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Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5: The Essential Techniques for Imaging Professionals

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Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5: The Essential Techniques for Imaging Professionals

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This webcast is for Photoshop instructors who want an overview of the new features in Photoshop CS5, and how Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5 and its accompanying video training on DVD, can be used effectively in the classroom. Listen to the recording.


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In this webcast Rich Harrington demonstrates the new features of Adobe Photoshop CS5, as well as tips and tricks from his latest book, Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5. Watch the webcast.


  • Copyright 2010
  • Edition: 1st
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  • ISBN-10: 0-321-71426-1
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-321-71426-8

If you’re pursuing a career in digital imaging or design, or you’re already working in the field, Adobe Photoshop is a tool you need to master. This book covers the core image editing techniques in Photoshop CS5 that a professional truly needs to know to succeed.
Learn the basics—from acquiring and editing images to making selections and image enhancements to using more advanced features such as layer styles and layer masking. Richard Harrington offers the essential techniques needed to advance your career with a focus not just on digital photography, but also the Web, graphic design, multimedia, and video.

The full-color book includes a DVD with hand-on exercises and practice images as well as 72 new video training tutorials (more than 6+ hours) that expand on the lessons in the book and provide a rich multimedia experience for beginning and intermediate Photoshop users. Coverage of exciting new Photoshop CS5 features includes: Puppet Warp, Merge to HDR Pro, Content-Aware Fill/Scale/Heal, 3D Text, Mixer Brush, and Lens Corrections.

You will also learn about:

  • Repairing and retouching digital images
  • Color corrections and enhancements
  • Blending modes and maximizing filters
  • Selection tools and techniques
  • Photoshop actions and automations to speed up your workflow
  • Camera Raw workflow

About the author: Richard Harrington is the founder of RHED Pixel, a visual communications company based in Washington, D.C. A graphic design and new media expert, he has written several books including Photoshop for Video and Apple Pro Training Series: Aperture 2. He is an Adobe and Apple certified trainer and a National Association of Photoshop Professionals Dream Team Instructor. He produces the popular podcast Understanding Adobe Photoshop available on both iTunes and the Adobe TV.

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Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5: Color Correction and Enhancement

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Table of Contents

1. Digital Imaging Fundamentals

2. Photoshop’s Interface

3. Acquiring Digital Images

4. Sizing Digital Images

5. Selection Tools and Techniques

6. Painting and Drawing Tools

7. Layer Masking

8. Compositing with Layers

9. Using Blending Modes

10. Color Correction and Enhancement

11. Repairing and Improving Photos

12. Using the Type Tool

13. Layer Styles

14. Maximizing Filters

15. Actions and Automation

16. Printing, PDF, and Specialized File Types

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