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Real World Adobe Photoshop CS3: Industrial-Strength Production Techniques

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Anyone who relies on Photoshop to meet tough production challenges knows that when a new version arrives, especially one as chockfull of enhancements as Photoshop CS3, there's no time to fool around. You need to get up to speed on it, and you need to do so now. This book will get you there. In this copiously illustrated book, best-selling author David Blatner offers shows you how to sharpen your Photoshop production techniques and provides clear explanations of the concepts that drive them. Readers will learn about managing color, correcting colors, capturing images, getting great scans, and more. They'll also find complete coverage of Photoshop CS3's new features: a streamlined interface, nondestructive Smart Filters, a new Quick Selection and Refine Edge tools, improved Curves, automatic layer alignment and blending, and more. Throughout, the emphasis in this book is on efficiency: the timesaving tips and professional shortcuts that will allow readers to solve their everyday production challenges creatively with Photoshop CS3.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
    1. Dedication
  2. Introduction: Photoshop in the Real World
    1. Our Goals for This Book
      1. Developing Your “Spidey Sense”
      2. The Step-by-Step Stuff
      3. History Is Important
      4. Moving Photography Forward
    2. How the Book is Organized
    3. This Edition
    4. Upgrading to a New Version
      1. Migrating Your Existing Settings to CS3
      2. What’s New in Adobe Photoshop CS3
    5. Thank You!
  3. 1. Building a Photoshop System: Putting It All Together
    1. Choosing a Platform
    2. Processors and cores
    3. RAM
    4. Virtual Memory
    5. Monitors
  4. 2. Image Essentials: It’s All Zeroes and Ones
    1. Pixels and Paths
    2. Pixels and Images
      1. Dimension
      2. Bit Depth
      3. Image Mode
    3. Resolution
    4. How Much Is Enough?
      1. Line Art
      2. Grayscale and Color Halftones
      3. Grayscale and Color Output on Desktop Printers
      4. Grayscale and Color Continuous-Tone Output
      5. Onscreen Output (Multimedia and the Web)
    5. Resampling
      1. Upsampling vs. Downsampling
    6. Image Mode
      1. Bitmap
      2. Grayscale
      3. Duotone
      4. Indexed Color
      5. RGB
      6. CMYK
      7. Lab
      8. Multichannel
    7. Bitmaps and File Size
      1. Figuring File Size
  5. 3. Color Essentials: What Makes a Color
    1. Primary Colors
      1. Additive and Subtractive Color
      2. An Imperfect World
    2. The Color Wheel
      1. Figuring Saturation and Brightness
      2. Tristimulus Models and Color Spaces
    3. How Colors Affect Each Other
    4. Device-Independent Color
      1. Lab Color
    5. Working with Colors
  6. 4. Color Settings: Understanding Color Management in Photoshop
    1. Color Management Systems Explained
      1. CMS Components
      2. Conveying Color Meaning
    2. The Conceptual Framework
      1. Working Spaces and Device Spaces
      2. Tagged and Untagged Images
      3. Proofing Simulations
    3. Photoshop and the Monitor
      1. Calibration Parameters
      2. Display Adjustments
      3. Profiling Tools
      4. Setting Aim Points
    4. Color Settings
      1. Color Settings Presets
      2. Extra Presets
    5. The RGB Working Space
      1. Why Use RGB Working Spaces?
      2. Choosing an RGB Working Space
      3. Gamut Size Revisited
      4. Other RGB Working Spaces
      5. Custom RGB Spaces
      6. RGB Output Profiles as Working Spaces
    6. Choosing a CMYK Working Space
      1. Should You Use Custom CMYK?
      2. Editing Custom CMYK
      3. Typical Custom CMYK Setups
      4. Press Profile Families
