Adobe® Photoshop® CS3 Classroom in a Book®

Book description

This thorough, self-paced guide to Adobe Photoshop CS3--written by the experts at Adobe Systems' is ideal for beginning users who want to learn key Photoshop concepts and techniques, while readers who already have some experience with Photoshop can use this book to learn Photoshop CS3's more advanced features and newest tools. Using clear, step-by-step, project-based lessons, each chapter walks readers through the creation of a specific project, with each chapter building on the reader's growing knowledge of the program, while review questions at the end of each chapter reinforce the skills learned in each lesson. Photoshop CS3, long the industry standard for digital imaging software, offers plenty of new features and enhancements for creative professionals and digital photographers alike. Users can enjoy unrivaled editing with non-destructive Smart Filters, improved curves, and adjustable cloning and healing with Preview Overlay. Increase productivity with Photoshop CS3's streamlined interface and new Photoshop Lightroom " integration. Anyone who wants to create a composite will benefit from the revamped Photomerge® tool, which lets you apply automatic layer alignment and blending to your images, while the new Quick Selection tool lets you select pixels not just by color, but by texture and shape as well. And digital photographers will be pleased to know that they can now process multiple Camera Raw images in a fraction of the time it used to take.

Educational instructor notes—created to help teachers plan, organize, and time their lessons—are available for this book (and for other Classroom in a Book titles) at

