Photoshop CC is an outstanding image editor, but it can be pretty overwhelming. This book makes learning Photoshop as easy as possible by explaining the hows and whys in a friendly, conversational style. You’ll unlock Photoshop’s secrets, new goodies, and time-saving features, with expert tips and practical editing advice you can use every day.
The important stuff you need to know:
Learn your way around. Tour Photoshop’s workspace and learn how to customize it.
Unleash the magic. Use selections, layers, masks, and smart objects to safely edit images; automate common chores with actions.
Perfect your photos. Learn to crop, resize, color-correct, retouch, combine, and prepare photos for print or online use.
Master color. Drain, change, and add color, and even create digital makeup, partial-color effects, and duotones.
Be artistic. Use filters effectively, create illustrations, paintings, artistic typography, animations, and videos.
Go 3D. Create and edit 3D objects and send them off to a 3D-printing service from inside Photoshop.
Export web graphics. Use Generator to instantly export and resize images—just by using layer names.
Chapter 1 Photoshop CC Guided Tour
Meet the Application Frame
Working with Panels
The Power of Undo
Tweaking Photoshop’s Preferences
Working with Presets
Chapter 2 Opening, Viewing, and Saving Files
Creating a New Document
Opening an Existing Document
Changing Your View
Arranging Open Images
Guides, Grids, and Rulers
Chapter 3 Layers: The Key to Nondestructive Editing
Layer Masks: Digital Masking Tape
Using Smart Objects
Chapter 4 Selections: Choosing What to Edit
Selecting by Shape
Selecting by Color
Selecting Irregular Areas
Chapter 5 Understanding Channels
How Color Works
The Channels Panel and You
Meet the Color Channels
The Mighty Alpha Channel
Basic Channel Stunts
Chapter 6 Cropping, Resizing, and Rotating
Rotating and Distorting
Chapter 7 Combining Images
Cut It Out
Pasting into a Selection
Fading Images Together
Layer Blend Modes
Hiding Backgrounds with Blending Sliders
Auto-Aligning Layers and Photomerge
Cloning Between Documents
Combining Vectors and Rasters
Mapping One Image onto Another
Chapter 8 Draining, Changing, and Adding Color
Chapter 9 Correcting Color and Lighting
Correcting Images in Camera Raw
Working with Curves
Creating HDR Images
Making Colors Pop
Rescuing the Unfixables
Chapter 10 Retouching, 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.