Photoshop CC is truly amazing, but it can also be overwhelming if you’re just getting started. This book makes learning Photoshop as easy as possible by explaining things in a friendly, conversational style—without technical jargon. After a thorough introduction to the program, you’ll delve deep into Photoshop’s secrets with expert tips and practical editing advice you can use every day.
The important stuff you need to know:
Learn your way around. Take a tour of Photoshop’s workspace and learn how to customize it.
Unlock the magic. Use layers, masks, and Smart Objects to safely edit your images.
Perfect your photos. Learn techniques for cropping, color-correcting, retouching, and combining photos.
Master color. Drain, change, and add color; create gorgeous black-and-whites, partial-color effects, and duotones.
Be artistic. Create illustrations, paintings, and pro-level text; use filters effectively, edit video, and create 3D art.
Share your work. Produce great-looking images for print, presentations, and the Web.
Work smarter and faster. Automate common chores and install plug-ins for complex tasks.
Chapter 1 Introduction
What’s New in Photoshop CC
About This Book
Chapter 2 Photoshop CC Guided Tour
Meet the Application Frame
Working with Panels
The Power of Undo
Tweaking Photoshop’s Preferences
Working with Presets
Chapter 3 Opening, Viewing, and Saving Files
Creating a New Document
Opening an Existing Document
Changing Your View
Arranging Open Images
Guides, Grids, and Rulers
Chapter 4 Layers: The Key to Nondestructive Editing
Layer Masks: Digital Masking Tape
Using Smart Objects
Chapter 5 Selections: Choosing What to Edit
Selecting by Shape
Selecting by Color
Selecting Irregular Areas
Chapter 6 Understanding Channels
How Color Works
The Channels Panel and You
Meet the Color Channels
The Mighty Alpha Channel
Basic Channel Stunts
Chapter 7 Cropping, Resizing, and Rotating
Rotating and Distorting
Chapter 8 Combining Images
Cut It Out
Pasting into a Selection
Fading Images Together
Layer Blend Modes
Zapping Backgrounds with Blending Sliders
Auto-Aligning Layers and Photomerge
Cloning Between Documents
Combining Vectors and Rasters
Mapping One Image onto Another
Chapter 9 Draining, Changing, and Adding Color
Chapter 10 Correcting Color and Lighting
Correcting Images in Camera Raw
Working with Curves
Creating High Dynamic Range Images
Making Colors Pop
Rescuing the Unfixables
Chapter 11 Changing Reality: Removing and Repositioning
Lesa Snider is on a mission to teach the world to create—and use!—better graphics. She’s an internationally acclaimed speaker, a stock photographer, and the founder of the creative tutorial site PhotoLesa.com. Lesa is the author of many video-training workshops (www.lesa.in/clvideos) and the coauthor of iPhoto ’11: The Missing Manual. She writes a regular column for Photoshop User, Elements Techniques, and Macworld magazines, and contributes frequently to Design-Tools.com and PlanetPhotoshop.com. Lesa is also a long-time member of the Photoshop World Dream Team of instructors and can be spotted teaching at many other conferences around the globe. You can connect with her online on Facebook (www.facebook.com/PhotoLesa), YouTube (www.lesa.in/ytvideochannel), Twitter (@PhotoLesa), and www.PhotoLesa.com.
During her free time, you’ll find Lesa carving the twisties on her sportbike, dressed up in her Star Trek best at a sci-fi convention with her husband, or hanging with fellow Apple Mac enthusiasts. Lesa is a proud member of the BMWMOA and the First Lady of the Colorado Mac User Group (www.CoMUG.com) a.k.a. the Boulder Mac Maniacs. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Comments about oreilly Photoshop CC: The Missing Manual:
You can never go wrong with Lesa Snider. Her instructions are clear, her screen shots ample, and she covers everything you need to know--especially if you download the missing disk. Whenever I need a quick new instruction or a refresher about some command or preset, it is to Lisa I turn. This is the third missing manual I've bought (CS5, CS6 were earlier purchases); this time I went electronic, because at more than 900 pages, the printed book is a tad unwieldy. That's the only drawback I can find. The e-book is a lot easier to mouse around in, too.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend