Adjust Color

In this lesson, you'll modify settings for color balance and curves to make dull colors look more vivid. In this lesson, you'll modify settings for color balance and curves to make dull colors look more vivid. Learning to recognize which colors need correction is one of the hardest skills to develop. Adjusting colors can be very difficult because, although there is a science to color correction, you must also consider the aesthetics of your image. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and you...

Convert a type layer to a shape layer

Click the Real Bark'n News layer on the Click the Layers palette list arrow * . TIP When duplicating a layer, you have the option of keeping the duplicate in the current image, placing it in another image that is currently open, or in a new image, by clicking the Document list arrow in the Duplicate Layer dialog box, then clicking another filename or New. Type Screened back type in the As text box, then click OK. Click the Indicates layer visibility button 9 on the Real Bark'n News layer on the...

Layer Groups And Colors

A layer group is a Photoshop feature that allows you to organize your layers on the Layers palette. A layer group contains individual layers. For example, you can create a layer group that contains all the type layers in your image. To create a layer group, you click the Layers palette list arrow, then click New Group. As with layers, it is helpful to choose a descriptive name for a layer group. After you create a layer group, you simply drag layers on the Layers palette directly on top of the...

Understanding the Channels Palette

The Channels palette lists all the default channels contained in a layer and manages all the image's channels. To access this palette, click the Channels tab next to the Layers tab, as shown in Figure 2. The top channel is a composite channel a combination of all the other default channels. The additional default channels, based on the existing color mode, are shown below the composite channel, followed by spot color channels, and finally by the alpha channels. Channels have many of the same...

Using Guides

Guides are non-printable horizontal and vertical lines that you can display on top of an image to help you position a selection. You can create an unlimited number of horizontal and vertical guides. You create a guide by displaying the rulers, positioning the pointer on either ruler, then clicking and dragging the guide into position. Figure 3 shows the creation of a vertical guide in a file that contains two existing guides. You delete a guide by selecting the Move Tool on the toolbox,...

Using the Patch Tool

The Patch Tool provides a quick and easy way to repair or remove an area within an image. You can use the Patch Tool in the following ways Select the area you want to fix, click the Source option button on the options bar, then drag the selection over the area you want to replicate. Select the area you want replicated, click the Destination option button on the options bar, then drag the selection over the area you want to fix. There's not necessarily one right tool for any given job there...

With Stylize Filters

In this lesson, you'll apply a solarize filter to the Sunflower field layer and a Wind filter to the Orange bar layer. You'll also apply the Poster Edges filter to a layer using the Filter Gallery. Stylize filters produce a painted or impressionistic effect by displacing pixels and heightening the contrast within an image. Figure 10 shows several Stylize filters. Several commonly used Stylize filters and their effects are listed below The Diffuse filter breaks up the image so that it looks less...

Creating Text on a Path

You start by creating a shape using one of the Photoshop shape tools on the toolbox, and then adding type to that shape (which is called a path). Add type to a shape by clicking the Horizontal Type Tool. When the pointer nears the path, you'll see that it changes to the Type Tool pointer. Click the path when the Type Tool pointer displays and begin typing. You can change fonts, font sizes, add styles, and any other interesting effects you've learned to apply with type. As you will see, the type...

And Create A Droplet

Photoshop actions can really help your session by automating tedious tasks. You can add a default action to any action you've created. A default action is an action that is prerecorded and tested, and comes with Photoshop. You can incorporate some of these nifty actions that come with Photoshop into those you create. The default actions that come with Photoshop are Vignette, Frame Channel, Wood Frame, Cast Shadow, Water Reflection, Custom RGB to Grayscale, Molten Lead, Make Clip Path...

Using Printing

Create and modify a brush tip. Use the Smudge Tool. Use a library and an airbrush effect. In addition to the color-enhancing techniques you've already learned, Photoshop has a variety of painting tools that let you modify colors. Unlike the tools an oil painter might use to apply pigment to a canvas, such as a brush or a palette knife, these virtual painting tools let you change existing colors and pixels. In most cases, you use a painting tool by selecting it, then...

Introduction to Adobe Photoshop CS2

Welcome to Adobe Photoshop CS2 Revealed. This book offers creative projects, concise instructions, and complete coverage of basic to advanced Photoshop skills, helping you create dynamic Photoshop art Use this book as you learn Photoshop, and then use it later as your own reference guide. This text is organized into 16 chapters plus additional online bonus content. In these chapters, you will learn many skills including how to work with layers, make selections, adjust color techniques, use...