    7. Choosing a Gray Working Space
      1. Custom Gray
    8. Spot Spaces
    9. Color Management Policies
      1. Profile Warnings
    10. Color Settings with More Options
      1. Conversion Options
      2. Advanced Controls
    11. The Color Picker
    12. Applying Profiles Outside Color Settings
      1. Assigning and Converting
      2. Assign Profile
      3. Convert to Profile
    13. Soft-Proofing Controls
      1. Customize Proof Condition Dialog
      2. Proof Setup Submenu
    14. Converting Colors When You Print
      1. Print dialog
      2. Print
    15. Isolating Variables
  7. 5. Building a Digital Workflow: Making Quick Work of Digital Camera Images
    1. Digital Raw Formats
      1. What Is a Raw Capture?
      2. Why Shoot Raw?
    2. Digital Workflow Phases
    3. Workflow Principles
      1. Do Things Once
      2. Do Things Automatically
      3. Be Methodical
    4. Copying Files from a Camera
      1. Using Adobe Photo Downloader
      2. Setting Photo Downloader Options
    5. Verifying Images
    6. Camera Raw, Bridge, and Photoshop
    7. Refining a Shoot Using Bridge
    8. Opening Images with Camera Raw
      1. It’s Not Just for Raw Anymore
    9. Camera Raw Static Controls
      1. The Toolbar
      2. The Preview Controls
      3. The Histogram and RGB Readout
      4. The Settings Menu
      5. Loading and Saving Settings
    10. Camera Raw Preferences
    11. The Main Control Buttons
    12. Adjusting with Precision and Speed
    13. Camera Raw Workflow Options
    14. Camera Raw Image Controls
    15. The Basic Tab
      1. Using Auto Tone Adjustment
      2. Using Camera Raw Defaults
    16. Workflow Guidelines for the Image Controls
    17. The Tone Curve Tab
      1. Using Parametric Curves
      2. Using Point Curves
    18. The Detail Tab
      1. Sharpening
      2. Reducing Noise
    19. The HSL/Grayscale Tab
      1. Using the HSL Controls
      2. Controlling Grayscale Conversions
    20. The Split Toning Tab
    21. The Lens Corrections Tab
    22. The Camera Calibration Tab
    23. The Presets Tab
    24. Filmstrip Mode
      1. Synchronizing Settings in the Filmstrip
    25. Using Adobe Bridge
      1. What’s New in Bridge CS3
      2. Launching Bridge from Photoshop
      3. Making Key Bridge Workflow Decisions
    26. Image Previews and the Cache
    27. The Preproduction Phase
      1. Evaluating and Comparing
      2. Rating and Labeling
      3. Applying Camera Raw Settings Using Bridge
      4. Sorting and Renaming
      5. Applying Keywords and Metadata
      6. Using Metadata Templates
      7. Exchanging Settings with Lightroom
    28. The Production Phase
      1. Opening in Photoshop with Camera Raw
      2. Saving Files Directly From Camera Raw
      3. Converting Files Through Automation
    29. Automating with the Batch Command
      1. Rules for Batching Files
    30. Recording Batch Actions
      1. Simple Action: Save as JPEG
      2. Complex Action: Save for Edit
    31. Running the Batch Dialog
    32. Bridge Windows
      1. Arranging Windows
      2. Bridge Window Panels and Workspaces
      3. Bridge Tools and Buttons
      4. Bridge Panels
    33. Bridge Menu Commands
      1. Preferences and the Bridge Menu
      2. The File Menu
      3. Select, Find, and Edit with the Edit Menu
      4. Bridge Display and the View Menu
      5. The Stack Menu
      6. Rating, Labeling, and the Label Menu
      7. The Tools Menu
      8. The Window Menu and Workspaces
  8. 6. Essential Photoshop Tips and Tricks: Making Photoshop Fly
    1. Window Tips
    2. Navigation Tips
      1. Magnification
      2. Moving the View
      3. Navigator Palette
    3. Moving Tips
    4. Guides, Grids, and Alignment Tips
    5. Dialog Tips
      1. Previewing Tips
      2. Keyboard Shortcuts in Dialogs
    6. New Document Tips
    7. Keyboard Shortcut Tips
