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Adobe Photoshop CS6 Digital Classroom

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Starting up About Photoshop Digital Classroom 1 Prerequisites 1 Adobe Photoshop CS6 versions 1 System requirements 2 Starting Adobe Photoshop CS6 2 Resetting Adobe Photoshop CS6 preferences 3 Loading lesson files 5 Working with the video tutorials 6 Setting up for viewing the video tutorials 7 Viewing the video tutorials with the Adobe Flash Player 7 Additional resources 8 Lesson 1: Exploring Photoshop CS6 Starting up 9 Experimenting with new Vector capabilities 11 Filling a vector shape with a pattern 12 Adding a mask to a Vector layer 16 Using the new brush tips 16 Saving the new Brush 18 Adding strokes to vector images 19 Cloning your new snowflake 22 Adding Text layers from another document 23 Updating text styles 27 Cropping an image 27 Self study 29 Review 29 Lesson 2: Getting to Know the Workspace Starting up 31 Opening an existing document in Mini Bridge 32 Discovering the Tools panel 34 Selection, Cropping, and Measuring Tools 34 Retouching and Painting Tools 35 Drawing and Type Tools 35 Navigation Tools 35 Accessing tools and their options 36 Using panels 40 Putting the panel system to use 41 Choosing other panels 43 Expanding and collapsing your panels 44 Customizing your panels 45 Hidden tools 47 Navigating the image area 50 Using the Zoom tool 50 Using the Hand tool 52 Tabbed windows 53 Maximizing productivity with screen modes 54 Self study 57 Review 57 Lesson 3: Taking Advantage of Adobe Bridge Starting up 59 What is Adobe Bridge? 60 Navigating through Bridge 60 Using folders in Adobe Bridge 62 Making a Favorite 65 Creating and locating metadata 67 Using keywords 69 Creating a Metadata Template 70 Opening a file from Adobe Bridge 72 Searching for files using Adobe Bridge 72 Searching by name or keyword 73 Using the Filter panel 74 Saving a Collection 75 Automation tools in Adobe Bridge 76 Batch renaming your files 76 Additional Photoshop Tools 78 Automated tools for Photoshop: Web Photo Gallery 79 Saving or uploading your Web Gallery 81 Automated tools for Photoshop: PDF contact sheet 83 Changing the view 85 Self study 87 Review 87 Lesson 4: Photoshop Basics Starting up 89 Opening an existing document 91 Understanding document settings 91 Viewing an image's size and resolution 91 Combining the images 93 Using Copy and Paste 93 Dragging and dropping to copy an image 93 Transforming and editing combined images 95 Changing the size of a placed image 96 Removing a background 97 Understanding the stacking order of layers 98 Refining the edges of copied images 99 Adding text 100 Saving files 101 Understanding file formats 101 Choosing a file format 102 Saving a JPEG file 102 Saving for print 103 Changing the color settings 103 Adjusting image size 105 Saving a Photoshop PDF file 106 Self study 107 Review 107 Lesson 5: Making the Best Selections Starting up 109 The importance of a good selection 110 Using the Marquee tools 110 Creating a square selection 113 Creating a selection from a center point 115 Changing a selection into a layer 116 Working with the Magic Wand tool 118 The Lasso tool 120 Adding to and subtracting from selections 121 Deleting from the selection 121 Saving a selection 123 Feathering the selection 123 Using the Quick Selection tool 125 Making difficult selections with the Refine Edge feature 126 Using Quick Mask 128 Saving selections 131 Copying and pasting a selection 133 Using the Pen tool for selections 134 Using the Pen tool to select an area of an image 137 More Pen tool selection techniques 139 Converting a path to a selection 143 Self study 144 Review 144 Lesson 6: Painting and Retouching Starting up 145 Setting up your color settings 146 Color primer 146 Understanding color gamut 146 The RGB color model 147 The CMYK color model 147 Working in the RGB mode 148 Editing color settings 149 Selecting colors 152 Starting to paint 154 Using the Color panel 155 Using the Brush tool 156 Changing opacity 158 Save time learn the shortcuts 159 Using the Brush Presets 160 Using the Airbrush feature 162 Creating a Border using the Bristle brushes 164 Applying color to an image 165 Changing blending modes 167 The Eyedropper tool 168 Retouching images 171 Using the Clone Stamp tool 171 Repairing fold lines 173 The History panel 175 The Spot Healing Brush 176 The Healing Brush 176 Using the Patch tool 178 Using the Clone Source panel 179 Cloning from another source 182 Self study 184 Review 184 Lesson 7: Creating a Good Image Starting up 185 Choosing your color settings 186 Opening the file 187 Why you should work in RGB 188 Reading a histogram 189 Making the Curve adjustment 190 Defining the highlight and shadow 192 Locating the White and Black Point 193 Inputting the white and