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Adobe Photoshop cs in 10 Simple Steps or Less

Adobe Photoshop cs in 10 Simple Steps or Less

Micah Laaker, Christopher Schmitt

ISBN: 978-0-764-54237-4

Jan 2004

648 pages

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If you are looking to create exciting Web graphics and need to define and edit images quickly and easily, then this book is for you-whether you're new to Adobe's latest graphics editing software or you need a refresher on Photoshop's wide range of resources. Open the book and you'll discover clear, easy-to-follow instructions for more than 250 key Photoshop tasks, each presented in ten quick steps-or less. Easy - to - navigate pages, lots of screen shots, and to-the-point directions guide you through every common (and not so common) Photoshop challenge-and help you get more done in less time.
* Each solution is ten steps-or less-to help you get the job done fast
* Self-contained two-page spreads deliver the answers you need-without flipping pages
* A no-fluff approach focuses on helping you achieve results
* A resource packed with useful and fun ways to get the most out of Photoshop cs
* Make it simple and get productive fast! - find full-color images and links to resources, downloads, and companion and plug-in software on this book's Web site

About the Authors.


Part 1: Photoshop Basics.

Task 1: Setting File Handling Preferences.

Task 2: Recording Steps in the History Log.

Task 3: Setting Display and Cursor Preferences.

Task 4: Setting Transparency and Gamut Preferences.

Task 5: Setting Units and Rulers Preferences.

Task 6: Setting Guides, Grid, and Slices Preferences.

Task 7: Setting Plug-ins and Scratch Disk Preferences.

Task 8: Setting Memory and Image Cache Preferences.

Task 9: Navigating the HTML-Based Help System.

Task 10: Determining Necessary Options to Create a New Image File.

Task 11: Viewing Images with the File Browser.

Task 12: Organizing Thumbnails in the File Browser.

Task 13: Managing Folders and File Names from within the File Browser.

Task 14: Importing Digital Camera Images.

Task 15: Importing a PDF Image.

Task 16: Adding Notes to Image Files.

Task 17: Adding Audio Annotations to Image Files.

Task 18: Using the Save, Save As, and Save for Web Options.

Task 19: Utilizing the PSD Format to Keep Layers and Effects Intact.

Part 2: The Work Area.

Task 20: Using the Toolbox, Options Bar, View Modes, and Jump Commands.

Task 21: Using and Editing Shortcut Keys.

Task 22: Using the Navigator, Info, and Histogram Palettes.

Task 23: Using the Floating Palettes, Palette Options, and the Palette Well.

Task 24: Zooming in on Your Work with the Zoom and Hand Tools.

Task 25: Measuring Distance and Angles in Images with the Measure Tool.

Task 26: Using Rulers and Setting Ruler Options.

Task 27: Viewing and Using Grids for Precision Work.

Task 28: Placing, Moving, and Locking Guides for More Precise Control.

Task 29: Using the Snap To Command with Grids and Guides.

Task 30: Undoing, Redoing, Stepping Forward and Backward.

Task 31: Using the History Palette to Revert to Previous States.

Task 32: Creating a Duplicate Window or New Document from Current State.

Task 33: Creating Tool Presets to Streamline your Workflow.

Task 34: Using the Preset Manager to Access and Organize All Preset Types.

Task 35: Customizing and Saving Your Workspace.

Part 3: Color Essentials.

Task 36: Establishing and Customizing Initial Color Settings.

Task 37: Calibrating a Macintosh Monitor.

Task 38: Calibrating a Windows Monitor.

Task 39: Setting Foreground and Background Colors Using the Color Picker.

Task 40: Using the Color Palette to Choose Colors.

Task 41: Adding, Renaming, and Deleting Colors from the Swatch Palette.

Task 42: Creating, Saving, and Loading Swatch Libraries.

Task 43: Using the Eyedropper Tool to Sample Single Colors or Areas of Color.

Task 44: Using the Color Sampler Tool to Place Color Sample Readout Markers.

Task 45: Converting an Image into a Different Color Mode.

Task 46: Proofing Colors for Specific Outputs.

