Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Fundamentals

with Deke McClelland
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Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Fundamentals
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There's no program like Photoshop for editing photographs and creating photorealistic artwork. And there's no Photoshop teacher like industry expert and Photoshop Hall-of-Famer Deke McClelland. In Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Fundamentals, Deke examines the essential capabilities of the application, from correcting color to retouching portraits. He also covers navigation, resolution, cropping, selecting, printing, and making web graphics. This course goes beyond basic tips and tricks, and provides the in-depth information and real-world context needed by serious students who want to master the software. Exercise files accompany the course.

Download Deke's customized keyboard layouts and color settings for Photoshop from the Exercise Files tab.

Topics include:
  • Previewing a selection with Quick Mask
  • Feathering a vector-based vignette
  • Creating a Flash-based web gallery
  • Understanding image size and the Image Size command
  • Refining color range and adjusting hues
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Welcome to One-on-One

(Music playing.) Hi, I am Deke McClelland. Hello and welcome to Photoshop CS4 One-on-One, my cradle-to-grave, everything-you- need-to-know series on Adobe Photoshop. As the name One-on-One implies, I walk you through Photoshop as if I were teaching it to you in a classroom or corporate consulting environment, except that instead of getting lost in the crowd of students, you receive my individualized attention.

It's just you and me one-on-one. Photoshop is a big application and there is a lot to know. I have broken Photoshop CS4 One-on-One into three parts. Coming up in part one, I will introduce you to the essential topics, the stuff that everyone needs to know in the order you need to know it. We will start with the Adobe Bridge, which lets you open and organize images. Then we will see how to navigate inside Photoshop, how to correct colors, how to crop and straighten images, how to retouch a photograph, how to work with layers, and finally how to print and save for the web.

In later parts, I will lead you into the advanced topics, the ones that are most likely to expand your creative range in the shortest amount of time. By the end, you will have seen everything Photoshop has to offer. This is no Tips and Tricks course. I am going to make sure you understand how Photoshop works and how you work with it. One-on-One is your chance to go from zero to 60, one easy-to-digest movie at a time. Let's start things off with a gentle introduction, by taking a look at what Photoshop can do.

It's a spooky little thing I call 'what Photoshop can do.' Why spooky? You'll see.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Fundamentals .

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Q: After installing Deke McClelland’s custom color settings in Photoshop, images sent via email or printed have an unexpected color cast. Also, when opening JPEG or PSD images, the color profile is listed as Uncalibrated. Are Deke’s preferences the cause of these problems?
A: If properly implemented, Deke McClelland’s custom color settings will cause any new image to be saved with a color profile.
When saving an archived image (one you've created or edited in the past), choose File>Save As and turn on the Embed Color Porfile: Adobe RGB (1998) check box. If the issue remains unresolved, you csan reset the color settings by choosing Edit > Color Settings and then changing Settings to North America General Purpose 2.

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