black point values 193 Adjusting the midtones 199 Setting the neutral 202 Sharpening your image 205 Comparing your image with the original 207 Taking care of red eye 208 Using the Camera Raw plug-in 209 Using Camera Raw controls 213 Saving a DNG file 215 Reopening a DNG file 216 Self study 217 Review 218 Lesson 8: Getting to Know Layers Starting up 219 Discovering layers 220 Getting a handle on layers 220 Creating a new blank file 220 Naming your layer 222 Selecting layers 225 Tips for selecting layers 226 Moving layers 228 Changing the visibility of a layer 229 Using masks in a layer 229 Preserve transparency 231 Creating a composition 235 Moving images in from other documents 235 Creating a layer mask 237 Editing the layer mask 238 Cloning layers 241 Aligning and distributing layers 242 Applying filters to layers 243 Creating a type layer 244 Applying a layer style 247 Creating a clipping mask 248 Testing out the new Filter for the Layers panel 250 Self study 251 Review 251 Lesson 9: Taking Layers to the Max Starting up 253 Making color changes using adjustment layers 254 Refining the adjustment layer mask 257 Adjusting the Hue/Saturation layer 261 Adding a pattern fill layer 262 Defining the pattern 262 Applying the pattern 263 Using the Black & White adjustment layer 265 Adding a tint 267 Applying a gradient to the adjustment layer 268 Layer styles 269 Creating the text layer 269 Applying the Outer Glow layer style 271 Applying the Bevel and Emboss layer style 274 Changing the shading 275 Changing the fill opacity 276 Saving the style 277 Accessing the style 277 Self study 279 Review 279 Lesson 10: Getting Smart in Photoshop Starting up 281 Creating a composition using Smart Objects 282 Opening an image as a Smart Object 283 Converting a layer to a Smart Object 286 Placing a Smart Object 288 Editing a Smart Object 288 Editing the contents of a Smart Object 291 Modifying multiple Smart Object layers 293 Replacing the contents of a Smart Object layer 295 Working with Smart Filters 297 Modifying a Smart Filter 301 Self study 303 Review 303 Lesson 11: Using Adobe Photoshop Filters Starting up 305 Filter basics 306 Starting to use filters 306 Using the Clouds filter 306 Fading your filter 308 Using the Filter Gallery 309 Applying filters in the Gallery 311 Taking advantage of Smart Filters 313 Applying a Smart Filter 313 Smart Filter options 316 Enabling and disabling effects 318 Using a filter effects mask 319 Using the Vanishing Point filter 323 Building your own perspective planes 325 Building an attached plane 326 Self study 328 Review 328 Lesson 12: Creating Images for Web and Video Starting up 329 Changing your units of measurement 332 Creating the web page 333 Adding the Text 334 Adding Style to the text 335 Creating the text for the links 336 Positioning and distribution of text 337 Creating slices 338 Slicing it up 341 Selecting and combining slices 342 Applying attributes to your slices 343 Using Save For Web 345 Optimizing the image slices 349 Saving files for video 350 Creating animation 352 Working in Frame mode 352 Saving an animated GIF 356 Creating animation for HD video 357 Working in Timeline mode 357 Self study 364 Review 364 Lesson 13: Introducing 3D Creating a 3D object 366 Confirming that you can use Photoshop 3D features 366 Locating the GPU/OpenGL preferences in Photoshop CS6 366 Getting an image ready for 3D 367 Wrapping the image around a soda can 368 Positioning the soda can in 3D space 372 Adjusting materials and lighting 374 Working with light sources 375 Animating the soda can 376 Exporting your animation 378 Creating 3D Text 380 Applying materials to the 3D mesh 383 Rendering and Rasterizing your 3D images 384 Exporting your 3D image 386 Self study 387 Review 387 Lesson 14: Photoshop CS6 New Features Starting up 389 New Look and Feel 390 Sketch and paint with new brush tips 391 New content-aware tools 393 Investigating the Content-Aware Move tool 394 Stroke and fills 395 Layer panel improvements 398 More options for creating patterns 399 New and improved 3D features 401 OpenGL is now required 401 Better tool unification 401 3D Widgets 401 3D Merge improved 401

About the Author

Jennifer Smith is cofounder of American Graphics Institute as well as a Certified Technical Trainer. She is a member of the AGI Creative Team, which develops and delivers training programs for creative, marketing, and communications professionals globally.


This book is crammed with clear and concise facts, tips and info to help you get the most out of Photoshop, so it s a must for anybody who uses it. (Digital Photography Enthusiast, September 2012) A particular thorough read, presenting each toolset and its application in overwhelming detail. (Advanced Photoshop, September 2012)

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