Task 47: Changing or Converting a Color Profile.

Part 4: Color Adjustments.

Task 48: Determining Detail and Tonal Range of an Image with the Histogram.

Task 49: Using the Auto Adjustments for Quick and Simple Corrections.

Task 50: Specifying Auto Correction Options.

Task 51: Adjusting the Tonal Range of an Image Using Levels.

Task 52: Setting White and Black Points Using Levels.

Task 53: Adjusting Color in an Image More Precisely with Curves.

Task 54: Using the Color Balance Command to Modify the Mixture of Colors.

Task 55: Using the Brightness/Contrast Command to Regulate Those Values within an Image.

Task 56: Using the Hue/Saturation Command to Alter the HSL Values in an Image.

Task 57: Editing the Range of the Hue/Saturation Sliders.

Task 58: Matching Colors between Images with the Match Color Command.

Task 59: Using the Replace Color Command to Change a Selected Color or Colors.

Task 60: Using Selective Color to Increase or Decrease Specific Color Components.

Task 61: Applying Gradient Mapping to Add a Stunning Color Effect to an Image.

Task 62: Using the Photo Filter Command.

Task 63: Using the Shadow/Highlight Command.

Task 64: Using the Invert Color Command to Inverse Color Values in an Image.

Task 65: Equalizing Levels of Brightness and Dark with the Equalize Command.

Task 66: Adjusting the Threshold to Get a High-Contrast, Black-and-White Image.

Task 67: Posterizing an Image to a Specified Number of Tonal Levels.

Task 68: Using the Variations Command to Adjust Values with the Help of Thumbnail Views.

Part 5: Selections.

Task 69: Forming Basic Selections Using the Rectangular Marquee Tool.

Task 70: Using the Lasso and Polygonal Lasso Tools to Make a Freeform Selection.

Task 71: Outlining a High-Contrast Object with the Magnetic Lasso Tool.

Task 72: Select by Color with the Magic Wand Tool.

Task 73: Making a Selection by Color Range.

Task 74: Moving the Selection Marquee or Selection Contents.

Task 75: Adding to or Subtracting from Selection Areas.

Task 76: Intersecting Selections to Create Unique Selection Shapes.

Task 77: Stroking a Selection to Make an Instant Frame for an Image.

Task 78: Using Inverse to Select a Complex Object with a Plain Background.

Task 79: Creating a Soft-edged Vignette Effect with Feathering.

Task 80: Creating a Border Selection.

Task 81: Modifying a Selection by Smoothing, Expanding, or Contracting.

Task 82: Resizing or Reshaping a Selection with the Transform Selection Command.

Task 83: Cropping an Image to a Selected Area.

Task 84: Deselecting, Reselecting, and Deleting Selections.

Task 85: Copying and Pasting a Selected Area into Another Image.

Task 86: Saving and Loading Selections for Later Use.

Part 6: Path Essentials.

Task 87: Creating a Simple Work Path Using the Pen Tool.

Task 88: Drawing Curves with the Pen Tool.

Task 89: Creating a Freeform Path.

Task 90: Using the Magnetic Pen Tool to Trace a Path around an Object.

Task 91: Selecting Path Components with the Path and Direct Selection Tools.

Task 92: Adding and Deleting Anchor Points to Reshape a Path.

Task 93: Using the Convert Point Tool to Change to Smooth or Corner Points.

Task 94: Aligning and Distributing Path Components.

Task 95: Filling and Stroking Paths.

Task 96: Converting a Path to a Selection and Vice Versa.

Task 97: Duplicating, Saving, and Deleting Paths.

Task 98: Exporting a Path to Adobe Illustrator.

Part 7: Transformations.

Task 99: Resizing and Resampling an Image Using the Image Size Command.

Task 100: Increasing or Decreasing an Image’s Canvas Area.

Task 101: Flipping an Image Vertically or Horizontally.

Task 102: Rotating an Image.

Task 103: Eliminating an Unnecessary Image Area by Cropping.

Task 104: Using the Trim Command to Crop Away Specified Outer Image Areas.

Task 105: Scaling an Image or Image Area.

