Graphics design

Introduction

  • Welcome to Photoshop CS5
  • Making Photoshop your default image editor
  • Installing the DekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
  • Remapping Mac OS shortcuts
  • Installing the Best Workflow color settings
  • The color settings explained
  • Loading the CS5 color settings in Bridge

    What Photoshop Can Do, Part 1: The Avatar

    • The power of Photoshop
    • Duplicating a layer
    • Liquifying an image
    • Adding a layer mask
    • Loading an alpha channel
    • Selecting with Color Range
    • Making a Hue/Saturation layer
    • Luminance blending
    • Mask density
    • Making a knockout layer

    Setting Up 'Shop

    • The best way to work
    • Setting General preferences
    • Changing the pasteboard color
    • File handling, performance, and units
    • Touring the Photoshop interface
    • Creating and saving a workspace
    • Changing settings and updating the workspace
    • Resetting the preferences

    Opening and Organizing

    • The amazing Adobe Bridge
    • Making a new image
    • Opening an image
    • Opening and closing multiple images
    • Opening a problem image
    • Adding file information
    • Introducing Adobe Bridge
    • A whirlwind tour of Bridge
    • Adjusting the interface and thumbnails
    • Using the full-screen preview
    • Rotating images on their sides
    • Assigning star ratings and labels
    • Filtering thumbnails in the Contents panel
    • Moving, copying, and deleting files
    • Creating and assigning keywords
    • Searches and collections
    • Batch-exporting JPEG files
    • Batch-renaming
    • String substitution and regular expressions
    • Grouping images into stacks
    • Comparing images in Review mode
    • Playing images in a slideshow
    • Customizing and saving the workspace
    • Using Mini Bridge in Photoshop CS5

    Navigation

    • Learning to swim inside an image
    • The tabbed-window interface
    • Arranging image windows
    • Common ways to zoom
    • New zoom tricks in Photoshop CS5
    • Hidden old-school zoom tricks
    • Scrolling and panning images
    • Viewing the image at print size
    • The Navigator and "bird's-eye" scrolling
    • Nudging the screen from the keyboard
    • Scroll wheel tricks
    • The Rotate View tool
    • Cycling between screen modes
    • Using the numerical zoom value

    Image Size and Resolution

    • Imaging fundamentals
    • What is image size?
    • The Image Size command
    • Selecting an interpolation option
    • Upsampling versus "real" pixels
    • The penalty of pixels
    • Print size and resolution
    • Downsampling for print
    • Downsampling for email
    • Options for upsampling
    • Better ways to make a big image

    Cropping and Straightening

    • Frame wide, crop tight
    • Using the Crop tool
    • Fixing out-of-canvas wedges
    • Crop tool presets
    • Previewing the crop angle
    • The Crop command
    • Straightening with the Ruler tool
    • Cropping without clipping
    • Perspective cropping

    Basic Color Correction

    • Making drab colors look better
    • Brightness and contrast
    • Adjusting numerical values
    • Introducing adjustment layers
    • Editing adjustment layers
    • Saving adjustment layers
    • Adding a quick layer mask
    • Introducing the Histogram
    • Working with the Histogram panel
    • Using Color Balance
    • Introducing the Variations command
    • Luminance and saturation controls
    • Fading a static adjustment
    • How hue and saturation work
    • Rotating hues and adjusting saturation
    • Creating a quick and dirty sepia tone
    • Adjusting hues selectively
    • The Target Adjustment tool
    • Photoshop CS5 Target Adjustment enhancements
    • Adjusting the color of clothing
    • Enhancing a low-saturation image
    • Refining saturation with Vibrance

    Making Selections

    • Photoshop versus the real world
    • Meet the selection tools
    • Marking the center of an image
    • Drawing a geometric selection outline
    • Blurring a selection outline with Feather
    • Copy and paste versus drag and drop
    • Creating a graduated selection
    • Aligning one image with another
    • Accessing the Move tool on the fly
    • Invert and Match Colors
    • Matching colors selectively
    • Feathering and filling a selection
    • Dressing up a composition with effects
    • The incredible image rotation trick
    • The Magic Wand tool
    • Tolerance and other options
    • Grow, Similar, and Inverse
    • Quick selection and the Magnetic Lasso
    • Evaluating a selection in Quick Mask
    • Saving and loading selections
    • Placing an image with a layer mask
    • Eliminating edge fringing

    Retouching and Healing

    • Brushing to correct
    • How brushing works
    • Working with spacing
    • Changing size and hardness
    • The heads-up Color Picker
    • Flipping a mirror image
    • Setting the source for the History brush
    • Brightening details with the Dodge tool
    • Darkening details with the Burn tool
    • The Sponge tool
    • Backing off edits
    • Patching eye bags
    • Evening out flesh tones
    • Smoothing away whiskers
    • Reducing shadow noise
    • How healing works
    • The enhanced Spot Healing brush
    • Using the better Healing brush
    • Introducing the Clone Source panel
    • Cloning from one layer to another
    • Working with multiple sources

    Layer Essentials

    • The layered composition
    • Making a new background layer
    • Working with "big layers"
    • Move, Duplicate, and Scale
    • Transforming a copy and repeat
    • Stacking order and eyedropping a layer
    • Adjusting multiple layers at once
    • Switching between layers
    • Making a digital star field
    • Blend mode and clipping mask
    • Dragging and dropping from your desktop
    • Black + Lens Flare = glow
    • Locking transparency
    • Adding gradient layers
    • Stacking an adjustment layer
    • Adding shadow and stroke

    Printing, PDF, and Web Gallery

    • Outputting from Photoshop and Bridge
    • Printing an RGB composite
    • Customizing the subjective print file
    • Gauging print size
    • Scale, position, and page orientation
    • Three important printing curiosities
    • Introducing the Output options
    • Establishing a bleed
    • Using the Color Management options
    • Generating a PDF contact sheet
    • Creating a contact sheet template
    • Saving and opening a PDF contact sheet
    • Introducing the Web Gallery
    • Exporting and editing an HTML site
    • The Airtight Photocard site

      Saving Images for the Web

      • Rules of the web
      • Introducing web graphics
      • A first look at Save for Web
      • Scaling a layered image versus a flat one
      • Incremental downsampling
      • Adding text, bar, and stroke
      • Assigning copyright and metadata
      • Comparing GIF, JPEG, and PNG
      • Determining the perfect JPEG settings
      • Saving metadata
      • Working with an unprofiled RGB image
      • Downsampling graphic art
      • Saving a GIF graphic
      • Antiquated GIF versus the better PNG