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Adobe Photoshop is the tool of choice for anyone wanting to prepare images for print or for the Web, and knowledge of this software is a must for anyone working in the graphic design industry. Described as a must-have upgrade, Photoshop 6 offers a huge assortment of new features, including expanded Web graphics and design tools, a completely revamped text engine, added PDF compatibility, added layers, a new context-sensitive tool options bar, and even tighter integration with ImageReady 3.0. In addition, Photoshop 6 will ship with a trial version of Adobe GoLive, Adobe's professional Web-authoring application.
In Adobe Photoshop 6.0 Classroom in a Book, Adobe's own training experts provide readers with a comprehensive tutorial to this powerful image editing software. Readers tackle the basics of Photoshop, starting with navigating the interface, creating layers and selections, and working with Photoshop tools. From there, readers will move on to more complex Photoshop features, including masks, channels, retouching techniques, and special effects. The cross-platform CD includes all the images and project files needed for each lesson.
Photoshop 5.5, Adobe's powerful image-manipulation tool, continues to set the industry standard. Adobe Photoshop 5.5 Classroom in a Book is a thoroughly revised version of the bestselling tutorial that covers all the new features in Photoshop 5.5(including the History palette and spot color channels), with a new, in-depth chapter on preparing graphics for the Web.
Beginning to intermediate users will find the basics covered in the introductory lessons: getting comfortable with the Photoshop interface, using the toolbox and palettes, and working with layers and filters. Using a building-block approach, the Adobe Development Team then leads you into the more complex tasks of image editing and photo retouching. Production issues, color management, working with other Adobe applications in the Photoshop environment, and the new Web material are covered in short, focused lessons that you can follow at your own pace on your way to Photoshop mastery.
Adobe Photoshop is like having a darkroom right inside your computer. And now, with Photoshop Classroom in a Book, created by Adobe's own training experts, it's like having an expert tutor in your own book. Photoshop Classroom in a Book gives you a comprehensive set of Photoshop lessons to teach you everything you need to know to use this powerful image-editing software. And best of all, you can learn at your own pace.
Start with the basics of Photoshop, from navigating the interface to creating layers and selections to working with Photoshop tools, then move on to more complex Photoshop features, like masks, channels, retouching techniques, and special effects. In no time flat, you'll master these skills like a grade-A student, and you don't even have to bring an apple for the teacher.
About the Author
The Adobe Development Team is made up of creative employees from Adobe's User Education group. They take their expertise in training users to work with Adobe products, combine it with the creative talents of Adobe's product design teams, and add the rich content of the CD-ROM to make a unique learning package from Adobe Systems.
Table of Contents
About Classroom in a Book. Prerequisites. Installing Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Imageready. Starting Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Imageready. Copying the Classroom in a Book Files. Restoring Default Preferences. Additional Resources. Adobe Certification.
Lesson 1. Getting to Know the Work Area.
Starting Adobe Photoshop and Opening Files. Using the Tools. Entering Values. Viewing Images. Working with Palettes. Using Context Menus. Using Online Help. Using Adobe Online Services. Jumping to ImageReady. Review Questions. Review Answers.
Lesson 2. Working with Selections.
Selection Tool Overview. Getting Started. Selecting with the Rectangular Marquee Tool. Selecting with the Elliptical Marquee Tool. Moving a Selection. Selecting with the Magic Wand. Selecting with the Lasso Tool. Adding and Subtracting Selections. Selecting with the Magnetic Lasso. Transforming a Selection. Combining Selection Tools. Cropping the Completed Image. For the Web: Creating Evenly Spaced Buttons for a Web Page. Review Questions. Review Answers.
Lesson 3. Layer Basics.
Organizing Artwork on Layers. Getting Started. Creating and Viewing Layers. Selecting and Removing Artwork on a Layer. Rearranging Layers. Changing the Opacity and Mode of a Layer. Linking Layers. Adding a Gradient to a Layer. Adding Text. Applying a Layer Style. Flattening and Saving Files. Review Questions. Review Answers.
Lesson 4. Painting and Editing.
Getting Started. Filling the Background Layer with Color. Blending the Lily Image with the Background. Painting the Petals of the Flowers. Correcting Your Work. Smoothing the Edges of a Paintbrush Stroke. Creating a Subtle Overlay Effect. Painting Shadows in Nontransparent areas. Adding a Gradient to the Background. Creating a Glow Effect with a Custom Airbrush. Creating a Textured Effect with a Natural Brush. Creating a Patterned Border. Review Questions. Review Answers.
