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• Improve productivity and efficiency with Adobe Creative Cloud
• Use automatic saving options for better efficiency and protection
• Use automatic layer alignment and blending to work with objects
• Use Adobe Camera Raw to enhance or correct a photo
• Use content-aware options for scaling and fill
• Create eye-catching images with special effect filters
• Select and modify one or more shapes at the same time
• Create character and paragraph styles to manage and use text
• Transform video in Photoshop just like an image
• Create and manipulate 3D models using presets and custom options
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Did You Know alerts you to tips and techniques
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Table of Contents
1 Getting Started with Photoshop CC 1
Installing Photoshop 2 New!
Starting Photoshop 4 New!
Viewing the Photoshop Window 6 New!
Showing and Hiding Panels 7
Working with Panels 8
Working with Photoshop Tools 10
Creating a New Document 12
Selecting Color Modes and Resolution 13
Creating a New Document Using Presets 14
Working with Non-Square Pixels 15
Opening Images 16 New!
Inserting Images in a Document 17
Importing Raw Data from a Digital Camera 18 New!
Working with Smart Objects 20
Changing Image Size and Resolution 22 New!
Checking for Updates Online 24 New!
Getting Help While You Work 26
Saving a Document 28 New!
Using the Status Bar 30 New!
Closing a Document 31
Finishing Up 32
2 Understanding Navigation and Measurement Systems 33
Changing the View Size with the Navigator Panel 34
Changing the View Area with the Navigator Panel 35
Changing the Color of the Navigator Panel View Box 36
Changing the Screen Display Mode 37
Changing the View with the Zoom Tool 38 New!
Increasing or Decreasing Magnification 40 New!
Moving Images in the Document Window 41
Working with Multiple Documents 42
Working with One Image in Multiple Windows 43
Moving Layers Between Documents 44
Creating Notes 45
Working with the Info Panel 46
Changing How the Info Panel Measures Color 47
Working with Rulers 48
Counting Objects in an Image 50 New!
Taking Measurements in an Image 52 New!
Creating Tool Presets 54
3 Customizing the Way You Work 55
Optimizing Photoshop 56
Setting General Preferences 58
Setting File Handling Preferences 60 New!
Setting Interface Preferences 62
Changing Sync Settings Preferences 64 New!
Setting Cursors Preferences 66
Controlling Transparency & Gamut Preferences 67
Working with Units & Rulers 68
Working with Guides, Grid & Slices 70
Setting Plug-Ins Preferences 72
Selecting Scratch Disks 73
Allocating Memory & Image Cache 74
Setting Type Preferences 76
Managing Libraries with the Preset Manager 77
Using and Customizing Workspaces 78
Building Specialized Workspaces 80
Creating a Customized User Interface 81
Defining Shortcut Keys 82
4 Mastering the Art of Selection 83
Using the Rectangular Marquee Tool 84
Using the Elliptical Marquee Tool 85
Using the Single Row and Single Column Marquee Tools 86
Using the Lasso Marquee Tool 87
Using the Magnetic Lasso Tool 88
Using the Polygonal Lasso Tool 90
Using the Quick Selection Tool 91
Using the Magic Wand Tool 92
Selecting by Color Range 93 New!
Refining a Selection Edge 94
Modifying an Existing Selection 96
Working with an Existing Selection 98 New!
Copying and Pasting a Selection 99
Using Channels to Create and Store Selections 100
Using Free Transform and Transform 102
Using the Crop Tool 104 New!
Using the Perspective Crop Tool 106
Using Content-Aware Scaling 107
Using Content-Aware Fill 108
Using Content-Aware Patch 110
Using Content-Aware Move and Extend 111
Using the Puppet Warp 112
5 Working with Layers 113
Understanding the Layers Panel 114
Defining Layer Designations and Attributes 115
Creating a New Layer 116
Selecting Layers 118
Creating a Layer Group 119
Creating a Selection from a Layer 120
Creating a Layer from a Selection 121
Converting a Background into a Layer 122
Controlling Image Information Using the Layers Panel 124
Filtering Layers 125 New!
Isolating Layers 126 New!
Moving and Copying Layers 127
Duplicating a Layer 128
Deleting Layers 129
Using Merge Layer Options 130
Linking and Unlinking Layers 131
Aligning and Combining Layers 132
Aligning Layers with Smart Guides 134
Working with Layer Blending Modes 135
Setting Layer Opacity 136
Working with the Layer Comps Panel 137
Exporting Layers as Files 138
Copying CSS from Layers 139 New!