Kern characters

Click the World Atlas type layer on the Layers palette if it is not already selected . Click the Horizontal Type Tool T, on the Click the Toggle the Character and Paragraph palettes button Q on the options bar to open the Character palette. TIP You can close the Character palette by clicking the Close button in the upper-right corner of its title bar or by clicking the Toggle the Character and Paragraph palettes button. Click between o and r in the word World. TIP You can drag the Character...

Adjustment Layer

In this lesson, you'll create an adjustment layer, choose Brightness Contrast as the type of adjustment layer, adjust brightness and contrast settings for the layer, and then use the Layers palette to change the blending mode of the adjustment layer. An adjustment layer is a special layer that acts as a color filter for a single layer or for all the layers beneath it. Just as you can use a layer mask to edit the layer content without permanently deleting pixels on the image, you can create an...

Defining Image-Editing Software

Photoshop is an image-editing program. An image-editing program allows you to manipulate graphic images so that they can be reproduced by professional printers using full-color processes. Using windows, various tools, menus, and a variety of techniques, you can modify a Photoshop image by rotating it, resizing it, changing its colors, or adding text to it. You can also use Photoshop to create and open different kinds of file formats, which enables you to create your own images, import them from...

Layouts

With all the choices available for creating different variations of your images, you might get the idea that keeping track of all these choices is time-consuming or difficult. Not so to facilitate the task, Photoshop lets you generate several types of multiple-image layouts. Multiple-image layouts are useful when you need to gather one or more Photoshop images in a variety of sizes for a variety of uses. For example, if you create an advertisement, you might want to have multiple image layouts...

Snapshots

In this lesson, you'll create a snapshot on the History palette, edit an image, then use the snapshot to view the image as it existed prior to making changes. As mentioned earlier in this chapter, it is a good work habit to make a copy of an original layer to help you avoid losing any of the original image information. Creating a snapshot is like creating that new copy. The History palette can only record a maximum of 20 tasks, or states, that you perform. When the History palette reaches its...

Bevel And Emboss Style

In this lesson, you'll apply the Bevel and Emboss style, then modify the Bevel and Emboss settings. You use the Bevel and Emboss style to add combinations of shadows and highlights to a layer and make type appear to have dimension and shine. You can use the Layer menu or the Layers palette to apply the Bevel and Emboss style to the active layer. Like all Layer styles, the Bevel and Emboss style is linked to the type layer that it is applied to. Understanding Bevel and Emboss Settings You can...

Adjust Baseline Shift

In this lesson, you'll adjust the spacing between characters and change the baseline of type. Competition for readers on the visual landscape is fierce. To get and maintain an edge over other designers, Photoshop provides tools that let you make adjustments to your type, thereby making your type more distinctive. These adjustments might not be very dramatic, but they can influence readers in subtle ways. For example, type that is too small and difficult to read might make the reader impatient...

Designtip Considering ethical implications

Because Photoshop enables you to make so many dramatic changes to images, you should consider the ethical ramifications and implications of altering images. Is it proper or appropriate to alter an image just because you have the technical expertise to do so Are there any legal responsibilities or liabilities involved in making these alterations Because the general public is more aware about the topic of intellectual property an image or idea that is owned and retained by legal control with the...

Understanding Sources

Photoshop allows you to work with images from a variety of sources. You can create your own original artwork in Photoshop, use images downloaded from the Web, or use images that have been scanned or created using a digital camera. Whether you create Photoshop images to print in high resolution or optimize them for multimedia presentations, Web-based functions, or animation projects, Photoshop is a powerful tool for communicating your ideas visually. Lmio Tool yd Polygon Laiso Tool Migntfic Lit...

Use the Save As command

Verify that the PS 1-1.psd window is active. 2. Click File on the menu bar, click Save As, then compare your Save As dialog box to Figure 9. 3. If the drive containing your Data Files is not displayed, click the Save in list arrow Win or the Where list arrow Mac , then navigate to the drive and folder where your Chapter 1 Data Files are stored. 4. Select the current filename in the File name text box Win or Save As text box Mac if necessary type Hot Air Balloons, then click Save. Compare...