Task 106: Skewing and Distorting an Image or Image Area One Corner at a Time.

Task 107: Applying One-Point Perspective to an Image.

Task 108: Working with Video Format Pixel Aspect Ratios.

Part 8: Painting Essentials.

Task 109: Using the Brush Preset Picker to Choose and Load Brush Tips.

Task 110: Painting and Drawing with the Brush and Pencil Tools.

Task 111: Using the Color Replacement Tool.

Task 112: Using a Brush Blend Mode to Repair Red-Eye.

Task 113: Erasing a Portion of an Image or Layer with the Eraser Tool.

Task 114: Controlling Boundaries While Erasing with the Background Eraser Tool.

Task 115: Using the Magic Eraser Tool to Erase an Area Based on a Range of Colors.

Task 116: Filling Areas with Solid Colors or Patterns Using the Paint Bucket Tool.

Task 117: Adding Softness to a Chosen Image Area with the Blur Tool.

Task 118: Increasing the Clarity of an Area with the Sharpen Tool.

Task 119: Simulating a Fingerpainted Look Using the Smudge Tool.

Task 120: Highlighting an Image Area with the Dodge Tool.

Task 121: Applying the Burn Tool to Create Shading Effects in an Image.

Task 122: Changing Color Saturation with the Sponge Tool Options.

Task 123: Performing Digital Plastic Surgery with the Healing Brush.

Task 124: Using the Healing Brush Pattern Option.

Task 125: Repairing a Selected Area with the Patch Tool.

Task 126: Transferring Part of an Image to Another Image with the Clone Stamp Tool.

Task 127: Painting with a Pattern by Means of the Pattern Stamp Tool.

Part 9: Advanced Painting Techniques.

Task 128: Using the History Brush to Paint with a History State.

Task 129: Painting from or Recovering Your Previous Work Using Snapshots.

Task 130: Adding Artistic Style to an Image with the Art History Brush.

Task 131: Erasing to a History State.

Task 132: Filling a Selection or Layer with a History State.

Task 133: Using the Gradient Tool to Apply a Color Gradient.

Task 134: Creating a Custom Gradient.

Task 135: Saving and Loading Gradient Libraries.

Task 136: Creating and Defining a Pattern.

Task 137: Setting Brush Dynamics.

Task 138: Creating Custom Brushes.

Task 139: Editing a Preset Brush.

Task 140: Creating and Saving a Brush Set.

Part 10: Channels and Masks.

Task 141: Working with Color Channels.

Task 142: Splitting Channels into Separate Images.

Task 143: Creating and Editing an Alpha Channel.

Task 144: Converting a Selection to a Channel.

Task 145: Using the Quick Mask Mode to Isolate an Image Area.

Task 146: Changing the Quick Mask Options.

Task 147: Storing Masks in Channels for Later Use.

Task 148: Using the Channel Options in the Save Selection Dialog Box.

Task 149: Using the Channel Mixer to Create Interesting Color Effects.

Part 11: Layer Essentials.

Task 150: Creating a Basic Layered Image.

Task 151: Organizing Your Layers by Naming and Color Coding.

Task 152: Selecting, Moving, and Duplicating Layers.

Task 153: Adjusting Master and Fill Opacities in a Layer.

Task 154: Locking Layers or Layer Attributes.

Task 155: Linking Layers or Layer Sets.

Task 156: Using Layer Sets to Organize Layers.

Task 157: Aligning and Distributing Linked Layers.

Task 158: Changing the Stacking Order of Layers and Layer Sets.

Task 159: Blending Layers Using Layer Blend Modes.

Task 160: Restricting Blending to Specific Channels.

Task 161: Adding and Editing a Hide All or Reveal All Layer Mask.

Task 162: Creating a Gradient Layer Mask.

Task 163: Using a Solid Color or Gradient Fill Layer.

Task 164: Using a Pattern Fill Layer to Enhance Another Patterned Layer.

Task 165: Using an Adjustment Layer to Fine-Tune Color Adjustments.

Task 166: Making Use of an Adjustment Layer’s Mask.

Task 167: Moving Layers to Other Images.

