Photoshop Cs4

ISBN-10: 0321563654
ISBN-13: 9780321563651
Edition: 2009
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Description: This edition of the Visual QuickStart Guide to Photoshop CS4 by bestselling authors Elaine Weinmann and Peter Lourekas covers Adobe Photoshop as well as Adobe Bridge and Adobe Camera Raw (which are included with Photoshop). The elegant layout and  More...

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List price: $34.99
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Publication date: 11/18/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 456
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

This edition of the Visual QuickStart Guide to Photoshop CS4 by bestselling authors Elaine Weinmann and Peter Lourekas covers Adobe Photoshop as well as Adobe Bridge and Adobe Camera Raw (which are included with Photoshop). The elegant layout and full-color photographs make the book not only visually appealing, but also easy to use. Tasks are presented as clear, step-by-step instructions. Most of the photos appearing in the book are available to readers to download so they can follow along closely with the instructions. New and updated Photoshop program features are clearly marked with bright orange stars, so users already familiar with Photoshop can update their knowledge quickly. Major new features that are covered in this edition include workspace options in Photoshop, the Adjustments and Masks panels, and the new Bridge interface. Less publicized features are also covered, such as tool options and keyboard shortcuts. This new edition also covers color management; workspaces; layers; selections; masking; compositing techniques; the History panel; blending modes; brushes; exposure, tonal, color and focus adjustments; retouching; layer styles; filters; type features; gradients; PDF presentation packages; preferences; presets; and more. Readers will learn everything they need to know to get a good working knowledge of Photoshop.

