Photoshop CS Timesaving Techniques for Dummies
- Install and use peripheral devices such as digital cameras, scanners, tablets, and printers
- Customize Photoshop to fit your needs with custom keyboard shortcuts, a color management system, presets, and more
- Create custom palette groups and workspaces
- Use a drawing tablet and stylus to easily double your output
- Create sketches, water colors, and silkscreens and paint with oils
- Create professional-quality separations for high-quality offset printing, including using the CMYK prepress settings, soft proofing, adding printer’s marks and more
- Create action sets so you can perform repetitive tasks that would take an hour in seconds
- Organize, color code, and lock layers and create layer sets
- Use Blending Modes (there are more than 20 to choose from) to enhance images
Written by Phyllis Davis, a writer, graphics and Web designer, teacher, and graphics software expert , this guide features a Color Insert so you can see the results of many of the techniques explained, and a companion Web site (www.dummies.com/go/photoshopcstt) where you can download many of the images and follow along and experiment. You’ll discover how to get results like a pro as you experiment with:
- Creating great effects with layer styles, using the five types of bevel and emboss, inner and outer glows, blending, and more
- Using the Brush and Pencil painting tools and the Blur, Sharpen, Smudge, Burn, and Sponge editing tools
- Enhancing photos, creating montages and panoramas, recoloring, retouching, and more
- Creating shadow type, knock-out type, liquid type, metal type, and more
- Creating GIF animations, hotspots, and rollovers for the Web
You’ll save steps and discover exciting new possibilities with these 60-plus timesaving, image-saving techniques.
Table of Contents
Part I: Making Photoshop Work for You.
Technique 1: Organizing Image Files and Managing Projects.
Technique 2: Creating Custom Palette Groups and Workspaces.
Technique 3: Assigning Custom Keyboard Shortcuts.
Technique 4: The Last Word about Color Management.
Technique 5: Making Image Editing Easier.
Technique 6: Creating Your Own Tool Presets.
Technique 7: Moving Back in Time: Getting Rid of Mistakes.
Technique 8: Creating Actions.
Technique 9: Automating Photoshop Functions.
Part II: Getting Images Into and Out of Photoshop.
Technique 10: Importing Images Using a Scanner.
Technique 11: Getting Professional Results with the Camera Raw Format.
Technique 12: Using Tablets and Pressure-Sensitive Devices.
Technique 13: Printing to a Desktop Printer.
Technique 14: Getting Files Ready for Offset Printing.
Part III: Using Layers to Save Time, Protect Your Work, and Create Cool Images.
Technique 15: Working with and Organizing Layers.9
Technique 16: Getting to Know Layer Comps.
Technique17: Enhancing Images with Blending Modes.
Technique 18: Transforming Images, Layers, and Selections.
Technique 19: Going Transparent with Opacity and Fill.
Technique 20: Creating Great Effects with Layer Styles.
Technique 21: Recoloring with Fill Layers.
Technique 22: Working with Adjustment Layers.
Part IV: Painting and Coloring to Enhance Your Images.
Technique 23: Everything You Ever Needed to Know about Creating Brushes.
Technique 24: Creating a Painting by Using an Image.
Technique 25: Painting Back in Time.
Technique 26: The Big Color Swap Meet.
Technique 27: Recoloring with Gradients.
Technique 28: Creating Custom Patterns.
Technique 29: Filling and Painting with Patterns.
Part V: Restoring and Retouching Images for Quick, Beautiful Results.
Technique 30: Enhancing Tone and Color.
Technique 31: Be Your Own Plastic Surgeon.
Technique 32: Getting Rid of Red Eye.
Technique 33: Adding Professional Photo Filter Effects.
Technique 34: Creating Grayscale Images: Your Choices and the Results.
Technique 35: Coloring and Tinting Black and White Photographs.
Technique 36: Stitching Photos to Create Panoramas.
Part VI: Amazing Fast Filter Effects.
Technique 37: Accenting with Sharpening or Blurring.
Technique 38: Painting Watercolors with Filters.
Technique 39: Making Images Look Like Pressed Tin.
Technique 40: Creating Photo Silkscreens.
Technique 41: Sketching with Filters.
Technique 42: I’ve Been Framed!
Technique 43: Dunking Images in Liquid.
Part VII: Super Type Effects.
Technique 44: Shadow Type.
Technique 45: Knock-Out Type.
Technique 46: Pouring Liquid Metals.
Technique 47: Going Up in Flames.
Technique 48: Going Translucent: Clear Type and Jelly Type.
Part VIII: Transforming Images Using Channels and Masks (It’s not as hard as you think!).
Technique 49: Working with Layer Masks.
Technique 50: Using Layer Masks to Create Fade Ins and Outs.
Technique 51: Grouping Layers into Clipping Masks.
Technique 52: Working with Channels.
Technique 53: Individual Channel Adjustments.
Technique 54: Mixing Color with Channels.
Part IX: Creating Flashy, Professional Web Graphics.
Technique 55: Getting to Know ImageReady.
Technique 56: Slicing Web Graphics.
Technique 57: Optimizing and Saving Images for the Web.
Technique 58: Creating Image Maps.
Technique 59: Making Your Graphics Rollover.
Technique 60: Making GIF Animations.
Technique 61: Creating Background Tiling for Web Pages.
Part X: The Scary (Or Fun) Stuff.
Technique 62: Installing Plug-Ins.
Technique 63: Enhancing Your Images with Auto FX Software.
Technique 64: Loading New Libraries.
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