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Learn Adobe Photoshop CC for Visual Communication: Adobe Certified Associate Exam Preparation, Second Edition

Book Description

As the most popular image-editing application on the market today, Adobe Photoshop is an indispensable part of any creative designer's toolkit. Mastering Photoshop for photo retouching or general design work should be the first step on your path to a career in the visual design field. Learn Adobe Photoshop CC by building cool creative projects that teach you how to:

 

  • Fix common problems with photographs
  • Colorize black and white photos
  • Design eye-catching invitations and fliers
  • Create fantastic composite images by combining elements from different photos
  • Design your own wallpaper for your computer or phone

 

This study guide uses more than 13 hours of video integrated with text to help you gain real-world skills that will get you started in your career in visual design using Adobe Photoshop CC. It lays the foundation for taking the Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) certification exam and helps prepare you for an entry-level position in a competitive job market.

 

Purchasing this book gives you access to valuable online extras. Follow the instructions in the book's "Getting Started" section to unlock access to:

 

  • Web Edition containing instructional video embedded in the complete text of the book with interactive review questions along with product updates
  • Downloadable lesson files you need to work through the projects in the book

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Dedication Page
  5. Acknowledgments
  6. About the Author
  7. Contents
  8. Getting Started
    1. About this product
    2. Conventions used in this book
    3. Operating system differences
    4. Installing the software
    5. Accessing the free Web Edition and lesson files
    6. Project fonts
    7. Additional resources
    8. Adobe certification
    9. Resetting the preferences to their default settings
  9. 1 Meet Photoshop CC
    1. Why We’re Here
    2. Getting to Know Photoshop CC
    3. A Quick Word on Creative Cloud
    4. Accessing the Project Files
    5. Organizing Your Data
    6. Using Images from the Web
    7. Let’s Get Going!
  10. 2 Fast Photo Fixes
    1. Cleaning Up Your First Image
    2. Shrink, Sharpen, and Save for the Web
    3. Basic Photo Restoration
    4. Flip or Rotate the Image
    5. Removing Dust and Scratches
    6. Perfecting Great Images
    7. Wrapping Up
  11. 3 Restoring and Colorizing Damaged Photos
    1. Restore Damaged Photos
    2. Sharpen and Save
    3. Colorize Black-and-White Images
    4. From Photo Editing to Designing
    5. Save for Multiple Purposes
  12. 4 Event Flyer
    1. Designing for Print
    2. Create a Print Document
    3. Import Images
    4. Blend the Image
    5. Master Text
    6. Enhance Designs Using Creative Tools
    7. Client Review
    8. Making It Final
  13. 5 Myths and Monsters
    1. Create a Mythical Animal
    2. Perfect Masks and Selections
    3. Finishing Touches
  14. 6 Digital Decorating
    1. Create a New Document
    2. About Artboards
    3. Smart Is as Smart Does
    4. Mask Mastery
    5. Bring In the Lead Character
    6. Get Creative
    7. Warp Tour
    8. Color Coordinated
    9. Shapes, Splatters, and Selections
    10. Shape Layers
    11. Final Tweaks
    12. Quick Phone Wallpaper
    13. Saving and Exporting Artboards
  15. 7 Publishing Awesome
    1. Print at Home or Work
    2. Get to the Next Level
  16. 8 Working with Insiders
    1. Insider Terminology
    2. Images and Industries
    3. Wrapping Things Up
  17. 9 Leveling Up with Design
    1. Creativity Is a Skill
    2. The Design Hierarchy
    3. The Elements of Art
    4. The Principles of Design
    5. Wrapping Up the Design Concepts
  18. 10 Working with Outsiders
    1. Who You’re Talking for and Who You’re Talking to
    2. Copyrights and Wrongs
    3. Think Like a Boss
    4. Conclusion
  19. ACA Objectives Covered
  20. Glossary
  21. Index