Working With Layers

Lesson 1 Examine and Convert Layers 2-4 3 Add a Selection from One Image to Another 2-12 4 Organize Layers with Layer Groups and Colors 2-16 Chapter 3 Making Selections Lesson 1 Make a Selection Using Shapes 3-4 3 Select Using Color and Modify a Selection 3-16 4 Add a Vignette Effect to a Selection 3-22 Chapter 4 Incorporating Color Techniques Lesson 1 Work with Color to Transform an Image 4-4 Use Extract to Isolate an Object 9-8

Inserting a layer beneath the active layer

When you add a layer to an image either by using the Layer menu or clicking the Create a new layer button on the Layers palette, the new layer is inserted above the active layer. But there might be times when you want to insert the new layer beneath, or in back of, the active layer. You can do so easily, by pressing Ctrl Win or Command Mac while clicking the Create a new layer button on the Layers palette. Default name determined by existing layer names

With Imagery

In this lesson, you'll convert type to a shape layer using the Convert to Shape command, then adjust the levels to create a screened back effect. Using many of the techniques you already know, you can create the illusion that type appears to fade into the imagery below it. This is known as screening back or screening type. You can create a screened back effect in many ways. One method is to adjust the opacity of a type layer until you can see imagery behind it. Another method is to convert a...

Power User Shortcuts

Window gt Workspace gt Save Workspace Shift Ctrl P Win Shift w P Mac File gt Print Ctrl P , Win P Mac Key Menu items are indicated by gt between the menu name and its command. Blue bold letters are shortcuts for selecting tools on the toolbox. Reset preferences to default settings Shift Alt Ctrl Win Shift option f l Mac Show or hide all open palettes, the options bar, and the toolbox Shift Ctrl S Win Shift f S Mac In this chapter, you have learned the basics of Photoshop CS2 how to open and...

Create a text annotation

Open PS 15-1.psd from the drive and folder where your Data Files are stored, update the text layers if necessary , save the file as Hawaiian Vacation, then turn off any displayed guides if necessary . Click the Notes Tool 3. on the toolbox. If your name does not appear in the Name of author for annotations text box on the options bar, select the contents of the text box, type Your Name, then press Enter Win or return Mac . Click the Font size used for notes list 5. Click the Swatches palette...

Transform a type layer for use in a clipping mask

Open PS 11-1 .psd from the drive and folder where your Data Files are stored, update the text layers, then save the file as Mail. 2. Click Layer on the menu bar, point to Rasterize, then click Type. The Mail layer is no longer a type layer, as shown in Figure 3. 3. Click the Move Tool H on the toolbox if necessary . 4. Click Edit on the menu bar, point to Transform, then click Skew. 5. Type -15 in the Set horizontal skew text box on the options bar so the type is slanted, as shown in Figure...

Adjusting the Baseline Shift

Type rests on an invisible line called a baseline. Using the Character palette, you can adjust the baseline shift, the vertical distance that type moves from its baseline. You can add interest to type by changing the baseline shift. Clicking the Set the text color button on either the options bar or the Character palette opens the Color Picker dialog box. 18 Kef nine characters, psri g 100 Background, RGB 8

Understanding Anti-Aliasing

Anti-aliasing improves the display of type against the background. You can use five anti-aliasing methods None, Sharp, Crisp, Strong, and Smooth. An example of each method is shown in Figure 14. The None setting applies no anti-aliasing, and can result in type that has jagged edges. The Sharp setting displays type with the best possible resolution. The Crisp setting gives type more definition and makes type appear sharper. The Strong setting makes type appear heavier, much like the bold...

Changing Foreground and Background Colors

In Photoshop, the foreground color is black by default and is used to paint, fill, and apply a border to a selection. The background color is white by default and is used to make gradient fills gradual blends of multiple colors and fill in areas of an image that have been erased. You can change foreground and background colors using the Color palette, the Swatches palette, the Color Picker, or the Eyedropper Tool. One method of changing foreground and background colors is sampling, in which an...

Using Finger Painting

The image in the lower-right corner of Figure 14 shows the effect with the Finger Painting check box selected prior to the smudge stroke. The image in the upper-right corner did not have the Finger Painting check box selected. The image in the lower-left corner had the Finger Painting option off, but had the Use All Layers check box selected. The Use All Layers check box enables your smudge stroke to affect all the layers beneath the current layer. The Finger Painting option uses the foreground...

Emphasizing an Image

You can emphasize an image by placing a border around its edges. This process is called stroking the edges. The default color of the border is the current foreground color on the toolbox. You can change the width, color, location, and blending mode of a border using the Stroke dialog box. The default stroke width is the setting last applied you can apply a width from 1 to 16 pixels. The location option buttons in the dialog box determine where the border will be placed. If you want to change...

