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Learning Adobe Photoshop CS4

by Greg Bowden (536 pages)


 

Adobe Photoshop CS4 Tutorials

The Learning Adobe Photoshop CS4 tutorials provide activity-based graphic editing lessons to teach or learn Adobe Photoshop CS4. There are three modules available:

 

Module 1 introduces the Adobe Photoshop CS4 basics.
Module 2 covers advanced Adobe Photoshop CS4 features.

Module 3 provides some applications of Photoshop CS4.

 

Support files that provide all the images, videos and text required to complete the activities are included with the product.

 

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Module 1: Photoshop CS4 Basics

 

Contents (Modules 1, 2 & 3)

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Chapter 1: Introduction to Photoshop (22 pages)

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Chapter 2: Selecting Parts of Images (26 pages)

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Chapter 3: Modifying Images (18 pages)

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Chapter 4: Drawing Shapes (18 pages)

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Chapter 5: Adjusting Shapes (11 pages)

 

Chapter 6: Adding Text to Designs (21 pages)

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Chapter 7: Adjusting the Look of Images (18 pages)

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Chapter 8: Combining Photographs (7 pages)

 

Chapter 9: Creating Masks (15 pages)

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Chapter 10: Creating 3D Shapes (17 pages)

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Chapter 11: Saving Files (11 pages)

 

Project 1: Create a Poster (Multi-user only)

 

 

 

 

Module 2: Photoshop CS4 Advanced Exercises

 

Chapter 12: Patches and Healing Brushes (9 pages)

 

Chapter 13: Cloning Images (12 pages)

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Chapter 14: Applying Filters (12 pages)

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Chapter 15: Adjustment Layers (14 pages)

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Chapter 16: Advanced Layer Uses (17 pages)

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Chapter 17: Working With Perspective (17 pages)

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Chapter 18: Colour Adjustments (16 pages)

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Chapter 19: Applying Artistic Filters (16 pages)

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Chapter 20: Animations (26 pages)

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Chapter 21: The History Palette and History Brush (15 pages)

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Chapter 22: Useful Tools (16 pages)

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Project 2: VicSports (Multi-user only)

 

 

 

 

Module 3: Photoshop CS4 Applications

 

Chapter 23: Using Reflections (10 pages)

 

Chapter 24: Creating 3D Styles (16 pages)

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Chapter 25: Graffiti on a Brick Wall (12 pages)

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Chapter 26: Graffiti on a Building (20 pages)

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Chapter 27: Creating Balls and Spheres (16 pages)

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Chapter 28: Creating Accurate Shapes (20 pages)

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Chapter 29: Creative Text Effects (12 pages)

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Chapter 30: Displacing Images (9 pages)

 

Chapter 31: Using Blurs in Animations (14 pages)

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Chapter 32: Timeline Animations (14 pages)

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Chapter 33: Animating 3D Objects (8 pages)

 

 

 

 

The tutorials can be used onscreen next to the software package, from a tablet or printed. Assignments are provided at the end of each chapter and the multi-user version provides projects at the end of each module.

 

 

Module 1

Introduces the Adobe Photoshop CS4 basics including layers, workspaces, drawing tools, selection techniques, modifying images, combining shapes and photographs, adding text to designs, adjusting the look of photographs, using masks, creating 3D shapes, saving files in different formats and saving files for the web.

Module 2

Covers advanced Adobe Photoshop CS4 features including cloning parts of images, applying filters to images, Adjustment layers, Fill layers, improving photographs of faces, using the History panel, working with perspective, adjusting the colour in photographs, creating animations, creating artwork, the Magnetic Lasso tool, replacing colours in images and content aware scaling.

 

Module 3

Provides some applications of Photoshop CS4 including the use of reflection, creating three-dimensional objects such as spheres and boxes, creating and saving 3-D styles, creating graffiti on a brick wall and on a building, creatiing accurate designs, displacing an image into another to add depth to a 2D image and animation exercises using frames and the timeline.

 

 

Module 1 Chapter Descriptions

 

 

Chapter 1: Introduction to Photoshop CS4

 

This chapter introduces the Photoshop CS4 basics such as the screen sections, the Tools panel, Zoom tools, the navigation techniques, adjusting workspaces, the screen interface and how to use layers, including how to turn layers on and off, add new layers, delete,layers, name layers, change the layer order and change the layer opacity.

 

 

Chapter 2: Selecting parts of Images

 

This chapter demonstrates how to select parts of images and photos. This includes using the Edit Marquees, the Lasso tools, the Quick Selection tool, the Magic Wand and the Quick Mask tool which are used to select a cat in one photo and transfer it to another.

