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Precision Photoshop

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The Essentials of Photoshop for Creative Professionals

There are plenty of books on Photoshop for photographers; for everyone else, there’s Precision Photoshop: Creating Powerful Visual Effects. In clear, conversational language using extensive images and screenshots, this book gives you in-depth guidance on learning how to use Photoshop. The author shares her practical knowledge and insider tips gleaned from years working on visual effects in the entertainment business.

Requiring no prior experience, the book first offers a step-by-step beginner’s tutorial on the main features of Photoshop, with the tutorial files available on the book’s CRC Press web page. It next shows you how to manage various assets, such as text, 3D, or HDRI files, and provides solutions to the most common questions asked by new Photoshop users. The author explains how to work with camera raw files and describes how to unlock your artistic potential through Photoshop’s powerful tools. She also covers more advanced tutorials involving higher concepts and specific source images, such as creating panoramas, high-contrast images, 3D effects, and motion.

Illustrating key techniques with examples of production-quality work, this book delves deep into aspects most important to creative professionals. Whether you’re a beginner or more experienced user, you will find precise instruction on critical elements of the workflow.

Table of Contents

  1. Preface
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. About the Author
  4. Chapter 1 - The Cheat
    1. Introduction
    2. Before You Start
    3. The Tutorial
  5. Chapter 2 - Photoshop Setup and Overview
    1. Starting/Setting Up Photoshop
    2. Setting Adobe Photoshop to the Default Preferences
      1. Alternate Methods to Reset
      2. Color Settings
        1. How to Save Your Current Color Settings
      3. Restoring Color Settings
    3. Work Area Overview
      1. General Overview
      2. Menu Bar
      3. Options Bar
      4. Tools Panel
        1. The Move Tool
        2. The Marquees: Geometric Selection Tools
        3. The Lasso Tools: Freeform Selection Tools
        4. The Auto Selection Tools
        5. The Cutting Tools
        6. Annotation Tools
        7. Healing Tools
        8. Painting Tools
        9. Stamping Tools
        10. History Brushes
        11. Erasing Tools
        12. Fill Tools
        13. Adjustment Tools
        14. Photography Tools
        15. Pen/Curve Tools
        16. Type Tools
        17. Path Selection Tools
        18. Shape Tools
        19. Navigation Tools
        20. Zoom Tool
        21. More Tools
      5. The Palettes
        1. Arranging Palettes
        2. Hiding Palettes
        3. Adjusting and Closing Palettes
        4. Showing Palettes
        5. Resetting Palettes
  6. Chapter 3 - The Visual Bridge: Accessing and Organizing Files
    1. Introduction
    2. Installing Bridge CC
      1. Download and Install Bridge from the Download Center
    3. Workspace Overview
      1. Main Components
      2. Adjusting Panels
      3. Basic Navigation
    4. Finding Your Keys
      1. Script Your Keywords
    5. Using Your Keys
      1. Rank and File Labeling
    6. Collections
    7. Manage Color
    8. Batch Renaming Your Files
    9. Creating a Custom Layout
    10. Exporting Bridge Adjustments
    11. Search for Files and Folders
    12. Stacks
      1. To Stack
    13. Mini Bridge
      1. How to Review Images with Review Mode
  7. Chapter 4 - Quickies
    1. Introduction
    2. 1. I Just Need to Make This Picture Smaller
      1. Making the Dimensions Smaller
        1. Making the File Size Smaller
    3. 2. I Just Want to Make This Color Photo Black and White—or Maybe with Just a Little Color
    4. 3. I Just Want to Sharpen This Picture a Little
    5. 4. I Just Need to Get Rid of That (Wire/Timestamp/Other Annoying Inclusion)
    6. 5. I Just Want to Crop This Picture for Better Composition
    7. 6. I Just Want to Replace …
    8. 7. I Just Want to Make a Seamless Pattern
      1. Prepping a Photo for a Seamless Pattern
      2. Making the Seamless Pattern
      3. Adding Your Pattern to the Pattern Library
