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  • Copyright 2008
  • Edition: 1st
  • eBook (Adobe DRM)
  • ISBN-10: 0-321-52226-5
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-321-52226-9

Anyone who relies on Photoshop to meet tough production challenges knows that when a new version arrives, especially one as chockfull of enhancements as Photoshop CS3, there's no time to fool around. You need to get up to speed on it, and you need to do so now. This book will get you there. In this copiously illustrated book, best-selling author David Blatner offers shows you how to sharpen your Photoshop production techniques and provides clear explanations of the concepts that drive them. Readers will learn about managing color, correcting colors, capturing images, getting great scans, and more. They'll also find complete coverage of Photoshop CS3's new features: a streamlined interface, nondestructive Smart Filters, a new Quick Selection and Refine Edge tools, improved Curves, automatic layer alignment and blending, and more. Throughout, the emphasis in this book is on efficiency: the timesaving tips and professional shortcuts that will allow readers to solve their everyday production challenges creatively with Photoshop CS3.

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Table of Contents

Photoshop in the Real World

Chapter 1: Building a Photoshop System
Putting It All Together
    Choosing a Platform
    Processors and cores
    Virtual Memory

Chapter 2: Image Essentials
It's All Zeroes and Ones
    Pixels and Paths
    Pixels and Images
    How Much Is Enough?
    Image Mode
    Bitmaps and File Size

Chapter 3: Color Essentials
What Makes a Color
    Primary Colors
    The Color Wheel
    How Colors Affect Each Other
    Device-Independent Color
    Working with Colors

Chapter 4: Color Settings
Understanding Color Management in Photoshop
    Color Management Systems Explained
    The Conceptual Framework
    Photoshop and the Monitor
    Color Settings
    The RGB Working Space
    Choosing a CMYK Working Space
    Choosing a Gray Working Space
    Spot Spaces
    Color Management Policies
    Color Settings with More Options
    The Color Picker
    Applying Profiles Outside Color Settings
    Soft-Proofing Controls
    Converting Colors When You Print
    Isolating Variables

Chapter 5: Building a Digital Workflow
Making Quick Work of Digital Camera Images
    Digital Raw Formats
    Digital Workfl ow Phases
    Workflow Principles
    Copying Files from a Camera
    Verifying Images
    Camera Raw, Bridge, and Photoshop
    Refining a Shoot Using Bridge
    Opening Images with Camera Raw
    Camera Raw Static Controls
    Camera Raw Preferences
    The Main Control Buttons
    Adjusting with Precision and Speed
    Camera Raw Workflow Options
    Camera Raw Image Controls
    The Basic Tab
    Workflow Guidelines for the Image Controls
    The Tone Curve Tab
    The Detail Tab
    The HSL/Grayscale Tab
    The Split Toning Tab
    The Lens Corrections Tab
    The Camera Calibration Tab
    The Presets Tab
    Filmstrip Mode
    Using Adobe Bridge
    Image Previews and the Cache
    The Preproduction Phase
    The Production Phase
    Automating with the Batch Command
    Recording Batch Actions
    Running the Batch Dialog
    Bridge Windows
    Bridge Menu Commands

Chapter 6: Essential Photoshop Tips and Tricks
Making Photoshop Fly
    Window Tips
    Navigation Tips
    Moving Tips
    Guides, Grids, and Alignment Tips
    Dialog Tips
    New Document Tips
    Keyboard Shortcut Tips
    Menu Customization Tips
    Tips for Tools
    Palettes and Workspaces
    Setting Preferences
    When Things Go Wrong
    Easter Eggs

Chapter 7: Image Adjustment Fundamentals
Stretching and Squeezing the Bits
    Stretching and Squeezing the Bits
    Tonal-Correction Tools
    The Histogram Palette
    The Info Palette
    Choosing a Color Mode for Editing
    Hands-On Levels and Curves
    Quick Lab Mode Fixes
    Using Color Samplers
    Hue, Saturation, and Lightness
    Replace Color
    Selective Color
    Channel Mixer
    Photo Filter
    Tools We Don't Use

Chapter 8: The Digital Darkroom
Layers, Masks, Selections, Channels, and More
    Adjustment Layer Basics
    Selections, Masks, and Channels
    Adjustment Layers in Practice
    Image Adjustment with Blending Modes
    Beyond Adjustment Layers
    Advanced Pixel-Blending
    History and Virtual Layers
    Optimizing an Image for Print

Chapter 9: Making Selections
Getting Just What You Need
    Masking-Tape Selections
    Tips for All Selection Tools
    Quick Masks
    Anti-Aliasing and Feathering
    Refi ning a Selection
    The Select Menu
    Step-by-Step Selections

Chapter 10: Sharpness, Detail, and Noise Reduction
Getting an Edge on Your Image
    How the Unsharp Mask Filter Works
    Working the Controls
    A Practical Sharpening Workflow
    Sharpening Techniques
    High-Pass Sharpening
    Sharpening in Photoshop vs. Camera Raw
    Noise Reduction
    Smart Sharpen
    Lens Correction
    Avoiding the Crunchies1

Chapter 11: Essential Image Techniques
Pushing Pixels into Place
    The Color of Grayscale
    Line Art
    Reproducing Screened Images
    HDR Imaging
    Compositing Images
    Vectors vs. Pixels
    Text and Typography
    Filters and Effects
    The Nondestructive Workflow
    Actions, Automate, and Scripting

Chapter 12: Image Storage and Output
The Right File for the Right Job
    Storing Images
    Save As Dialog
    Opening Images
    Creating Output for Prepress
    Halftone, Contone, and Hybrid Screening
    Image Diff erences
    Printing from Photoshop
    Creating Images for the Web
    Saving Images for the Web or Mobile Devices
    File Formats
    Compressing Images



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