 

Adobe Photoshop CS4 selecting images

 

 

 

Chapter 3: Modifying Images

 

Demonstrates how to apply effects to photos using the Liquify Tool, the Filter Gallery and the Oil Paint Filter.

 

Adobe Photoshop CS4 liquify, filter gallery and oil paint filter

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter 4: Drawing Shapes

 

Demonstrates how to use the drawing tools such as rectangles, ellipses, lines and custom shapes, then adding effects to those shapes. Students are shown how to combine photos with shapes, for example, placing a photo within a frame shape.

 

Adobe Photoshop CS4 shapes

 

 

 

Chapter 5: Adjusting Shapes

 

Demonstrates how to combine shapes and photos together to create designs. As an example, students are shown how to magnify a cat's head then draw a magnifying glass over it.

 

Adobe Photoshop CS4 adjusting shapes

 

 

 

Chapter 6: Adding Text to Designs

 

This chapter shows students how to enter text and apply effects to that text such as colour, text warp, style effects, 3D effects, typing text along a path and more detailed text formatting. Text is then added to photos and images, for example the following poster is created:

 

Adobe Photoshop CS4 text effects

 

 

 

Chapter 7: Adjusting the Look of Images

 

Shows students how to edit and improve photographs using the many tools that Photoshop provides. Some of the tools used include the Blur tool, the Sharpen tool, the Smudge tool, the Sponge tool, the Dodge tool, the Burn tool, Gradient Fills, the Red Eye Reduction tool, Brightness/Contrast Adjustment layers, Colour Balance Adjustment layers and removing background tools.

 

Adobe Photoshop CS4 image adjustment

 

 

 

 

Chapter 8: Combining Photographs

 

Demonstrates how to use the Photomerge tool to combine multiple photos. Students are then shown how to adjust the combined photos to improve the panoramic effect and how to use the Crop Tool to exclude parts of the combination that are not needed.

 

Adobe Photoshop CS4 photomerge to combine photos

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter 9: Creating Clipping Masks

 

Introduces students to the concept of masks so that just wanted parts of images are displayed. Different types of objects are used as masks, including marquee selections, custom shapes and text.

 

Adobe Photoshop CS4 clipping mask

 

Chapter 10: Creating 3D Shapes

 

Introduces students to the 3D tools that Photoshop provides. This includes creating 3D shapes from layers, combining multiple layers into 3D shapes and converting images into 3D postcards. The following billiard ball shape is created:

 

Adobe Photoshop CS4 3d tools

 

 

 

 

Chapter 11: Saving Files

 

Students are shown a variety of different ways Photoshop documents can be saved and exported, including saving TIFF files, JPEG and GIF formats, the Save for Web command and saving individual layers.

 

 

 

Project 1: Create a Poster

 

The Multi-user version provides a project that gets students to apply the Photoshop skills that they have developed to produce a poster on a topic of their choice

 

 

 

 

Module 2 Chapter Descriptions

 

 

Chapter 12: Patches and Healing Brush Tools

 

Blemishes on a car are repaired using the Patches tool and the Healing Brush tools. A sticker is removed from the front of the car and other scratch marks repaired.

 

Adobe Photoshop CS4 patches and healing brushes

 

 

 

Chapter 13: Cloning Images

 

The same car from the previous chapter is repaired using the Clone Stamp tool. The car is then cropped to straightened it and to remove parts of the background.

 

Adobe Photoshop CS4 clone stamp tool

 

 

 

Chapter 14: Applying Filters

 

Filters including Motion Blur, Gaussian Blur, Reduce Noise and Sharpen are applied to a photo to improve it. The use of Smart Filters is demonstrated which allow applied filters to be edited at a later date and lighting effect filter is applied to the image, then edited.

 

Adobe Photoshop CS4 filters and smart filters

 

 

 

Chapter 15: Adjustment Layers

 

The applications of Adjustment layers are demonstrated to improve the appearance of photographs. The examples covered are Exposure layers, Levels layers, Brightness/Contrast layers and Black & White layers. For example, dark buildings in a photo are lightened whilst maintaining the original sky colour.

 

Adobe Photoshop CS4 adjustment layers

 

 

 

 

Chapter 16: Advanced Layer Uses

 

This chapter demonstrates how to use layers to enhance the photograph of a face, including softening skin tones, whitening teeth, highlighting eyes and changing eye colour.

