Photoshop CS4: The Missing Manual: The Missing Manual

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"O'Reilly Media, Inc.", Dec 26, 2008 - Computers - 800 pages
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Photoshop is the world's most widely used photo-editing and graphics program. But with all its fantastic new features and options, the CS4 version can bewilder even the most seasoned professional. That's where Photoshop CS4: The Missing Manual comes in: packed with tips, tricks, and lots of practical advice, this visually rich four-color guidebook teaches you everything you need to know to edit photos and create beautiful documents in Photoshop.

Whether you're an absolute beginner or a power user ready to try some advanced techniques, author and graphics pro Lesa Snider King offers crystal-clear, jargon-free instructions to help you take advantage of these powerful tools -- not only how they work, but when you should use them. You'll quickly get up to speed on new CS4 features such as:

  • Photoshop's completely revamped workspace
  • Smoother image display and quick zoom, including the new pixel grid view
  • New Masks and Adjustments panels
  • The Vibrance adjustment layer
  • Hand-painting adjustments and using graduated filters in Camera Raw
  • Enhanced Adobe Bridge

And much more. You'll also find out which features work well, and which aren't worth your time. Written with the clarity, humor, and objective scrutiny that are hallmarks of the Missing Manual series, Photoshop CS4: The Missing Manual is the friendly, thorough resource you need. Why settle for anything less?

"Lesa did a great job on the book, and in my mind, it is the new Photoshop Bible."-- Scott Kelby, Photoshop Insider

 

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Not a step by step guide but a great reference. Say to yourself "I wonder if I could..." look it up and find a paragraph or two on how it's done.

Contents

Introduction
1
Photoshop CS4 Guided Tour
11
Opening Viewing and Saving Files
37
The Key to Nondestructive Editing
69
Choosing What to Edit
124
Controlling Color with Channels
171
Cropping Resizing and Rotating
202
Combining Images
254
Painting in Photoshop
449
Drawing with the Vector Tools
494
Creating Artistic Text
530
The Wide World of Filters
587
Photoshop and Print
615
Photoshop and the Web
659
Working Smarter with Actions
695
PlugIns
711

Draining Changing and Adding Color
300
Correcting Color and Lighting
341
Photoshopping People
391
The Art of Sharpening
424
Troubleshooting and Getting Help
729
Using Adobe Bridge
737
Index
751
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Lesa Snider, internationally acclaimed author and speaker, is on a mission to teach the world to create better graphics. She s the author of several books including the popular Photoshop: The Missing Manual and The Skinny Book series of eBooks (www.theskinnybooks. com). Lesa is a founding instructor for creativeLIVE.com (www.lesa.in/clvideos), where she teaches image editing, graphic design, and stock photography, and a regular columnist for Photoshop User, Photographic Elements Techniques, and Macworld magazines. She s also a stock photographer, a long-time member of the Photoshop World Dream Team of instructors, and captain of her very own Prometheus-class starship. Lesa and her husband, Jay Nelson, live in Boulder, CO with their two cats, Samantha and Sherlock.Visit Lesa s tutorial-riddled website at www.PhotoLesa.com, connect with her on Twitter (@PhotoLesa), or pose questions on her Facebook Fan page (www.Facebook.com/Photolesa).

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