The Adobe® Photoshop CS6 Book for Digital Photographers

Book description


Scott Kelby, Editor and Publisher of Photoshop User magazine – and the best-selling Photoshop author in the world today – once again takes this book to a whole new level as he uncovers more of the latest, most important, and most useful Adobe Photoshop CS6 techniques for digital photographers.

This major update to his award-winning, record-breaking book does something for digital photographers that’s never been done before – it cuts through the bull and shows you exactly “how to do it.” It’s not a bunch of theory; it doesn’t challenge you to come up with your own settings or figure it out on your own. Instead, Scott shows you step by step the exact techniques used by today’s cutting-edge digital photographers, and best of all, he shows you flat-out exactly which settings to use, when to use them, and why. That’s why the previous editions of this book are widely used as the official study guides in photography courses at colleges and universities around the world.


Each year, Scott trains thousands of professional photographers on how to use Photoshop, and almost without exception they have the same questions, the same problems, and the same challenges – and that’s exactly what he covers in this book. You’ll learn:

  • The sharpening techniques the pros really use.

  • The pros’ tricks for fixing the most common digital photo problems fast!

  • The step-by-step setup for getting what comes out of your printer to match exactly what you see onscreen.

  • How to process HDR (High Dynamic Range) images using CS6’s Merge to HDR Pro.

  • How to master CS6’s Content-Aware features.

  • How to use Photoshop CS6’s new video editing features to make movies from your DSLR videos.

  • How to process RAW images like a pro (plus how to take advantage of all the new Camera Raw features in CS6!).

  • The latest Photoshop special effects for photographers (there’s a whole chapter just on these!).

  • A host of shortcuts, workarounds, and slick “insider” tricks to send your productivity through the roof!

  • Plus, Scott includes a special bonus chapter with his own CS6 workflow, from start to finish, and each chapter ends with a Photoshop Killer Tips section, packed with timesaving, job-saving tips that make all the difference. If you’re a digital photographer, and if you’re ready to learn all the “tricks of the trade” – the same ones that today’s leading pros use to correct, edit, sharpen, retouch, and present their work—then you’re holding the book that will do just that.

    Note from the publisher:

    August 9, 2012: All binding issues mentioned in our July 31, 2012 note below have been resolved. Thank you.

    July 31, 2012: We have encountered issues with the binding in our initial print run of this book. If you have purchased a copy of the book you are not happy with, please return it to the store where you made your purchase to request a replacement copy right away. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience.