Setting Layers Panel Options 140
6 Working with the History Panel 141
Setting History Panel Options 142
Working with Linear and Non-Linear History 144
Controlling the Creative Process with Snapshots 146
Duplicating a History State in Another Document 147
Saving the History State of a Document 148
Reviewing the History State Text File 149
Combining the History Brush with a History State 150
Using the Art History Brush 152
Changing the Eraser Tool into the History Brush 153
Controlling History States 154
7 Working with Adjustment Layers, Filters, and Tools 155
Creating an Adjustment Layer 156
Modifying an Adjustment Layer 157
Merging Adjustment Layers 158
Creating a Temporary Composite Image 159
Controlling Adjustment Layers with Clipping Groups 160
Deleting an Adjustment Layer 161
Using Blending Modes and Opacity with Layers 162
Using Masks with Adjustment Layers 164
Creating Masks with Selections 165
Using the Add Noise Filter 166
Using the Reduce Noise Filter 167
Keeping Proper Perspective with Vanishing Point 168 New!
Working with the Lens Correction Filter 170
Using the Box, Surface, and Shape Blur Filters 172
Using the Gaussian Blur and Despeckle Filters 174
Using the Unsharp Mask Filter 175
Using the Shake Reduction Filter 176 New!
Using the Smart Sharpen Filter 178 New!
Using Sharpen, Blur and Smudge Tools 180
Using the Clone Stamp Tool 181
Setting Up Multiple Clone Sources 182
Using the Dodge and Burn Tools 183
Using the Healing Brush and Patch Tools 184
Working with the Spot Healing Brush 186
Working with the Red Eye Tool 187
Controlling Tonal Range 188
Working with the Histogram Panel 190
8 Understanding Colors and Channels 191
Working with 8-, 16-, and 32-Bit Images 192
Working with the Channels Panel 194
Working with Color Modes 195
Understanding the RGB Color Mode 196
Understanding the CMYK Color Mode 197
Understanding the Grayscale Color Mode 198
Understanding the Bitmap Color Mode 199
Understanding the Indexed Color Mode 200
Understanding the Lab Color Mode 202
Understanding the Duotone Color Mode 203
Using the Multichannel Color Mode 204
Using the Replace Color Adjustment 205
Working with the Color Panel 206 New!
Working with the Swatches Panel 208 New!
Using the Stroke and Fill Commands 210
Creating Spot Color Channels 212
Using the Auto Contrast and Auto Color Commands 213
Using Levels Adjustment Commands 214
Using the Exposure Adjustment 215
Using Curves and Color Adjustments 216
Adjusting Hue and Saturation 218
Adjusting Vibrance 219
Using the Selective Color Adjustment 220
Using the Channel Mixer Adjustment 221
Using the Gradient Map Adjustment 222
Using the Photo Filter Adjustment 223
Using the Invert and Equalize Commands 224
Using the Threshold and Posterize Adjustments 225
Using the HDR Toning Adjustment 226
Using the Shadows/Highlights Adjustment 228
Using the Black & White Adjustment 229
Using the Match Color Adjustment 230
9 Using the Paint, Shape Drawing, and Eraser Tools 231
Selecting Foreground and Background Colors 232
Using the Brush and Brush Presets Panel 234
Modifying the Brush Presets Panel 235
Selecting Brush Tip Sets 236
Adjusting Brush Tips 237
Adjusting Bristle Brush Tips 238
Creating Customized Brush Tips 239
Saving Customized Brush Tips 240
Working with the Brush and Airbrush Tools 241
Working with the Mixer Brush Tool 242
Working with the Pencil Tool 243
Working with Auto Erase 244
Working with the Line Tool 245
Working with the Shape Tool 246
Working with the Custom Shape Tool 247
Working with Shape Layers 248 New!