Table of contents

  1. Copyright
  3. From the Authors
  5. Getting Started
    1. About Classroom in a Book
    2. What’s New in This Edition
    3. Watch the Movies
    4. What’s in Photoshop Extended
    5. Prerequisites
    6. Installing Adobe Photoshop
    7. Starting Adobe Photoshop
      1. To Start Adobe Photoshop in Windows
      2. To Start Adobe Photoshop in Mac OS
    8. Installing the Classroom in a Book Fonts
    9. Copying the Classroom in a Book Files
    10. Restoring Default Preferences
      1. To Save Your Current Color Settings
      2. To Restore Your Color Settings
    11. Additional Resources
    12. Adobe Certification
  6. 1. Getting to Know the Work Area
    1. Starting to Work in Adobe Photoshop
      1. Starting Photoshop and Opening a File
      2. Opening a File with Adobe Bridge
    2. Using the Tools
      1. Selecting and Using a Tool from the Toolbox
      2. Selecting and Using a Hidden Tool
      3. Using Keyboard Combinations with Tool Actions
      4. Applying a Change to a Selected Area
    3. Using the Tool Options Bar and Other Palettes
      1. Previewing and Opening Another File
      2. Setting Tool Properties in the Tool Options Bar
      3. Using Palettes and Palette Menus
    4. Undoing Actions in Photoshop
      1. Undoing a Single Action
      2. Undoing Multiple Actions
      3. Using a Context Menu
      4. More About Palettes and Palette Locations
      5. Expanding and Collapsing Palettes
      6. Special Notes About the Toolbox and Tool Options Bar
    5. Customizing the Workspace
    6. Using Photoshop Help
      1. Using Help Viewer Keywords, Links, and Index
    7. Using Adobe Online Services
    8. Review
      1. Review Questions
      2. Review Answers
  7. 2. Basic Photo Corrections
    1. Strategy for Retouching
      1. Organizing an Efficient Sequence of Tasks
      2. Adjusting Your Process for Intended Uses
    2. Resolution and Image Size
    3. Getting Started
    4. Straightening and Cropping an Image
    5. Making Automatic Adjustments
    6. Manually Adjusting the Tonal Range
    7. Removing a Color Cast
    8. Replacing Colors in an Image
    9. Adjusting Lightness with the Dodge Tool
    10. Adjusting Saturation with the Sponge Tool
    11. Applying the Unsharp Mask Filter
    12. Comparing Automatic and Manual Results
    13. Saving the Image for Four-color Printing
    14. Review
      1. Review Questions
      2. Review Answers
  8. 3. Retouching and Repairing
    1. Getting Started
    2. Repairing Areas with the Clone Stamp Tool
    3. Using the Spot Healing Brush Tool
      1. Painting with the Spot Healing Brush
    4. Using the Healing Brush and Patch Tools
      1. Using the Healing Brush to Remove Flaws
      2. About Snapshots and History Palette States
      3. Taking a Snapshot
      4. Using the Patch Tool
      5. Using the History Brush Tool to Selectively Reedit
    5. Retouching on a Separate Layer
      1. Using the Healing Brush on a Duplicate Layer
      2. Patching and Softening Using the Separate Layer
    6. Review
      1. Review Questions
      2. Review Answers
  9. 4. Working with Selections
    1. About Selecting and Selection Tools
      1. Geometric Selections
      2. Freehand Selections
      3. Color-Based Selections
    2. Getting Started
      1. Selecting with the Magic Wand Tool
      2. Using the Magic Wand Tool to Select a Colored Area
      3. Moving a Selected Area
    3. Using the Magic Wand with Other Selection Tools
    4. Working with Oval and Circular Selections
      1. Repositioning a Selection Marquee While Creating It
      2. Moving Selected Pixels with a Keyboard Shortcut
      3. Moving with the Arrow Keys
      4. Selecting from a Center Point
      5. Moving and Changing the Pixels in a Selection
      6. Moving and Duplicating Simultaneously
    5. Selecting with the Lasso Tools
    6. Rotating a Selection
      1. Selecting with the Magnetic Lasso Tool
    7. Cropping an Image and Erasing within a Selection
    8. Making a Quick Selection
      1. Isolating and Saving Selections
      2. Creating a Soft Drop Shadow
    9. Review
      1. Review Questions
      2. Review Answers
  10. 5. Layer Basics
    1. About Layers
    2. Getting Started
    3. Using the Layers Palette
      1. Renaming and Copying a Layer
      2. Viewing Individual Layers
      3. Selecting and Removing Some Pixels from a Layer
    4. Rearranging Layers
      1. Changing the Opacity and Mode of a Layer
      2. Linking Layers
      3. Adding a Gradient Layer
      4. Adding Text
    5. Applying a Layer Style
      1. Updating the Layer Effect
      2. Adding Depth with a Drop Shadow
    6. Flattening and Saving Files
    7. Review
      1. Review Questions
      2. Review Answers
  11. 6. Masks and Channels
    1. Working with Masks and Channels
    2. Getting Started
    3. Creating a Quick Mask
    4. Editing a Quick Mask
      1. Adding to a Selection by Erasing Masked Areas
      2. Subtracting from a Selection by Adding Masked Areas
    5. Saving a Selection as a Mask
    6. Viewing Channels
    7. Adjusting Individual Channels
    8. Loading a Mask as a Selection
    9. Applying Filters to a Mask
    10. Applying Effects Using a Gradient Mask
    11. Resizing the Canvas
    12. Extracting the Paper Texture
    13. Moving Layers Between Documents
    14. Colorizing with an Adjustment Layer
    15. Grouping and Clipping Layers
    16. Applying a Mask from a Saved Selection
    17. Using Type as a Mask
    18. Review
      1. Review Questions
      2. Review Answers
  12. 7. Correcting and Enhancing Digital Photographs
