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How Do I Do That in Photoshop?

Book Description

Scott Kelby, the world’s #1 best-selling photography technique books author, is here with an entirely new concept in Photoshop books—one that’s designed from the ground up to get you straight to whatever it is you need to do in Photoshop right now, get your answer fast, and get you back to editing your images in Photoshop.
Thanks to Adobe’s incredibly popular Creative Cloud Photography plan, which includes Photoshop and Lightroom, photographers are extending the depth and power of Lightroom by jumping over to Photoshop to do all those things Lightroom just can’t do (or Lightroom can do, but in Photoshop, it’s faster and easier, or the results are just better). Because Photoshop has so much power and depth, sometimes the things you need are…well…kinda hidden or not really obvious. There will be a lot of times when you need to get something done in Photoshop, and you know Photoshop can do it (because Photoshop can do just about anything), but you have no idea where Adobe hid that feature, or what the “secret handshake” is to do that thing you need now so you can get back to working on your images. That’s why this book was created: to quickly get you to the technique, the shortcut, the setting, or exactly the right thing you need to do right now.
Here’s how it works: When you need to know how to do a particular thing, you turn to the chapter where it would be found (Layers, Printing, Fixing Problems, Special Effects, etc.), find the thing you need to do (it’s easy, each page covers just one single topic), and Scott tells you exactly how to do it just like he was sitting there beside you, using the same casual style as if he were telling a friend. That way, you get back to editing your images fast.
This isn’t a book of theory, full of confusing jargon and detailed multi-step concepts. This is a book on which button to click, which setting to use, and exactly how and when to use it, so you’re never “stuck” in Photoshop again. This will be your “go to” book that sits within reach any time you’re working in Photoshop, and you are going to love having this type of help right at your fingertips.
    Chapter 1: How to Get Around Like a Pro
    Chapter 2: How to Use Photoshop’s Tools
    Chapter 3: How to Use Camera Raw Like a Boss
    Chapter 4: How to Use Camera Raw’s Adjustment Brush
    Chapter 5: How to Crop, Resize & Stuff Like That
    Chapter 6: How to Work with Layers
    Chapter 7: How to Adjust Your Images
    Chapter 8: How to Fix Problems
    Chapter 9: How to Make Beautiful Prints
    Chapter 10: How to Edit Video
    Chapter 11: How to Do the Most Popular Special Effects
    Chapter 12: How to Sharpen Your Images
    Chapter 13: Other Stuff You’ll Want to Know