Arranging Shape Layers 250
Creating a Custom Shape 251
Saving Custom Shape Sets 252
Using the Paint Bucket Tool 253
Working with the Eraser Tools 254
Working with the Magic Eraser Tool 256
Creating and Applying Gradients 257
Creating and Saving Customized Gradients 258
Using the Color Replacement Tool 260
10 Creating Masks 261
Understanding Layer and Vector Masks 262
Creating a Layer Mask 263
Using Paint Tools with Layer Masks 264
Using Selections to Generate Complex Layer Masks 265
Using Layer Masks to Generate Soft Transparency 266
Creating Unique Layer Mask Effects 267
Creating a Vector Mask 268
Modifying Layer and Vector Masks 269
Modifying Selection Masks 270 New!
Creating Channel Masks 272
Creating Channel Masks from Scratch 273
Modifying Channel Mask Options 274
Creating Channel Masks from Selections 275
Making Channel Masks from Native Color Channels 276
Loading Channel Masks from Selections 278
Moving Channel Masks Between Documents 280
Combining Channel Masks 281
Using the Quick Mask Mode 282
Working with Quick Mask Options 283
Modifying Selections with Quick Mask Mode 284
11 Using the Paths Panel 285
Understanding Vector and Raster Images 286
Converting a Selection into a Path 287
Working with Pen Tools 288 New!
Creating Paths Using the Freeform Pen Tool 290
Using the Magnetic Option with the Freeform Pen Tool 291
Adding and Deleting Anchor Points 292 New!
Modifying Anchor Points 294 New!
Modifying Existing Direction Lines 296
Converting Straight Points and Curved Points 297
Working with Clipping Paths 298
Filling an Area of an Image Using Paths 300
Stroking an Area of an Image Using Paths 301
Creating Shapes as Paths 302
Exporting Paths to Adobe Illustrator 303
Exporting Paths Using the Export Method 304
12 Working with Layer Styles 305
Understanding Layer Styles 306
Adding a Layer Style 307
Creating and Modifying a Drop Shadow 308
Working with Bevel and Emboss 310
Working with Contour and Texture 312
Applying a Color Overlay 314
Using the Stroke Layer Style 315
Using Pattern Overlays 316
Working with Outer Glow and Inner Shadow 318
Applying an Inner Glow Style 320
Creating Customized Layer Styles 322
Creating Customized Styles Using the Styles Panel 324
Moving Existing Layer Styles 326
13 Getting Creative with Type 327
Using Standard Type Tools 328
Working with Type Options 330
Working with the Character Panel 332
Working with the Paragraph Panel 334
Setting Anti-aliasing Options 335 New!
Using the Warp Text Option 336
Creating Type Styles 338
Working with Type Styles 340
Working with Default Type Styles 341 New!
Using Spell Check 342
Finding and Replacing Text 343
Using the Rasterize Type Command 344
Creating Work Paths and Shapes from Type Layers 345
Creating Shape Layers 346
Creating a Type Mask 347
Isolating Image Pixels Using a Type Mask 348
Creating Chiseled Type with a Type Mask 350
Using Masks to Generate Special Effects 352
Creating and Modifying Text on a Path 354
14 Manipulating Images with Filters 355
Working with the Filter Gallery 356
Creating and Working with Smart Filters 358 New!
Applying Multiple Filters to an Image 359
Applying the Liquify Filter 360 New!
Working with Liquify Options 362 New!
Working with Liquify Mask Options 364
Working with Liquify View Options 365
Creating a Liquify Mesh 366
Applying a Liquify Mesh 367
Using the Camera Raw Filter 368 New!
Using the Upright Filter 369 New!
Using the Radial Filter 370 New!
Using the Spot Removal Filter 371 New!
Using the Adaptive Wide Angle Filter 372
Using the Oil Paint Filter 374
Using the Lighting Effects Filter 375
Using the Blur Filter Gallery 376 New!
Using the Lens Blur Filter 378
Working with Photo Filters 380
Blending Modes and Filter Effects 381
Building Custom Patterns 382
Applying a Fade Effect 384
Controlling Filters Using Selections 385
Using a Channel Mask to Control Filter Effects 386
Protecting Images with Watermarks 388
Viewing Various Filter Effects 390
15 Automating Your Work with Actions 393
Examining the Actions Panel 394 New!
Building a New Action 396
Recording an Action 397
Adding a Stop to an Action 398
Controlling the Playback of a Command 399
Adding a Command to an Action 400
Deleting a Command from an Action 401
Working with Modal Controls in an Action 402
Changing the Order of Commands in an Action 403
Copying an Action 404
Running an Action Inside an Action 405
Setting a Condition in an Action 406 New!
