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Visual Quickstart Guide: Photoshop CC 2014 release

Book Description

This bestselling guide from authors Elaine Weinmann and Peter Lourekas has been the go-to tutorial and reference book for photography/design professionals and the textbook of choice in college classrooms for decades. This edition includes their trademark features of clear, concise, step-by-step instructions; hundreds of full-color images; screen captures of program features; and supplemental tips and sidebars in every chapter. 

New and updated Photoshop CC features are clearly marked with bright red stars in both the table of contents and main text.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Copyright Page
  3. Acknowledgments
  4. Contents
  5. 1. Color Management
    1. Launching Photoshop
    2. Photoshop color
    3. Introduction to color management
    4. Calibrating your display
    5. Choosing a color space for Photoshop
    6. Synchronizing color settings among Adobe applications
    7. Customizing the color policies for Photoshop
    8. Installing and saving custom color settings
    9. Acquiring printer profiles
    10. Changing a document’s color profile
  6. 2. Creating Files
    1. Calculating the correct file resolution
    2. Creating a new, blank document
    3. Creating document presets
    4. Editing 16-bit files in Photoshop
    5. Saving your document
    6. Using the Status bar
    7. Ending a work session
  7. 3. Bridge
    1. Launching Adobe Bridge
    2. Downloading photos from a camera
    3. Features of the Bridge window
    4. Choosing a workspace for Bridge
    5. Previewing images in Bridge
    6. Opening files from Bridge into Photoshop
    7. Customizing the Bridge window
    8. Saving custom workspaces
    9. Resetting the Bridge workspaces
    10. Assigning keywords to files
    11. Rating and labeling thumbnails
    12. Rearranging and sorting thumbnails
    13. Filtering thumbnails
    14. Using thumbnail stacks
    15. Managing files using Bridge
    16. Searching for files
    17. Creating and using collections
    18. Exporting the Bridge cache
  8. 4. Camera Raw
    1. Why use Camera Raw?
    2. Opening photos into Camera Raw
    3. The Camera Raw tools A
    4. Cropping and straightening photos
    5. Choosing default workflow options
    6. Using the Camera Raw tabs
    7. Using the Basic tab
    8. Using the Tone Curve tab
    9. Using the Detail tab
    10. Using the HSL/Grayscale tab
    11. Using the Adjustment Brush tool
    12. Using the Split Toning tab
    13. Using the Lens Corrections tab
    14. Using the Effects tab
    15. Using the Graduated Filter tool
    16. Using the Radial Filter tool
    17. Using the Spot Removal tool
    18. Saving and applying Camera Raw settings
    19. Synchronizing Camera Raw settings
    20. Converting, opening, and saving Camera Raw files
  9. 5. Workspaces
    1. Using the Application frame
    2. Tiling multiple documents
    3. Changing the zoom level
    4. Rotating the canvas view
    5. Changing the screen mode
    6. Choosing a workspace
    7. Configuring the panels
    8. Saving custom workspaces
    9. Resetting workspaces
    10. Using the Options bar
  10. 6. Panels and presets
    1. The Photoshop panel icons
    2. The Photoshop panels that are used in this book*
    3. Choosing basic brush settings
    4. Managing presets via the pickers and panels
    5. Exporting and importing presets
    6. Using the Preset Manager
    7. Creating tool presets
  11. 7. Pixel Basics
    1. Changing the document resolution and/or dimensions
    2. Changing the canvas size
    3. Cropping an image
    4. Cropping multiple images
    5. Straightening a crooked image
    6. Flipping or rotating an image
  12. 8. Layer Essentials
    1. Creating layers
    2. Selecting layers
    3. Restacking layers
    4. Creating layer groups
    5. Deleting layers and groups
    6. Hiding and showing layers
    7. Repositioning layer content
    8. Changing the layer opacity
