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Photoshop CS6 and Lightroom 4

Book Description

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 Photoshop CS6 and its companions Bridge, Camera Raw, and Lightroom 4. Focusing on the critical elements of the workflow rather than covering every arcane feature, this book is designed to get you working quickly in these applications.

In addition to the essential features of these programs, Laskevitch covers new features specific to the 2012 releases, including:

Lightroom geocoding-Quickly tag a photo with location data; Photoshop's Blur Gallery (Tilt-Shift, Iris, and Field Blur tools)-Add selective focus and bokeh effects; New development controls in Lightroom and Camera Raw; Recomposing or retouching photos with the Content-aware Move Tool; Publishing to Blurb directly from Lightroom; Video (no longer limited to Photoshop Extended; Adaptive Wide Angle-Make straight lines straight again; Face-Aware Mask Generation-An improvement to Color Range; Intelligent Auto-Correction; Adobe Camera Raw 7-Local controls for White Balance and Noise Reduction; New Black/White and Highlight/Shadow controls

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
    1. About the Photographer’s Handbook
    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
    8. Section 1: The Setup
  2. 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
  3. System Configuration
    1. Computer Requirements
    2. Work Environment
    3. Light
    4. Colors
    5. Application Preferences & Settings
    6. Color Settings
  4. 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. Export & Output
    16. Finding Your Way in Adobe Camera Raw
    17. Tools
    18. Image Adjustment Panels
    19. Shortcuts & Navigation
    20. Finding Your Way In Lightroom
    21. Panels & Modules
    22. Vital Keyboard Shortcuts
    23. Section 2: The Workflow
  5. A Brief Overview
    1. Capture & Import
    2. Organize & Archive
    3. Global Adjustments
    4. Local Adjustments
    5. Cleanup & Retouching
    6. Creative Edits & Alternates
    7. Output-: Digital Files, Print, Web, & Slideshow
  6. Capture & Import
    1. Capture
    2. Shoot Raw
    3. Lens Profile Creator
    4. Standard Practices
    5. Digitall 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-Computer Image Management: Two Examples
  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 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. A Note on Web Images
    14. A Fully Manual Approach
    15. Save for Web
    16. Building a Web Gallery
    17. Slideshows
    18. Building a Slideshow
    19. Have Fun!