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Photoshop is the foundation of every digital career. Many users think they know it, but in truth they have gaping holes in their training. This book covers what a professional truly needs to know about Photoshop. For students this book offers a chance to explore the program interactively. For professionals it provides a chance to add to their skill base. The book cuts though the clutter and is unique, focusing not just on digital photography, but also the Web, graphic design, and video. Readers will learn the essentials in correcting, editing, sharpening, retouching, and presenting photos as well as work on specific projects/exercises. Coverage of exciting C6 features includes: Content Aware Move, Blur Gallery, Video Editing, Nondestructive Cropping, Text Styles, Oil Paint, and many performance enhancements and shortcuts. The full-color book includes hand-on exercises and practice images as well as 109 new video training tutorials that expand on the lessons in the book.

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    Includes MORe THAn 100 TRAInIng vIdeOs, HAnds-On exeRcIses,

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    Essential Techniques for Imaging Professionals

    RichaRd haRRington





    US $59.99 Canada $62.99

    Essential Techniques for Imaging Professionals

    if yoURe conSideRing a caReeR in digital imaging or design, or youre already working in the field, Adobe Photoshop is a tool you need to master. This book covers the core image editing tech-niques in Photoshop CS6 that a professional needs to succeed.

    Learn the essentialsfrom acquiring and editing images to making selections and image enhancements to using more advanced features such as layer styles and layer masking. Rich Harrington teaches you important techniques needed to advance your career with a focus not just on digital photography, but also the Web, graphic design, multimedia, and video.

    The full-color book includes a DVD with hands-on exercises and practice images, as well as over 100 video training tutorials that expand on the lessons in the book and provide a rich learning expe-rience for beginning and intermediate Photoshop users. Coverage of exciting new Photoshop CS6 features includes Content-Aware Move, Blur Gallery, Video Editing, Nondestructive Cropping, Oil Paint, and many enhancements and shortcuts.

    You will also learn about:

    Repairing and retouching digital images

    Color corrections and enhancements

    Blending modes and maximizing filters

    Selection tools and techniques

    Photoshop actions and automations to speed up your workflow

    RichaRd haRRington is the founder of Rhed Pixel, a visual communi-cations company based in Washington, d.c.

    a digital imaging and new media expert, he has written several books including Photoshop for Video, Cre- ating DSLR Video: From Snapshots to Great Shots, and From Still to Motion. he is an adobe and apple certified trainer and a national association of Photoshop Profes-sionals dream team instructor. he produces the popular weekly podcast Understanding Adobe Photoshop available on itunes and cohosts the Photofocus podcast. Learn more about Rich at his blog:

    Book Level Beginning / Intermediate

    category Photoshop / Digital Imaging

    covers Photoshop CS6 for OS X and Windowscover design Mimi Heft cover illustration Ian Pullens and Xi Lin

    Includes all project files and training videos; and extras such as layer styles, actions, and quizzes.





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    UnderstandingAdobe Photoshop CS6

    The essenTial Techniques for imaging Professionals

    Richard Harrington

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    Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6: The Essential Techniques for Imaging ProfessionalsRichard Harrington Peachpit Press 1249 Eighth Street Berkeley, CA 94710 510/524-2178

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    Peachpit Press is a division of Pearson Education

    Copyright 2013 by Richard Harrington, LLC

    Project Editor: Nancy PetersonProduction Editor: Myrna VladicDevelopment/Copy Editor: Anne Marie Walker, Robyn G. ThomasTechnical Editor: Wayne PalmerCompositor: Kim Scott, Bumpy DesignInterior Design: Danielle FosterProofreader: Liz WelchCover Design: Mimi HeftIndexer: Jack LewisMedia Producer: Eric Geoffroy

    Notice of RightsAll rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without the prior written permission of the publisher. For information on getting permission for reprints and excerpts, contact

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    Many of the designations used by manufacturers and sellers to distinguish their products are claimed as trademarks. Where those designations appear in this book, and Peachpit was aware of a trademark claim, the designations appear as requested by the owner of the trademark. All other product names and services identified throughout this book are used in editorial fashion only and for the benefit of such companies with no intention of infringement of the trademark. No such use, or the use of any trade name, is intended to convey endorsement or other affiliation with this book.

