Hacking Photoshop® CS2 | A Complete Tutorial

Introduction

Agreat number of people come to Photoshop to fix their images and end up being married to it, doing a thesis on it or, at the very least, pulling out their hair and swearing never to go near a computer ever again. Photoshop is a tough beast to tame by using logic or clicking here, there, and everywhere in the hope of breaking it in, throwing a saddle on it, and riding into the sunset.

Sadly, there is no magic spell for mastering or taming Photoshop. If there were, there would be less need for books such as this one, Hacking Photoshop® CS2. No, the only sure formula that seems to work involves learning the basics and then adding to your base knowledge some of the secret handshakes known to the experts . . . and that’s the raison d’être of this book. It’s written with the sole intention of imparting insider knowledge that will help you to understand what Photoshop is capable of and help you speed up your workflow by revealing some of these “secret handshakes.”

Contents at a Glance

  • Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . vii
  • Chapter 1: Optimizing Performance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
  • Chapter 2: Hacking the Work Area . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
  • Chapter 3: The Fine Art of Using Palettes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
  • Chapter 4: Browsing with Bridge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107
  • Chapter 5: Hacking Preferences and Documents. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123
  • Chapter 6: Working with Layers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137
  • Chapter 7: Creating and Applying Layer Styles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163
  • Chapter 8: Hacking Layer Masks. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175
  • Chapter 9: Hacking Selection Masks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189
  • Chapter 10: Drawing and Painting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 211
  • Chapter 11: Editing, Transforming, and Retouching Images. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 237
  • Chapter 12: Adjusting and Correcting Colors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 283
  • Chapter 13: Creating and Editing Type . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 311
  • Chapter 14: Hacking Camera Raw . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 329
  • Chapter 15: Automating Tasks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 349
  • Chapter 16: Outputting to Print . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 371
  • Chapter 17: Outputting to the Web . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 397
  • Chapter 18: Exploiting Filters and Photoshop Flexibility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 413
  • Appendix: Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 427
  • Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 431

Conventions Used In This Book

Throughout the book, you’ll find four icons calling some text to your attention.

CAUTION Gives you valuable information that can help you avoid trouble. Read all of these carefully.
CROSS-REFERENCE These are pointers to other areas in the book or on the Internet where you can find more information on the subject at hand.
NOTE Notes contain information pertaining to items of interest related to the subject at hand.
TIP This icon recommends best-practice methods, techniques, or tools.

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