    9. Using the lock options
    10. Choosing Layers panel options
    11. Filtering listings on the Layers panel
    12. Merging layers
    13. Flattening layers
  13. 9. Selections & Masks
    1. Creating layer-based selections
    2. Using the Rectangular and Elliptical Marquee tools
    3. Using two of the lasso tools
    4. Deselecting and reselecting selections
    5. Deleting or filling a selection
    6. Moving a selection border
    7. Moving selection contents
    8. Using the Quick Selection tool
    9. Using the Magic Wand tool
    10. Inverting a selection
    11. Using the Color Range command
    12. Hiding and showing the selection border
    13. Creating a frame-shaped selection
    14. Selecting in-focus areas of a photo
    15. Saving and loading selections
    16. Refining selection edges
    17. Using Quick Masks
    18. Creating layer masks
    19. Editing masks
    20. Working with masks
  14. 10. History
    1. Choosing History panel options
    2. Changing history states
    3. Deleting, purging, and clearing history states
    4. Using snapshots
    5. Creating documents from history states
  15. 11. Using Color
    1. Choosing colors in Photoshop
    2. Using the Color Picker
    3. Choosing colors from a library
    4. Using the Color panel
    5. Using the Swatches panel
    6. Using the Eyedropper tool
    7. Copying colors as hexadecimals
    8. Choosing a blending mode
    9. Creating a Solid Color fill layer
    10. Creating a Gradient fill layer
    11. Creating and editing a gradient preset
    12. Using the Gradient tool
    13. Creating custom and scripted patterns
  16. 12. Adjustments
    1. Creating adjustment layers
    2. Editing adjustment layer settings
    3. Saving adjustment presets
    4. Merging and deleting adjustment layers
    5. Editing an adjustment layer mask
    6. Using the Histogram panel
    7. Applying a Levels adjustment
    8. Applying a Brightness/Contrast adjustment
    9. Applying a Photo Filter adjustment
    10. Applying an auto correction
    11. Applying a Color Balance adjustment
    12. Applying a Hue/Saturation adjustment
    13. Applying a Vibrance adjustment
    14. Applying a Curves adjustment
    15. Applying a Black & White adjustment
    16. Tinting an image via a Gradient Map adjustment
    17. Applying the Merge to HDR Pro command
    18. Screening back a layer using Levels
  17. 13. Combining Images
    1. Using the Clipboard
    2. Drag-copying a selection on a layer
    3. Drag-copying a selection or layer between files with the Move tool
    4. Drag-copying layers between files via the Layers panel
    5. Creating a layered document from file thumbnails
    6. Creating embedded Smart Objects
    7. Editing embedded Smart Objects
    8. Replacing an embedded or linked Smart Object
    9. Creating linked Smart Objects
    10. Working with linked Smart Objects
    11. Combining multiple “exposures”
    12. Fading the edge of a layer via a gradient in a layer mask
    13. Aligning and distributing layers
    14. Using the Clone Stamp tool and the Clone Source panel
    15. Using the Photomerge command
    16. Using Smart Guides, ruler guides, and the grid
  18. 14. Painting
    1. Using the Brush tool
    2. Customizing a brush
    3. Managing brush presets
    4. Using the Mixer Brush tool
    5. Using the Eraser tool
    6. Using the History Brush tool
  19. 15. Retouching
    1. Using the Replace Color command
    2. Using the Color Replacement tool
    3. Whitening teeth or eyes
    4. Using the Red Eye tool
    5. Using the Healing Brush tool
    6. Using the Spot Healing Brush tool
    7. Healing areas with the Patch tool
    8. Smoothing skin and other surfaces
    9. Retouching by cloning
    10. Applying a Content-Aware fill
    11. Using the Content-Aware Move tool
    12. Removing an image element with the Patch tool
  20. 16. Refocusing
    1. Applying a filter in the Blur Gallery
    2. Applying the Smart Sharpen filter
    3. Applying the Unsharp Mask filter
    4. Applying the Shake Reduction filter
