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Adobe Photoshop CS6 on Demand (2nd Edition) from Que Publishing by Pearson Education provides you with all the answers you need for effective use of Adobe Photoshop CS6. Using many full color illustrations this On Demand book will guide you step by step with exactly what you need to do.
Learn things like how to auto-save, use automatic layer alignment, precise color correcting, special effect filters, text into images, transform video in Photoshop, create and manipulate 3D models, and more.
Numbered Steps guide you through each task.
Use automatic saving options for better efficiency and protection.
See Also points you to related information in the book.
Did You Know alerts you to tips and techniques.
Use automatic layer alignment and blending to work with objects.
Use more precise color correction to enhance a photo.
Use content-aware options for scaling and fill.
Create eye-catching images with special effect filters.
Transform plain text into a show-stopping image.
Create character and paragraph styles to manage and use text.
Transform video in Photoshop just like an image.
Create and manipulate 3D models using presets and custom options
Inside the Book
• Improve productivity with the CS6 adjustable interface and templates • Use automatic saving options for better efficiency and protection • Use automatic layer alignment and blending to work with objects • Use more precise color correction to enhance a photo • Use content-aware options for scaling and fill • Create eye-catching images with special effect filters • Transform plain text into a show-stopping image • Create character and paragraph styles to manage and use text • Transform video in Photoshop just like an image • Create and manipulate 3D models using presets and custom options
Bonus Online Content
• Workshops and related files • Keyboard shortcuts
About the Authors
Steve Johnson has written more than 50 books on a variety of computer software, including Adobe Photoshop CS4 and CS3, Adobe Flash CS4 and CS3, Dreamweaver CS4 and CS3, Adobe InDesign CS4, Adobe Illustrator CS4, Microsoft Office 2007 and 2003, Microsoft Windows Vista and XP, Microsoft Expression 2, Microsoft Office 2008 for the Macintosh, and Apple Mac OS X Leopard. In 1991, after working for Apple Computer and Microsoft, Steve founded Perspection, Inc., which writes and produces software training.
Table of Contents
1 Getting Started with Photoshop CS6
Installing Photoshop Starting Photoshop Viewing the Photoshop Window Showing and Hiding Panels Working with Panels Working with Photoshop Tools Creating a Document Selecting Color Modes and Resolution Creating a Document Using Presets Working with Non-Square Pixels Opening Images Inserting Images in a Document Importing Raw Data from a Digital Camera Working with Smart Objects Changing Image Size and Resolution Checking for Updates and Patches Getting Help While You Work Saving a Document Using the Status Bar Closing a Document Finishing Up
2 Understanding Navigation and Measurement Systems
Changing the View Size with the Navigator Panel Changing the View Area with the Navigator Panel Changing the Color of the Navigator Panel View Box Changing the Screen Display Mode Changing the View with the Zoom Tool Increasing or Decreasing Magnification Moving Images in the Document Window Working with Multiple Documents Working with One Image in Multiple Windows Moving Layers Between Documents Creating Notes Working with the Info Panel Changing How the Info Panel Measures Color Working with Rulers Creating Tool Presets
3 Customizing the Way You Work
Optimizing Photoshop Setting General Preferences Setting File Handling Preferences Setting Interface Preferences Setting Cursors Preferences Controlling Transparency & Gamut Preferences Working with Units & Rulers Working with Guides, Grid & Slices Setting Plug-Ins Preferences Selecting Scratch Disks Allocating Memory & Image Cache Setting Type Preferences Managing Libraries with the Preset Manager Using and Customizing Workspaces Building Specialized Workspaces Creating a Customized User Interface Defining Shortcut Keys
4 Mastering the Art of Selection
Using the Rectangular Marquee Tool Using the Elliptical Marquee Tool Using the Single Row and Single Column Marquee Tools Using the Lasso Marquee Tool Using the Magnetic Lasso Tool Using the Polygonal Lasso Tool Using the Quick Selection Tool Using the Magic Wand Tool Selecting by Color Range Refining a Selection Edge Modifying an Existing Selection Working with an Existing Selection Copying and Pasting a Selection Using Channels to Create and Store Selections Using Free Transform and Transform Using the Crop Tool Using the Perspective Crop Tool Using Content-Aware Scaling Using Content-Aware Fill Using Content-Aware Patch Using Content-Aware Move and Extend Using the Puppet Warp
5 Working with Layers
Understanding the Layers Panel Defining Layer Designations and Attributes Creating a Layer Selecting Layers Creating a Layer Group Creating a Selection from a Layer Creating a Layer from a Selection Converting a Background into a Layer Controlling Image Information Using the Layers Panel Filtering Layers in the Layers Panel Using Merge Layer Options Linking and Unlinking Layers Aligning and Combining Layers Working with Layer Blending Modes Setting Layer Opacity Duplicating a Layer Deleting Layers Moving Layers Between Documents Working with the Layer Comps Panel Exporting Layers as Files Setting Layers Panel Options Using Smart Guides to Align Layers