    9. 8. I Just Want to Get Rid of the Noise in the Photo
    10. 9. I Just Want to Get Rid of the Red Eye in the Picture
    11. 10. I Just Want to Make This Picture into Something that Looks More Graphic
    12. 11. I Just Want to Print These All on One Page
      1. How to Create a Contact Sheet
    13. 12. Aw, These Shadows Ruined My Pictures
  8. Chapter 5 - Going RAW
    1. The RAW “Format”
      1. What RAW Is Not
      2. So What’s the Big Deal about RAW?
      3. Why Not Always Keep Everything in RAW?
      4. Why Should I Use RAW Again?
    2. Working in the RAW: Adobe Camera Raw Workflow/Controls
      1. White Balance
      2. (Indecent) Exposure
      3. A Moment of Clarity
      4. Vibrance versus Saturation
      5. Detail/Sharpening
      6. Let’s Not Be Noisy
      7. Lens Correction
    3. Merge to HDR Pro
      1. Painting on HDRIs
  9. Chapter 6 - One-Night Stands
    1. Introduction
    2. Spacescape
    3. Auto-Blend to Sharpen
    4. Create a Panorama
    5. Old Photograph
    6. Pencil-Drawing Effect
    7. Tilt-Shift Miniaturization
  10. Chapter 7 - Brushes
    1. Introduction
    2. Finding Brush Controls
    3. The Brushes Palette
      1. Brush Presets
      2. Brush Tip Shape
        1. Custom or Old-School Standard Brushes
        2. Erodible Brushes
        3. Airbrush
        4. Bristle Brushes
    4. Shape Dynamics
    5. Scattering
    6. Texture
    7. Dual Brush
    8. Color Dynamics and Other Dynamics
    9. Transfer
    10. Brush Pose
    11. Other Brush Tip Characteristics
    12. Putting the Brush Palette to Use
    13. Brush Blending Modes
      1. Normal
      2. Dissolve
      3. Behind
      4. Clear
      5. Darken
      6. Multiply
      7. Color Burn
      8. Linear Burn
      9. Lighten
      10. Screen
      11. Color Dodge
      12. Linear Dodge
      13. Overlay
      14. Soft Light
      15. Hard Light
      16. Vivid Light
      17. Linear Light
      18. Pin Light
      19. Hard Mix
      20. Difference
      21. Exclusion
      22. Hue
      23. Saturation
      24. Color
      25. Luminosity
    14. Pencil
    15. Color Replacement Tool
    16. Mixer Brush
    17. Custom Brushes
      1. Getting Dirty
        1. Creating the Brushes
        2. Adjusting the Settings
        3. Save! Save! Save!
      2. Natural Color
    18. Brush Libraries
  11. Chapter 8 - Second Date
    1. Introduction
    2. Chemical and Cross Processing
    3. Eye Cream
    4. Adding Depth of Field
    5. Gritty Photo Koala
    6. What Is Your Type?
  12. Chapter 9 - Smarter in So Many Ways
    1. Introduction
    2. Smart Objects
      1. Smart Object Features
      2. Photo Sheet Introduction to Smart Objects
    3. 3D
      1. 3D Workspace
      2. Terminology
    4. Learning Your Way Around 3D
    5. Video—Another Kind of 2D
    6. Setting Your Workspace
    7. Crash Course
  13. Chapter 10 - Power User
    1. Disintegrating Dancer
    2. Pre-Vis Fly-Through
    3. Surreal Painting
  14. Chapter 11 - Efficiency and Display
    1. Customizing Shortcuts
    2. Customizing Keyboard Shortcuts
    3. Automating Tasks
      1. The Actions Palette
      2. Defining an Action
      3. Using an Action
    4. Other Action Presets
    5. Creating Actions
    6. Adding a Conditional
    7. Editing or Changing an Action
    8. Saving Your Set
    9. Batch Processing
    10. Creating a Droplet
    11. Cross-Platform Compatibility
    12. Display
      1. Color Spaces
      2. Soft Proofing
  15. Chapter 12 - Concepts, Definitions, and Terminology
    1. Introduction
    2. Image File Formats
      1. PSD
      2. PSB
      3. TIFF
      4. TGA
      5. CIN
      6. IFF
      7. Filmstrip
      8. PhotoCD
      9. Open EXR
      10. PXR
      11. RAW
      12. DNG
      13. JPG
      14. GIF
      15. PNG
      16. EPS
      17. EPS-DCS
      18. PDF
      19. BMP
      20. PICT
      21. A Word about HDRI
        1. Formats Supported for HDRI in Photoshop
    3. Vector Formats
      1. AI
      2. CGM
      3. Gerber File Format (RS-274X)
      4. SVG
    4. 3D Program File Formats
      1. OBJ
      2. 3DS
      3. DAE (COLLADA)
      4. U3D
      5. KMZ
      6. DICOM
    5. Aspect Ratios
    6. Film Format Nomenclature
    7. File Resolution
    8. Efficient Texture Size
    9. Matting