Adobe Photoshop CS4 How-Tos: 100 Essential Techniques

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Pearson Education, Jan 28, 2009 - Computers - 288 pages
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Build your Photoshop expertise, one technique at a time

Why spend time searching through a thick reference book when you can focus on the essential techniques? In Adobe Photoshop CS4 How-Tos: 100 Essential Techniques, author Chris Orwig brings you the best techniques to quickly organize and correct your digital images using the world’s most
powerful photo-editing program. Complete with illustrations and practical tips, these bite-size lessons from Chris’s experience as a photographer and instructor provide just the information you need. You can explore the program at your own pace, spending less time at your computer and more time behind the lens taking great pictures.

• Discover the Application bar [#4]
• Work with and arrange multiple documents [#8]
• Use the Photo Downloader in Adobe Bridge [#24]
• Make localized nondestructive adjustments with Camera Raw [#38]
• Set highlight and shadow target values using Curves [#69]
• Adjust tones with the Dodge and Burn tools while protecting values [#77]
• Create a layer mask[#78]
• Retouch portraits to improve eyes [#86]
• Create Web galleries to share your images [#97]
 

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Contents

Using the Lasso Tools
Using the Quick Selection and Magic Wand Tools
Modifying Selections
Using the Refine Edge Tool
Selecting a Color Range
Using Blending Modes 56 Understanding Blending Modes
Working with Blending Modes
Using the Multiply Blending Mode

Understanding the Document Window
Navigating and Viewing the Document
Using Full Screen Mode
Understanding Digital Images
Resizing Images
Cropping and Straightening Your Images
Saving Images
Using Adobe Bridge 16 Modifying Bridge Preferences
Working with the Bridge Interface
Rating Sorting and Searching
Working with Collections
Modifying Metadata and Keywords
Using Review Mode
Using the Loupe Tool
Viewing a Slide Show
Using the Photo Downloader
Using the Power Tools in Bridge
Using Photoshop Camera Raw 26 Understanding Photoshop Camera
Learning the Camera Raw Interface
Setting the White Balance
Adjusting Exposure and Tone Automatically
Adjusting Custom Exposure and Tone
Enhancing Color with Vibrance and Saturation
Using the Tone Curve
Adjusting Hue Saturation and Luminance
Creating BlackandWhite Images
Using Split Toning
Using Lens Corrections
Using the Spot Removal and Red Eye Removal Tools
Making Localized Adjustments
Using the Graduated Filter Tool
Cropping Rotating and Straightening
Sharpening and Reducing Noise
Working with Layers 42 Using the Layers Panel
Creating Adjustment Layers
Working with Multiple Layers
Organizing with Layer Groups
Using AutoAlign and AutoBlend
Using Type Layers
Using Layer Effects and Styles
Creating a Clipping Mask
Making Selections
Using the Screen Blending Mode
Using the Soft Light Blending Mode
Burning and Dodging Using Blending Modes
Using Advanced Blending Techniques
Creating a Blending Composite
Using Filters 64 Using Smart Filters
Adding Blur
Adding Film Grain
Using the Lens Correction Filter
Modifying Color and Tone 68 Adjusting Levels
Using the Curves Dialog
Adjusting Hue and Saturation
Adjusting Color Balance
Replacing Color
Adjusting Shadows and Highlights
Using Brightness and Contrast
Applying Photo Filters
Converting to Black and White
Using the Dodge and Burn Tools
Masking 78 Using a Layer Mask
Modifying a Layer Mask
Removing Color Using a Mask
Blending Images Using a Mask
Using Quick Mask
Retouching Portraits 83 Reducing Red
Retouching Blemishes
Smoothing Skin
Improving Eyes
Changing Eye Color
Whitening Teeth
Working with Type 89 Adding Type
Customizing Type
Adding Creative Type Effects
Sharpening Images 92 Using the Unsharp Mask Filter
Using the Smart Sharpen Filter
Using High Pass Sharpening
Sharpening Selectively
Output 96 Optimizing Images for the
Creating a Web Gallery
Saving a
Softproofing Images

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About the author (2009)

Chris Orwig is a professional photographer, teacher, and author. He is a member of the faculty at the prestigious Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California. He wrote Adobe Lightroom 2 How-tos: 100 Essential Techniques for Adobe Press and a new book on digital photography is expected in 2009. Chris is a popular conference speaker and a regular contributor to Photoshop User and Layers magazines.

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