6 Working with the History Panel
Setting History Panel Options Working with Linear and Non-Linear History Controlling the Creative Process with Snapshots Duplicating a History State in Another Document Saving the History State of a Document Reviewing the History State Text File Combining the History Brush with a History State Using the Art History Brush Changing the Eraser Tool into the History Brush Controlling History States
7 Working with Adjustment Layers, Filters, and Tools
Creating an Adjustment Layer Modifying an Adjustment Layer Merging Adjustment Layers Creating a Temporary Composite Image Controlling Adjustment Layers with Clipping Groups Deleting an Adjustment Layer Using Blending Modes and Opacity with Layers Using Masks with Adjustment Layers Creating Masks with Selections Using the Add Noise Filter Using the Reduce Noise Filter Keeping Proper Perspective with Vanishing Point Working with the Lens Correction Filter Using the Box, Surface, and Shape Blur Filters Using the Gaussian Blur and Despeckle Filters Using the Unsharp Mask Filter Using the Smart Sharpen Filter Using Sharpen, Blur and Smudge Tools Using the Clone Stamp Tool Setting Up Multiple Clone Sources Using the Dodge and Burn Tools Using the Healing Brush and Patch Tools Working with the Spot Healing Brush Working with the Red Eye Tool Controlling Tonal Range Working with the Histogram Panel
8 Understanding Colors and Channels
Working with 8-, 16-, and 32-Bit Images Working with the Channels Panel Working with Color Modes Understanding the RGB Color Mode Understanding the CMYK Color Mode Understanding the Grayscale Color Mode Understanding the Bitmap Color Mode Understanding the Indexed Color Mode Understanding the Lab Color Mode Understanding the Duotone Color Mode Using the Multichannel Color Mode Using the Replace Color Adjustment Working with the Color Panel Working with the Swatches Panel Using the Stroke and Fill Commands Creating Spot Color Channels Using the Auto Contrast and Auto Color Commands Using Levels Adjustment Commands Using the Exposure Adjustment Using Curves and Color Adjustments Adjusting Hue and Saturation Adjusting Vibrance Using the Selective Color Adjustment Using the Channel Mixer Adjustment Using the Gradient Map Adjustment Using the Photo Filter Adjustment Using the Invert and Equalize Commands Using the Threshold and Posterize Adjustments Using the HDR Toning Adjustment Using the Shadows/Highlights Adjustment Using the Black & White Adjustment Using the Match Color Adjustment
9 Using the Paint, Shape Drawing, and Eraser Tools
Selecting Foreground and Background Colors Using the Brush and Brush Presets Panel Modifying the Brush Presets Panel Selecting Brush Tip Sets Adjusting Brush Tips Adjusting Bristle Brush Tips Creating Customized Brush Tips Saving Customized Brush Tips Working with the Brush and Airbrush Tools Working with the Mixer Brush Tool Working with the Pencil Tool Working with Auto Erase Working with the Line Tool Working with the Shape Tool Working with the Custom Shape Tool Working with Shape Layers Arranging Shape Layers Creating a Custom Shape Saving Custom Shape Sets Using the Paint Bucket Tool Working with the Eraser Tools Working with the Magic Eraser Tool Creating and Applying Gradients Creating and Saving Customized Gradients Using the Color Replacement Tool
10 Creating Masks
Understanding Layer and Vector Masks Creating a Layer Mask Using Paint Tools with Layer Masks Using Selections to Generate Complex Layer Masks Using Layer Masks to Generate Soft Transparency Creating Unique Layer Mask Effects Creating a Vector Mask Modifying Layer and Vector Masks Creating Channel Masks Creating Channel Masks from Scratch Modifying Channel Mask Options Creating Channel Masks from Selections Making Channel Masks from Native Color Channels Loading Channel Masks from Selections Moving Channel Masks Between Documents Combining Channel Masks Using the Quick Mask Mode Working with Quick Mask Options Modifying Selections with Quick Mask Mode
11 Using the Paths Panel
Understanding Vector and Raster Images Converting a Selection into a Path Working with Pen Tools Creating Paths Using the Freeform Pen Tool Using the Magnetic Option with the Freeform Pen Tool Adding and Deleting Anchor Points Modifying Anchor Points Modifying Existing Direction Lines Converting Straight Points and Curved Points Working with Clipping Paths Filling an Area of an Image Using Paths Stroking an Area of an Image Using Paths Creating Shapes as Paths Exporting Paths to Adobe Illustrator Exporting Paths Using the Export Method
12 Working with Layer Styles
Understanding Layer Styles Adding a Layer Style Creating and Modifying a Drop Shadow Working with Bevel and Emboss Working with Contour and Texture Applying a Color Overlay Using the Stroke Layer Style Using Pattern Overlays Working with Outer Glow and Inner Shadow Applying an Inner Glow Style Creating Customized Layer Styles Creating Customized Styles Using the Styles Panel Moving Existing Layer Styles
