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Introduction to Adobe Photoshop CS6 with ACA Certification

Introduction to Adobe Photoshop CS6 with ACA Certification

AGI Creative Team

ISBN: 978-1-118-39408-3

Jan 2013

480 pages

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One of the fastest growing technical certification markets is the Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) exam program. Introduction to Adobe Photoshop CS6 with ACA Certification, written by expert instructors, includes all the classroom tools needed to teach an introductory Photoshop course and prepare your students for the certification exam. In addition to learning Adobe Photoshop, this textbook prepares students to earn this valuable job-focused certification helping them jump-start their careers in such fields as commercial design and print/web production. Students will master the skills needed when working with Adobe Bridge, Camera RAW, masks and layers, painting and retouching, project management and much more.

This single book provides students with a complete introduction to Photoshop along with a comprehensive exam preparation. This curriculum, created by a team of Adobe experts who have developed training programs for Adobe Systems, offers your students the opportunity to confidently prove their skills mastery and gain this valuable certification to give them the needed edge on their career path. Adobe Certified Associate exam vouchers are available for bundling for an additional fee.

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Starting up

About Photoshop Digital Classroom


Adobe Photoshop CS6 versions

System requirements

Starting Adobe Photoshop CS6

Resetting Adobe Photoshop CS6 preferences

Loading lesson files

Working with the video tutorials

Setting up for viewing the video tutorials

Viewing the video tutorials
with the Adobe Flash Player

Additional resources

Lesson 1: Exploring Photoshop CS6

Starting up

Experimenting with new Vector capabilities

Filling a vector shape with a pattern

Adding a mask to a Vector layer

Using the new brush tips

Saving the new Brush

Adding strokes to vector images

Cloning your new snowflake

Adding Text layers from another document

Updating text styles

Cropping an image

Self study


Lesson 2: Getting to Know the Workspace

Starting up

Opening an existing document in
Mini Bridge

Discovering the Tools panel

Selection, Cropping, and Measuring Tools

Retouching and Painting Tools

Drawing and Type Tools

Navigation Tools

Accessing tools and their options

Using panels

Putting the panel system to use

Choosing other panels

Expanding and collapsing your panels

Customizing your panels

Hidden tools

Navigating the image area

Using the Zoom tool

Using the Hand tool

Tabbed windows

Maximizing productivity with screen modes

Self study


Lesson 3: Taking Advantage of Adobe Bridge

Starting up

What is Adobe Bridge?

