The Photoshop

Book description

Scott Kelby, the best-selling Photoshop author in the world today, once again takes this book to a whole new level as he uncovers the latest, most important and most exciting new Adobe Photoshop CS2 techniques for digital photographers.

This major update to this 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  version of this book took the digital photography world by storm.

But now, his new CS2, version is even bigger, even better, and exposes even more of the pros most closely guarded secrets, including a special chapter which shows, for the first time ever, step-by-step how to how to set-up Photoshop's color management. He does it by throwing out all the theory, all the techno-babble, and all the confusing charts and graphs and instead just shows you exactly what you need to do (and 

nothing more).


Each year Scott trains thousands of professional photographers 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 (there's an entire chapter on, just this!)

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

  • The step-by-step set-up for getting what comes out of your printer to match exactly what you saw on screen

  • The retouching secrets of how the pros retouch portraits

  • How to process raw digital camera images (plus how to take advantage of all the new Camera Raw features of CS2!)

  • How to color correct any photo without breaking a sweat (you'll be amazed at how easy it is–once you know the secret)

  • A whole chapter on the latest, most requested Photoshop special effects
    How to reduce noise, deal with lens problems, avoid halos, and more

  • How to show your work like a pro!

  • Plus a host of shortcuts, workarounds, and slick "insider" tricks to send your productivity through the roof!

If you're a digital photographer and you're ready to learn the "tricks of the trade"--the same ones that today's leading pros use to correct,  edit, sharpen, retouch, and present their work; then this is the book for you.