    1. Getting Started
    2. About Camera Raw
    3. Processing Camera Raw Files
      1. Opening Camera Raw Images
      2. Adjusting White Balance and Exposure
      3. Applying Sharpening
      4. Synchronizing Settings Across Images
      5. Saving Camera Raw Changes
    4. Correcting Digital Photographs
      1. Making Shadow/Highlight Adjustments
      2. Correcting Red Eye
      3. Reducing Noise
      4. Sharpening Edges
    5. Editing Images with a Vanishing-Point Perspective
      1. Defining a Grid
      2. Editing Objects in the Image
    6. Correcting Image Distortion
    7. Creating a PDF Portfolio
    8. Review
      1. Review Questions
      2. Review Answers
  13. 8. Typographic Design
    1. About Type
    2. Getting Started
    3. Creating a Clipping Mask from Type
      1. Adding Guides to Position Type
      2. Adding Point Type
      3. Making a Clipping Mask and Applying a Drop Shadow
    4. Creating a Design Element from Type
    5. Using Interactive Formatting Controls
    6. Warping Point Type
    7. Designing a Paragraph of Type
      1. Using Guides for Positioning
      2. Adding Paragraph Type from a Sticky Note
      3. Adding the Last Two Lines
      4. Adding Vertical Type
    8. Warping a Layer
      1. Grouping Layers into a Smart Object
      2. Warping with Smart Objects
    9. Review
      1. Review Questions
      2. Review Answers
  14. 9. Vector Drawing Techniques
    1. About Bitmap Images and Vector Graphics
    2. About Paths and The Pen Tool
    3. Getting Started
    4. Using Paths with Artwork
      1. Drawing the Outline of a Shape
      2. Converting Selections to Paths
      3. Converting Paths to Selections
      4. Converting the Selection to a Layer
    5. Creating Vector Objects for the Background
      1. Drawing a Scalable Shape
      2. Deselecting Paths
      3. About Shape Layers
      4. Subtracting Shapes from a Shape Layer
    6. Working with Defined Custom Shapes
    7. Importing a Smart Object
      1. Adding the Title
      2. Finishing Up
    8. Review
      1. Review Questions
      2. Review Answers
  15. 10. Advanced Layering
    1. Getting Started
    2. Clipping a Layer to a Shape
    3. Setting Up a Vanishing Point Grid
    4. Creating Your Own Keyboard Shortcuts
    5. Placing Imported Artwork
    6. Filtering Smart Objects
    7. Adding a Layer Style
    8. Placing the Side Panel Artwork
    9. Adding More Artwork in Perspective
    10. Adding an Adjustment Layer
    11. Working with Layer Comps
    12. Managing Layers
    13. Flattening a Layered Image
    14. Merging Layers and Layer Groups
    15. Stamping Layers
      1. Now Use Photoshop to Create Animation Effects!
    16. Review
      1. Review Questions
      2. Review Answers
  16. 11. Advanced Compositing
    1. Getting Started
    2. Automating a Multistep Task
      1. Opening and Cropping the Images
      2. Preparing to Record an Action
      3. Recording a New Action Set
      4. Playing an Action on an Individual File
      5. Batch-Playing an Action
    3. Applying Smart Filters
    4. Setting Up a Four-Image Montage
      1. Adding Guides
      2. Snapping Images into Position
      3. Saving Selections
    5. Hand-Coloring Selections on a Layer
      1. Desaturating a Selection
      2. Creating a Layer and Choosing a Blending Mode
      3. Applying Painting Effects
      4. Merging Layers
    6. Changing the Color Balance
    7. Applying Filters
      1. Applying the Paint Daubs Filter
      2. Applying the Twirl Filter
    8. Moving a Selection
    9. Creating a Cutout Effect
    10. Matching Color Schemes Across Images
    11. Review
      1. Review Questions
      2. Review Answers
  17. 12. Preparing Files for the Web
    1. Getting Started
    2. Setting Up a Web Design Workspace
    3. Creating Slices
      1. Selecting Slices and Setting Slice Options
      2. Creating Navigation Buttons
      3. Creating Slices Based on Layers
    4. Adding Animation
      1. Creating an Animated GIF
      2. Tweening the Position and Opacity of Layers
    5. Animating a Layer Style
    6. Exporting HTML and Images
    7. Adding Interactivity
    8. Review
      1. Review Questions
      2. Review Answers
  18. 13. Working with Scientific Images
    1. Getting Started
    2. Viewing and Editing Files in Adobe Bridge
      1. Customizing Adobe Bridge Views and Workspaces
      2. Using Bridge to Organize and Search Your Elements
      3. Ranking and Stacking Images
      4. Viewing File Information
    3. Brightening and Boosting Color in an Image
    4. Creating a Map Border and Work Area
    5. Making a Custom Border
    6. Measuring Objects and Data
      1. Working with the Measurement Tool
      2. Measuring Irregular Shapes
      3. Measuring Lines
    7. Exporting Measurements
    8. Creating a Cross Section
    9. Measuring in Perspective Using the Vanishing Point Filter
    10. Adding a Legend
    11. Creating a Slide Show
    12. Review
      1. Review Questions
      2. Review Answers
  19. 14. Producing and Printing Consistent Color
    1. Reproducing Colors
    2. Getting Started
    3. Specifying Color-Management Settings
    4. Proofing an Image
    5. Identifying Out-of-Gamut Colors
    6. Adjusting an Image and Printing a Proof
    7. Saving the Image as a Separation
    8. Printing
      1. Printing Halftone Separations
    9. Review
      1. Review Questions
      2. Review Answers
  20. Contributors

Product information

  • Title: Adobe® Photoshop® CS3 Classroom in a Book®
  • Author(s): Adobe Creative Team
  • Release date: April 2007
  • Publisher(s): Adobe Press
  • ISBN: 9780321492029