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Photoshop CS4 Getting Started

with Deke McClelland

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Deke McClelland introduces the new features in CS4 while emphasizing core concepts.
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Photoshop CS4 Getting Started
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The release of Adobe's all-purpose image editor makes Photoshop CS4 the ultimate digital darkroom. In Photoshop CS4 Getting Started, Deke McClelland introduces the new features in CS4 while emphasizing core concepts like adjusting brightness and contrast, burning and dodging, straightening, cropping,and resizing. He shares his techniques for retouching portraits, reducing noise, and sharpening detail. Other key Photoshop features, such as working with text layers, adding metadata, and web optimization, are also introduced. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Using Adobe Bridge to import and organize photos
  • Covering up unwanted details
  • Converting color photos to black and white
  • Working with Camera Raw
  • Adding and editing text
  • Understanding various image file formats
Design Photography


(Music playing.) Hi. I'm Deke McClelland. I've written more books and recorded more videos on Adobe Photoshop than any other human being on the planet. It's a sickness really. A sort of addiction. Now I'm here to share that addiction with you. For those of you who don't know, Photoshop is an image editor that lets you take a still photograph, import it from your digital camera and modify it in just about any way you can imagine.

In this series, I show you a few of those imaginable ways. For example, you can adjust the brightness and contrast of an image either using a command or by brushing with a couple of tools. You can retouch a portrait and make a person look like he or she has never had a blemish in his or her life. You can make people thinner. Seriously! You can straighten and crop photos, you can sharpen detail. Yes, sharper focus. That's something Photoshop can do. It's not real focus; it's a trick, but it's a really awesome trick.

Photoshop is one of the most powerful, most flexible and most revered programs on the planet. Its fans are legion; millions of users, including me, love Photoshop. My job? To bring you into the fold. In just 24 movies, two hours and change, I hope to lead you directly into the demon's mouth and escort you safely out the other side. You won't be a Photoshop master; you'll need to watch my full length, Photoshop CS4 One-on-One for that.

But you'll know enough secret handshakes to do things you only guessed were possible. Welcome to Photoshop CS4 Getting Started.

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