    Table of contents

    1. Title Page
    2. Copyright Page
    3. Dedication Page
    4. Acknowledgments
    5. Other Books by Scott Kelby
    6. About the Author
    7. Contents
    8. Seven Things You’ll Wish You Had Known Before Reading This Book
    9. Mini Series: Using Photoshop CS6’s Mini Bridge
      1. Getting to Your Photos Using Mini Bridge
      2. Viewing Your Photos in Mini Bridge
      3. Use Full-Screen Review Mode to Find Your Best Shots Fast
      4. Sorting and Arranging Your Photos
      5. Finding Your Photos by Searching
      6. Photoshop Killer Tips
    10. WWF Raw: The Essentials of Camera Raw
      1. Working with Camera Raw
      2. For CS4/CS5 Users Only: Understanding CS6’s New Camera Raw Sliders
      3. Updating to the Latest Camera Raw Editing Features (Not for New Users)
      4. Miss the JPEG Look? Try Applying a Camera Profile
      5. The Essential Adjustments: White Balance
      6. The Essential Adjustments #2: Exposure
      7. Letting Camera Raw Auto-Correct Your Photos
      8. Adding Punch to Your Images with Clarity
      9. Adjusting Contrast Using Curves
      10. Cropping and Straightening
      11. Photoshop Killer Tips
    11. Raw Justice: Camera Raw—Beyond the Basics
      1. Double-Processing to Create the Uncapturable
      2. Editing Multiple Photos at Once
      3. Sharpening in Camera Raw
      4. Automatically Fixing Lens Problems
      5. Fixing Chromatic Aberrations (That Colored-Edge Fringe)
      6. Edge Vignetting: How to Fix It and How to Add It for Effect
      7. The Advantages of Adobe’s DNG Format for RAW Photos
      8. Adjusting or Changing Ranges of Color
      9. Removing Spots, Specks, Blemishes, Etc.
      10. Calibrating for Your Particular Camera
      11. Reducing Noise in Noisy Photos
      12. Setting Your Resolution, Image Size, Color Space, and Bit Depth
      13. Getting the Old CS5-Style Fill Light Slider Back
      14. Photoshop Killer Tips
    12. Attitude Adjustment: Camera Raw’s Adjustment Tools
      1. Dodging, Burning, and Adjusting Individual Areas of Your Photo
      2. Retouching Portraits in Camera Raw
      3. Fixing Skies (and Other Stuff) with the Graduated Filter
      4. Special Effects Using Camera Raw
      5. Fixing Color Problems (or Adding Effects) by “Painting” White Balance
      6. Reducing Noise in Just the Shadow Areas
      7. How to Get More Than 100% Out of Any Adjustment Brush Effect
      8. Photoshop Killer Tips
    13. Scream of the Crop: How to Resize and Crop Photos
      1. Basic Cropping for Photos
      2. Cropping to a Specific Size
      3. Creating Your Own Custom Crop Tools
      4. Custom Sizes for Photographers
      5. Resizing Digital Camera Photos
      6. Automated Saving and Resizing
      7. Resizing for Poster-Sized Prints
      8. Straightening Crooked Photos
      9. Making Your Photos Smaller (Downsizing)
      10. Resizing Just Parts of Your Image Using “Content-Aware” Scaling
      11. Photoshop Killer Tips
    14. Black & White: How to Create Stunning B&W Images
      1. Converting to Black and White Using Camera Raw
      2. My Three-Click Method for Converting to B&W (Once You’re Already in Photoshop)
      3. Split Toning
      4. Duotones Made Crazy Easy
      5. Quadtoning for Richer B&Ws
      6. Creating Your Own One-Click Presets in Camera Raw
      7. If You’re Really, Really Serious About B&W, Then Consider This Instead
      8. Photoshop Killer Tips
    15. We Are HDR: Creating HDR Images
      1. Setting Up Your Camera to Shoot HDR
      2. Scott’s “Down & Dirty” HDR Workflow (Six Clicks to Done!)
      3. Working with HDR Pro in Photoshop CS6
      4. Creating Photorealistic HDR Images
      5. High Pass Sharpening for HDR Images
      6. Getting the HDR Look on a Single Image
      7. Dealing with Ghosting in Merge to HDR Pro
      8. Creating a Blended HDR
      9. HDR Finishing Techniques (Vignetting & Soft Glow)
      10. Photoshop Killer Tips
    16. Little Problems: Fixing Common Problems
      1. When Your Subject Is in the Shadows
      2. Fixing Shots with a Dull Gray Sky
      3. Using the Dodge and Burn Tools
      4. Fixing Reflections in Glasses
      5. Fixing Group Shots the Easy Way
      6. Making Really Tricky Selections, Like Hair (and Some Cool Compositing Tricks, Too!)
      7. Fixing Really Messed Up Wide-Angle Shots
      8. Fixing Problems Caused by Your Camera’s Lens
      9. Stretching Stuff to Fit Using Content-Aware Scale
      10. Removing Stuff Using Content-Aware Fill
      11. Moving Stuff Without Leaving a Hole by Using Content-Aware Move
      12. Photoshop Killer Tips
    17. Side Effects: Special Effects for Photographers
      1. Trendy Desaturated Skin Look
      2. High-Contrast Portrait Look
      3. Getting the Grungy, High-Contrast Look Within Camera Raw
      4. Dreamy Focus Effect for People and Landscapes
      5. Getting the Instagram Look
      6. Panoramas Made Crazy Easy
      7. Turning a Photo into an Oil Painting in One Click
      8. Tilt Shift Effect (Using the New Blur Gallery)
      9. Iris & Field Blur (or How to Fake the 85mm f/1.4 Look)
      10. Creating Dramatic Lighting
      11. Photo Toning Effects
      12. Color Lookup Effects
      13. Sculpting Using the Updated Liquify Filter
      14. Night Lights Background Effect
      15. Photoshop Killer Tips
    18. Sharpen Your Teeth: Sharpening Techniques
      1. Sharpening Essentials
      2. Luminosity Sharpening
      3. The Most Advanced Sharpening in Photoshop
      4. When to Use the Smart Sharpen Filter Instead
      5. High Pass Sharpening
      6. Output Sharpening in Camera Raw
      7. Photoshop Killer Tips
    19. Fine Print: Step-by-Step Printing and Color Management
      1. Setting Up Your Camera’s Color Space
      2. Resolution for Printing
      3. Setting Up Photoshop’s Color Space
      4. Sharpening for Printing
      5. Sending Your Images to Be Printed at a Photo Lab
      6. You Have to Calibrate Your Monitor Before You Go Any Further
      7. The Other Secret to Getting Pro-Quality Prints That Match Your Screen
      8. Making the Print (Finally, It All Comes Together)
      9. Soft Proofing in Photoshop
      10. What to Do If the Print Still Doesn’t Match Your Screen
      11. Making Contact Sheets (Yup, It’s Back!)
      12. Photoshop Killer Tips
    20. Videodrome: Editing DSLR Video in Photoshop
      1. Four Things You’ll Want to Know Now About Creating Video in Photoshop CS6
      2. Opening Your Video Clips into Photoshop
      3. Your Basic Controls for Working with Video
      4. Editing (Trimming) Your Clips
      5. Working with Audio and Background Music
      6. Adding Transitions Between Clips and Fade Ins/Fade Outs
      7. Creating Lower Thirds (or Adding Logos)
      8. Applying Photoshop Filters and Adjustments
      9. Titles and Working with Text
      10. Using Blend Modes to Create “Looks”
      11. Our Start-to-Finish Project
      12. Photoshop Killer Tips
    21. Workflow: My Step-by-Step Workflow
      1. My Photoshop CS6 Digital Photography Workflow
    22. Index
    23. Add Pages

    Product information

    • Title: The Adobe® Photoshop CS6 Book for Digital Photographers
    • Author(s):
    • Release date: July 2012
    • Publisher(s): New Riders
    • ISBN: 9780133014785