Task 168: Cleaning Up Edges with Defringe and Remove Matte Commands.

Task 169: Using Layers to Create a Collage.

Task 170: Creating a Knockout Effect with Knockout Options.

Task 171: Merging Layers in Different Ways.

Task 172: Rasterizing and Flattening Layers.

Task 173: Utilizing the Layer Comps Feature.

Task 174: Exporting Layers as Files.

Part 12: Layer Styles and Shape Layers.

Task 175: Using the Preset Styles in the Styles Palette.

Task 176: Creating a New Drop Shadow Style.

Task 177: Creating a New Inner Shadow Style.

Task 178: Creating a New Outer Glow Style.

Task 179: Creating a New Inner Glow Style.

Task 180: Creating a New Bevel and Emboss Style.

Task 181: Creating a New Satin Effect Style.

Task 182: Creating a New Color Overlay Style.

Task 183: Creating a New Gradient Overlay Style.

Task 184: Creating a New Pattern Overlay Style.

Task 185: Creating a New Stroke Style.

Task 186: Converting Layer Styles to Image Layers.

Task 187: Using a Shape Tool to Create a Shape Layer.

Task 188: Use the Shape Tool Options to Modify the Shape.

Task 189: Creating a Raster Shape or Path with the Shape Tools.

Task 190: Fashioning a Unique Image Using only Preset Shapes.

Task 191: Creating, Saving, and Loading Custom Shapes.

Task 192: Using the Line Shape Tool and Creating Arrowhead Lines.

Task 193: Creating a Vector Layer Mask with a Shape Tool.

Task 194: Creating a Layer Clipping Group.

Part 13: Type.

Task 195: Inserting Point Type into an Image.

Task 196: Specifying and Adjusting Type Parameters.

Task 197: Moving, Aligning, and Justifying Type.

Task 198: Resizing and Transforming Type.

Task 199: Checking and Correcting Spelling; Finding and Replacing Text.

Task 200: Managing and Transforming Paragraph Type.

Task 201: Dressing up an Image with Warped Type.

Task 202: Placing Text on a Path.

Task 203: Customizing a Text Logo with Shape Type.

Task 204: Combining Text with Imagery Using a Selection Mask Type.

Task 205: Using Work Path Type as a Clipping Path.

Task 206: Creating an Eye-Catching Text Effect by Manipulating Layer Styles.

Task 207: Using Layers to Form Text Reflections.

Part 14: Filters.

Task 208: Extracting an Object from the Surrounding Background.

Task 209: Using the Liquify Command to Contort an Image.

Task 210: Using the Freeze and Thaw Functions in Liquify.

Task 211: Creating and Saving a Liquify Mesh.

Task 212: Creating Patterns Using the Pattern Maker.

Task 213: Using the Filter Gallery to Combine Filter Effects.

Task 214: Replicate a Painterly Effect with an Artistic Filter.

Task 215: Use a Blur Filter with a Blend Mode to Get a Sketch Effect.

Task 216: Creating a Unique Blur Effect Using Zoom in the Radial Blur Filter.

Task 217: Adding Stylish Texture to an Image with a Brush Strokes Filter.

Task 218: Creating a Unique Photo Effect with the Glass Filter.

Task 219: Using a Distortion Filter to Create an Edge Mask.

Task 220: Creating a Displacement Map to Distort an Image.

Task 221: Using a Noise Filter to Create a Pattern.

Task 222: Generating and Manipulating Digital Clouds.

Task 223: Illuminating Image Areas with Lighting Effects.

Task 224: Applying a Specialized Lighting Effect Using a Texture Channel.

Task 225: Adding an Unusual Color Effect Using the Plaster Filter.

Task 226: Using the Fade Command on Filter Effects.

Task 227: Setting Up an Additional Plug-ins Directory.

Part 15: Automations.

Task 228: Loading and Playing Preset Actions.

Task 229: Creating an Action from Scratch for a Common Task.

Task 230: Editing and Customizing Existing Actions.

Task 231: Creating Droplets from Actions.

Task 232: Using the Batch Command to Batch Process Files.

