The Adobe Photoshop Book for Digital Photographers, 2nd Edition

Book description


Scott Kelby, Editor and Publisher of Photoshop User magazineand the #1 best-selling photography techniques authoronce again takes this book to a whole new level as he uncovers more of the latest, most important, and most useful Adobe Photoshop techniques for photographers.

This update to his award-winning, record-breaking book does something for digital photographers that has never been done beforeit cuts through the bull and shows you exactly how to do it. Its not a bunch of theory; it doesnt 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 todays cutting-edge photographers, and best of all, he shows you flat-out exactly which settings to use, when to use them, and why. Thats why editions of this book are widely used as the official study guide in photography courses at colleges and universities around the world.

The photographers workflow in Photoshop has evolved greatly over time and, in the latest edition of this book, youll learn how to leverage Photoshops new AI-powered masking features and how to spend less time on boring production tasks, so you can spend more time being creative. Plus, youll learn:

  • The most useful retouching techniques for photographers, such as how to make impossible selections, like wind-blown hair (its easy, once you know the secrets), and how to use layers like a pro.

  • The sharpening techniques the pros really use.

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

  • How to seamlessly remove distracting things from your images.

  • How to make the most of Camera Raw and when to work it into your workflow, even if you never shoot in RAWit works great on JPEGs and TIFFs, too.

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

  • A host of shortcuts, workarounds, and slick insider tricks to help you get twice the work done in half the time.

You also get four online bonus chapters with even more content, along with the images used in the book, for download, so you can follow right along. If youre ready to learn all the tricks of the tradethe same ones that todays leading pros use to correct, edit, retouch, and sharpen their workthen youre holding the book that will do just that.