    8. Menu Customization Tips
    9. Tips for Tools
      1. Brush Tips
      2. Cropping Tool Tips
      3. Eraser Tool Tips
      4. Gradient Tool Tips
      5. Ruler and Count Tool
      6. Notes Tools
      7. Tool Preset Tips
    10. Palettes and Workspaces
      1. Workspace Tips
      2. General Palette Tips
      3. Layers Palette
      4. Layer Comps Palette
      5. Info Palette
      6. Color Palettes
      7. History Palette
    11. Setting Preferences
    12. When Things Go Worng
    13. Easter Eggs
  9. 7. Image Adjustment Fundamentals: Stretching and Squeezing the Bits
    1. Stretching and Squeezing the Bits
      1. Data Loss in Perspective
      2. Preserving Image Quality
    2. Tonal-Correction Tools
    3. The Histogram Palette
      1. Endpoints
      2. How Much Information Is Present?
      3. Histograms Are Generalizations
    4. The Info Palette
      1. Palette Options
    5. Levels
      1. Input Levels
      2. Output Levels
      3. Levels Dialog Goodies
      4. Levels in Color
      5. Auto Color
    6. Curves
      1. Customizing the Curve Display Options
      2. Setting Black and White Points
      3. Editing the Curve
    7. Choosing a Color Mode for Editing
      1. When to Edit in RGB
      2. When to Edit in CMYK
      3. Don’t Convert to CMYK Too Early
      4. Converting CMYK to RGB
      5. When to Edit in Lab
    8. Hands-On Levels and Curves
      1. Image Evaluation
      2. Evaluation Examples
      3. The Eyedroppers
      4. Freehand Curves
    9. Quick Lab Mode Fixes
    10. Using Color Samplers
    11. Hue, Saturation, and Lightness
      1. Colorize
      2. The Master Panel Controls
      3. The Color Panel Controls
    12. Replace Color
    13. Selective Color
    14. Channel Mixer
    15. Photo Filter
    16. Shadow/Highlight
    17. Tools We Don’t Use
      1. Color Balance
      2. Brightness/Contrast
      3. Match Color
      4. Gradient Map
      5. Exposure
      6. Invert, Equalize, Threshold, and Posterize
      7. Variations
  10. 8. The Digital Darkroom: Layers, Masks, Selections, Channels, and More
    1. Why Use Adjustment Layers?
    2. Why Not Use Adjustment Layers?
    3. Adjustment Layer Basics
      1. Creating Adjustment Layers
      2. Controlling Adjustment Layers
    4. Selections, Masks, and Channels
      1. Feathered and Semitransparent Selections
      2. Saving, Reusing, and Converting Selections
    5. Adjustment Layers in Practice
    6. Image Adjustment with Blending Modes
      1. Using Layer-Blending Modes
      2. Layer-Blending in Practice
      3. Letting the Image Edit Itself
    7. Beyond Adjustment Layers
    8. Advanced Pixel-Blending
      1. Combining the Pixel Layers
    9. History and Virtual Layers
      1. Virtual Layers
      2. History Tools
      3. Using History to Combine Blending Modes
    10. Optimizing an Image for Print
  11. 9. Making Selections: Getting Just What You Need
    1. Masking-Tape Selections
    2. Tips for All Selection Tools
      1. Marquee
      2. Lasso
      3. Magic Wand
      4. Quick Selection
      5. Floating Selections
    3. Quick Masks
      1. Editing Quick Masks
    4. Anti-Aliasing and Feathering
      1. Anti-Aliasing
      2. Feathering
    5. Refining a Selection
    6. Channels
      1. Alpha Channels
      2. Moving Channels to Other Documents
      3. Color Channels
    7. The Select Menu
      1. Grow
      2. Similar
      3. Color Range
      4. Canned Colors
      5. Modify
    8. Selections and Layers
      1. Transparency Masks
      2. Layer Masks
      3. Layers as Masks
      4. Masking Layer Groups
    9. Step-by-Step Selections
      1. Pulling Selections from Channels
      2. Removing Spill with Preserve Transparency
      3. Enhancing Edges with Adjustment Layers
      4. Using Plug-Ins for Complex Masks
  12. 10. Sharpness, Detail, and Noise Reduction: Getting an Edge on Your Image