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. Dedication
  5. Acknowledgments
  6. About the Author
  7. Table of Contents
  8. If You Skip This One Page, You’ll Regret It For . . .
  9. Same Thing Over Here. Regret (or Worse). Ack!
  10. Chapter 1 How to Get Around Like a Pro Photoshop’s Interface
    1. Open Panels?
    2. Hide or Close Panels?
    3. Create a New Document?
    4. See More Than One Image at a Time?
    5. Organize All These Panels?
    6. Use Guides?
    7. Change the Color Outside My Image Area?
    8. Change the Color of Photoshop’s Interface?
    9. See My Image at Full-Screen Size?
    10. Make Those Pop-Up Tool Tips Go Away?
    11. Make the Rulers Visible?
    12. Have Objects Snap to the Rulers or a Grid?
    13. Use Guides to Create a Layout?
    14. Save How I’ve Set Up All My Panels?
    15. Hide Guides and Things from View?
    16. Move Around When I’m Zoomed In?
    17. Hide the Start Workspace?
    18. Get My Image to Fit Fully on the Screen?
    19. See My Image at a Full 100% Size?
    20. Hide All the Panels?
    21. Have Hidden Panels Automatically Pop Out?
    22. Zoom In and Out of My Image?
  11. Chapter 2 How to Use Photoshop’s Tools Toolbox Tips
    1. See Just the Tools I Actually Use?
    2. Select Square or Rectangular Areas of My Image?
    3. Make a Free-Form Selection?
    4. Make Really Precise Selections?
    5. Adjust My Pen Tool Path?
    6. Delete, Add, or Change Points?
    7. Draw a Free-Form Path?
    8. Get to the Custom Brushes?
    9. Pick My Brush Size?
    10. Make a Gradient?
    11. Edit a Gradient?
    12. Create Things Like Arrows, Talk Bubbles, Stars, and Other Custom Shapes?
    13. Use Colors That Are Already in My Image?
    14. Choose a Color?
    15. Make Lines?
    16. Create Text?
    17. Draw a Single Thin Line of Pixels?
    18. Erase Something?
    19. Select the Background Behind My Subject?
    20. Get Help Making a Selection?
    21. Crop My Image?
    22. Reset a Tool to Its Defaults?
    23. Straighten an Image?
    24. Make Part of My Image Brighter or Darker?
    25. Undo Changes in Just One Part of My Image?
    26. Save My Favorite Settings for a Tool?
  12. Chapter 3 How to Use Camera Raw Like a Boss Part One
    1. Expand the Tonal Range of My Image?
    2. Adjust the Overall Exposure?
    3. Deal with Clipped Highlights?
    4. Fix Flat-Looking Photos?
    5. Bring Out Texture in My Image?
    6. Get My Color (White Balance) Right?
    7. Boost the Overall Color?
    8. Boost Just One Color?
    9. Fix Backlit Photos?
    10. Crop My Photo?
    11. Crop to a Specific Size?
    12. Straighten a Crooked Photo?
    13. Remove Darkening in the Corners?
    14. Sharpen My Image?
    15. Adjust a Bunch of Images at Once?
    16. Undo My Changes?
    17. Create One-Click Presets?
    18. Reduce Noise in My Image?
    19. Make My RAW Image Look More Like a JPEG?
    20. Fix Lens Problems, Like Bulging?
    21. Stop Buildings from Leaning Back?
    22. See Which Areas of My Photo Are Clipping?
    23. Get Rid of the Purple & Green Fringe on the Edges of Things in My Image?
    24. See a “Before” of Just the Panel I’m Working In?
  13. Chapter 4 How to Use Camera Raw’s Adjustment Brush There’s More Than Just One
    1. Dodge & Burn (Lighten & Darken Specific Areas)?
    2. Hide the Edit Pins from View?
    3. Fix Noise in Just One Area?
    4. Remove Spots and/or Specks?
    5. Fix Washed-Out Skies?
    6. Fix Red Eye (or Pet Eye) Problems?
    7. Save My Brush Settings as a Preset?
    8. Get Help Finding Spots or Specks?
    9. Erase Something If I Make a Mistake?
    10. Fix the Brush When It Isn’t Working?
    11. Know When to Clone Instead of Heal?
    12. Draw a Straight Line with the Brush?
    13. Keep from Painting Outside the Lines?
    14. Keep the Mask Overlay on While I’m Painting?
    15. Quickly Change the Size of My Brush?
    16. Duplicate an Edit Pin?
    17. Soften Skin?
    18. Create a Dramatic Spotlight Effect?
    19. Fix Foggy or Hazy Areas in My Image?
    20. Remove a Moire Pattern from Clothes?
  14. Chapter 5 How to Crop, Resize & Stuff Like That You’ll Do This Stuff a Lot
    1. Crop an Image?
    2. Crop to a Specific Size?
    3. Change That Grid over My Crop?
    4. Straighten a Crooked Photo?
    5. Resize an Image?
    6. Rotate the Crop?
    7. Crop from the Center Inward?
    8. Add White Space Around My Image?
    9. Crop Away Stuff Outside the Edges?
    10. Change the Shading Outside My Border?
  15. Chapter 6 How to Work with Layers This Is Where It Gets Fun
    1. Create a New Blank Layer? Or Delete One?
    2. Reorder My Layers?
    3. Hide a Layer from View?
    4. Move a Layer from One Document to Another?
    5. Blend My Current Layer with Other Layers?
    6. Create a Type Layer?
    7. Erase Part of a Letter?
    8. Try Out Different Fonts?
    9. Fill a Layer with a Solid Color?
    10. Make Part of a Layer Transparent?
    11. Duplicate a Layer?
    12. Organize My Layers?
    13. Add a Drop Shadow to a Layer?
    14. Put an Image Inside of Text?