Task 233: Creating and Organizing a Picture Package.

Task 234: Creating a Contact Sheet for Cataloging Images.

Task 235: Creating a Basic Web Photo Gallery.

Task 236: Customizing Web Photo Gallery Styles.

Task 237: Cropping and Straightening Photos Automatically.

Task 238: Creating Seamless Panoramas with Photomerge.

Task 239: Using Scripts.

Part 16: Print Essentials.

Task 240: Setting Printer and Page Setup Options.

Task 241: Using the Print with Preview Command.

Task 242: Printing Using Color Management.

Task 243: Using the Proof Setups.

Task 244: Identifying and Correcting Out-of-Gamut Colors.

Task 245: Creating a Duotone Image.

Task 246: Converting an Image to Halftone.

Task 247: Adding a Spot Color Using a Spot Channel.

Part 17: For the Web: ImageReady.

Task 248: Optimizing GIFs for Web Use.

Task 249: Optimizing JPEGs for Web Use.

Task 250: Optimize PNGs for Web Use.

Task 251: Exporting to SWF.

Task 252: Using and Customizing the Preview in Browser Command.

Task 253: Creating a Seamless Tiling Background.

Task 254: Using Layer Styles to Design Matching Web Elements.

Task 255: Working with the Object-Based User Interface.

Task 256: Using the Web Page Template Action to Create a Basic Site Look.

Task 257: Using ImageReady Tables.

Task 258: Slicing an Image into Separate Parts with the Slice Tool.

Task 259: Identifying Slice Characteristics, Moving, Resizing, and Locking Slices.

Task 260: Selecting, Saving, Loading, and Deleting Slices.

Task 261: Dividing, Combining, and Duplicating Slices.

Task 262: Specifying Slice Background Color.

Task 263: Assigning URLs to Slices.

Task 264: Linking and Unlinking Slices.

Task 265: Applying Different Optimizations to User Slices.

Task 266: Creating a Layer-based Image Map.

Task 267: Creating a Tool-Based Image Map.

Task 268: Modifying Image Map Settings.

Task 269: Creating a Rollover Effect.

Task 270: Creating a Secondary Rollover Effect.

Task 271: Constructing a Simple Animation.

Task 272: Optimizing and Saving Animation Files.

Task 273: Editing an Animation Action to Customize It.

Task 274: Using an Animation in a Rollover.

Task 275: Creating an Animation Using the Tweening Function.


Artwork Part 1
Artwork Part 2
Artwork Part 3
Artwork Part 4
Artwork Part 5
Artwork Part 6
Artwork Part 7
Artwork Part 8
Artwork Part 9
Artwork Part 10
Artwork Part 11
Artwork Part 12
Artwork Part 13
Artwork Part 14
Artwork Part 15
Artwork Part 16
Artwork Part 17
Photographs in ZIP format
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Companion Web Site Intro Page

The Photoshop CS in 10 Simple Steps or Less Web site accompanies the Wiley title written by Micah Laaker and Christopher Schmitt. Within this site, you will find the following:

  • All the artwork used in the book's examples for you to use
  • Photographs you can modify and experiment with
  • A comprehensive listing of plug-ins and add-ons for Photoshop (below)
  • Links to online Photoshop resources
  • Links to free downloads of Actions

Your feedback on the book is also welcome. If you would, please drop a note detailing what you did and didn't like about this title to the authors: Micah Laaker and Christopher Schmitt.


Artwork has been collected from throughout the book so that you may make reference to it at any time. The parts have been put into archives to make downloading easier. If you do not have an archiving utiltiy you may download a trial version of any one of the following three: WinZip, WinRar, and WinAce.

For those of you blessed with high speed internet you may download the entire collection instead of one Part at a time. Go to the download page for all the Artwork.



The Photographs have been put into archives to make downloading easier and are available on the download page. If you do not have an archiving utiltiy you may download a trial version of any one of the following three: WinZip, WinRar, and WinAce.