    1. Detail and Noise
    2. Lens Defects
    3. Sharpening
    4. Unsharp Masking
    5. How the Unsharp Mask Filter Works
      1. Amount
      2. Radius
      3. Threshold
      4. Everything’s Relative
    6. Working the Controls
    7. A Practical Sharpening Workflow
      1. Capture Sharpening
      2. Creative Sharpening
      3. Output Sharpening
    8. Sharpening Techniques
      1. Sharpening with Layers
      2. Sharpening with Smart Filters
      3. Edge Masking
      4. Controlling the Tonal Range
      5. Sharpening Brushes
    9. High-Pass Sharpening
    10. Sharpening in Photoshop vs. Camera Raw
    11. Noise Reduction
      1. Light Noise Reduction with Despeckle
      2. The Reduce Noise Filter
      3. Using Reduce Noise
      4. Reducing Noise with Image Stacks
    12. Smart Sharpen
      1. Smart Sharpen Remove Modes
      2. Advanced Mode
      3. Smart Sharpen in Action
    13. Lens Correction
      1. Lens Filter Controls
    14. Avoiding the Crunchies
  13. 11. Essential Image Techniques: Pushing Pixels into Place
    1. Taking Care of the Basics
    2. The Color of Grayscale
      1. The Black and White dialog
      2. Instant Grayscale Images
      3. Finding Hidden Grayscale Images in Channels
    3. Line Art
      1. Scan as Grayscale
      2. Resolution
      3. Sharpening
      4. Threshold
      5. The Final Conversion
    4. Reproducing Screened Images
      1. Frequency Considerations
    5. HDR Imaging
      1. Merge to HDR
      2. Downsampling HDR Images
    6. Retouching
      1. Dust-busting
      2. The Healing Brushes and the Patch Tool
      3. Dust and Scratches
      4. The Clone Stamp Tool
      5. Using the Clone Source Palette
      6. Removing Red-Eye
      7. Perspective Retouching
    7. Compositing Images
      1. Blending Layers with the Blend If Sliders
      2. Extract: Quick ‘n’ Dirty Masking
      3. Auto-Align Layers and Auto-Blend Layers
      4. Photomerge
    8. Vectors vs. Pixels
      1. Creating and Editing Paths
      2. Paths to Selections
      3. Selections to Paths
      4. Rasterizing Paths
      5. Clipping Paths
      6. Shapes and Vector Masks
      7. Importing Vectors: Open vs. Place
      8. Smart Objects
    9. Text and Typography
      1. Text Formatting
    10. Filters and Effects
      1. Smart Filters
    11. The Nondestructive Workflow
    12. Actions, Automate, and Scripting
      1. Actions
      2. Planning Your Actions
      3. Actions Basics
      4. Troubleshooting Actions
      5. Automated Workflows
      6. Scripting Photoshop
  14. 12. Image Storage and Output: The Right File for the Right Job
    1. Storing Images
    2. Save As Dialog
      1. Format Menu
      2. Save Options
      3. Color Options
      4. Image Preview Options
    3. Opening Images
    4. Creating Output for Prepress
      1. Adobe InDesign and QuarkXPress
    5. Halftone, Contone, and Hybrid Screening
      1. Halftone
      2. Contone Output
      3. Hybrid Color Screening
    6. Image Differences
    7. Printing from Photoshop
      1. Print dialog
      2. Output Options
      3. Color Management Options
      4. Preparing Images for an Online Service
    8. Creating Images for the Web
      1. Tone
      2. Color
      3. Resolution
    9. Saving Images for the Web or Mobile Devices
      1. Save For Web & Devices dialog
      2. Adobe Device Central
      3. Zoomify
      4. Web Photo Gallery
    10. File Formats
      1. Photoshop
      2. TIFF
      3. Encapsulated PostScript (EPS)
      4. DCS
      5. PDF (Portable Document Format)
      6. CompuServe GIF
      7. JPEG
      8. PNG
      9. Photoshop Raw
      10. WBMP
      11. BMP
      12. Uninstalled File Format Plug-Ins
    11. Compressing Images
      1. Lossless Compression
      2. Lossy Compression
      3. To Compress or Not to Compress