This chapter is loaded with information-packed videos designed to quickly get you up and running with Photoshop CS5. Take a tour of Photoshop's interface, learn how to optimize Photoshop for real-world productivity, and discover how Photoshop can be used to create compelling images.
Getting Started with Photoshop
This video gives you a quick introduction to the topics covered in this chapter, which include the editions of Photoshop, the interface, and multiple undos.
When editing an image in Photoshop, it's easy and very normal to make mistakes as you work. Learn how easy it is to undo your mistakes and even step back in time using Photoshop's legendary History panel.
This series of videos teaches you how to optimize Photoshop so that you can be most productive while you work. You'll learn how to arrange panels, customize keyboard shortcuts, create and save a custom panel configuration, manage multiple document windows, and ultimately take charge of Photoshop's interface.
Optimizing Photoshop for Real-World Productivity
Get an overview of everything you'll learn about in this section, including panels, keyboard shortcuts, menus, and preferences.
The majority of Photoshop's features and tools are organized in panels. Learn how to manage and arrange them so that your work in Photoshop is as efficient as possible. Once you create a layout that works, now you can save that layout for future use. Changing screen modes.
One of the best ways that you can improve your efficiency in Photoshop is by using keyboard shortcuts. Learn how to change any keyboard shortcut and add a keyboard shortcut to a menu item that doesn't have one.
Photoshop CS5 lets you temporarily rotate your canvas so you can carry out creative tasks more conveniently. You'll find this especially useful if you work with a pen tablet, variable data, or packaging.
This chapter introduces you to the basics of image editing. The important concepts you learn here will serve as the foundation of your Photoshop knowledge. Find out what raster and vector images are, uncover the mystery of resolution and color, and discover just how important layers and masks are.
Image Editing Concepts
Get an overview of all the concepts you'll learn in this chapter, including image size and resolution, color modes,and selections.
In the world of digital imaging, image size and resolution are the two forces that work together to determine the quality of your images. It's vital that you understand these key concepts and how they relate to each other. Learn how to resize an image and discover that there are different approaches for resizing an image depending on what you plan on doing with it.
When you practice nondestructive editing, the changes you make to an image are never permanently applied to it, which allows you to edit the image with unrivaled power and flexibility. Find out the many ways that Photoshop allows you to nondestructively edit an image.
Refine Edge technology has been in Photoshop for several versions, but Photoshop CS5 has dramatically improved it with the new Smart Radius, improved Auto Radius, color decontamination, and automatic output to different layer types.
This chapter teaches you how to import and organize your images. Learn how to scan images into Photoshop, transfer a batch of images from your digital camera to your computer, and organize your images in Adobe Bridge. Discover the power of shooting Camera Raw images and find out how to process them using Adobe Camera Raw.
Importing and Organizing Images
Learn all the ways to bring multiple images together into one Photoshop document and discover the power and benefits of working with Smart Objects.
Scanners allow you to convert a tangible photograph or piece of art into a digital image that can be viewed on a monitor, transmitted from computer to computer, and archived on a storage device. Learn how to scan an image and import it into Photoshop.
Finding the right images and artwork for a project can be challenging. Learn how Adobe Bridge makes this process easier. One of the biggest advantages of using Adobe Bridge is its ability to apply ratings and labels to your images so that you can easily and quickly organize them.
Assigning keywords to your images allows you to label their content, making it easier to find them later. Every file contains at least some metadatalearn how to view metadata and add additional metadata to your images.
This chapter teaches you how to use each and every one of the tools in Photoshop's Tools panel. Use the Interactive Tools Panel included in this chapter to select a tool you want to learn more about. These videos take you deep into the inner workings of each tool.
This is your introduction to the Tools panel. Find out how the Tools panel is organized, learn the keyboard shortcuts for selecting each tool, and pick up a ton of efficiency tips along the way.
The Crop tool is used to crop and trim images or to add canvas size. The Slice tool allows you to divide an image into multiple sections that are reassembled on a web page. The Slice Select tool is used to select and modify existing slices.
The Eyedropper and Color Sampler tools are used to sample colors in an image, the Ruler tool is used to measure distances, locations, and angles, and the Note tool allows you to attach notes to an image. The Count tool (Photoshop Extended only) is used to count objects in an image.
