Contents

Selections

SELECTION TOOLS IN PHOTOSHOP 10

Making selections is the core of Photoshop's way of working.There are a variety of tools you can use for the purpose,so here's how to get the most out of them

Basic Selection tools 12

The Lasso Tools 14

The Magnetic Lasso 15

The MagicWand 16

Quick Mask 18

Working with the Quick Mask 19

Selections, MasksandChannels 20

Slices 21

Navigation asd manipulation

NAVIGATING AND EDITING YOUR IMAGES 22

Getting around inside an image is important if you are to work quickly and efficiently. This chapter covers the view navigation tools and shortcuts for managing your workspace

Panning and Zooming images 24

The Navigator panel 25

View management 26

Move, Align and Distribute 27

The Movetool 28

Directand Path Selectiontools 30

Vector shapesand multiple paths 31

Brushes and Pencil tools

USING THE BRUSHES AND PENCIL TOOLS

This chapter introduces you to Photoshop's more arty tools, the Brushes.

But as you'll discover,you can use these versatile tools for far more than just painting

The Brush tool 34

Using Brushes 35

Exploringthe Brushes palette 38

The Brushes palette in detail 39

Scattering 40

Texturesand Dual Brushes 41

The History Brush 42

Using the History Brush 43

Art History Brush 45

Cloning and Healing tools

USING THE CLONING AND HEALING TOOLS 46

The Cloning and Healing tools in Photoshop offer an elegant way to fix damaged photos, correct bad scans and generally clean up your images.And they're great fun to use

The Rubber Stamp (Clone) tool 48

Removing unwanted elements 49

Cloning skin 50

The Healing Brush 51

The Healing Patch tool 52

Gradients, Fills and Erasing

THE GRADIENT, FILL AND ERASER TOOLS 54

Once you get more competent with Photoshop you'll appreciate the importance of these utility tools.The Gradient tool in particular is essential for all manner of tricks and effects

The Paint Bucket 56

MoreFilloptions 58

The Gradienttool 59

The Gradient Editor panel 61

Using Gradients creatively 62

GradientStyles 63

GradientMasks 64

Masksand selections in detail 65

Magicand Background Erasers 66

Contents

Effects Tnnls

GETTING TO KNOWTHE EFFECTS TOOLS 68

Photoshop's effects tools include Blur, Sharpen, Smudge, Dodge and Burn.Discover how best to use them to spice up your artwork, composites and photographic images

The 'focus' tools 70

The Blurtool 71

The Sharpen tool 72

TheSmudgetool 73

Working with the Smudge tool 74

Dodgeand Burn 75

TheSpongetool 77

Using Dodge and Burn 78

Focusing inwith Dodgeand Burn 79

WORKING WITH THE TYPE TOOL

Creating text in Photoshop is quite easy to do, whether it's for artistic effect or simply to add essential information.This chapter looks at the various options available with the Type tool

TheTypetool 82

Type Options 84

Typetooltips 85

Using theWarpText panel 87

Rasterizing type 88

StyledType 89

WORKING WITH PATHS, VECTORS AND MASKS 90

Photoshop has always used vector-based 'paths'to draw smooth shapes and outlines. Learn how the latest version has the ability to create shapes and masks with vectors too

Using the Pen tools 92

Vector Shapes 95

Using Vector Shapes 96

Masks 98

Vector Shape details 99

Miscellaneous tools and Utilities

ANNOTATIONS, NOTES AND THE MEASURE TOOL 100

Along with the creative tools,Photoshop provides several tools to add accuracy, sound and vision to your work.These fall into two tool groups - Notation and Measurement tools

Notes and Annotations 102

TheEyeDroppertool 104

Using the Eye Dropper tool 105

TheColourSampler 106

TheMeasuretool 107

Artwork project

CREATING TOP QUALITY ARTWORK

In this final chapter we'll put together a piece of artwork using all the tools and options that we've looked at over the course of this Photoshop Focus Guide

Creating a montage 110

Fix missing parts of the image 112

Using the Pen as a brush 113

Adding a background 115

Applying artistic detail 118

Vector Shape andType Layers 119

Essential information

CD PAGES AND RESOURCES 120

Your essential guide to the software on your disc. Plus our handy glossary and index

CD PAGES 120

Index 124

Glossary 126

Chapter

In this chapter...

D Discover how the Photoshop selection tools work n Learn how to make accurate selections

O Create partial or gradient selections

O Create partial or gradient selections

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