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Photoshop CS5 and Lightroom 3

Book Description

Adobe Photoshop is central to almost all photography workflows today. Each new version fo the software is a milestone in the development of this imaging behemoth, and 2010's release of CS5 is no exception.

Photographers often feel overwhelmed when starting with Photoshop; the sheer number of tools and options make it difficult for the novice. 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 step-by-step guide that provides a clear and effective workflow for editing photographs in the latest version of Photoshop and its companions Bridge, Camera Raw, and Lightroom. Focusing on the critical elements of the workflow rather than covering every arcane feature, the Handbook is designed to get you working quickly in these applications.

Table of Contents

  1. Photoshop CS5 and Lightroom 3: A Photographer’s Handbook
    1. Acknowledgements
    2. Introduction
      1. About the Photographer’s Handbook
        1. Who Should Use This Book
        2. Steps for Using This Book
        3. Conventions
        4. Photoshop Versions
        5. Mac vs. Microsoft Windows Operating Systems
          1. Keys
    3. I. The Setup
      1. 1. Terms & Concepts
        1. Some Background
        2. What is a Digital Image?
          1. Pixels
          2. Dots & Sensors
          3. Image Size
          4. Resolution
          5. Resampling/Interpolation
          6. Native Resolution
        3. Color and Tone
          1. Bits and Bytes
          2. Bit Depth
            1. HDR Images
          3. Channels/Color Models
          4. Color Management
            1. An Honest Window to Your Image: Monitor Profiling
              1. Calibration
              2. Profiling
              3. Devices
              4. Checking the Profile
            2. Printer Profiles
            3. Working Color Spaces
              1. sRGB
              2. AdobeRGB
              3. ProPhotoRGB
            4. Camera Profiles
        4. File Formats for Digital Imaging
          1. DNG & RAW Files
          2. Photoshop (*.PSD)
          3. TIFF (*.TIFF, *.TIF)
          4. JPEG (*.JPG, *.JPEG)
          5. PDF Files
        5. The Lightroom Catalog
      2. 2. System Configuration
        1. Computer Requirements
        2. Work Environment
          1. Light
          2. Colors
        3. Application Preferences
          1. General
          2. Interface
          3. File Handling
            1. Camera Raw Preferences
          4. Performance
          5. Cursors
          6. Transparency & Gamut
          7. Units & Rulers
          8. Plugins
          9. Color Settings
            1. General
            2. Thumbnails
            3. Playback
            4. Metadata
            5. Keywords
            6. Labels
            7. Cache
            8. Advanced
            9. Output
            10. Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) Workflow Options
            11. General
            12. Presets
            13. External Editing
            14. File Handling
            15. Interface
            16. Catalog Settings
              1. General
              2. File Handling
              3. Metadata
      3. 3. The Interface: A Tour
        1. Finding Your Way in Photoshop
          1. Panels & Workspaces
            1. Managing Panels
            2. Some Important Panels
              1. Histogram panel
              2. Adjustments panel
              3. Masks panel
              4. Info panel
              5. History panel
              6. Layers panel
              7. Brush panel
              8. Clone Source panel
              9. Channels panel
              10. Actions panel
          2. The Tools
            1. Tool Tips
          3. Keyboard Shortcuts and Modifiers
          4. Menu Customization
            1. Navigation and Viewing
            2. Fit on Screen
            3. Actual Pixels
            4. The Hand Tool
            5. Professional Zooming
            6. A Navigation Exercise
          5. Vital Features
            1. Layers
              1. Image Layers
              2. Adjustment Layers
              3. Smart Objects
              4. Naming Layers
              5. Copying Layers
              6. Layers Panel Buttons
              7. Layer Masks
              8. A Typical Document’s Layers
