Conventions Used in This Book

In order to save some space and maintain clarity, I use an arrow symbol as shorthand for Photoshop menu commands. I could write this:

Move the cursor onto the word Image at the top of your screen and press the mouse button. Continuing to press the mouse button, move the cursor downward to the word Adjustments. Still pressing the mouse button, move the cursor to the right and downward onto the words Shadow/Highlight. Release the mouse button.

But it makes more sense to write this:

Choose Shadow/Highlight from the ImageOAdjustments menu.

Or even to use this:

Choose the ImageOAdjustmentsOShadow/Highlight command.

You'll also note that I include keyboard shortcuts (when applicable) for both Mac and Windows. Generally the shortcuts are together, with Mac always first, and look like this:

Move the selection to a separate layer with the shortcut ^+Shift+J/Ctrl+Shift+J.

The Mac shortcut comes first, with the Windows version following. And, in a just barely revolutionary step, I assume that some Mac users have discovered the joys of a multibutton mouse. So instead of writing

Control-click (Mac) or right-click (Windows).

I write this

Right-click (multibutton mouse) or Control-click (single-button mouse).

If you use an Apple computer and haven't yet tried a multibutton mouse, put that right on the top of your wish list — it's a great timesaver.

Learn Photoshop Now

Learn Photoshop Now

This first volume will guide you through the basics of Photoshop. Well start at the beginning and slowly be working our way through to the more advanced stuff but dont worry its all aimed at the total newbie.

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