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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 are two ways to modify an image in Photoshop; you can edit the entire thing at once known as a Global Modification, or you can adjust a specific region which is a Selective Modification. Selective Modifications have their obvious advantages. You can change one area while keeping another the same. You can move part of an image to an independent layer, or even into another background, and you can create what's called a Layer Mask which gives you an unrivaled level of control over the elements in your layered composition.
On the plus side, Selective Modifications are one of the things Photoshop does better than any other imaging program on the planet. On the minus, selecting a specific area, for example, the exact contours of this flower takes some effort. Not necessarily a lot of manual labor, but at the very least a deliberate approach. Back on the plus side, Photoshop offers three categories of selection tools to make your job easier: Geometric, Freeform, and Automated.
And I'll show you all three in this chapter.
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