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Adobe Photoshop CC For Dummies, 2nd Edition

Book Description

The fast and easy way to grasp Photoshop CC essentials

Photoshop is the gold standard when it comes to photo and image editing tools. But unless you've ever taken a class or gotten help from a Photoshop guru, you may find yourself a bit confused on where to start and how to get things done. Photoshop CC For Dummies, 2nd Edition is the book for those of us who don't know a layer from a level and just want to learn how to make photos look better. This update to Photoshop CC For Dummies, the first since the product launched, packs an even more powerful punch to help you manage and enhance your images.

In Photoshop CC For Dummies, 2nd Edition you'll find clear explanations of the menus, panels, tools, options, and shortcuts you'll use the most. Plus, you'll discover invaluable tips for fixing common photo flaws, improving color quality, adjusting brightness, removing unwanted background elements, and more. Whether you want to improve how your family photos look or need to add a new skillset to your resume, this friendly guide gives you all the steps to navigating the software and getting top-notch results.

  • Get a handle on the most common tools
  • Improve focus and color in photos
  • Add text and illustrations to create stunning graphics
  • Find insider tips and tricks the pros use

The sky's the limit for stunning photos and innovative images when you have Photoshop CC For Dummies, 2nd Edition in your design toolbox!

Table of Contents

    1. Cover
    2. Introduction
      1. About This Book
      2. Conventions Used in This Book
      3. Icons Used in This Book
      4. How to Use This Book
    3. Part 1: Getting Started with Photoshop CC
      1. Chapter 1: Welcome to Photoshop!
        1. Exploring Adobe Photoshop
        2. Viewing Photoshop’s Parts and Processes
      2. Chapter 2: Knowing Just Enough about Digital Images
        1. What Exactly Is a Digital Image?
        2. The True Nature of Pixels
        3. How Many Pixels Can Dance on the Head of a Pin?
        4. File Formats: Which Do You Need?
      3. Chapter 3: Taking the Chef ’s Tour of Your Photoshop Kitchen
        1. Food for Thought: How Things Work
        2. Get Cookin’ with Customization
        3. Season to Taste: The Photoshop Settings
        4. When Good Programs Go Bad: Fixing Photoshop
      4. Chapter 4: Getting Images into and out of Photoshop
        1. Bringing Images into Photoshop
        2. Keeping Your Images Organized
        3. Printing Your Images
        4. Sharing Your Images
      5. Chapter 5: What’s New in Photoshop CC?
        1. Improvements and New Features
        2. New to Camera Raw
        3. More Sensei Coming Soon to Photoshop
    4. Part 2: Easy Enhancements for Digital Images
      1. Chapter 6: Making Tonality and Color Look Natural
        1. Adjusting Tonality to Make Your Images Pop
        2. Histograms Simplified
        3. Using Photoshop’s Auto Corrections
        4. Levels and Curves and You
        5. Grabbing Even More Control
        6. What Is Color in Photoshop?
        7. Making Color Adjustments in Photoshop
        8. The People Factor: Flesh Tone Formulas
      2. Chapter 7: The Adobe Camera Raw Plug-In
        1. Understanding the Raw Facts
        2. Working in the Camera Raw Plug-In
      3. Chapter 8: Fine-Tuning Your Fixes
        1. What Is a Selection?
        2. Feathering and Anti-aliasing
        3. Making Your Selections with Tools
        4. Your Selection Commands
        5. Masks: Not Just for Halloween Anymore
        6. Adjustment Layers: Controlling Changes
      4. Chapter 9: Common Problems and Their Cures
        1. Making People Prettier
        2. Reducing Noise in Your Images
        3. Fooling Around with Mother Nature
    5. Part 3: Creating “Art” in Photoshop
      1. Chapter 10: Combining Images
        1. Compositing Images: 1 + 1 = 1
        2. Making Complex Selections
        3. Vanishing Point
        4. Creating Panoramas with Photomerge
      2. Chapter 11: Precision Edges with Vector Paths
        1. Pixels, Paths, and You
        2. Easy Vectors: Using Shapes
        3. Using Your Pen Tool to Create Paths
        4. Customizing Any Path
      3. Chapter 12: Dressing Up Images with Layer Styles
        1. What Are Layer Styles?
        2. Using the Styles Panel
        3. Creating Custom Layer Styles
        4. Saving Your Layer Styles
      4. Chapter 13: Giving Your Images a Text Message
        1. Making a Word Worth a Thousand Pixels
        2. Creating Paragraphs with Type Containers
        3. Shaping Up Your Language with Warp Text and Type on a Path
      5. Chapter 14: Painting in Photoshop
        1. Discovering Photoshop’s Painting Tools
        2. Working with Panels and Selecting Colors
        3. Fine Art Painting with Specialty Brush Tips and the Mixer Brush
        4. Filling, Stroking, Dumping, and Blending Colors
      6. Chapter 15: Filters: The Fun Side of Photoshop
        1. Smart Filters: Your Creative Insurance Policy
        2. The Filters You Really Need
        3. Getting Creative and Artistic
        4. Push, Pull, and Twist with Liquify
        5. Do I Need Those Other Filters?
    6. Part 4: Power Photoshop
      1. Chapter 16: Streamlining Your Work in Photoshop
        1. Ready, Set, Action!
        2. Find It Fast with Search
        3. Creating Contact Sheets and Presentations
        4. Scanning Multiple Photos in One Pass
        5. Sticking to the Script
      2. Chapter 17: Working with Video and Animation
        1. Importing and Enhancing Video Clips
        2. Creating Animations in Photoshop
    7. Part 5: The Part of Tens
      1. Chapter 18: Ten Specialized Features of Photoshop CC
        1. Using Smart Object Stack Modes
        2. The Mean Stack Mode
        3. Working with 3D Artwork
        4. Measuring, Counting, and Analyzing Pixels
      2. Chapter 19: Ten Reasons to Love Your Wacom Tablet
        1. More Natural Movement
        2. Health and Safety
        3. Artistic Control
        4. Extended Comfort
        5. Gestures, Programmable ExpressKeys, Touch Rings, and Touch Strips
        6. The Optimal Tablet
        7. The Pen’s Switch
        8. Setting Preferences
        9. The Accessories
        10. Cintiq for the Photoshop Pro
      3. Chapter 20: Ten Things to Know about HDR
        1. Understanding HDR
        2. Capturing for Merge to HDR Pro
        3. Preparing Raw “Exposures” in Camera Raw
        4. Working with Merge to HDR Pro
        5. Saving 32-Bit HDR Images
        6. HDR Toning
        7. Painting and the Color Picker in 32-Bit
        8. Filters and Adjustments in 32-Bit
        9. Selections and Editing in 32-Bit
        10. Printing HDR Images
    8. Appendix: Photoshop CC’s Blending Modes
    9. About the Author
    10. Advertisement Page
    11. Connect with Dummies
    12. End User License Agreement