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Exploring Adobe Photoshop CS5

Exploring Adobe Photoshop CS5

As you learn in Chapter 1, Photoshop is a “must-know” program for the graphic artist, with the ability to retouch, blend, composite, layer, and add effects to photos and digital imagery, draw and paint, and save in different image formats for different purposes, such as for use on the Web, for print, or in other programs.

This pdf book has been conceptualized and organized with the following intentions:
  • Explore the questions that face today’s Photoshop artist and provide some educated answers through the use of Adobe Photoshop’s digital tools and features
  • Offer process-oriented lessons developed from actual implementation in the classroom and production firms
  • Develop an understanding of core concepts related to digital artwork and image creation through fundamental design principles and methods
  • Provide an inside look at how artists working in the field come up with ideas and inspirations
  • And, most importantly, open the door for continued, self-guided discovery

The textbook contains common features found in each of the Design Exploration books, but specifically this material is presented in a need-to-know basis and so each chapter builds upon itself. This eliminates the amount of information the reader must know to successfully complete a task. Each chapter also accommodates those who appreciate alternative methods of learning information, providing both textually and visually succinct explanations of important concepts, step-by-step experiences; or for those who prefer to wander around, final project files, samples, and a section for further exploration. The following is a brief rundown of what is learned in each chapter:

Chapter 1: A Discovery Tour Right away, retouch a photo in Photoshop and discover the purpose of the Photoshop program.
Chapter 2: The Staging Area Take center stage and explore the workspace and navigational features of the program.
Chapter 3: Image Essentials Get the “know-how” on bitmap and vector graphics, bit depth, resolution, and image formats. 
Chapter 4: Selecting and Transforming Using Photoshop’s varied selection tools and transform commands, get up-close-and-personal with selecting and transforming image pixels—the most fundamental of procedures in Photoshop.
Chapter 5: Working with Color Uncover fundamental concepts of color, such as how color is reproduced, color modes, and a hands-on study with color models. Additionally, explore important aspects of color specifically related to Photoshop, such as tips for managing color, channels, and using the color application tools.
Chapter 6: Image Correction Learn, step by step, fundamental techniques in the image-correction process such as adjusting tonal levels, retouching, and adding effects.
Chapter 7: Drawing and Painting Get a thorough introduction to the drawing and painting tools and options, advancing your creative possibilities to a whole new level.
Chapter 8: Masking Discover techniques for hiding and revealing areas of an image while preserving its integrity. Includes practice with layer, vector, type, clipping, and quick masks. 
Chapter 9: Layers, Compositing, and Process Uncover the process and methods by which to composite, link, blend, merge, and organize graphical elements into complex images or graphic layouts.
Chapter 10: Print Publishing Learn about the different print processes and what it takes to prepare your digital images for print.
Chapter 11: Web Publishing Learn about image optimization and what it takes to prepare your digital images for the Web. Also learn how to slice and animate images for Web output.
Chapter 12: A New Dimension (for Photoshop CS5 Extended version users) Discover how Photoshop Extended supports transformation, material editing, and texture mapping on simple 3D objects available within the program or imported from 3D authoring programs.

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