Photoshop CS6 One-on-One: Fundamentals

with Deke McClelland
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Photoshop CS6 One-on-One: Fundamentals
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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 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.

Topics include:
  • Opening an image from Photoshop, Bridge, or Camera Raw
  • Navigating, zooming, panning, and rotating the canvas
  • Adding, deleting, and merging layers
  • Saving your progress and understanding file formats
  • Cropping and straightening
  • Adjusting brightness and contrast
  • Identifying and correcting a color cast
  • Making and editing selections
  • Enhancing portraits by retouching skin, teeth, and eyes
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Welcome to One-on-One

Hello! This is Deke McClelland. Welcome to Photoshop CS6 One-on-One Fundamentals; part one in a series of four video courses devoted to your ultimate mastery of the world's most powerful image editing software. The One-on-One brand is a promise. First, you'll have me, a seasoned professional with more than 25 years of experience in the digital arts and more than 50 courses in the Online Training Library.

I'll mentor you through every facet of the software you need to know in the order you need to know it. No crowded classroom and no scheduling conflicts. It's just you and me, one-on-one anytime that it's convenient for you to learn. Second, One-on-One is project-based learning. You'll experience the power of image size and resolution firsthand, in a way that leaves nothing in question. You'll build a layered composition from the ground up.

You'll take a murky photograph and make it blossom with luminance, as well as correct the color balance of an image. You'll select portions of images and combine them into a fully-realized piece of artwork. And you'll take a portrait photo and turn it into a work of perfection. The result is contextualized learning. Photoshop's features will make sense, because you apply them sometimes independently, other times in concert, to a clearly defined task, and you'll leave each chapter with a sense of accomplishment.

I really hope there are moments where you feel, I rule. Not me, you saying, I rule! I can do this and I can do more. We'll start the way every project starts by opening an image file. I'll begin by answering the most common tech-support question we get, how do I open an image in Photoshop just by double-clicking on it? First in Windows and then on the Mac, and then I'll show you all the cross platform options, including Bridge and Mini Bridge, which according to Adobe, most folks don't even know they own.

This may not be the most exciting stuff we do, but it's stuff that you have to know, and it's how you get to work in Photoshop in the shortest time possible.

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Q: When I double click the welcome.psd file included with the exercise files, I get the following error message:

"Some text layers contain fonts that are missing. These layers will need to have the missing fonts replaced before they can be used for vector based output."

Unlike the TIF and JPEG files which display and open correctly, all the icons for PSD files are blank but other than the welcome.psd file, they seem to open correctly without the error message. Is this a problem that I should address (perhaps re-download the files or find the missing fonts)?
A: The TIFF and JPEG files are flat, so they don't contain fonts and the operating system can interpret them (and generate thumbnails) without help from Photoshop. The PSD files have two issues:

First, they may contain editable text complete with font info. The files are designed with fonts that ship with Photoshop, so you don't get error messages, but Adobe sells some versions of Photoshop without fonts. This may be your issue.

Second, the PSD files contain no flat previews. This makes for smaller files, but it means the operating system, Mac or Windows, cannot generate previews. That won't effect your experience in Photoshop, but it does mean you can't see the file until you open it.
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