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    Adobe Photoshop CS4 for photographyWhether you're completely new to photography or have been snapping photos for years, this class will

    how you how to create magnificent photos using Adobe Photoshop CS4. You'll get time-saving tips,

    nderstand how to get the most out of the software and learn how to edit and enhance your photoswithout compromising image quality.

    Lessons

    Organize, customize and process your photos1.After you take a brief tour of the new features in Adobe Photoshop CS4, you'll

    start on your photos. This lesson shows you how to use the Bridge and Camera

    Raw software integrated with Photoshop to organize and edit your photos.

    Enhance your photos with light, color and sharpness corrections2.Even if you're fairly happy with your photo, chances are you can still improve it

    by tweaking the light and color. In this lesson, you'll learn comprehensive, non-

    destructive methods for color-correcting, toning and sharpening your pricelessphotos.

    Retouching and restoring your photos3.Because people are the focus of many photos, this lesson shows you some

    tricks and techniques for retouching your subjects like a pro. Learn how to use

    the healing tools, remove red eye, use the selection tools and cosmetically

    enhance your subjects.

    Finishing and sharing your photos4.Even when you think you're almost done, there's always something more you

    can do with your photos. Learn how to add gorgeous finishing touches to your

    retouched photos, and then get some helpful tips for printing and posting your

    photos online.

    Organize, customize and process your photosAfter you take a brief tour of the new features in Adobe Photoshop CS4, you'll start on your photos. This lesson

    hows you how to use the Bridge and Camera Raw software integrated with Photoshop to organize and edit

    our photos.

    Welcome

    Discouraged by the Adobe Photoshop tutorials that deal mostly with graphic

    esign? Can't find the correct way to retouch and enhance your photos? This

    echnique-filled tutorial, aimed at photographers, focuses on the aspects of

    Photoshop you'll need to create magnificent photos. You'll learn time-saving

    ps, how to get the most out of Bridge, and how to accomplish non-destructive

    diting.

    What this class covers

    You're about to embark on an incredible journey that will teach you how to

    reate professional-looking photos in your digital darkroom using Adobe

    Photoshop CS4. In this course, you'll learn photo editing and retouching

    echniques that the masters use in their own studios.

    The course lessons break down as follows:

    Lesson 1 reviews the new features in Adobe Photoshop CS4 and explores

    the Bridge and Camera Raw software included with Photoshop.

    Lesson 2 shows you how to enhance your photos by making light, color, and

    shar ness corrections.

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    Lesson 3 discusses tips and techniques for retouching your photos to

    produce flawless, impressive results.

    Lesson 4 teaches you how to apply finishing touches to your photos, and

    then discusses some best practices for printing or posting your photos

    online.

    Because this course focuses on key photographic enhancing and retouching

    echniques, we assume that you've used Photoshop before. In addition, we

    assume that you know certain photography-specific terms and techniques.

    What do I need to get started?

    For this course, you should have Adobe Photoshop CS4. If you have an older

    ersion of Photoshop, you'll still be able to follow along for most of the course;

    ut we do cover some exciting new features that are available only in

    Photoshop CS4. Also be aware that there are significant improvements in each

    ew release, and some of the features and tools may work a little differently if

    ou're using an older version.

    If you don't already own Adobe Photoshop CS4, you can usually download

    a trial version from the Adobe Web site. Simply enter Adobe Photoshop in

    the search box, and then click Try now.

    Now that you know a little about the program and what to expect in this course,

    's time to get started!

    New features of Adobe Photoshop CS4

    Adobe made some significant changes to Photoshop CS4, but they are subtle.

    's not until you see how some of these changes work that you realize their

    mportance. In this section, you'll receive a brief overview and then throughout

    he lessons, you'll see how the new and improved functions work. Let's get

    tarted on this exciting tour of Photoshop CS4.

    Panels

    n all previous versions of Photoshop, Adobe used the term palettes wheneferring to the containers on the workspace. In Photoshop CS4, they changed

    he name to panels. For example, the Layers palette is now called the Layerspanel. In addition to the name change, Adobe also added two very important

    anels: the Adjustments and Masks panels.

    Adjustments panel

    Adjustment layers are not a new concept in Photoshop, but Photoshop CS4

    adds an entire panel dedicated to creating and managing adjustment layers.

    You'll be learning much more about this panel in the following lessons.

    Masks panel

    This is a more advanced Photoshop feature, but the genius of the new Masks

    anel is that it gathers all of the tools most often associated with creating and

    efining layer masks into one panel location. This panel will come in handy

    when you're making targeted enhancements to your photos, which you'll do

    ater in this course.

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    New and improved tools

    Photoshop CS4 added a fantastic new tool and greatly improved another

    lassic one.

    Target Adjustment Tool

    This tool originated in Lightroom, and is now available in Photoshop. This

    addition is perhaps one of the most exciting new features available in

    Photoshop CS4. It allows you to make specific tonal and color adjustments in

    he Curves, Hue/Saturation, and Black and White Adjustment layers by clicking

    and dragging your mouse instead of having to use the histograms and sliders.

    This tool is invaluable when correcting light and color problems, which you'll

    ee in further detail in the next two lessons.

    mproved Dodge and Burn Tools

    Previous versions of the Dodge and Burn Tools were poor at best. In

    Photoshop CS4, the toolset