Adobe® Photoshop® CS6 Classroom in a Book®: The official training workbook from Adobe Systems

Book description

Creative professionals seeking the fastest, easiest, most comprehensive way to learn Adobe Photoshop CS6 choose Adobe Photoshop CS6 Classroom in a Book from the Adobe Creative Team at Adobe Press. The 14 project-based lessons in this book show readers step-by-step the key techniques for working in Photoshop CS6 and how to manipulate images, edit motion-based content, and create image composites.

In addition to learning the key elements of the Photoshop interface, this completely revised CS6 edition covers new features, including precise cropping with multiple overlays, expanded content-aware toolkit with skin tone-aware selections and masking, three new blur effects, re-engineered design tools, adaptive Wide Angle adjustments, improved Camera Raw engine, improved auto corrections, Background Save and Auto-recovery, modernized user interface, intuitive video enhancements, simplified 3D interface, improved editing speed with real-time results, and more.

In addition to the lesson files, the companion DVD will feature 2 hours of free video tutorials from Adobe Photoshop CS6: Learn by Video by Adobe Press and video2brain, a great added value!

“The Classroom in a Book series is by far the best training material on the market. Everything you need to master the software is included: clear explanations of each lesson, step-by-step instructions, and the project files for the students.” —Barbara Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor, Rocky Mountain Training

Classroom in a Book®, the best-selling series of hands-on software training workbooks, helps you learn the features of Adobe software quickly and easily. Classroom in a Book offers what no other book or training program does—an official training series from Adobe Systems Incorporated, developed with the support of Adobe product experts.

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Table of contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Copyright Page
  3. Ebook Readers: Find Your Lesson Files
  4. Contents
  5. Getting Started
    1. About Classroom in a Book
    2. What’s new in this edition
    3. What’s in Photoshop Extended
    4. Prerequisites
    5. Installing Adobe Photoshop
    6. Starting Adobe Photoshop
    7. Copying the Classroom in a Book files
    8. Restoring default preferences
    9. Additional resources
    10. Adobe certification
  6. 1. Getting to Know the Work Area
    1. Starting to work in Adobe Photoshop
    2. Using the tools
    3. Using the options bar and other panels
    4. Undoing actions in Photoshop
    5. Customizing the workspace
    6. Finding resources for using Photoshop
    7. Checking for updates
    8. Review questions
    9. Review answers
  7. 2. Basic Photo Corrections
    1. Strategy for retouching
    2. Resolution and image size
    3. Getting started
    4. Adjusting the color in Camera Raw
    5. Straightening and cropping the image in Photoshop
    6. Replacing colors in an image
    7. Adjusting saturation with the Sponge tool
    8. Repairing areas with the Clone Stamp tool
    9. Using the Spot Healing Brush tool
    10. Applying a content-aware patch
    11. Applying the Unsharp Mask filter
    12. Saving the image for four-color printing
    13. Review questions
    14. Review answers
  8. 3. Working with Selections
    1. About selecting and selection tools
    2. Getting started
    3. Using the Quick Selection tool
    4. Moving a selected area
    5. Manipulating selections
    6. Using the Magic Wand tool
    7. Selecting with the lasso tools
    8. Rotating a selection
    9. Selecting with the Magnetic Lasso tool
    10. Cropping an image and erasing within a selection
    11. Review questions
    12. Review answers
  9. 4. Layer Basics
    1. About layers
    2. Getting started
    3. Using the Layers panel
    4. Rearranging layers
    5. Applying a gradient to a layer
    6. Applying a layer style
    7. Adding an adjustment layer
    8. Updating layer effects
    9. Adding a border
    10. Flattening and saving files
    11. Review questions
    12. Review answers
  10. 5. Correcting and Enhancing Digital Photographs
    1. Getting started
    2. About camera raw files
    3. Processing files in Camera Raw
    4. Applying advanced color correction
    5. Correcting digital photographs in Photoshop
    6. Correcting image distortion
    7. Adding depth of field
    8. Review questions
    9. Review answers
  11. 6. Masks and Channels
    1. Working with masks and channels
    2. Getting started
    3. Creating a mask
    4. Refining a mask
    5. Creating a quick mask
    6. Manipulating an image with Puppet Warp
    7. Working with channels
    8. Review questions
    9. Review answers
  12. 7. Typographic Design
    1. About type
    2. Getting started
    3. Creating a clipping mask from type
    4. Creating type on a path
    5. Warping point type
    6. Designing paragraphs of type
    7. Review questions
    8. Review answers
  13. 8. 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
    5. Creating vector objects for the background
    6. Working with defined custom shapes
    7. Importing a Smart Object
    8. Review questions
    9. Review answers
  14. 9. Advanced Compositing
    1. Getting started
    2. Assembling a montage of images
    3. Applying filters
    4. Hand-coloring selections on a layer
    5. Applying Smart Filters
    6. Adding drop shadows and a border
    7. Matching color schemes across images
    8. Automating a multistep task
    9. Stitching a panorama
    10. Finishing the image
    11. Review questions
    12. Review answers
  15. 10. Editing Video
    1. Getting started
    2. Creating a new video project
    3. Animating text with keyframes
    4. Creating effects
    5. Adding transitions
    6. Adding audio
    7. Muting unwanted audio
    8. Rendering video
    9. Review questions
    10. Review answers
  16. 11. Painting with the Mixer Brush
    1. About the Mixer Brush
    2. Getting started
    3. Selecting brush settings
    4. Mixing colors
    5. Creating a custom brush preset
    6. Mixing colors with a photograph
    7. Review questions
    8. Review answers
  17. 12. Working with 3D Images
    1. Getting started
    2. Creating a 3D shape from a layer
    3. Manipulating 3D objects
    4. Adding 3D objects
    5. Merging 3D layers to share the same 3D space
    6. Positioning objects in a scene
    7. Applying materials to 3D objects
    8. Lighting a 3D scene
    9. Rendering a 3D scene
    10. Review questions
    11. Review answers
  18. 13. Preparing Files for the Web
    1. Getting started
    2. Creating slices
    3. Exporting HTML and images
    4. Using the Zoomify feature
    5. Creating a web gallery
    6. Review questions
    7. Review answers
  19. 14. Producing and Printing Consistent Color
    1. About color management
    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 CMYK EPS file
    8. Printing
    9. Review questions
    10. Review answers
  20. Index
  21. Production Notes
    1. Images
    2. Typefaces used
    3. Team credits
    4. Contributors
    5. Special Thanks
  22. Learn by Video
    1. Titles
  23. Where are the Lesson Files?

Product information

  • Title: Adobe® Photoshop® CS6 Classroom in a Book®: The official training workbook from Adobe Systems
  • Author(s):
  • Release date: May 2012
  • Publisher(s): Adobe Press
  • ISBN: 9780321827333