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    DedicationTo my wife Meghan, your patience and support fill my life with meaning. Thank you for your love and all that you do.

    To my children Michael and Colleen, your curiosity and love inspire me. As you grow, you teach me what it means to be a better man.

    To my family, thanks for your support and teaching me so much.

    AcknowledgmentsSeveral people have played an important role in this book coming to life:

    Ron Hansen and Michael Davidson, who gave me my first job teaching Adobe Photoshop at the Art Institute of Washington.

    Ben Kozuch, who believed in me enough to let me teach Photoshop to a room full of media professionals.

    Scott Kelby and the other instructors and staff of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals for their inspiration and support.

    Susan Rimerman and Nancy Peterson for challenging me to write the best book possible. Anne Marie Walker and Wayne Palmer for guiding me through the process and fixing my flaws.

    To James Ball, Jim Tierney, and Abba Shapiro, thank you for your generous gift of photos.

    To my many students through the years, thanks for the challenges and the motivation.

    To the staff of RHED Pixel for helping to bring the podcasts to life.

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    Richard Harrington, PMPRichard has surrounded himself with media for his entire professional career. Hes held such diverse jobs as directing television newscasts and publishing a music magazine to managing video production departments and consulting to nonprofit agencies. Currently, Richard is a founder of RHED Pixel (, a visual communications company in the Washington, D.C. area.

    RHED Pixel is a successful consultancy that provides technical and design services to clients such as the Community Health Charities, National Foun-dation of Credit Counseling, the Smithsonian Institution, Data Robotics, and the Childrens National Medical Center. RHED Pixel creates every-thing from broadcast commercials to live events to interactive projects for a diverse clientele.

    The Project Management Institute certifies Richard Harrington as a Project Management Professional. He holds a masters degree in project manage-ment as well. Additionally, Richard is an Adobe Certified Instructor and Apple Certified Trainer. He is a member of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals Instructor Dream Team.

    His personal philosophy is communicate, motivate, create. Richard is a firm believer that media can have powerful results. You can follow his evolving interests in all things digital at


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    Contents Introduction ix

    Understanding Adobe Photoshop DVD or Downloads xi

    Bonus Exercises xiii

    Chapter 1 Digital Imaging Essentials 1Pixels: Digital Building Blocks 1Understanding Resolution 3Image Mode 5Bit Depth 10Time to Move On 10

    Chapter 2 Photoshops Interface 11Understanding the Interface 12

    Chapter 3 Acquiring Digital Images 25Digital Cameras 25Scanners 32Importing from CD/DVD/Blu-ray Disc 34Stock Photo Services 34Public Domain Images 35

    Chapter 4 Sizing Digital Images 37Resolution Revisited 37Resampling 38Resizing an Image 40

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    vi Contents

    Chapter 5 Selection Tools and Techniques 55Basic Selection Tools 56Additional Selection Commands 63Intermediate Selection Techniques 65Advanced Selection Techniques 74Advice on Selections 78

    Chapter 6 Painting and Drawing Tools 79Working with Color 80Painting Tools 85Eraser Tools 101Vector Drawing Tools 103

    Chapter 7 Layer Masking 107Layer Mask Essentials 107Mask Creation Strategies 110Refining Masks 115Advice on Masks 118

    Chapter 8 Compositing with Layers 119What Are Layers? 119Why You Need Layers 120Working with Multiple Layers 126Creating a Panorama 132Auto-Aligning Layers 134

    Chapter 9 Using Blending Modes 137About Blending Modes 137Blending Modes in Action 141

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    Contents vii

    Chapter 10 Color Correction and Enhancement 145Approach to Color Correction 145Primary Image Adjustments 147Useful Image Adjustments 157Using Camera Raw 165

    Chapter 11 Repairing and Improving Photos 179Image Selection 180The Retouchers Toolbox 181Restoration in Action 199

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