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Photoshop CS3: Essential Skills

Book Description

Brimming with beautiful pictures, this successful book guides you through a project-based, progressive curriculum so that you can build all the essential skills to enhance photographs creatively and professionally with Photoshop CS3. If you are an aspiring professional, enthusiastic amateur photographer, or a student learning photography, digital imaging, art and design, or design graphics, you'll be amazed at the stunning results you can achieve!

New! DVD is included FREE. Additional learning materials include * full-resolution, royalty-free images to download for trying-out your new techniques * over 8 hours of QuickTime movie tutorials to support the practical projects * Presets from layer styles to curves, shapes, and gradients * indispensable RAW files for editing practice

And don't miss the companion website with updates, practice material, and more at www.photoshopessentialskills.com!

"The perfect companion guide for Photoshop users of multiple levels."
Photoshop Creative Magazine

"This book provides excellent coverage of Photoshop as a digital darkroom tool, as well as covering a truly amazing amount of background information. It is very readable and is truly a gem."
Mark Lewis, Director, Mount Saint Mary College, USA

The Essential Skills Photography Series from Focal Press uniquely offers a structured learning experience for photographers of all ages, with both the underlying theory and loads of invaluable 'how to' and real-life practice projects - all from the most talented photography practitioners/educators in the world.

Each subject includes:

* learning objectives for each section - for class use or self-study
* color images of student and teacher/author work
* activities to check learning outcomes
* assignments to put theories into creative practice
* full glossary of terms

Other titles in the series:
Studio Photography: Essential Skills by John Child, Photographic Lighting: Essential Skills by John Child and Mark Galer and Digital Photography in Available Light by Mark Galer.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. Contents
  5. foundation module
    1. Introduction
      1. A structured learning approach
      2. Supporting DVD
      3. Research and resources
      4. Essential information
    2. The Digital Darkroom
      1. Digital setup
      2. Monitor settings
      3. Choosing a working space
      4. Getting started with Photoshop
      5. Settings and preferences
      6. Navigation and viewing modes
      7. Rulers and guides
    3. Digital Basics
      1. Introduction
      2. Channels and modes
      3. Levels
      4. Hue, Saturation and Brightness
      5. Color and light overview
      6. Bit depth and mode
      7. File size
      8. File formats
      9. Image compression
      10. Resolution
      11. Image size
      12. Interpolation
    4. Bridge
      1. Introduction
      2. Bridge turns 2.0!
      3. Setting up Bridge
      4. Using Bridge
      5. Using Bridge to access the project resources
    5. Capture and Enhance
      1. Introduction
      2. Advantages and disadvantages of 16-bit editing
      3. Foundations project 1
      4. Image capture – Step 1
      5. Cropping an image – Step 2
      6. Tonal adjustments – Step 3
      7. Color adjustments – Step 4
      8. Cleaning an image – Step 5
      9. Sharpening an image – Step 6
      10. Saving a modified file – Step 7
    6. Adobe Camera Raw
      1. Introduction
      2. Processing Raw data
      3. Processing projects – images on supporting DVD
      4. Straighten, crop and size – Step 1
      5. Color space – Step 2
      6. Choosing a bit depth – Step 3
      7. White balance – Step 4
      8. Tonal adjustments – Step 5
      9. Saturation and vibrance – Step 6
      10. Noise reduction and sharpening – Step 7
      11. Digital exposure
      12. Adjusting exposure in ACR
      13. Dust on the sensor – batch removal
      14. Archiving Raw files as digital negatives
    7. Digital Printing
      1. Introduction
      2. Monitor calibration and working color space
      3. Pre-flight checklist
      4. Preparing a test print
      5. Printer manages color
      6. Photoshop manages color
      7. Analyzing the test print
      8. Maximizing shadow and highlight detail
      9. Creating a ‘ringaround’
      10. In conclusion
      11. Printing using a professional laboratory
      12. Printing monochromes
      13. Multi-black printers
  6. advanced skills module
    1. Layers and Channels
      1. Introduction
      2. Layers overview
      3. Layer types
      4. Channels
      5. Adjustment and filter layers and editing quality
      6. Layer masks and editing adjustments
    2. Selections
      1. Introduction
      2. Selection Tools overview
      3. Shape-based selections with the Marquee Tools
      4. Drawn selections using the Lasso Tools
      5. Customizing your selections
      6. Refining selections
      7. Saving and loading selections
      8. Feather and anti-alias
      9. Defringe and Matting
      10. A magic workflow
      11. Quick Mask or Refine Edge
      12. ‘Color Range’
      13. Channel masking
      14. Selections from paths
    3. Layer Blends
      1. Introduction
      2. The ‘Darken’ group
      3. The ‘Lighten’ group
      4. The ‘Overlay’ group
      5. Blend modes for tinting and toning
      6. Luminosity
      7. Difference and Exclusion
      8. Creating a simple blend
    4. Filters
      1. Filtering in Photoshop
      2. Smart Filters in CS3
      3. The Filter Gallery
      4. Fade Filter command
      5. Improving filter performance
      6. Installing and using third party filters
      7. Filtering a shape or text (vector) layer
      8. The great filter round-up
      9. Extract filter
      10. Liquify filter
      11. Vanishing Point
      12. Artistic filters
      13. Brush Strokes filters
      14. Blur filters
      15. Distort filters
      16. Noise filters
      17. Pixelate filters
      18. Render filters
      19. Sharpen filters
      20. Stylize filters
      21. Sketch filters
      22. Texture filters
      23. Video filters
      24. Other filters
      25. Filter DIY
  7. imaging projects module
    1. Retouching Projects
      1. Correcting perspective – Project 1
      2. Adjustment layers – Project 2
      3. Shadow/Highlight – Project 3
      4. Clone and stamp – Project 4
      5. Advanced sharpening techniques – Project 5
    2. Advanced Retouching
      1. Black and white – Project 1
      2. Gradient maps – Project 2
      3. Creative depth of field – Project 3
      4. Smart Objects – Project 4
      5. The smooth tone technique – Project 5
      6. Time of day – Project 6
    3. Montage Projects
      1. Layer masks – Project 1
      2. Creating a simple blend – Project 2
      3. Paths and selections – Project 3
      4. Extracting hair – Project 4
      5. Replacing a sky – Project 5
      6. Shadows and blur – Project 6
      7. High dynamic range – Project 7
      8. Displace and Liquify – Project 8
      9. Composite lighting – Project 9
      10. Creating a panorama – Project 10
    4. Special Effects
      1. Posterization – Project 1
      2. Digital diffusion – Project 2
      3. Digital Polaroid transfer effect – Project 3
      4. Lith printing – Project 4
      5. Portrait makeovers – Project 5
      6. Advanced blending – Project 6
  8. Glossary
  9. Keyboard Shortcuts
  10. Web Links
  11. Index