Photoshop CS4 Essential Training

with Jan Kabili
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Photoshop CS4 Essential Training
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Photoshop has become an indispensible tool for photographers, designers, and all other creative professionals, as well as students. Photoshop CS4 Essential Training teaches a broad spectrum of core skills that are common to many creative fields: working with layers and selections; adjusting, manipulating, and retouching photos; painting; adding text; automating; preparing files for output; and more. Instructor Jan Kabili demonstrates established techniques as well as those made possible by some of the new features unique to Photoshop CS4. This course is indispensable to those who are new to the application, just learning this version, or expanding their skills. Example files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Learning and customizing the interface and workspace
  • Utilizing various manual and guided selection techniques
  • Working with Adobe Camera Raw
  • Adding special effects with layer styles and Smart Filters
  • Creating Photomerge panoramas
  • Optimizing photos for the web and creating web galleries


Adobe Photoshop. To many people it's more than just another computer program. Photoshop has changed the way that people handle their photographs, their designs, and their creative ideas. (Music playing.) I am Jan Kabili, and I am one of those people whose lives have been changed by Photoshop. I have made using and teaching Photoshop my focus for more than ten years. Now I am excited to have this opportunity to teach you Photoshop CS4 Essential Training.

If you want to learn or review the fundamentals of Photoshop, then this is the course for you. Whether you use Photoshop to enhance photographs, to create graphic designs or just for fun, this course will give you the foundation that you need to wow folks with your creative prowess. I'll teach you the basics of Photoshop, covering everything from creating a layered file from scratch, to printing a finished image. I'll show you how to turn a flat photo like this one into an image that pops off the screen like this.

You'll learn how to adjust shadows and highlights to turn this into this. I'll cover ways to automate your work in Photoshop, to add text to images and to retouch photos to make your subjects look a whole lot better. So it's time to get your creative juices flowing and get started learning Photoshop basics, here in Photoshop CS4 Essential Training.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Photoshop CS4 Essential Training .

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Q: How can artwork be transferred from Photoshop CS4 to Illustrator CS4 without the background?
A: Save the image in Photoshop’s native PSD format. The background in Photoshop must be transparent, meaning there should be no background layer. (To remove a background layer, move your artwork to a separate layer by selecting and copying the content, minus the background, to a new layer, and then delete the background layer. A checkboard pattern behind your image indicates transparent pixels.) 

In Illustrator, select File > Open, and select the PSD file. In Photoshop Import dialog box, select Convert Layers to Objects.

Q: How do I retouch an image I have of an old photograph I scanned?
A: There are a few courses that address image restoration. Check out the Photoshop CS4 Portrait Retouching Essential Training course, and for problems dealing specifically with old photographs, watch the Restoration movies in chapter 15 of the Enhancing Digital Photography with Photoshop CS2. Additionally, learn how to research and date photos with our Growing and Sharing Your Family Tree course.
Q: A client has asked for artwork to be delivered as JPEGs or BMP files in 16-bit format. In Photoshop CS4, there does not appear to be an option to save an image as a 16-bit JPEG. Is there a way to save JPEG files as 16-bit in Photoshop?
A: Unfortunately, JPEGs cannot be saved in 16 bit. JPEGs, by nature, are 8-bit. So if you open a high-bit image into Photoshop CS4, you will see no option in any of the save dialog boxes to save the file as a JPEG. You would first have to convert the image to 8 bit (by choosing Image > Mode > 8 bits/channel) and then save it as an 8-bit JPEG. If you open a high-bit image into Photoshop CS5, you will see the option to save it as a JPEG in the Save, Save As, and Save for Web dialog boxes.  But the JPEG will not be saved as 16-bit. Instead, Photoshop will downsample it to 8-bit for you  before saving it as JPEG.
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