            2. Filters
              1. Smart Filters
            3. A Final Appeal for Smart Objects
        2. Finding Your Way in Bridge
          1. What is Bridge?
          2. Exploring Bridge—A Guided Tour
            1. Sorting & Filtering
          3. Metadata
          4. Searches & Collections
          5. Integration with Other Applications
        3. Finding Your Way in Adobe Camera Raw
          1. Tools
          2. Image Adjustment Tabs
        4. Finding Your Way In Lightroom
          1. Panels & Modules
          2. Grid vs. Loupe vs. Compare
          3. Vital Keyboard Shortcuts
    4. II. The Workflow
      1. 4. Capture & Import
        1. Capture
          1. Shoot RAW
          2. Lens Profile Creator
          3. Standard Practices
            1. Exposure
            2. Sensitivity
          4. For Panoramas
          5. For High Dynamic Range Images
          6. Passerby Removal
        2. Import
          1. Digital Negative
          2. Deferred Import
          3. Configure Bridge
          4. Adobe Photo Downloader
          5. Automatic Import
      2. 5. Organizing and Archiving Images
        1. Rating Systems & Methods
        2. Keywords and Metadata
          1. Keywords
          2. Copyright and Contact Data: Bridge Metadata Templates
          3. Keywords in Bridge
          4. Copyright and Contact Data: Lightroom Metadata Presets
          5. Keywords in Lightroom
            1. Applying Keywords
              1. 1) In The Import Dialog
              2. 2) One At A Time Or In Batches While Browsing
              3. 3) Paint Them On
        3. Labels: Workflow Landmarks
        4. File Management
          1. Folders vs. Collections
          2. Metadata Challenges
            1. XMP Sidecar Files
            2. The Document
            3. Catalog = Database
          3. Moving & Archiving Files
            1. Catalog Backup
            2. Export as Catalog
          4. Multi-Computer Image Management: Two Examples
      3. 6. Global Adjustments
        1. General Approach
          1. Nondestructive Editing
        2. Cropping and Straightening
        3. Adjusting Color & Tone—Things to Know
          1. White Balance
          2. Histograms
          3. Tone Curves
          4. Hue, Saturation, and Luminance
          5. Split Toning
        4. Applying Adjustments to Color & Tone
          1. Basic Adjustments
            1. White Balance
            2. Exposure and Blacks
            3. Fill Light and Recovery
            4. Brightness and Contrast
            5. Vibrance and Clarity
            6. Levels
            7. Precise Black & White Point Adjustment
          2. Tone Curves
            1. Color Balance
            2. Curves
              1. Some Sample Curves
              2. Curves Adjustment Using Locking Points
          3. HSL & Grayscale
            1. HSL
              1. HSL
              2. Color
            2. Grayscale
            3. Vibrance
            4. Hue/Saturation
            5. Black & White
          4. Split Toning
        5. More Photoshop Adjustments: Simple and Complex
          1. Photo Filters
          2. Shadows/Highlights Adjustment
          3. HDR Toning
          4. Per Channel Contrast Adjustment
          5. Controlling Photoshop’s Auto Color
          6. Reference Color
          7. Color Correction by the Numbers
        6. Noise Reduction and Sharpening
          1. Noise Reduction
          2. Sharpening
            1. Smart Sharpen
        7. Lens Corrections
          1. Barrel and Pincushion Distortions
          2. Convergence
          3. Vignetting
          4. Chromatic Aberration
          5. Lens Correction Tools
          6. Lens Correction Filter
        8. Saving and Using Develop Settings
          1. Presets
            1. Using ACR with Multiple Images
            2. Creating Copies for Photoshop Editing
            3. Copying and Disabling Settings
          2. Copying Color Corrections
      4. 7. Local Adjustments
        1. Graduated Filters
          1. A Graduated Adjustment
          2. Graduated Photoshop Filters
        2. Painting Adjustments
          1. Understanding Photoshop’s Painting Tools
            1. Choosing and Building Brushes
              1. Size
              2. Brush Hardness
              3. Brush Opacity
            2. Choosing a Color