    5. Using the Sharpen tool
  21. 17. Fun with Layers
    1. Using clipping masks
    2. Blending layers
    3. Applying transformations
    4. Applying Content-Aware scaling
    5. Using the Liquify filter
    6. Applying the Warp command
  22. 18. Filters
    1. Applying filters
    2. Creating and editing Smart Filters
    3. Hiding, copying, and deleting Smart Filters
    4. Working with the Smart Filters mask
    5. More filter techniques
  23. 19. Type
    1. Creating editable type
    2. Selecting type
    3. Recoloring type
    4. Changing the font family and font style
    5. Using Adobe Typekit
    6. Converting type
    7. Changing the font size
    8. Applying kerning and tracking
    9. Adjusting the leading
    10. Shifting type from the baseline
    11. Inserting special characters
    12. Applying paragraph settings
    13. Formatting type with paragraph and character styles
    14. Transforming the bounding box for paragraph type
    15. Screening back type
    16. Rasterizing a type layer
    17. Putting type in a spot color channel
  24. 20. Layer Styles
    1. Layer effect essentials
    2. Applying a bevel or emboss effect
    3. Applying a shadow effect
    4. Applying the Stroke effect
    5. Applying the Gradient and Pattern Overlay effects
    6. Copying, moving, and removing layer effects
    7. Changing the layer fill percentage
    8. Applying layer styles
    9. Creating layer styles
    10. Applying multiple layer effects
  25. 21. Vector Drawing
    1. Creating shape layers with a shape tool
    2. Changing the attributes of a shape layer
    3. Selecting shape layer paths
    4. Isolating a shape layer
    5. Working with multiple shapes
    6. Creating vector masks
    7. Working with vector masks
    8. Drawing with the Freeform Pen tool
    9. Saving, displaying, selecting, and repositioning paths
    10. Drawing with the Pen tool
    11. More ways to create paths and shapes
    12. Reshaping vector objects
    13. Working with paths
  26. 22. Actions
    1. Recording an action
    2. Playing an action
    3. Editing an action
    4. Deleting commands and actions
    5. Saving and loading action sets
  27. 23. Presentation
    1. Creating a vignette
    2. Adding an artistic border
    3. Creating a PDF presentation of images
    4. Creating and using layer comps
    5. Creating a PDF presentation of layer comps
    6. Importing video clips into Photoshop
    7. Adding video tracks to a timeline
    8. Changing the length, order, or speed of a clip
    9. Playing or reviewing a video
    10. Splitting a clip
    11. Adding transitions to video clips
    12. Adding still images to a video
    13. Adding title clips to a video
    14. Applying adjustment layers and filters to a video
    15. Keyframing
    16. Adding audio clips
    17. Rendering clips into a movie
  28. 24. Preferences
    1. Opening the Preferences dialogs
    2. General Preferences (A, next page)
    3. Interface Preferences (A, next page)
    4. Sync Settings Preferences B
    5. File Handling Preferences (A, next page)
    6. Performance Preferences (A, next page)
    7. Cursors Preferences A
    8. Transparency & Gamut Preferences B
    9. Units & Rulers Preferences A
    10. Guides, Grid & Slices Preferences A
    11. Plug-ins Preferences (A, next page)
    12. Type Preferences B
    13. Experimental Features Preferences
    14. Preferences for Adobe Bridge
  29. 25. Print & Export
    1. Proofing document colors onscreen
    2. Outputting a file to an inkjet printer
    3. Preparing a file for commercial printing
    4. Getting Photoshop files into Adobe InDesign and Illustrator
    5. Saving a file in the PDF format
    6. Saving a file in the TIFF format
    7. Saving multiple files in the JPEG, PSD, or TIFF format
    8. Generating image assets from Photoshop layers
    9. Using the Package command
  30. Appendix. Syncing Photoshop settings via the Creative Cloud
    1. Managing files via the Creative Cloud
  31. Index
  32. Photography credits