Lesson 5. Masks and Channels.
Working with Masks and Channels. Getting Started. Creating a Quick Mask. Editing a Quick Mask. Saving a Selection as a Mask. Editing a Mask. Loading a Mask as a Selection and Applying an Adjustment. Extracting an Image. Applying a Filter Effect to a Masked Selection. Creating a Gradient Mask. Applying Effects Using a Gradient Mask. Review Questions. Review Answers.
Lesson 6. Photo Retouching.
Strategy for Retouching. Resolution and Image Size. Getting Started. Cropping an Image. Adjusting the Tonal Range. Removing a Color Cast. Replacing Colors in an Image. Adjusting Saturation with the Sponge Tool. Adjusting Lightness with the Dodge Tool. Removing Unwanted Objects. Replacing Part of an Image. Applying the Unsharp Mask Filter. Saving the Image for Four-Color Printing. On Your Own: Painting with the Art History Brush. Review Questions. Review Answers.
Lesson 7. Basic Pen Tool Techniques.
Getting Started. Drawing Paths with the Pen Tool. Drawing Straight Paths. Drawing Curved Paths. Combining Straight and Curved Lines. Drawing a Path around Artwork. Review Questions. Review Answers.
Lesson 8. Vector Shapes and Clipping Paths.
About Bitmap Images and Vector Graphics. Getting Started. Creating the Logo. Working with Type. Re-Creating the Logo, Using Actions and Styles. Review Questions. Review Answers.
Lesson 9. Advanced Layer Techniques.
Getting Started. Creating a Layer Clipping Path. Creating Layer Sets. Creating an Adjustment Layer. Creating a Knockout Gradient Layer. Importing a Type Layer. Applying Layer Styles. Duplicating and Clipping a Layer. Liquifying a Layer. Creating a Border Layer. Flattening a Layered Image. Review Questions. Review Answers.
Lesson 10. Creating Special Effects.
Getting Started. Saving and Loading a Selection. Hand-Coloring Selections on a Layer. Combining and Moving Selections. Colorizing a Selection. Using a Grid. Changing the Color Balance. Applying Filters. Improving Performance with Filters. For the Web: Animated Rollover Button. Review Questions. Review Answers.
Lesson 11. Setting up Your Monitor for Color Management.
Getting Started. Color Management: An Overview. Calibrating and Characterizing Your Monitor Using Adobe Gamma. Saving the Monitor Profile. Review Questions. Review Answers.
Lesson 12. Producing and Printing Consistent Color.
Reproducing Colors. Getting Started. Specifying Color Management Settings. Proofing an Image. Identifying Out-of-Gamut Colors. Adjusting an Image and Printing a Proof. Saving the Image as a Separation. Selecting Print Options. Printing. Review Questions. Review Answers.
Lesson 13. Preparing Images for Two-Color Printing.
Printing in Color. Using Channels and the Channels Palette. Getting Started. Mixing Color Channels. Assigning Values to the Black and White Points. Sharpening the Image. Setting Up for Spot Color. Adding Spot Color. For the Web: Creating Two-Color Web Graphics. Review Questions. Review Answers.
Lesson 14. Optimizing Images for the Web.
Optimizing Images Using Photoshop or ImageReady. Getting Started. Optimizing a JPEG Image. Optimizing a GIF Image. Controlling Dither. Specifying Background Transparency. Creating an Image Map. Batch-Processing File Optimization. Review Questions. Review Answers.
Lesson 15. Creating Web Graphics Using Slices and Rollovers.
Getting Started. About Slices. Slicing the Image in Photoshop. Optimizing Slices in Photoshop. Slicing the Image in ImageReady. Optimizing Slices in ImageReady. Creating Rollovers. Previewing the Completed Banner in a Browser. Saving the Sliced Images in ImageReady. Review Questions. Review Answers.
Lesson 16. Designing Web Pages Using Multiple Adobe Programs.
Getting Started. Using Adobe Acrobat for Design Reviews. Creating the Web Page in Adobe GoLive. Review Questions. Review Answers.
Lesson 17. Creating Animated Images for the Web.
Creating Animations in Adobe ImageReady. Getting Started. Creating Simple Motion. Creating a Transition between Image States. Creating a Two-Step Animation. Rotating and Moving an Object. Creating a Montage Sequence. Using Advanced Layer Features to Create Animations. Review Questions. Review Answers.