Table of contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Dedication Page
  5. Acknowledgments
  6. Other Books by Scott Kelby
  7. About the Author
  8. Contents
  9. Seven Things You’ll Wish You Had Known Before Reading This Book
  10. Chapter 1. The Essentials of Camera Raw
    1. How to Open JPEGs, TIFFs, and RAW Images in Camera Raw
    2. If You Shoot in RAW, Start Here
    3. Using Camera Raw Anytime During Your Editing
    4. Three Ways to Set Your Image’s White Balance
    5. Seeing a Before/After in Camera Raw
    6. Having Camera Raw Auto-Correct Your Photo
    7. Setting Your Overall Exposure, Part One: Expanding Your Tonal Range
    8. Setting Your Overall Exposure, Part Two: Setting the Overall Brightness
    9. Fixing Flat-Looking Images by Adding Contrast
    10. Dealing with Highlight Problems (Clipping)
    11. Fixing Backlit Images
    12. Enhancing Detail Using the Texture Slider
    13. Adding “Punch” Using Clarity
    14. The Difference Between Texture and Clarity
    15. Making Your Colors Pop!
    16. My Editing-Your-Images Cheat Sheet
  11. Chapter 2. Camera Raw–Beyond the Basics
    1. Editing Multiple Photos at Once
    2. Advanced Contrast Using Curves
    3. Capture Sharpening in Camera Raw
    4. Creative Sharpening
    5. Removing Spots, Dust, and Other Distracting Stuff
    6. Camera Raw Can Show You Where the Spots Are
    7. Removing (Erasing) Distracting Things in Your Photo
    8. Adjusting or Changing Ranges of Color
    9. Removing Haze or Fog
    10. Reducing Noise
    11. Cropping and Straightening
    12. Saving Edits as You Go, So You Can Experiment
    13. Choosing How Your RAW Images Will Appear in Photoshop
  12. Chapter 3. Masking Miracles
    1. Five Important Things About Masking
    2. Editing Your Main Subject
    3. Better Looking Skies, Method 1: Sky Mask
    4. Better Looking Skies, Method 2: Linear Gradient Mask
    5. Better Looking Skies, Method 3: Masking Objects
    6. Better Looking Skies, Method 4: Preserving Clouds Using a Luminance Range Mask
    7. Better Looking Skies, Method 5: Reducing Banding in a Sky Using Select Sky
    8. What to Do If It Doesn’t Work Perfectly
    9. Four Really Helpful Things to Know Now About the Brush Masking Tool
    10. Painting with Light (Also Known as “Dodging & Burning”)
    11. The Brush’s Awesome Auto Mask Feature
    12. A Better Way to Reduce Noise
    13. Painting White Balance
    14. Editing Your Background
    15. Adjusting an Individual Color Using a Color Range Mask
    16. Selecting an Object That’s Not Your Subject
    17. Five MORE Things You’ll Want to Know About Masking
  13. Chapter 4. Correcting Lens Problems
    1. One-Click Fixes for Some Common Lens Problems
    2. DIY Fixes for Two of Those Lens Problems
    3. If Things Are Leaning, Here’s How to Make Them Upright
    4. Guided Upright: If Auto Upright Didn’t Do the Trick
    5. Removing Colored Edge Fringe (Chromatic Aberrations)
    6. Fixing Dark Corners (Vignetting)
    7. Fixing Horizontal Perspective Issues
  14. Chapter 5. Working with Layers
    1. Getting Started with Layers
    2. Blending Two or More Images (Intro to Layer Masks)
    3. Getting Started with Layer Blend Modes
    4. Five Layers Things to Know Before We Move On
    5. Adding Drop Shadows and Other Layer Effects
    6. Resizing Something on a Layer
    7. Organizing Your Layers
    8. Adjustment Layers
    9. Smart Filter Layers
    10. Making a Simple Composite
    11. Four MORE Important Layers Techniques
  15. Chapter 6. Making Selections
    1. Having Photoshop Select Things for You
    2. Having Photoshop Select the Sky for You
    3. Selecting Objects by Just Pointing
    4. Manual Selections: Rectangular or Round Areas
    5. Selecting by Color and Tone with the Magic Wand Tool
    6. Softening the Edges of Your Selections
    7. Quick & Easy Selections with the Quick Selection Tool
    8. Saving Your Selections
    9. Selecting Hair Like a Boss!
    10. Selecting by Color (or by Highlights or Shadows)
    11. Removing a White Background Behind a Logo
  16. Chapter 7. Black & White, Duotones & More
    1. Apply a “Look” Using Creative Profiles
    2. Instant Black & White Conversion
    3. Converting to Black and White
    4. Quadtoning for Richer Black and Whites
    5. Color Grading
    6. Duotones Made Crazy Easy
    7. Colorizing a B&W Photo (using a Neural Filter)
    8. The Hidden Photographic Toning Looks
    9. Fashion Toning Using LUTs
    10. Creating Your Own Custom Presets
  17. Chapter 8. Cropping & Resizing
    1. Cropping Your Images
    2. Fixing Corner Gaps
    3. Creating Your Own Custom Crop Tools
    4. Custom Sizes for Photographers
    5. Resizing Photos
    6. Making Really Big Enlargements
    7. Resizing and Saving a Bunch of Images the Automated Way
    8. Two Quick Ways to Straighten Crooked Photos
    9. Resizing an Image You Moved to a Different Document
    10. Making Your Image a Specific Size Without Stretching or Otherwise Destroying It
  18. Chapter 9. Retouching Portraits
    1. Simple Skin Smoothing
    2. Smoothing Skin Tones
    3. Automated Skin Smoothing
    4. Contouring the Face by Dodging & Burning
    5. Reducing Wrinkles
    6. Removing Hot Spots
    7. Removing Blemishes
    8. Retouching Eyes
    9. Fixing a Closed or Lazy Eye
    10. Dealing with Deep-Set Eye Sockets
    11. Reducing Dark Circles
    12. Slimming Your Subject
    13. Retouching Teeth
    14. Using Liquify to Reshape, Push, and Pull
    15. Adjusting Facial Features Using AI
  19. Chapter 10. Removing Distracting Stuff
    1. Getting Rid of Reflections in Glasses
    2. Removing Edge Glows
    3. Removing Simple Stuff Using Content-Aware Fill
    4. When Content-Aware Fill Needs Help
    5. Removing Telephone Poles, Wires, and Power Lines
    6. Removing Bigger Stuff Using the Patch Tool
    7. Removing Tourists
    8. Flipping Things to Hide Stuff
    9. If Healing Doesn’t Work, Clone Over It
    10. Fixing Edge Gaps
  20. Chapter 11. Photoshop Effects
    1. Creating Reflections
    2. Sky Replacement
    3. Turning On the Lights Early
    4. Adding Light Hits
    5. Adding a Background Light
    6. Adding Drama With a Spotlight
    7. Adding Texture to Portrait Backgrounds
    8. Creating Beams of Light
    9. Creating a Single Light Beam
    10. Blurring the Background Behind Your Subject
    11. Dreamy Soft Focus Effect
    12. Creating Panoramas
    13. Black & White Fine Art Architectural Look
    14. Sun Flare Effect
    15. Creating an HDR Image
    16. Creating Wet Streets & Cobblestones
    17. Darkening Outside Edges
  21. Chapter 12. Sharpening Techniques
    1. The Three Stages of Sharpening
    2. If You Shoot in RAW, Sharpening Starts in Camera Raw
    3. Creative Sharpening
    4. Output Sharpening (or Main Sharpening)
    5. The Other Way We Do Output Sharpening
    6. Spot Sharpening
    7. Smarter Sharpening Using Smart Sharpen
    8. Mega Sharpening (AKA: High Pass Sharpening)
  22. Index

Product information

  • Title: The Adobe Photoshop Book for Digital Photographers, 2nd Edition
  • Author(s): Scott Kelby
  • Release date: May 2023
  • Publisher(s): New Riders
  • ISBN: 9780137357499