Fundamental Photoshop

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9780078819940: Fundamental Photoshop

Photoshop is a painting and graphics package used primarily to enhance, colour or change photographic images. In this introductory text, the author uses step-by-step procedures to illustrate basic tasks of Photoshop. It also teaches about colour theory, painting, editing, file formats, filters, colourizing, using type and touching-up photos. It serves not only as a tutorial to Photoshop, it also shows readers the skills necessary to obtain graphic artist-quality results. The book covers both the Windows and Macintosh versions of the program. The book opens with an introduction to Photoshop and how to create the Photoshop Studio: choosing the right computer, the right display and video card, choosing peripherals and installing Photoshop. The next chapter explains the menus, windows, toolbox, palettes, ruler and type tool features. Subsequent chapters detail the selection tools, colour theory, using the painting and editing tools, and using and creating custom brushes and patterns. The authors also describe scanning, file formats, filters, display modes, and the pen tool. The last chapters detail colourizing, special effects, channels, advanced type effects, photo retouching and colour correcting, along with calibrating and printing.

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This book starts off with a discussion of what you need to assemble your "Photoshop studio"--from the proper scanner to storage and output devices. It explains how to use Photoshop's painting, drawing, type, and selection tools and gives extra hints on pitfalls to watch for and shortcuts to use. Once you've grasped the basics of the package, you can move on to the book's sections on color theory; layers; actions; output for Web, multimedia, and digital cameras; and digital watermarking. Beginning and casual Photoshop users who want to improve their understanding of the product will find this to be a basic but thorough guide to the essential and advanced features.

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"Fundamental Photoshop is the most user-friendly book I've seen. With numerous clear, concise descriptions for complex terms and procedures, coupled with attractive examples, this should be everyone's essential photoshop companion." Richard Berenson, World-Wide Art Director, Reader's Digest. Back and better than ever. The Photoshop book that leads you from beginning to advanced concepts! Completely revised and updated for the latest versions for Mac and Windows, Fundamental Photoshop: A Complete Guide, Third Edition, is ready to help you continue your artistic journey into the magic of image editing. With Fundamental Photoshop, you'll learn how to think and work like a professional by taking control of Photoshop's most useful and powerful new features. Using step-by-step instructions and visual diagrams including the vivid, high-impact "Photoshop in Action" boxes, you'll be able to achieve amazing effects in minutes rather than hours. Combine this premier book with hands-on practice when you download Photoshop tutorial images from Osborne's web site, and you will gain the skills you need to make your work look picture perfect. Produce eye-catching images for the Web, CD-ROM, and digital video; Digitize, color correct, and retouch images to perfection; Learn to use Photoshop's remarkable tools and advanced layer techniques. Explore paths, channels, and other palettes, and begin to put them into action; Create color separations, masks, custom brushes, special effects, and more; Learn the fundamentals of color theory; Use the free tutorial images available in the Photoshop Image Bank on the Osborne web site to gain hands-on experience.

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