13 Getting Creative with Type
Using Standard Type Tools Working with Type Options Working with the Character Panel Working with the Paragraph Panel Setting Anti-aliasing Options Using the Warp Text Option Working with Text Styles Using Spell Check 328 Finding and Replacing Text Using the Rasterize Type Command Creating Work Paths and Shapes from Type Layers Creating Shape Layers Creating a Type Mask Isolating Image Pixels Using a Type Mask Creating Chiseled Type with a Type Mask Using Masks to Generate Special Effects Creating and Modifying Text on a Path
14 Manipulating Images with Filters
Working with the Filter Gallery Creating and Working with Smart Filters Applying Multiple Filters to an Image Modifying Images with Liquify Working with Liquify Tool Options Working with Liquify Mask Options Working with Liquify View Options Creating a Liquify Mesh Applying a Liquify Mesh Using the Adaptive Wide Angle Filter Using the Oil Paint Filter Using the Lighting Effects Filter Using the Blur Filter Gallery Using the Lens Blur Filter Working with Photo Filters Blending Modes and Filter Effects Building Custom Patterns Applying a Fade Effect Controlling Filters Using Selections Using a Channel Mask to Control Filter Effects Protecting Images with Watermarks Viewing Various Filter Effects
15 Automating Your Work with Actions
Examining the Actions Panel Building a New Action Recording an Action Adding a Stop to an Action Controlling the Playback of a Command Adding a Command to an Action Deleting a Command from an Action Working with Modal Controls in an Action Changing the Order of Commands in an Action Copying an Action Running an Action Inside an Action Saving Actions into Sets Saving Actions as Files Moving and Copying Actions Between Sets Inserting a Non-Recordable Command into an Action Using Enhanced Scripting Enhancing the Process with Droplets Using a Droplet
16 Controlling Image Output
Setting Document Print Options Setting Print Output Options Setting Print Color Management Options Printing a Document in Macintosh Printing a Document in Windows Changing Printer Settings Printing One Copy Understanding File Formats Saving a Document with a Different File Format Inserting File Information into a Document Understanding File Compression Preparing Clip Art for the Web Preparing a Photograph for the Web Preparing an Image for the Press Preparing an Image for an Inkjet or Laser Printer Understanding Monitor, Image, and Device Resolution
17 Working with Automate Commands
Working with Batch File Processing Working with Conditional Mode Change Cropping and Straightening Photos Converting a Multi-Page PDF to PSD Creating a PDF Document Creating a Contact Sheet Creating Panoramic Images Processing Lens Correction Merging Images to HDR Pro Processing Multiple Image Files Adjusting an Image Fit Size
18 Managing Color from Monitor to Print
Producing Consistent Color Calibrating Using Hardware and Software Setting Up Soft-Proof Colors Changing from Additive (RGB) to Subtractive (CMYK) Working with Rendering Intents Printing a Hard Proof Working with Color Management Embedding ICC Color Profiles Assigning a Different Profile to a Document Converting Document Colors to Another Profile Using Hue/Saturation for Out-Of-Gamut Colors Using the Sponge Tool for Out-Of-Gamut Colors Working with the Out-Of-Gamut Warning
19 Designing for the Web and Devices
Saving for the Web Working with Save for Web Options Optimizing an Image to File Size Working with Web File Formats Optimizing a JPEG Document Optimizing a GIF Document Optimizing a PNG-8 Document Optimizing a PNG-24 Document Optimizing a WBMP Document Slicing Images the Easy Way Working with Slices Arranging Slices Saving a Sliced Image for the Web Adding HTML Text or an URL Link to a Slice Defining and Editing Web Data Variables Exporting an Image to Zoomify
20 Working with Video
Opening Video Files and Image Sequences Creating a Video Layer Modifying a Video Layer Creating a Video Group Adding Text to a Video Layer Splitting a Video Layer Cloning Video Layer Content Adding a Transition to a Video Layer Adding Audio to a Video Layer Creating an Animation Working with Animation Exporting Directly to Video Creating an Image from a Video
21 Extending Photoshop
Counting Objects in an Image Taking Measurements in an Image Setting 3D Preferences Creating 3D Models Creating 3D Models Using Preset Shapes Viewing the 3D Workspace Modifying 3D Models Creating 3D Text Adjusting Light with 3D Models Rendering and Saving 3D Models
22 Working Together with Adobe Programs
Exploring Adobe Programs Exploring Adobe Bridge Getting Started with Adobe Bridge Getting Photos from a Digital Camera Working with Raw Images from a Digital Camera Modifying Images in Camera Raw Working with Images Using Adobe Bridge Setting Preferences in Adobe Bridge Applying Image Adjustments Creating a Web Photo Gallery Automating Tasks in Adobe Bridge Using Mini Bridge Working with Adobe Media Encoder 544 ! Working with Adobe Extension Manager Scripting with Adobe ExtendScript Toolkit Features Adobe Certification Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) Index