Inserting a Non-Recordable Command into an Action 407
Moving and Copying Actions Between Sets 408
Saving Actions into Sets 409
Saving Actions as Files 410
Running a Built-in or Custom a Script 411
Enhancing the Process with Droplets 412
Using a Droplet 414
16 Controlling Image Output 415
Setting Document Print Options 416
Setting Print Output Options 418
Setting Print Color Management Options 420
Printing a Document in Macintosh 422
Printing a Document in Windows 424
Changing Printer Settings 425
Printing One Copy 426
Understanding File Formats 427
Saving a Document with a Different File Format 428
Inserting File Information into a Document 430
Understanding File Compression 432
Understanding Monitor, Image, and Device Resolution 433
Preparing Clip Art for the Web 434
Preparing a Photograph for the Web 436
Preparing an Image for the Press 438
Preparing an Image for an Inkjet or Laser Printer 440
Sharing on Behance 442 New!
17 Working with Automate Commands 443
Working with Batch File Processing 444
Working with Conditional Mode Change 446
Cropping and Straightening Photos 447
Converting a Multi-Page PDF to PSD 448
Creating a PDF Document 450
Creating a Contact Sheet 452
Creating Panoramic Images 454
Processing Lens Correction 456
Merging Images to HDR Pro 458
Processing Multiple Image Files 460
Adjusting an Image Fit Size 462
18 Managing Color from Monitor to Print 463
Producing Consistent Color 464
Calibrating Using Hardware and Software 465
Setting Up Soft-Proof Colors 466
Changing from Additive (RGB) to Subtractive (CMYK) 468
Working with Rendering Intents 469
Printing a Hard Proof 470
Working with Color Management 472
Embedding ICC Color Profiles 474
Assigning a Different Profile to a Document 475
Converting Document Colors to Another Profile 476
Using Hue/Saturation for Out-Of-Gamut Colors 478
Using the Sponge Tool for Out-Of-Gamut Colors 480
Working with the Out-Of-Gamut Warning 482
19 Designing for the Web and Devices 483
Saving for the Web 484
Working with Save for Web Options 486
Optimizing an Image to File Size 487
Working with Web File Formats 488
Optimizing a JPEG Document 490
Optimizing a GIF Document 492
Optimizing a PNG-8 Document 494 New!
Optimizing a PNG-24 Document 496 New!
Optimizing a WBMP Document 497
Slicing Images the Easy Way 498
Working with Slices 500
Arranging Slices 502
Saving a Sliced Image for the Web 504
Adding HTML Text or an URL Link to a Slice 506
Defining and Editing Web Data Variables 508
Exporting an Image to Zoomify 510
20 Working with Video 511
Opening Video Files and Image Sequences 512
Creating a Video Layer 513
Modifying a Video Layer 514
Creating a Video Group 516
Adding Text to a Video Layer 517
Splitting a Video Layer 518
Cloning Video Layer Content 519
Adding a Transition to a Video Layer 520
Adding Audio to a Video Layer 521
Creating an Animation 522
Working with Animation 524
Exporting Directly to Video 526
Creating an Image from a Video 528
21 Working with 3D Models 529
Setting 3D Preferences 530
Creating 3D Models 532
Creating 3D Models Using Preset Shapes 534
Viewing the 3D Workspace 535
Modifying 3D Models 536 New!
Working with 3D Models 538 New!
Painting 3D Models 539 New!
Creating 3D Text 540
Adjusting Light with 3D Models 541
Rendering and Saving 3D Models 542 New!
22 Working Together with Adobe Programs 543
Exploring Adobe Programs 544 New!
Exploring Adobe Bridge 545
Getting Started with Adobe Bridge 546
Getting Photos from a Digital Camera 547
Working with Raw Images from a Digital Camera 548 New!
Modifying Images in Camera Raw 550 New!
Working with Images Using Adobe Bridge 552
Setting Preferences in Adobe Bridge 554
Applying Image Adjustments 556
Automating Tasks in Adobe Bridge 557
Using Mini Bridge 558
Scripting with Adobe ExtendScript Toolkit 559
Working with Adobe Media Encoder 560
Working with Adobe Extension Manager 562 New!
Using the Adobe Exchange Panel 563 New!
Accessing Adobe Creative Cloud 564 New!
New Features 565 New!
Adobe Certification 571
Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) 571
Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) 574