- View Offline
- Getting around the revamped interface
- Mastering continuous zooms, the Rotate view, and birds-eye navigation
- Using the Target Adjustment tool
- Understanding dynamic masking options
- Doing brush scaling on the fly
- Scaling a background independently of its foreground
- Removing panoramic vignettes
- Blending different depths of focus
Skill Level Intermediate
(Music playing.) Hi, I'm Deke McClelland, best-selling author of books and videos on computer graphics, imaging and design. Welcome to my brief tour of the new features in Photoshop CS4. If you were to rate Photoshop upgrades like salsa, that is from mild to spicy, CS4 would be a medium spicy. You know, won't knock your socks off, but plenty flavorful. Which is a good thing. I mean, you can't have four-alarm spicy all the time. It's just not good for you.
Actually, that's not quite right. It's more like most of the new features are medium, a couple are mild and at least three are spicy. You want spicy? All right. Check out the new tabbed window interface. All open images get a tab. Just click a tab to switch. Drag an image and drop it onto the tab to move a layer from one image to another. Not spicy enough? You want content-aware scaling. Choose a command, drag a handle and scale the background of an image without affecting the foreground.
Downright magical! That's cool, but my favorite? OpenGL navigation. Slow continuous zooms, rotate the view. Get the Hand tool, toss the image and watch it sail across the screen. Hold down H and click and hold for birdseye. Some nights, OpenGL navigation and I open a bottle of wine and just talk about how lucky we are to have met each other. It's that good. Here's my point. I got 20 movies for you, not counting this one and not counting the one at the end where I say "see ya!" 20 screen captures, where I show you each and every one of the new features.
Of those, I regard 20 as essential viewing. That's right. 20 out of 20. That's all you have to watch. Of course, this is only the beginning. Wait until you see Photoshop CS4 One-on-One, my new three-part comprehensive masters level series. It's not a tips and techniques thing. It's a full-blown, task-based course in which we achieve specific goals, create eye-popping projects and arm you with real skills. It requires a bit of effort to be sure, but it'll take you to the next level.
Come to terms with the new features today, learn the program in its entirety tomorrow. Welcome to Photoshop CS4.