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Table of contents

  1. The Photoshop® CS2 Book for Digital Photographers
    1. Acknowledgments
    2. About the Author
    3. Warning: Skipping This Section Could Severely Damage Your Computer
    4. 1. Love Can Build a Bridge: Bridge Essentials
        1. Saving Your Digital Negatives
        2. Creating a Contact Sheet for Your CD Jewel Case
        3. Bridge Basics
          1. Accessing the Bridge
          2. A thumbnail factory
          3. Opening photos in Photoshop
        4. Navigating to Your Photos Using the Bridge
          1. Navigating to your photos
          2. Saving your favorite folders
          3. Moving photos from folder to folder
          4. The ideal workspace for navigation
          5. The Lightbox workspace
          6. The Metadata Focus workspace
          7. The Filmstrip Focus workspace
          8. Make your own custom workspace
          9. A hidden advantage
          10. Even more compact
          11. Other viewing options
          12. Sorting by file name, etc.
        5. Customizing the Look of Your Bridge
          1. Setting your background
          2. Which info do you want?
          3. Adding more panels
        6. Getting Bigger Previews
          1. Bigger previews are just a double-click away
        7. Getting Info on Your Photos (Called Metadata)
          1. Embedded info on your photo
        8. Finding Your Photos Fast by Adding Keywords
        9. Renaming Individual Photos
        10. Rotating Photos
          1. Rotating thumbnails
          2. Rotating the actual photo
        11. Sorting and Arranging Your Photos
          1. Method One: Drag-and-Drop
          2. Method Two: Star Ratings
          3. Putting these ratings to use
          4. Method Three: Labeling Photos
          5. Lazy rating
          6. Clearing your ratings
          7. Live rating done backwards
          8. When you need to refresh
          9. Other Thumbnail Tips
            1. Selecting your unselected photos
            2. Duplicating files
            3. Opening from your hard disk
        12. Deleting Files from within the Bridge
          1. Best Option
          2. Next Best Option
          3. Least Best Option
    5. 2. Give Me the Bridge: Advanced Bridge Techniques
        1. Creating Full-Screen Slide Shows
          1. Slide shows
          2. Automatic vs. manual
          3. The most important commands
          4. Adding background music
        2. Getting and Editing a Photo’s Metadata
          1. The Metadata palette
          2. Seeing all that tiny type
          3. Accessing metadata another way
          4. Editing your metadata
          5. Customizing your fields
          6. Adding metadata to many images
        3. Batch Renaming Your Files
        4. Creating Metadata Templates
        5. Stripping Out Metadata from Your Photos
    6. 3. Raw Hide: Mastering Camera Raw
        1. Camera Raw Essentials
        2. Sizing and Resolution in Camera Raw
        3. Cropping within Camera Raw
        4. Straightening Photos within Camera Raw
        5. Automating Your Camera Raw Processing
        6. Sharpening within Camera Raw
        7. Adjusting Color (Calibrating)
        8. Noise Reduction in Camera Raw
        9. Bracketing with Camera Raw
        10. Fixing Chromatic Aberrations (That Colored-Edge Fringe)
        11. Adjusting Contrast Using Curves
        12. Fixing (or Creating) Edge Vignetting
        13. Saving RAW Files in Adobe’s Digital Negative (DNG) Format
        14. HDR and Exposure Merge
    7. 4. Super Size Me: Resizing and Cropping
        1. Cropping Photos
        2. Cropping Using the “Rule of Thirds”
        3. Cropping to a Specific Size
        4. The Trick for Keeping the Same Aspect Ratio When You Crop
        5. Creating Your Own Custom Crop Tools
        6. Custom Sizes for Photographers
        7. Resizing Digital Camera Photos
        8. Automated Saving and Resizing
        9. Rule-Breaking Resizing for Poster-Sized Prints
        10. Making Your Photos Smaller (Downsizing)
          1. Downsizing photos where the resolution is already 300 ppi
          2. Making one photo smaller without shrinking the whole document
          3. Resizing problems when dragging between documents
        11. Smart Resizing with Smart Objects
        12. Resizing and How to Reach Those Hidden Free Transform Handles
        13. Using the Crop Tool to Add More Canvas Area
        14. Straightening Crooked Photos
        15. Automated Cropping and Straightening
    8. 5. Anger Management: Color Management Step-by-Step
        1. Configuring Your Camera for the Right Color Space
          1. Setting your camera to the right color space
          2. Setting up other cameras
        2. Configuring Photoshop for Adobe RGB (1998)
        3. Calibrating Your Monitor (The Cheapo Freebie Method)
          1. Freebie Calibration
        4. Calibrating Your Monitor the Right Way
        5. Getting (or Creating) a Custom Profile for Your Printer
        6. Printing (This Is Where It All Comes Together)
    9. 6. The Color of Money: Color Correction Secrets
        1. Before You Color Correct Anything, Do This First!