 

Adobe Photoshop CS4 layer techniques

 

 

 

Chapter 17: Working With Perspective

 

In this chapter students are shown tools that allow the editing of photos, whilst maintaining the 3D perspective of the photo. The Ruler tool, the Lens Correction filter and the Vanishing Point filter are used to straighten images and remove shadows from the following building.

 

Adobe Photoshop CS4 lens correction and vanishing point filters

 

 

 

 

Chapter 18: Colour Adjustments

 

Students are shown some of the professional colour adjustment tools that Photoshop provides to repair the colour in poorly taken photos. The Match Colour tool the Vibrance tool and the Curves tool are used to repair the following photo of a building which had a bluish tinge to it.

 

Adobe Photoshop CS4 match color, vibrance and curves tools

 

 

 

Chapter 19: Applying Artistic Filters

 

Demonstrates how to use the filters within Photoshop to create artistic sketches. A shipwreck viewed through the porthole of another ship is created.

 

Adobe Photoshop CS4 filter applications

 

 

 

 

Chapter 20: Animations

 

This chapter shows students how to create QuickTime Movies, Flash Video and Animated GIFs within Photoshop. A time-lapse photography animation and the following animated logo for a decorating company are created. Adobe Photoshop CS4 quicktime, flash video and GIF animation

 

 

Chapter 21: The History Panel and History Brush

 

Students are shown how to use the History panel to remove previous steps or remove individual steps, save snapshots at particular stages of a production, create new documents at particular stages and how to use the History Brush tool.

 

 

 

 

Chapter 22: Useful Tools

 

To complete the module some of Photoshop's handy tools are demonstrated, including the Magnetic Lasso tool to select objects within a photo, the Replace Colour tools the resize image and canvas tools and the content aware scale tool. The following cat is selected from a background, recoloured and resized.

 

Adobe Photoshop CS4 replace color, magnetic lasso and content aware scale

 

 

 

Project 2: VicSports

 

The Multi-user version provides a project that requires students to create two pages for VicSports, a government organiisation set up to promote sport in schools. Students are required to produce the first page of a web site and an advertising collage poster.

 

 

 

Module 3 Chapter Descriptions

 

 

 

Chapter 23: Using Reflections

 

Demonstrates the use of reflections to add depth and realism to images.

 

Adobe Photoshop CS4 reflections

 

 

 

 

Chapter 24: Creating 3D Styles

 

Demonstrates how to create accurate three dimensional objects by applying a range of styles to them. Those styles are then saved so that they can be applied to other objects and text.

 

Adobe Photoshop CS4 3d styles

 

 

 

 

Chapter 25: Graffiti on a Brick Wall

 

Demonstrates how to create a brick wall from the Texturizer filter then add some graffiti text to it and apply some lighting effects.

 

Adobe Photoshop CS4 texturizer filter and lighting effects

 

 

 

 

Chapter 26: Graffiti on a Building

 

Demonstrates how to add some graffiti text to a building so that the text matches the perspective of the building. The text is then moved behind some branches and snow to make the text look realistic.

 

Adobe Photoshop CS4 graffiti

 

 

 

 

Chapter 27: Creating Balls and Spheres

 

Demonstrates how to quickly create balls that can be duplicated, resized and have their colour adjusted.

 

Adobe Photoshop CS4 spheres

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter 28: Creating Accurate Shapes

 

Demonstrates how to create three-dimensional boxes using Rulers, Grids and Guide lines. The following product box for a software company is created.

 

Adobe Photoshop CS4 3d objects

 

 

 

Chapter 29: Creative Text Effects

 

Demonstrates how to combine text effects into a scene with lighting effects.

 

Adobe Photoshop CS4 text and lighting effects

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter 30: Displacing Images

 

Demonstrates how to add depth and motion to an image by displacing an image with curves into a 2D flag.

 

Adobe Photoshop CS4 displace image

 

 

 

 

Chapter 31: Blur Animations

 

Demonstrates how to use blur effects within an animation to create a short advertisement.

 

Adobe Photoshop CS4 blur effects and animation

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter 32: Timeline Animations

 

Demonstrates how to use the Timeline panel to create animated GIFs. Bouncing icons and an animated mask are created.

 

Adobe Photoshop CS4 timeline panel and animated GIFp

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter 33: Animating 3D Objects

 

Demonstrates how to animate a 3D object from Photoshop’s 3D menu. A spinning planet on a night sky is created.

 

Adobe Photoshop CS4 animate 3d object