Non-Designer's Photoshop Book

ISBN-10: 0321772830

ISBN-13: 9780321772831

Edition: 2012

Authors: Robin Williams, John Tollett

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Book details

List price: $34.99
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Publication date: 7/24/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.100

What is Photoshop?
An image editing tool; the advantages of raster files
A design creation tool
Consider a tablet!
Includes a chart with a list of projects indicating when you might use a word processor, InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, or other app for that particular project.
Quick Sample Projects
The sample projects allow readers to quickly and easily develop small design ideas using the basic tools; they provide an immediate interaction with the application and a feeling of empowerment. The projects also provide examples of typical sorts of projects for which you might use this particular application.
Enhance a photo
Get rid of things you don't want in a photo (wrinkles, telephone wires, ex-husbands)
Simple design project including photo, text, brush work
Basic (but important) Technical Stuff
Resolution primer-very important!
Color Modes: RGB vs CMYK
Screen vs print
RGB required for some filters
File formats: when to use which ones (psd, gif, tif, jpg, png, etc.)
Save vs Save As, Save As a Copy: the importance of while working in Photoshop
The Toolbars, Panels, and Screen Modes
The Tools bar
The Options bar
The Application bar
Choose which panels to make visible (from the Window menu)
Most users of the Adobe suite of products end up with at least InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator on their computers. This book is for those who might be power users of Illustrator or InDesign, but are a bit lost in a raster-based image-editing application such as Photoshop.
This book includes many individual exercises designed specifically to teach the tools and ideas that Photoshop offers for [non]designers who need to enhance their photos for use in brochures, advertising, Flickr, Facebook, web pages, etc. The individual exercises ensure that a reader can jump in at any point to learn a specific tool or technique. Text and graphic files will be provided on a Peachpit web page or an included cd so readers and instructors will have the assets available to work with. An "I need to . . ." list) will be included with the table of contents, listing the most frequently needed tasks, such as lighten a photo, match the tones of a series of photos, match the face sizes on a series of photos, whiten the teeth, remove the wrinkles, extend an image, add more background, make it black-and-white, create a panorama view, etc. The Non-Designer's Photoshop Book
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Selection options
Different ways to select things and why it is critical to know this
Complex selections made easy
Select Similar; Load Selection
Zoom with click-and-scrub
Layers are your Friends
For added flexibility, multiple variations, non-destructive effects
Blend modes
Adjustment layers
Merge layers, merged layer copy
Duplicate layers
Double-up layers
Flatten layers
Link layers
Organize with Layer Sets (folders)
Pass Through blending mode
Normal blending mode
Flip, Flop, and Rotate
Flip the entire file or a single layer
Rotate and Rotate View
Transparency Tips
What is transparency; when and how to use it
Draw and Paint
Brushes: Create and use brushes
Define Brushes and Patterns; mixer brushes; bristle tips
Painting effects
Color tint a black-and-white photograph
Pen tool: How to use the pen tool; stroke paths with color
Add Text
When to use text in Photoshop (as opposed to adding it in InDesign)
The Character panel and the Paragraph panel
Text effects; when to rasterize the text
Before Going Further, Learn How to Go Back
Undo and Redo
History palette
Layer Comps
Fade (undo-to a degree)
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Adjust and Enhance images
Auto adjustments
Auto tone, contrast, color
Auto align layers
Auto blend layers
Auto lens correction
Image Adjustments
Sharpen & Blur
Color Balance
Match Color
Dodge and Burn tools
Transform, including Distort, Perspective, Warp, Lens Correction
Apply Image
Raw Controls; black-and-white conversion; remove image noise or add grain
Crop, Trim, or Change Canvas Size
The Crop tool
The Trim command
Change image size or canvas size; when and why to do it
Fill and Stroke
Features you are familiar with from other applications
Content-aware fills
The Indispensable Clone Tool
Aligned, non-aligned
The Clone Source panel
Sample all layers or current layer
Adjust clone brush size, hardness, and opacity
Filters and Effects
Overview; filters and image resolution; rgb preferred
Copy effects to other layers
Smart Filters; Convert for Smart Filters
Vanishing Point
Filter Gallery
Paths and Masks
Paths and the Paths panels: Why to draw a path; how to draw a path; use the various Pen tools
Masks: Quick Mask; mask adjustments
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Channel painting
Pull out colors you didn't know were there
Save for Web & Devices
Easily save copies of files for the web or devices
Even More Powerful Features
Content-aware scaling
Background-aware deletion
Photo Merge
Zoomify (still in CS5?)
HDR imaging
Puppet Warp
Automate repetitive tasks
Smart Objects
Layers as Smart Objects
Print and Page Setup
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