        2. Color Correcting Digital Camera Images
          1. CMYK correction settings
        3. Drag-and-Drop Instant Color Correction
        4. Studio Portrait Correction Made Simple
        5. Taz’s Target Two-Click Color Correction
        6. Dave’s Amazing Trick for Finding a Neutral Gray
        7. Correcting Flesh Tones for Photos Going on Press
        8. Adjusting RGB Flesh Tones
        9. Getting Better Automated Color Correction
        10. Color Correcting One Problem Area Fast!
        11. Removing Color Casts with One Click
    10. 7. Black & White: Photoshop in Black and White
        1. Using the Lightness Channel
        2. Better Black and Whites Using Channel Mixer
        3. Scott’s High-Contrast Black-and-White Technique
          1. Alternate Version One
          2. Alternate Version Two
        4. Calculations Method
        5. Creating Duotones
    11. 8. Modern Problems: Dealing with Image Problems
        1. Dealing with Digital Noise
        2. Opening Up Shadow Areas (Digital Fill Flash)
        3. Compensating for “Too Much Flash”
        4. Fixing Photos Where You Wish You Hadn’t Used Flash
        5. Fixing Underexposed Photos the Easy Way
        6. Adjusting Exposure in CS2
        7. Dodging and Burning Done Right
        8. Instant Red-Eye Removal
        9. Repairing Problems Caused by the Lens
          1. Problem One: Perspective Distortion
          2. Problem Two: Barrel Distortion
          3. Problem Three: Lens Vignetting
        10. Saving Blurry Photos
        11. Repairing Keystoning
    12. 9. Take Me Away: Removing Unwanted Objects
        1. Cloning Away Unwanted Objects
        2. Removing Things in a Straight Line
        3. Covering Unwanted Elements
        4. Removing Spots and Other Artifacts
        5. Removing Distracting Objects (Patch Tool)
        6. Removing Things in Perspective
        7. Removing Backgrounds
    13. 10. Photograph: Retouching Portraits
        1. Removing Blemishes
          1. Method One: The Clone Stamp Tool
          2. Method Two: The Spot Healing Brush
          3. Method Three: The Lasso Tool
        2. Lessening Freckles or Acne
        3. Removing Dark Circles under Eyes
          1. Method One: The Clone Stamp Tool
          2. Method Two: The Patch Tool
        4. Removing the Signs of Aging
          1. Method One: The Healing Brush
          2. Method Two: Pro Wrinkle Removal
          3. Method Three: The Patch Tool
        5. Colorizing Hair
        6. Whitening the Eyes (Quick Trick)
        7. Whitening Eyes
        8. Making Eyes Sparkle
        9. Changing Eye Color
        10. Enhancing Eyebrows and Eyelashes
        11. Whitening Teeth
        12. Removing Hot Spots
        13. Advanced Skin Softening
        14. Transforming a Frown into a Smile
        15. Digital Nose Job
        16. Slimming and Trimming
        17. Removing Love Handles
    14. 11. 38 Special: Photographic Special Effects
        1. Creating Drama with a Soft Spotlight
        2. Soft Focus Effect
        3. Burned-In Edge Effect (Vignetting)
        4. Creating Realistic Shadows
        5. Mapping One Image onto Another (Image Warp)
        6. Fake Duotone
        7. Replicating Traditional Photography Filters
        8. Blending Photos Together
        9. Infrared Technique
        10. Neutral Density Gradient Filter
        11. Perspective Pasting with Vanishing Point
    15. 12. Wide Receiver: Creating Panoramas
        1. Manually Stitching Panoramas Together
        2. Automated Pano Stitching with Photomerge
        3. Using Match Color to Fix Pano Exposure Problems
        4. Advanced Blending in Photomerge
    16. 13. Look Sharp: Sharpening Techniques
        1. Basic Sharpening
          1. Sharpening soft subjects
          2. Sharpening portraits
          3. Moderate sharpening
          4. Maximum sharpening
          5. All-purpose sharpening
          6. Web sharpening
          7. Coming up with your own settings
            1. Amount
            2. Radius
            3. Threshold
        2. Lab Color Sharpening
        3. Luminosity Sharpening
        4. Using CS2’s Smart Sharpen Filter
        5. Edge-Sharpening Technique
        6. Extreme Edge Sharpening
        7. Advanced Sharpening for Portraits of Women
    17. 14. Men at Work: How to Show Your Work
        1. Creating Photo-Grid Posters
        2. Creating a Digital Frame
        3. Poster Presentation
        4. Creating Gallery Prints
        5. Medium Format Frames
    18. 15. Showtime: Showing Your Client
        1. Watermarking and Adding Copyright Info
        2. Creating Your Own Custom Copyright Brush
        3. Embedding Digimarc Digital Copyright Info
        4. Showing a Client Your Work on Your Computer
        5. Letting Your Clients Proof on the Web
        6. Getting One 5x7″, Two 2.5x3.5″, and Four Wallet Size on One Print
        7. Creating Your Own Custom Picture Package Layouts
        8. How to Email Photos
        9. Sending a Portfolio Presentation to a Client
    19. Colophon
        1. Additional Photoshop Resources

Product information

  • Title: The Photoshop
  • Author(s): Scott Kelby
  • Release date: April 2005
  • Publisher(s): Peachpit Press
  • ISBN: None