Navigating through Bridge

Using folders in Adobe Bridge

Making a Favorite

Creating and locating metadata

Using keywords

Creating a Metadata Template

Opening a file from Adobe Bridge

Searching for files using Adobe Bridge

Searching by name or keyword

Using the Filter panel

Saving a Collection

Automation tools in Adobe Bridge

Batch renaming your files

Additional Photoshop Tools

Automated tools for Photoshop: Web Photo Gallery

Saving or uploading your Web Gallery

Automated tools for Photoshop: PDF contact sheet

Changing the view

Self study


Lesson 4: Photoshop Basics

Starting up

Opening an existing document

Understanding document settings

Viewing an image’s size and resolution

Combining the images

Using Copy and Paste

Dragging and dropping to copy an image

Transforming and editing combined images

Changing the size of a placed image

Removing a background

Understanding the stacking order of layers

Refining the edges of copied images

Adding text

Saving files

Understanding file formats

Choosing a file format

Saving a JPEG file

Saving for print

Changing the color settings

Adjusting image size

Saving a Photoshop PDF file

Self study


Lesson 5: Making the Best Selections

Starting up

The importance of a good selection

Using the Marquee tools

Creating a square selection

Creating a selection from a center point

Changing a selection into a layer

Working with the Magic Wand tool

The Lasso tool

Adding to and subtracting from selections

Deleting from the selection

Saving a selection

Feathering the selection

Using the Quick Selection tool

Making difficult selections with
the Refine Edge feature

Using Quick Mask

Saving selections

Copying and pasting a selection

Using the Pen tool for selections

Using the Pen tool to select an area of an image

More Pen tool selection techniques

Converting a path to a selection

Self study


Lesson 6: Painting and Retouching

Starting up

Setting up your color settings

Color primer

Understanding color gamut

The RGB color model

The CMYK color model

Working in the RGB mode

Editing color settings

Selecting colors

Starting to paint

Using the Color panel

Using the Brush tool

Changing opacity

Save time—learn the shortcuts

Using the Brush Presets

Using the Airbrush feature

Creating a Border using the Bristle brushes

Applying color to an image

Changing blending modes

The Eyedropper tool

Retouching images

Using the Clone Stamp tool

Repairing fold lines

The History panel

The Spot Healing Brush

The Healing Brush

Using the Patch tool

Using the Clone Source panel

Cloning from another source

Self study


Lesson 7: Creating a Good Image

Starting up

Choosing your color settings

Opening the file

Why you should work in RGB

Reading a histogram

Making the Curve adjustment

Defining the highlight and shadow

Locating the White and Black Point

Inputting the white and black point values

Adjusting the midtones

Setting the neutral

Sharpening your image

Comparing your image with the original

Taking care of red eye

Using the Camera Raw plug-in

Using Camera Raw controls

Saving a DNG file

Reopening a DNG file

Self study


Lesson 8: Getting to Know Layers

Starting up

Discovering layers

Getting a handle on layers

Creating a new blank file

Naming your layer

Selecting layers

Tips for selecting layers

Moving layers

Changing the visibility of a layer

Using masks in a layer

Preserve transparency

Creating a composition

Moving images in from other documents

Creating a layer mask

Editing the layer mask

Cloning layers

Aligning and distributing layers

Applying filters to layers

Creating a type layer

Applying a layer style

Creating a clipping mask

Testing out the new Filter for the Layers panel

Self study


Lesson 9: Taking Layers to the Max

Starting up

Making color changes using adjustment layers

Refining the adjustment layer mask

Adjusting the Hue/Saturation layer

Adding a pattern fill layer

Defining the pattern

Applying the pattern

Using the Black & White adjustment layer

Adding a tint

Applying a gradient to the adjustment layer

Layer styles

Creating the text layer

Applying the Outer Glow layer style

Applying the Bevel and Emboss layer style

Changing the shading

Changing the fill opacity

Saving the style

Accessing the style

Self study


Lesson 10: Getting Smart in Photoshop

Starting up

Creating a composition using Smart Objects

Opening an image as a Smart Object

Converting a layer to a Smart Object

Placing a Smart Object

Editing a Smart Object

Editing the contents of a Smart Object

Modifying multiple Smart Object layers

Replacing the contents of a Smart Object layer

Working with Smart Filters

Modifying a Smart Filter

Self study


Lesson 11: Using Adobe Photoshop Filters

Starting up

Filter basics

Starting to use filters

Using the Clouds filter

Fading your filter

Using the Filter Gallery

Applying filters in the Gallery

Taking advantage of Smart Filters

Applying a Smart Filter

Smart Filter options

Enabling and disabling effects

Using a filter effects mask

Using the Vanishing Point filter

Building your own perspective planes

Building an attached plane

Self study


Lesson 12: Creating Images for Web and Video

Starting up

Changing your units of measurement

Creating the web page

Adding the TextAdding Style to the text

Creating the text for the links

Positioning and distribution of text

Creating slices

Slicing it up

Selecting and combining slices

Applying attributes to your slices

Using Save For Web

Optimizing the image slices

Saving files for video

Creating animation

Working in Frame mode

Saving an animated GIF

Creating animation for HD video

Working in Timeline mode

Self study


Lesson 13: Introducing 3D

Creating a 3D object

Confirming that you can use Photoshop 3D features

Locating the GPU/OpenGL preferences
in Photoshop CS6

Getting an image ready for 3D

Wrapping the image around a soda can

Positioning the soda can in 3D space

Adjusting materials and lightingWorking with light sources

Animating the soda can

Exporting your animation

Creating 3D Text

Applying materials to the 3D mesh

Rendering and Rasterizing your 3D images

Exporting your 3D imageSelf study


Lesson 14: Photoshop CS6 New Features

Starting up

New Look and Feel

Sketch and paint with new brush tips

New content-aware tools

Investigating the Content-Aware Move tool

Stroke and fills

Layer panel improvements

More options for creating patterns

New and improved 3D features

OpenGL is now required

Better tool unification

3D Widgets

3D Merge improved

  • A comprehensive Intro to Photoshop textbook designed for classroom use
  • Complete coverage of the Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) certification integrated throughout the book.
  • Over 3 hours of online video tutorials included with the book.