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Photoshop CS6 One-on-One: Fundamentals is a concise and focused introduction to the key features in Photoshop, presented by long-time lynda.com author and Adobe veteran Deke McClelland. This course covers the image editing process from the very beginning and progresses through the concepts and techniques that every photographer or graphic designer should know. Deke explains digital imaging fundamentals, such as resolution vs. size and the effects of downsampling. He explains how to use layers to edit an image nondestructively and organize those edits in an easy-to-read way, and introduces techniques such as cropping, adjusting brightness and contrast, correcting and changing color, and retouching and healing images. These lessons distill the vast assortment of tools and options to a refined set of skills that will get you working inside Photoshop with confidence.
There's a school of thought that says you should shoot your photos at a lower resolution and lower quality setting than your digital camera can muster. The idea is this way you'll create smaller image files so you can shoot more images to a single memory card. This school of thought is so pervasive that many consumer cameras are factory-set to shoot lower quality images than the hardware actually supports. This is a very bad school of thought. You should always, without exception, shoot the highest quality images possible. Two reasons: first, your image may come out crooked, which means that you need to rotate it so that it's plumb.
But pixels are always upright squares, meaning, they can't tilt. So when you straighten an image, Photoshop has to recalculate every single pixel. If you watched my previous movies, you know that rewriting pixels is a so-called destructive modification. I don't mean that you destroy the image. I mean you rewrite the image, and so garbage in garbage out; high quality in, high quality out.
You may also want to crop the image, which is to say reduce its size to hone in on a particular detail. If you have a lot of pixels in the first place and you stand a chance of having a lot of pixels when the crop is done. What I'm about to show you is not just the better school, it's a new school with a completely redesigned Crop tool. Here's how to crop and straighten images in Photoshop CS6.
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