    15. Move the Background Layer (Unlock It)?
    16. Move Multiple Layers at Once?
    17. Lock a Layer So It Won’t Move?
    18. Remove All My Layers and Flatten the Image?
    19. Rename a Layer?
    20. Make Two Layers Into Just One Layer?
    21. Separate a Drop Shadow from a Layer?
    22. Organize Layers Using Colors?
    23. Lower a Layer’s Opacity without Affecting the Opacity of the Drop Shadow?
    24. Quickly Sort My Layers?
    25. Change Layers without Going to the Layers Panel?
    26. Change the Size of My Layer Thumbnails?
    27. Blend One Photo with Another?
    28. Align or Center Multiple Layers?
    29. Put a Stroke Around Something on My Layer?
    30. Make My RAW File a Re-Editable Layer?
  16. Chapter 7 How to Adjust Your Image Tweaking Your Image
    1. Adjust My Image Using Levels?
    2. Use Curves to Add Contrast?
    3. Remove Color Casts?
    4. Add a Tint or Color Grading?
    5. Deal with Too Much of a Particular Color?
    6. Match the Color of One Photo to Another Photo?
    7. Use Camera Raw on My Image Already Opened in Photoshop?
    8. Have Photoshop Auto Fix My Photo?
    9. Make My Adjustments Un-Doable Forever?
    10. Convert to Black and White?
  17. Chapter 8 How to Fix Problems And There Will Be Problems. With Your Images. Not with Photoshop. Well, Hopefully
    1. Realistically Fill in Gaps in My Image?
    2. Fix Images of Buildings (Lens Problems)?
    3. Remove Purple or Green Fringe?
    4. Safely Stretch My Image to Fit?
    5. Fix Group Shots?
    6. Fix Washed-Out Skies?
    7. Fix Red Eye?
    8. Remove Spots or Distracting Stuff?
    9. Know When to Clone Instead of Heal?
    10. Reduce Noise?
    11. Remove Larger Things?
    12. Cover Up Stuff I Don’t Want Seen?
  18. Chapter 9 How to Make Beautiful Prints Here’s How It’s Done
    1. Choose My Paper Size?
    2. Set My Page Margins?
    3. Sharpen for Print?
    4. Get the Best Results from My Printer?
    5. Get My Prints to Look as Bright as My Screen?
    6. See a Proof Before I Print?
    7. Resize My Image on the Page?
    8. Add a Stroke Border Around My Image?
    9. Create a Fine-Art Print Border?
    10. Add My Logo to My Print Layout?
    11. Choose My Print Resolution?
    12. Let My Printer Handle Everything?
  19. Chapter 10 How to Edit Video It Does It Better Than You’d Think
    1. Get a Video Clip into Photoshop?
    2. Navigate Around My Movie?
    3. Make a Clip Go in Slow-Motion?
    4. Trim the Beginning or End of Clips?
    5. Arrange the Order of My Clips?
    6. Add Photos to My Movie?
    7. Add Transitions Between Clips?
    8. Add Background Music?
    9. Fade Out My Background Music at the End?
    10. Add Titles to My Movie?
    11. Add Filter Effects to My Movie?
    12. Make a Clip Black and White?
    13. Fade In or Fade Out to Black?
    14. Mute the Audio from My Camera’s Built-In Mic?
    15. Split a Clip into Two Parts?
    16. Apply an Effect to My Entire Movie?
    17. Add Movement to My Still Photos?
    18. Export My Video?
  20. Chapter 11 How to Do the Most Popular Special Effects And Making Stuff Look Cool
    1. Create a Lens Flare Effect?
    2. Create a Spotlight Effect?
    3. Create a Soft-Focus Background Look?
    4. Create a Tilt-Shift (“Tiny Town”) Effect?
    5. Get a Dreamy-Focus Look?
    6. Create a Desaturated-Skin Look?
    7. Create a High-Contrast Portrait Look?
    8. Create the Look of Fall in a Landscape Shot?
    9. Do HDR Toning?
    10. Convert My Image to Black & White?
    11. Create Reflections?
    12. Create a Painterly Effect?
    13. Make a Panorama?
    14. Make Wheels Look Like They’re Spinning?
    15. Add a Cast Shadow?
    16. Create a Cross-Processing Effect?
    17. Add Texture to My Image?
    18. Create a Duotone Look?
  21. Chapter 12 How to Sharpen Your Images If It’s Not Sharp, It’s Blurry
    1. Do Basic Sharpening?
    2. Do Advanced Sharpening?
    3. Sharpen Detail Areas, Like Eyes?
    4. Do High Pass (Heavy) Sharpening?
    5. Do Capture Sharpening?
    6. Sharpen Just Specific Parts of My Image?
    7. Sharpen in Camera Raw?
    8. Deal with Blurry Photos from Camera Shake?
  22. Chapter 13 Other Stuff You’ll Want to Know All That Other Stuff? It’s in This Chapter
    1. Troubleshoot Photoshop Problems?
    2. Save an Image with a Transparent Background?
    3. Automate Boring, Repetitive Stuff?
    4. Put a Frame Around My Image?
    5. Draw a Straight Line with the Brush?
    6. Set My Color Space?
    7. Get More Than Just One Undo?
    8. Use Bridge to Quickly Find an Image or Rename Images?
    9. Save My Selection to Reuse Again?
    10. Save Images in Multiple Sizes and Formats?
    11. Create a Contact Sheet?
    12. Reduce the Intensity of an Edit?
    13. Convert to CMYK for Offset Printing?
    14. Open My RAW Image in 16-Bit Mode?
    15. Expand or Contract a Selection?
    16. Save Files as JPEGs or TIFFs?
    17. Make My JPEGs Automatically Open in Camera Raw?
    18. Select Hair?
    19. Remove Tourists from a Scene?
    20. Create Fine-Art Montages?