Learning Pixelmator

Book description

Enhance your photos effectively and unleash the artist inside, with Pixelmator

  • Learn how to use Pixelmator and its primary tools.
  • Discover how to edit your photos using real world examples.
  • Use the Effect tools and artistically enhance your images.

In Detail

Today, everybody has a digital camera, but how do you turn your pictures into masterpieces? With Pixelmator, you will be able to edit your photos like a pro and get that artistic, professional feel to your images.

"Learning Pixelmator" will teach you how to use Pixelmator to turn your everyday snapshots into works of art. With an example-based approach, you will learn how to use each tool effectively to create, edit, or enhance your photos. It is for everyone that wants to get started with Pixelmator.

"Learning Pixelmator" guide’s you through a series of real-world tutorials to artistically edit your photos from start to finish. Starting with simple corrections, you will move onto advanced image editing techniques like creating a tilt-shift look from a photo, performing skin retouching on a portraits, and colorizing your images for an artistic tone. Covering topics such as using layers to create multi-image layouts and how to use text and shapes to embellish your images. With Learning Pixelmator you will learn everything you need to know to create works of art from your everyday photos. With the skills you will learn from this book the sky will be no limit with your digital photography!

Table of contents

  1. Learning Pixelmator
    1. Table of Contents
    2. Learning Pixelmator
    3. Credits
    4. About the Author
    5. About the Reviewer
    6. www.PacktPub.com
      1. Support files, eBooks, discount offers and more
        1. Why Subscribe?
        2. Free Access for Packt account holders
    7. Preface
      1. What this book covers
      2. What you need for this book
      3. Who this book is for
      4. Conventions
      5. Reader feedback
      6. Customer support
        1. Errata
        2. Piracy
        3. Questions
    8. 1. Basic Photo Corrections
      1. Installing Pixelmator
      2. Starting with a new blank image and importing files
      3. Resolution and image size
      4. Customizing the workspace
      5. Overview of the layout and tool panes
        1. Rulers
        2. Guides
        3. Tool options and info bar
        4. The Tools bar
      6. Using some of the common tools for image editing
        1. Adjusting color
        2. Straightening and cropping
        3. Red eye reduction
        4. Dodge and burn
          1. Example on dodging and burning
        5. Blur and sharpen tools
      7. Summary
    9. 2. Using Selection Tools
      1. The Move tool
      2. Working with the Transform tool
        1. Skew
        2. Distort
        3. Perspective
      3. Rotating and flipping
        1. Additional Move tool options
      4. The Marquee tools
      5. The Lasso tools
      6. The Magic Wand tool
        1. Make selection based on color
        2. Use the Quick Mask mode
      7. Summary
    10. 3. All about Layers
      1. Rearranging layers
        1. Using layer masks
        2. Grouping and merging layers
        3. Blending modes to merge layers together
        4. Using layers to create a photo-composite image
      2. Summary
    11. 4. Using the Effects Browser Tools
      1. Using blur effects
        1. Gaussian blur
        2. Motion blur
        3. Zoom blur
        4. Median blur
        5. Soften blur
        6. Miniaturize blur
      2. Working with distortion effects
        1. Bump
        2. Linear bump
        3. Pinch
        4. Hole
        5. Ripple
        6. Page curl
        7. Capsule
        8. Glass ring
        9. Circle splash
        10. Displacement
        11. Glass
        12. Bar swipe
        13. Twirl
        14. Vortex
        15. Circular wrap
      3. Using sharpen effects
      4. Learning the color adjustment effects
        1. Adjusting levels
        2. Adjusting curves
        3. Adjusting exposure
        4. Using the Light and Dark effect
        5. Adjusting color tones
        6. Colorize
        7. Replace color
        8. Color balance
        9. Channel mixer
        10. Invert
        11. Black-and-white adjustments and toning
      5. Overview of Tile effects
      6. Using Stylize effects
      7. The Halftone effects
      8. The Generator effects
      9. Additional effects under the other menu
    12. 5. More Creative Photo Corrections
      1. Using the clone stamp tool
      2. Using shapes
      3. How to use text
      4. Using gradients and fill for backgrounds
      5. Using brushes
        1. Importing from Photoshop
      6. Summary
    13. 6. Advanced Pixelmator Techniques
      1. Using Pixelmator to retouch skin for portrait photography
      2. Creating a tilt-shift look
      3. Colorizing photos for a vintage look
      4. The perfect black-and-white print
      5. Creating an HDR look
      6. Summary
    14. Index

Product information

  • Title: Learning Pixelmator
  • Author(s): Mark Stagi
  • Release date: April 2013
  • Publisher(s): Packt Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781849694681