Play an existing action in a new action

Click the Play selection button on the 2. Click the Stop playing recording button B on the Actions palette. A new layer is created. Compare your Actions palette to Figure 27. 3. Click the History palette tab History then click Snapshot 1. TIP Some default actions create a snapshot as their initial step. For this reason, you might see multiple snapshots on the History palette. 4. Click the Actions palette tab Actions 5. Click the Button Drop Shadow action. 6. Click the Play selection button...

Disable and enable a layer mask

Click the Bananas layer on the Layers palette. 2. Click Layer on the menu bar, click Layer Mask, then click Disable. See Figure 17. TIP You can also disable a layer mask by pressing Shift and then clicking the layer mask thumbnail, and then enable it by pressing Shift and clicking the layer mask thumbnail again. 3. Drag the Disable Layer Mask history state to the Delete current state button on TIP Before you remove a layer mask, verify that the layer mask, not just the layer, is active....

Shapes

In this lesson, you'll create two shapes, then modify and add a style to a shape layer. In this lesson, you'll create two shapes, then modify and add a style to a shape layer. You might find that the imagery you are working with is not enough, and you need to create your own shapes. There are six shape tools on the toolbox for creating shapes. A shape can occupy its own layer, called a shape layer. When you select a shape or pen tool, three buttons appear on the options bar to let you specify...

Use the Forward Warp Tool

Enlarged yellow balloon pushes pink balloon out of view 1. Position the Forward Warp Tool pointer over the bottom-right edge of the yellow balloon, as shown in Figure 4. 2. Drag the yellow balloon to the right and down so it pushes the right pink balloon out of the image, as shown in Figure 5. TIP You can return an image to its previous appearance by clicking Restore All in the Reconstruction Options section of the Liquify dialog box. The Reconstruct button undoes each action of the brush, much...

Understanding Clipping Masks

A clipping mask sometimes called a clipping group is a group of two or more contiguous layers that are linked for the purpose of masking. Clipping masks are useful when you want one layer to act as the mask for other layers, or if you want an adjustment layer to affect only the layer directly beneath it. The bottom layer in a clipping mask is called the base layer, and it serves as the group's mask. For example, you can use a type layer as the base of a clipping mask so that a pattern appears...

Create warped text

Click the Gourmet Bones Edition layer on the 2. Zoom into the image until the magnification factor is 100 . 3. Double-click the Gourmet Bones Edition layer thumbnail on the Layers palette. 4. Click the Set the font size list arrow on 5. Click the Create warped text button X on 6. Click the Style list arrow in the Warp Text dialog box, then click Arc Upper. 7. Verify that the Horizontal option button is 8. Change the settings for the Bend, Horizontal Distortion, and Vertical Distortion text...

Remove a layer mask

Click the layer mask thumbnail on the Washout layer on the Layers palette. 2. Click the Delete layer button Tf on the Layers palette, then compare your warning box to Figure 18. 3. Click Delete to remove the mask without first applying it to the Washout layer. Compare your screen to Figure 19. 4. Click Edit on the menu bar, then click Undo Delete Layer Mask. You used the Delete layer button on the Layers palette to delete a layer mask, chose the Delete option in the warning box to remove the...

Creating the Screened Back Effect

Before converting a type layer, it's a good idea to duplicate the layer. That way, if you are not satisfied with the results, you can easily start from scratch with the original type layer. After the duplicate layer is created, you can convert it into a shape layer, using the Layer menu. After the layer is converted, make sure the original layer is hidden. Using the Levels dialog box, you can increase or decrease the midtones and shadows levels, as shown in Figure 17, to create different...

Creating a Clipping Mask

Create Clipping Mask Photoshop

To create a clipping mask, you need at least two layers one to create the shape of the mask, and the other to supply the content for the mask. You can use a type or an image layer to create the clipping mask shape, and when the shape is the way you want it, you can position the pointer between the two layers, then press Alt Win or option Mac . The pointer changes to two circles with a left-pointing arrowhead. Simply click the line between the layers to create the clipping mask. You can tell if...

And Modify A Path

In this lesson, you'll create and name a path, expand the path to give it a wider, more curved appearance, then fill it with the foreground color. You have seen how you can use a clipping mask to create a mask effect. You can also create a path to serve as a mask by using any of the shape tools the Pen Tool, the Freeform Pen Tool, or the Magnetic Pen Tool. You can modify a path using any of the following Pen tools the Add Anchor Point Tool, Delete Anchor Point Tool, Convert Point Tool, Direct...