            3. A Simple Exercise with the Paint Brush
          2. Painting Adjustments Example: Dodging & Burning
            1. Dodging
            2. Burning
        3. Precise Area Adjustments: Photoshop Only
          1. A To-Do List
          2. Selection Tools & Methods
            1. Marquee Tools
            2. Feathering
            3. The Lasso and Polygonal Lasso Tools
            4. Quick Selection Tool
              1. Inverting the Selection
            5. Color Range: Highlights, Midtones, Shadows
            6. Color Range: Sampled Colors
            7. Refining Selections
            8. Refine Edge
            9. Saving Selections
            10. Using Quick Mask
              1. Imperfect Selections
              2. Painting
            11. Last Note on Selections
          3. Choose Your Adjustment
          4. Refining the Mask
            1. Painting on the Mask
            2. Refine Mask Edge
            3. Targeting the Image or the Mask
          5. Reducing Local Color Casts (e.g., Teeth Whitening)
      5. 8. Cleanup and Retouching
        1. Removing Dust & Blemishes
          1. Cloning
          2. Healing
          3. Filling
          4. Spot Removal Tool
            1. Healing vs. Cloning
          5. Clone Stamp Tool
          6. Healing Brush
          7. Spot Healing Brush
          8. Save the Clean Image
        2. Very Large Defects
          1. Patch Tool
          2. Content-Aware Fill
        3. Transformations
          1. Free Transform
          2. Liquify Filter
          3. Content Aware Scaling (Seam Carving)
      6. 9. Creative Edits & Alternates
        1. Combining Images
          1. Compositing Two or More Images
        2. Blending
          1. Opacity
            1. Varying the Effect of Adjustment Layers
            2. Smart Objects & Smart Filters
          2. Blending Modes
            1. Blending Adjustments
        3. Merging Images
          1. HDR: High Dynamic Range Images
          2. Panoramic Images
          3. Depth of Field Merge
          4. Passerby (and Noise) Removal
          5. Smoothing Motion
        4. Photographic Effects
          1. Lens Blur
          2. Film Grain
        5. Virtual Copies
          1. Layer Comps
      7. 10. Output—Print, Web, and Presentation
        1. Print Output
          1. Best Practices
          2. Components of a Good Print
            1. Printer
            2. Paper
            3. Color Profiles
              1. Manufacturer’s Profiles
              2. Custom Profiles
              3. Installing Profiles
              4. Profile Names
            4. Printer Driver Settings
            5. Viewing Lights
          3. The Final Print
            1. Save the Edited Image
            2. Create a Flattened Duplicate
            3. Crop Your Image
            4. Resize/Resample the Image
            5. Output Sharpening
            6. On-Screen Proof
            7. Add an Annotation
            8. Print Dialog
            9. Save the Print File
          4. Test Prints
            1. Small Version
          5. 1 Collect Your Images
          6. 2 Choose a Template
          7. 3 Layout Settings
            1. Layout Panel
            2. Overlays
            3. Watermarking
            4. Single Image/Contact Sheet
            5. Picture Package
            6. Custom Package
          8. 4 Print Job Panel
          9. 5 Printer Driver Settings
          10. 6 Print
        2. Web
          1. A Note on Web Images
          2. A Fully Manual Approach
            1. Bicubic Sharper Interpolation
            2. Convert to sRGB
            3. Save As JPEG
          3. Save for Web & Devices
          4. 1 Collect the Images
          5. 2 Choose a Template and/or Engine
            1. Flash or HTML?
          6. 3 Fine-Tune Layout and Output Settings
            1. Site Info
            2. Color Palette
            3. Appearance
            4. Image Info
            5. Output Settings
          7. 4 Configure Upload Settings
          8. 5 Preview in Browser
          9. 6 Upload or Export
        3. Slideshows
          1. Overview
          2. Create a Collection
          3. Slide Layout
          4. Playback
          5. Exporting Slideshows
          6. Impromptu Slideshow
          7. Slideshow with Options
        4. Have Fun!
    5. Index
    6. About the Author