The Spot Healing Brush tool is used to remove unwanted objects and blemishes from an image. The Healing Brush and Patch tools allow you to fix imperfections using a sample or pattern. The Red Eye tool is used to remove the red reflection caused by a camera's flash.
The Brush tool is used for painting various brush strokes. Photoshop CS5 has added amazing NEW natural bristle brushes with a cool new preview. The Pencil tool allows you to paint hard-edged strokes. The Color Replacement tool is used to replace a selected color with a new color.
The History Brush tool is used to paint "back in time" to any previous state you choose. The Art History Brush tool lets you paint with stylized strokes that simulate the look of different painting styles.
The Eraser tool allows you to erase pixels, while the Background Eraser tool allows you to erase areas of an image to transparency. The Magic Eraser tool enables you to wipe out a solid background with a single click.
The Blur tool allows you to soften hard edges and reduce detail in specific areas of an image. The Sharpen tool sharpens specific areas of an image. The Smudge tool simulates the effect you see when you drag your finger through wet paint.
The Dodge tool makes areas of an image lighter and the Burn tool makes areas of an image darker. The Sponge tool can either saturate or desaturate the colors in an image, making colors richer or closer to gray.
The Shape tools and Line tool are used for drawing different shapes and lines in either a normal layer or a shape layer. The Custom Shape tool allows you to create custom shapes by modifying predefined shapes or defining your own shapes.
This chapter introduces you to Photoshop's various selection tools. Learn different approaches for making a selection, find out how to improve a selection you've already made, and get a wealth of indispensable tips and tricks along the way.
This is your introduction to Photoshop's various selection tools. You'll learn what a selection is and why selections are so important, and you'll discover the best uses for each tool.
This chapter teaches you everything you need to master the basics of layers and masks. Learn how to create and manage layers, get creative with layer effects and filters, and mask out portions of a layer with a layer mask. Then dive into the examples section and discover what amazing things you can do with a few layers and some simple masking techniques.
Layers and Masks
Layers are the building blocks of a Photoshop file, making them one of Photoshop's most powerful tools. It's important that you understand how to work with them.
Once you've created multiple layers, it becomes important to manage them efficiently. Discover how to select, group, show, and hide layers. You'll also get a brief introduction to merging, flattening, and file size, which are covered in detail in the next video.
Working with a multilayered Photoshop document gives you the flexibility you need to be creative in a productive way. However, more layers means bigger file sizes. Discover when and how to merge and flatten layers.
Layer masks are an essential component of image editing. They are commonly used for merging images and limiting the effect of adjustment layers. Find out what layer masks are, how vector masks differ from pixel masks, and how to create layer masks.
Layer masks play a pivotal role in color correction. It's important to know how to use them if you want to bring out the full potential of an image. Find out how you can use a layer mask to limit an adjustment you've made to an image.
This chapter teaches you the ins and outs of working with type in Photoshop. Learn how to add type to an image and format it using Photoshop's assortment of formatting tools. Discover the many ways of working creatively with type, from creating text on a path to applying special effects and filling type with an image.
Working with Type
Type is used to enhance the message of an image. Sometimes it calls for attention and other times it evokes different emotions. Learn how to add type to an image and familiarize yourself with the various formatting controls.
This chapter covers a variety of topics, from optimizing images for print and the web and creating a photo gallery in Adobe Bridge to automating routine tasks in Photoshop. You'll also learn how to prepare an image to be used in a video project, and even create video and animations using Photoshop Extended.
Preparing, Saving, and Printing Images
Learn how to optimize and save an image for commercial printing. Familiarize yourself with all the factors that need to be considered before saving an image and learn to identify the appropriate file formats for print.
Learn how to prepare and save an image for video. Familiarize yourself with all the factors that need to be considered before saving an image that will be used in a video and learn to identify the appropriate file formats.
Printing an image is one of the most exciting aspects of the image-editing process because you finally get to see the results of your creative work. Learn everything you need to successfully print an image from Photoshop.
Recording actions and automating routine tasks saves a lot of time and makes performing repetitive tasks more efficient. Learn how to create an action and use the batch feature to run an action on a folder of images.
Photoshop normally assigns the color profile based on the settings in the Color Settings dialog box. In some cases, the profile needs to be switched manuallyfor instance, when preparing a document for a different output destination. This video shows how you can either convert the existing profile to another profile or assign a new profile to the document.