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Photoshop CS6: Essential Skills

Book Description

Combining real word examples, step-by-step projects and professional advice, Photoshop CS6: Essential Skills provides you with the ultimate learning experience. Written by two internationally recognized authors and Adobe Photoshop Ambassadors, this book and DVD package gives you a guided tour of everything you need to know to master image editing and achieve stunning results.

Broken into three parts, this self-study guide to Photoshop covers all the foundation skills to get you started, before moving on to more advanced image editing and photomontage techniques to develop you skills even further. A complete section of step-by-step imaging projects and the 12+ hours of DVD video tutorials will hone your image editing skills to give you professional quality results.

Table of Contents

  1. Front Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright
  4. Acknowledgements
  5. Contents
  6. Contents DVD
  7. Introduction
    1. A structured learning approach
    2. Supporting DVD
    3. Research and resources
    4. Essential information
  8. 1 What's new for CS6
    1. A new look and a new direction
  9. 2 Bridge
    1. Introduction
    2. The CS6 version of Bridge
    3. Setting up Bridge
    4. Using Bridge
    5. Using Bridge to access the project resources
  10. 3 Workflow
    1. Introduction
    2. A few key concepts before we start…
    3. Foundation Project 1
    4. Image capture – Step 1
    5. Downloading files – Step 2
    6. Image management – Step 3
    7. Image processing steps
    8. Rotating and cropping an image – Step 4
    9. Color adjustments – Step 5
    10. Tonal adjustments – Step 6
    11. Cleaning an image – Step 7
    12. Sharpening an image – Step 8
    13. Setting Workflow Options – Step 9
    14. Applying changes to multiple files – Step 10
    15. Outputting processed files – Step 11
    16. Saving, duplicating and resizing for web – Step 12
  11. 4 Raw Processing
    1. Introduction
    2. Processing Raw data
    3. Foundation Project 2
    4. Lens corrections – Step 1
    5. Straighten, crop and size – Step 2
    6. Color space – Step 3
    7. Choosing a bit depth – Step 4
    8. White balance – Step 5
    9. Global tonal adjustments – Step 6
    10. Controlling saturation and vibrance – Step 7
    11. Localized correction – Step 8
    12. Grayscale conversion and toning – Step 9
    13. Adding special effects – Step 10
    14. Noise reduction and sharpening – Step 11
    15. Output options – Step 12
    16. Foundation Project 3
    17. Preliminary enhancements – Step 1
    18. Add Graduated Filter effect – Step 2
    19. Adjust the Graduated Filter effect – Step 3
    20. Reclaim some of the filtered detail – Step 4
    21. Add a film-like grain effect – Step 5
    22. Digital exposure
    23. Adjusting exposure in ACR
    24. Foundation Project 4
    25. Dust on the sensor – batch removal
    26. Archiving Raw files as digital negatives
  12. 5 Fine Print
    1. Introduction
    2. The problem and the solution
    3. Prepare your print workshop
    4. Prepare your monitor
    5. Prepare your inkjet printer
    6. Select appropriate color setting
    7. Obtain a profile target
    8. Print the target using Adobe® Color Print Utility
    9. Alternative: Printing a target from Photoshop
    10. Adjust the printer settings
    11. Create and install custom profile
    12. Tag images with the Adobe RGB profile
    13. Test your color managed workflow
    14. Make printer presets
    15. Assessing the test print for accuracy
    16. Preserving shadow detail
    17. Soft Proofing
    18. Printing using a professional lab
  13. 6 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
  14. 7 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. Refine Edge in action
    8. Saving and loading selections
    9. Feather and anti-alias
    10. Defringe and Matting
    11. Quick Mask or Refine Edge
    12. ‘Color Range’
    13. Channel masking
    14. Tone-based selections and masks
    15. Selections from paths
  15. 8 Filters
    1. Introduction
    2. The ‘Smart’ way to filter
    3. The Filter Gallery
    4. Fade Filter command
    5. Improving filter performance
    6. Installing and using third party filters
    7. Filtering a shape, text or vector layer
    8. The great filter roundup
    9. Liquify filter
    10. Vanishing Point
    11. Adaptive Wide Angle
    12. Lighting Effects Gallery
    13. Blur Gallery
    14. Correcting lens distortion with filters
    15. Noise filters
    16. Sharpen filters
    17. Texture filters
    18. Other filters
    19. Filter DIY
  16. 9 Layer Blends
    1. Introduction
    2. The ‘Darken’ group
    3. The ‘Lighten’ group
    4. The ‘Overlay’ group
    5. Difference and Exclusion
    6. Hue, Saturation and Color
    7. Luminosity
  17. 10 Retouching Projects
    1. Standard edit in ACR – Project 1
    2. Extreme contrast edits in ACR – Project 2
    3. Tone Curves and luminosity masks – Project 3
    4. Black and White in ACR – Project 4
    5. Lens corrections – Project 5
    6. Working spaces – Project 6
    7. Clone and stamp – Project 7
    8. Gradients and vignettes – Project 8
  18. 11 Composite Projects
    1. Refine Edge – Project 1
    2. Refine Edge (take two) – Project 2
    3. Paths, masks and blend modes – Project 3
    4. Replacing a sky – Project 4
    5. Composite studio lighting and action – Project 5
    6. Preserving shadows – Project 6
    7. Replacing a studio background – Project 7
    8. High Dynamic Range (HDR) – Project 8
    9. HDR problems and solutions – Project 9
    10. Photomerge – Project 10
    11. Vertical panoramas – Project 11
  19. 12 Special Effects
    1. Smooth Tone technique – Project 1
    2. High Impact – Project 2
    3. Color Grading – Project 3
    4. Reduced Depth of Field – Project 4
    5. Tilt-Shift effect – Project 5
    6. Faux Holga – Project 6
    7. Lens Flare effect – Project 7
    8. Split-grade blur and split tone – Project 8
    9. Borders and textures – Project 9
  20. Glossary
  21. Keyboard Shortcuts
  22. Web Links
  23. Index