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Photoshop CS2 All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies

Photoshop CS2 All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies

Barbara Obermeier

ISBN: 978-0-471-75061-1

Aug 2005

682 pages

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Brace yourself—this For Dummies guide is in full, dazzling color! That way you can see how you can lighten, brighten, blur, sharpen, or even age your digital images with Photoshop CS2. Chances are you have Photoshop CS2 and have explored it enough to know that you need a good guide to make the most of all its capabilities and get up to speed fast. Odds are you’ve experimented with some photos and spent hours tweaking them. Maybe you’re a veteran and used Photoshop CS2 to turn the gray sky to blue in a resort photo or to brighten the CEO’s smile. Maybe you’re a novice and gleefully extracted your ex from old photos and gave yourself a flattering mini-makeover at the same time. Maybe you used it to remove a scratch from a treasured family photo.

Regardless, you probably haven’t scratched the surface. Photoshop CS2 gives you so many options and tools for digital image creation, correction, and enhancement that even experienced pros can discover new techniques and shortcuts. With explanations for working on a PC or a Mac, Photoshop CS2 All-In-One desk Reference For Dummies is your complete resource that:

  • Combines nine minibooks: (1) Photoshop Fundamentals (2) Image Essentials (3) Selections (4) Painting, Drawing, and Typing (5) Working with Layers (6) Channels and Masks (7) Filters and Distortions (8) Retouching and Restoration (9) Photoshop and Print
  • Has more than 650 pages of tips, techniques, and plain-English explanations
  • Is in glorious, full color, with all kinds of photographs and examples
  • Has tons of screen shots so you’ll know exactly what to look for on your screen
  • Provides a tear out Cheat Sheet that’s your instant reference for finding your way around Photoshop CS2, accessing the tools palette through shortcuts, and making selections
  • Gets you up to speed on the new Adobe Bridge that lets you view, search, and organize your files, edit Camera Raw files, search for and purchase royalty-free stock photography, synchronize color settings, and more
  • Introduces you to the 58 tools in the Tools palette, from the Pen to the Eraser… the Spot Healing Brush to the Burn…the Clone Stamp to the Red Eye
  • Explains how to work with Vanishing Point—the new feature that lets you edit three dimensionally on a two-dimension image
  • Features special Putting-It-Together exercises that walk you through numbered steps to show you how to do various tasks such as getting the red out of eyes, making and fine-tuning a collage, and more; images on the book’s companion Web site let you follow along

Book I: Photoshop Fundamentals.

Chapter 1: Examining the Photoshop Environment.

Chapter 2: Getting to Know the Tools Palette.

Chapter 3: Starting, Finishing, and Getting It on Paper.

Chapter 4: Viewing and Navigating Images.

Chapter 5: Customizing Your Workspace and Preferences.

Book II: Image Essentials.

Chapter 1: Specifying Size and Resolution.

Chapter 2: Choosing Color Modes and File Formats.9

Chapter 3: Using and Managing Color.

Chapter 4: Time Travel — Undoing in Photoshop.

Chapter 5: Creating Actions for Productivity and Fun.

Book III: Selections.

Chapter 1: Making Selections.

Chapter 2: Creating and Working with Paths.

Chapter 3: Modifying and Transforming Selections and Paths.

Book IV: Painting, Drawing, and Typing.

Chapter 1: Painting and Drawing with Photoshop.

Chapter 2: Filling and Stroking.

Chapter 3: Creating and Editing Type.

Book V: Working with Layers.

Chapter 1: Creating Layers.

Chapter 2: Managing Layers.

Chapter 3: Playing with Opacity and Blend Modes.

Chapter 4: Getting Jazzy with Layer Styles and Clipping Groups.

Chapter 5: Working with Smart Objects.

Book VI: Channels and Masks.

Chapter 1: Using Channels.

Chapter 2: Quick and Dirty Masking.

Chapter 3: Getting Exact with Advanced Masking Techniques.

Book VII: Filters and Distortions.

Chapter 1: Making Corrections with Daily Filters.

Chapter 2: Applying Filters for Special Occasions.

Chapter 3: Distorting with the Liquify Command.

Book VIII: Retouching and Restoration.

Chapter 1: Enhancing Images with Adjustments.

Chapter 2: Repairing with the Focus and Toning Tools.

Chapter 3: Fixing Flaws and Removing What’s Not Wanted.

Book IX: Photoshop and Print.

Chapter 1: Prepping Graphics for Print.

Chapter 2: Creating Contact Sheets, Picture Packages, and More.

Bonus Chapters.

Bonus Chapter 1: Prepping Web Graphics.

Bonus Chapter 2: Slicing and Showing Web Images.

Bonus Chapter 3: Other Sources of Information.


Bonus Chapter 1: Prepping Web Graphics

This page contains links to the Bonus Chapters that accompany this book. To view the bonus chapters you will need software capable of viewing PDF files. You may download the free Adobe Viewer from Adobe's website:

Bonus Chapter 2: Slicing and Showing Web Images
Bonus Chapter 3: Other Sources of Information
Putting-It-Together Companion Images: Baby
Putting-It-Together Companion Images: JackOLantern
Putting-It-Together Companion Images: PoolBall
Putting-It-Together Companion Images: Cathedral
Putting-It-Together Companion Images: Flowers
Putting-It-Together Companion Images: LineArtMonster

Putting It Together Project

Note: All the images can be downloaded from the Downloads tab.

ImagePutting It Together Project
© IT Stock Free
Colorizing Black and White Images
Book IV, Chapter 1
Jack O'Lantern
© PhotoSpin
Ghosting Your Type
Book IV, Chapter 3
Giving Flat Art Highlights and Shadows
Book VI, Chapter 1
© David Busch
Adding Water Droplets and Other Wet Effects
Book VII, Chapter 2
Line Art Monster
© Christopher Blair
Cleaning Up a Line Art Scan
Book VIII, Chapter 1