Color Management
Launching Photoshop
Displays, modes, and channels
Introduction to color management
Setting a camera's color space to Adobe RGB
Calibrating your display *
Choosing a color space for Photoshop
Synchronizing color settings
Customizing your color policies
Saving custom color settings
Acquiring printer profiles
Changing color profiles
Proofing colors onscreen
Acquire, Create, Save
Using digital cameras
16 Bits/Channel mode
Calculating the file resolution
Using a scanner
Creating new, blank documents
Creating document presets
Using the Place command
Saving files
Using the Status bar *
Ending a work session *
Bridge
Launching Bridge *
Downloading photos from a camera *
The Bridge window *
Choosing a workspace for Bridge *
Previewing images in Bridge *
Opening files from Bridge *
Customizing the Bridge window *
Saving custom workspaces *
Resetting the Bridge workspace *
Moving and copying files
Labeling and rating thumbnails *
Choosing a sorting order *
Using the Filter panel *
Using thumbnail stacks
Managing files *
Searching for files *
Creating collections *
Exporting the Bridge cache *
Assigning keywords to files *
Opening PDF and Illustrator files
Dealing with the "ifs"
Workspaces
Using the Application frame *
Using tabbed document windows *
Arranging document windows *
Changing the zoom level *
Rotating the view *
Changing the screen mode *
Changing the color behind the image *
Configuring the panels *
Customizing the menus *
Saving workspaces *
Restoring the default workspace *
Using the Application bar *
Using the Options bar
Panels
The Photoshop panel icons *
The Photoshop panels illustrated *
Pixel Basics
Changing resolution and dimensions
Changing the canvas size
Cropping images
Flipping and rotating images *
Straightening images *
Layer Basics
Creating layers
Duplicating layers
Converting the Background
Selecting layers
Restacking layers
Working with layer groups
Deleting individual layers *
Hiding and showing layers
Moving layer content
Choosing Layers panel options
Merging layers
Flattening layers
Select
Creating layer-based selections
Using the Rectangular and Elliptical Marquee tools
Using the lasso tools
Using the Quick Selection tool *
Using the Magic Wand tool
Creating a silhouette
Using the Color Range command *
Refining selection edges *
Deselecting and reselecting selections
Deleting selected pixels
Moving and transforming selection marquees *
Hiding and showing the selection marquee
Swapping and intersecting selections
Creating frame-shaped selections
Saving and loading selections *
Using Quick Masks *
The selection methods compared
Combine Images
Moving selection contents *
Duplicating selections *
Using the Clipboard
Matching image dimensions
Copying layers between files *
Blending imagery using layer masks
Using the Clone Source panel *
Stitching photos together *
Blending seams manually
Using the rulers, guides, and grid *
Aligning and distributing layers
History
Choosing History panel options
Changing history states
Deleting and clearing history states
Using snapshots
Creating documents from states
Using the History Brush tool
Filling an area with a history state
Tonal Adjustments
Creating adjustment layers *
Editing adjustment layer settings *
Saving adjustment presets *
Merging and deleting adjustment layers *
Adjustment layer techniques
Editing adjustment layer masks
Applying a Threshold adjustment *
Applying a Posterize adjustment *
Using the Histogram panel *
Creating a Levels adjustment layer *
Adjusting brightness and contrast *
Dodging and burning
Colors & Blending Modes
Choosing colors
Using the Color Picker
Choosing colors from a color library
Using the Color panel
Using the Swatches panel
Using the Eyedropper tool *
Copying colors as hexadecimals
Choosing a blending mode
Color Adjustments
Creating fill layers
Converting layers to grayscale *
Creating a Vibrance adjustment layer *
Creating a Color Balance adjustment layer *
Creating a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer *
Applying an Auto Color Correction *
Creating a Levels adjustment layer *
Creating a Curves adjustment layer *
Brushes
Using the Brush tool
Choosing temporary brush settings *
Using the Brushes panel *
Customizing brushes
Smudging colors
Using the Eraser tool
Using the Magic Eraser tool
Camera Raw
Why use Camera Raw?
Choosing preferences for opening photos *
Opening photos into Camera Raw *
The Camera Raw tools *
Cropping and straightening photos
Retouching photos *
Changing the Workflow options
Using the Basic tab
Using the Tone Curve tab
Using the HSL/Grayscale tab
Using the Detail tab
Saving and applying Camera Raw settings
Using the Adjustment Brush *
Synchronizing Camera Raw settings
Opening and saving Camera Raw files
Opening and placing photos as Smart Objects
Exposure
Using the Shadows/Highlights command
Applying a Photo Filter adjustment *
Correcting exposure via the Layers panel *
Applying the Lighting Effects filter
Refocus
Using the Lens Blur filter
Using the Motion Blur filter
Changing the focus with a vignette
Using the Lens Correction filter
Using the sharpening filters
Retouch
Using the Match Color command
Cloning *
Using the Replace Color command *
Using the Surface Blur filter
Using the Color Replacement tool
Using the Healing Brush tool *
Using the Spot Healing Brush tool
Using the Patch tool
Using the Red Eye tool
More Layers
Changing layer opacity and fill values
Blending layers
Creating layer masks *
Editing layer masks *
Working with layer masks *
Using clipping masks
Linking layers *
Transforming layers *
Warping layers
Using Smart Object layers
Filling areas with a solid color *
Layer Styles
Applying layer effects (general info)
Applying a shadow effect
Applying a glow effect
Applying a bevel or emboss effect
Applying a satin effect
Applying the overlay effects
Applying a stroke effect
Copying, moving, and removing layer effects
Applying layer styles
Creating layer styles
Filters
Applying filters
Creating and using Smart Filters *
Filter pro techniques
Most of the filters illustrated
Photos into drawings or paintings
Type
Creating editable type
Selecting type
Converting type
Importing type from Adobe Illustrator as a Smart Object
Changing the font
Scaling type
Kerning and tracking type
Adjusting leading
Changing the type style
Shifting type from the baseline
Changing the orientation of type
Applying paragraph settings
Transforming type via its bounding box
Warping type
Rasterizing type
Filling type with imagery
Making type fade *
Screening back type *
Putting type in a spot color channel
Gradients
Creating a gradient fill layer
Using the Gradient tool
Creating and editing gradient presets
Presentation
Creating a vignette *
Adding a hand-painted border *
Adding a watermark
Creating a contact sheet *
Creating a PDF presentation *
Creating and using layer comps
Creating a PDF presentation of layer comps *
Preferences & Presets
Opening the Preferences dialogs
General Preferences *
Interface Preferences *
File Handling Preferences
Performance Preferences *
Cursors Preferences *
Transparency & Gamut Preferences
Units & Rulers Preferences
Guides, Grid & Slices Preferences
Plug-ins Preferences *
Type Preferences
The Bridge Preferences *
Using the Preset Manager
Managing presets via pickers and panels
Creating tool presets
Print
Choosing Properties/Page Setup settings for inkjet printing
Choosing Print dialog settings for inkjet printing *
Choosing Output options *
Printing the file in Windows
Printing the file in the Mac OS
Creating a duotone
Preparing a file for commercial printing
Export
Preparing files for other applications
Saving files in the TIFF format
Saving files in the EPS format
Saving files in the PDF format
Saving files for the Web
Previewing optimized files *
Optimizing files in the GIF format *
Optimizing files in the JPEG format *
Index

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