summary
    2. Color Correction and Color Changes
      1. Preparing to Work with Color
      2. Color Correction
      3. Color Changes
      4. Summary
    3. Transparency, Opacity, Silhouettes, and Image Collages
      1. Transparency and Opacity
      2. Silhouetting
      3. Combining Images into a Collage
      4. Drawing the Eye to Certain Areas
      5. Summary
    4. Noise, Grain, Dust, Pixelization, and Jagged Edges
      1. Get Rid of Overall Pixelated Look
      2. Fix Undesirable Edges
      3. Dust Removal
      4. Blurring
      5. Summary
    5. Retouching and Restoring Digital Images
      1. Core Retouching Tools
      2. Sample Retouching Workflows
      3. Summary
  12. Painting and Special Effects
    1. Painting
      1. Brushes and Tools That Work Like Brushes
      2. Brushes Panel
      3. Brushes Used with Blending Modes
      4. Painting Techniques
      5. Creating Special Effects with Painting
      6. Summary
    2. Filters and Layer Styles
      1. About Filters
      2. Destructive vs. Nondestructive Workflows
      3. Blurring and Sharpening
      4. Special Effects Filters
      5. Creating Clouds and Fire
      6. Summary
    3. Distortion Effects
      1. Liquify
      2. Vanishing Point
      3. Warping Objects
      4. Warping with Filters
      5. Waves
      6. Bump Maps
      7. Summary
    4. Text Effects
      1. Wood burn effect
      2. Bevel and Emboss
      3. Flaming Type
      4. Glows
      5. Textures
      6. Summary
  13. Color Management and Workflow
    1. Color Management
      1. Color Accuracy and Consistency
      2. Calibrating Devices, Such as Monitors and Printers
      3. Specifying and Using Color Settings
      4. Printing Using Color Management
      5. Summary
    2. Designing for the Web
      1. Exploring Web Workflows
      2. Preparing Images for the Web
      3. Creating a Web Banner
      4. Creating a Web Page
      5. Summary
    3. Digital Workflow Overview and Automating Processes
      1. Digital Workflow Overview
      2. Automating Photoshop Processes
      3. Summary
  14. Video, 3D Images, and Technical Images
    1. Working with Video
      1. Video and Animation in Photoshop
      2. Working with Images for Video
      3. Importing Video
      4. Creating Timeline Animations
      5. Creating Frame Animations
      6. Saving Video and Animations
      7. Summary
    2. Working with 3D Images
      1. 3D Files in Photoshop
      2. Using the 3D Camera
      3. Working with 3D Models
      4. Saving 3D files
      5. Summary
    3. Working with Technical Images
      1. Using DICOM Medical Scans in Photoshop
      2. MATLAB and Photoshop
      3. Enhanced Measurement and Counting
      4. Summary
  15. Appendixes
    1. Charts
      1. Popular Keyboard Shortcuts
      2. Popular File Formats
      3. Color Modes and Working Spaces
    2. Professional Resources
      1. Professional Organizations
      2. Certification
      3. Training and Conferences
      4. Help
      5. General Info Resources
      6. Freebies
    3. What's on the CD?
      1. System Requirements
      2. Using the CD
      3. What's on the CD
      4. Troubleshooting
      5. Customer Care
  16. Index