The photographs have been compressed in two formats (WinZip and WinRar)

Plug-Ins and Add-Ons

Plug-Ins and Add-Ons

Software name Version Vendor Vendor URL Price Mac PC Description
pxl SmartScale 1.0 Extensis 199.95 X X Scale images to larger sizes without fuzzy distortion.
Mask Pro 3.0 Extensis 199.95 X X Quickly mask complex imagery (such as hair)
Intellihance Pro 4.1 Extensis
199.95 X X Automatically adjust images to repair their problems
PhotoFrame 2.5 Extensis 199.95 X X Create seamless border and frame edges
PhotoTools 3.0 Extensis 149.95 X X Replicate common special effects
ColorWeb Pro 2.0 Pantone
39.95 X X Quickly match PANTONE colors to Web and RGB values
ScatterLight Lenses   Andromeda Software
98.00 X X Create professional lighting effects
VariFocus   Andromeda Software
47.00 X X Focus and defocus areas of your image
Perspective   Andromeda Software
47.00 X X Create consistent, realistic perspective across multiple images
LensDoc   Andromeda Software
98.00 X X Corrects barreling & pin-cushioning distortions
RedEyePro   Andromeda Software
39.00 X X Repair red eye in your images
Cutline   Andromeda Software 74.00 X X Replicate etching and engraving effects
EtchTone   Andromeda Software 98.00 X X Create an old-fashioned etching effect
Screens   Andromeda Software 109.00 X X Achieve a mezzotinting effect
Series 1       Photography Filters   Andromeda Software 88.00 X X Package of lighting effects
Shadow Filter   Andromeda Software
109.00 X X Apply 3D shadows using adjustable light sources
Velociraptor   Andromeda Software 47.00 X X Create intriguing motion trail effects
IconBuilder Pro 4.0 IconFactory 69.00 X   Create OS X and Windows XP icons within Photoshop
Mr. Contrast   Flaming Pear 20.00 X X Amplify the contrast in your images
Flexify   Flaming Pear 20.00 X X Bend spherical panoramas into new shapes
Designer Sextet   Flaming Pear 49.00 X X Apply bizarre distortions on your images
Knot   Flaming Pear 20.00 X   Generate abstract 3D shapes
Hue_and_Cry   Flaming Pear 20.00 X X Create abstract regions of color
Melancholytron   Flaming Pear
20.00 X X Apply “moody” feeling to images
Flood   Flaming Pear 20.00 X X Generate water effects
SolarCell   Flaming Pear 20.00 X X Create suns using a number of controls
LunarCell   Flaming Pear 20.00 X X Create planets using a number of controls
Glitterato   Flaming Pear 20.00 X X Create a skyful of stars and nebulas
SuperBladePro   Flaming Pear 30.00 X   Surface and texture generator
India Ink   Flaming Pear 15.00 X X Convert color images to unusual black-and-white halftones
Tesselation   Flaming Pear 15.00 X X Create seamless tiles
Creative Pack   Flaming Pear
26.00 X X Create winding edges, undulating surfaces, bright colors and patterns
Webmaster Series   Flaming Pear
39.00 X X Control color for web imagery
KPT Collection 5, 6, and Effects Corel
99.99 X X Best of Kai’s Power Tools filters
KnockOut 2 Corel
  X X Quickly mask complex imagery
Xenofex 2 Alien Skin Software
129.00 X X Special effects package
Image Doctor   Alien Skin Software
129.00 X X Restore and retouch blemished images
Splat!   Alien Skin Software
99.00 X X User-requested filters
EyeCandy 4000 Alien Skin Software
169.00 X X Special effects package
AutoEye 2.0 Auto FX Software 129.00 X X Automatically  enhance your imagery
DreamSuite Series 1 Auto FX Software 199.00 X X Apply special effects to your images
DreamSuite Series 2 Auto FX Software 149.00 X X Apply special effects to your images
DreamSuite Gel Series Auto FX Software 99.00 X X Create bubbly, soft gel-like imagery
Mystical Lighting   Auto FX Software 179.00 X X Apply fantasy-like effects
Mystical Tint, Tone, and Color   Auto FX Software 179.00 X X Apply fantasy-like effects
Photo/Graphic Edges   Auto FX Software 149.00 X X Create custom borders and frames

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