Description : This latest version of Photoshop has a few new tricks up its sleeve and Adobe Photoshop CS4 For Dummies will teach you how to use them. From the basics like getting your images into and out of Photoshop to enhancing, cropping, and color correction, it’s all here! You’ll get all of the basics of digital images and master the importing and exporting of images. You’ll find out how to create easy enhancements like adding shadows and highlights and making color natural, in addition to learning how to use the Adobe camera raw plug-in. Before you know it, you’ll be making beautiful “art” with Photoshop by combining images, precision edges, dressing up images, painting in Photoshop, and using filters. You can even streamline your work in Photoshop using advanced techniques. Find out how to: Import images and use all the tools and processes Reduce digital noise, make colors look natural, add highlights and shadows Optimize images for print or the Web Edit images Explore the Painting function and master the daunting Brushes panel Add layer styles Create on-screen presentations, contact prints, and more Complete with lists of ten reasons to love your Wacom tablet, ten reasons to own a digital camera, and ten favorite tips and tricks, Adobe CS4For Dummies is your one-stop guide to setting up, working with, and making the most of Photoshop CS4 for all your digital photography needs.
Description : Your one-stop Photoshop reference, filled with the latest tips and techniques There’s a reason why Photoshop is the industry standard for image-editing software. But it’s also that big, Photoshop has so many facets and features that a handy one-stop guide is exactly what you need. And you’ll love the “Putting It Together” exercises that give you hands-on experience – in rich, full color! Learn the parts — the desktop, menus, panels, and key tools, and how to use Adobe Bridge Make your selection — learn about each of the selection tools plus the powerful Pen tool and Paths panel Brush up — on the Brush and Pencil tools and how to create vector shapes, create and edit type, and put type on a path Restore and retouch — correct and enhance color, improve contrast, and use the Clone Stamp and Healing tools to fix flaws and damage Print it — learn how to get the right resolution, image mode, and file format, and prepare your work for printing Open the book and find: How to crop images and increase their canvas size Tips for creating gradients and patterns Advice on resizing images How to composite images with layers and blending modes Filter techniques to correct or alter images How the Vanishing Point feature makes editing easier Steps for making adjustments with levels and curves How to create contact sheets
Description : If you’re a photography hobbyist, would you like to brighten up that gloomy island vacation photo? Slim down without going on a diet? See whether white or green shutters look best on the house? Expunge the ex-boyfriend from family photos? If you’re a pro or semi-pro photographer, would you like to make it snow in that ski resort photo? Replace the old logo in the glamour shot of the corporate headquarters with the new one? Grow hair in the CEO’s glaring bald spot? Freshen up the lettuce in that food shot? You’ve come to the right place. With Photoshop CS2, you have the tools. With Photoshop CS2 For Dummies, you’ll have the know-how. In full color, with all kinds of examples, screen shots, step-by-step explanations, tips, and techniques, this guide takes you from the fundamentals to special power-user tricks! Cross-platform Mac-PC coverage includes: The basics of getting around in Photoshop, getting images into and out of Photoshop, choosing the right file formats, and setting your preferences Working with Adobe Bridge to organize and manage your images Working with tonality, including making easy Auto Repairs, making adjustments with Levels and Curves (and the eyedroppers), and using Shadow/Highlight and the toning tools, Burn and Dodge Making color look natural using the color adjustment commands Taking advantage of the RAW format for maximum flexibility, including using the Adjust, Detail, Lens, Curve, and Calibrate tabs and the Camera Raw buttons Fine-tuning your fixes, including making your selections with tools (four marquee tools, three lasso tools, and the Magic Wand tool) Masking for both layer visibility and for protecting parts of your images The most common problems in digital photos—red-eye, wrinkles, unwanted objects and people, and noise—and what to do about them With Photoshop CS2, you can go beyond enhancing your images to create “art.” You have a very powerful painting engine, an extremely complex Brushes palette, and all kinds of painting tools. Photoshop CS2 For Dummies walks you though: Compositing (combining images into a piece of artwork) and working with layers, including choosing from the almost two dozen blending modes Selecting with Extract which is great for making tough selections, such as flyaway hair and various types of fringe Using Vanishing Point to “map” a pattern to angled surfaces Creating panoramas with Photomerge Creating precision edges with vector paths, including using shape layers and the Custom Shape tool, choosing from more than 300 ready-to-use shapes with the Custom Shape Picker, and using the Pen tool to create paths Where to find dozens, or even hundreds, of custom shapes already on your computer – absolutely free Dressing up images with layer styles, including using the Styles palette and creating custom layer styles Adding text messages and tweaking your text Using the extensive painting tools and the Brushes palette Using filters, including sharpening to focus the eye using blur filters or the Unsharp Mask and the new Smart Sharpen filter that give incredible control Getting fun effects with the Liquify filter In a special Power Photoshop section, you’ll learn about streamlining your work, including creating a PDF for both onscreen presentation and for printing. You’ll discover how to spiff up your online images by working with Image Ready to slice, optimize, and otherwise juice up your images for the Web and how to create fancy rollover buttons and fun animations, From basic cropping to complex techniques that can turn good photos into great ones, Photoshop CS2 For Dummies is your guide to exploring all the possibilities that await you in Photoshop CS2.
Description : InDesign is the preferred graphic design software, and InDesign CS4 is loaded with cool new desktop publishing features. InDesign CS4 For Dummies shows you how to use every one! Whether you’re an experienced designer or just want to create a cool newsletter for the school soccer team, you’ll benefit from Galen Gruman’s guidance. This desktop publishing expert shows you how to navigate InDesign menus, dialog boxes, panels, and panes; streamline your work with templates; prepare your creations for printing or online publication, and more. Explore the new tools, work with the application frame, and set preferences for the way you work Learn to open and save documents and export content Get familiar with the Pages panel, apply Master Pages, and work with Layers Make the most of color with color libraries, multi-ink colors, spot versus process color, and gradients Create layout guidelines and use color swatches for consistency Streamline text formatting by using styles and treat text as a graphic element Design for the Web with hyperlinks, multimedia elements, and Flash files See how InDesign CS4 works seamlessly with other applications in the Adobe Creative Suite Discover why good design is part science and part art and learn to manipulate, organize, and align design objects Take advantage of tips for cropping and positioning graphics Prepare for printing or other output with enhanced preflighting tools InDesign CS4 For Dummies also offers great advice for designing pages that do their job perfectly. Start creating today!
Description : The fastest, easiest, most comprehensive way to learn Adobe Photoshop CS4 Fourteen lessons in Adobe Photoshop CS4 Classroom in a Book cover basic and advanced techniques in Adobe Photoshop, the world’s best image-editing software. Learn how to retouch digital photos, work with layers and masks, navigate the workspace, prepare images print, and explore the latest features. Tips, extra-credit exercises, and step-by-step lessons help you become more productive using Photoshop. Learn to correct and enhance digital photos, create image composites, transform images in perspective, and prepare images for print and the web. Combine images for extended depth of field, and try out the new 3D features in Adobe Photoshop CS4 Extended. “The Classroom in a Book series is by far the best training material on the market. Everything you need to master the software is included: clear explanations of each lesson, step-by-step instructions, and the project files for the students.” —Barbara Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor, Rocky Mountain Training Classroom in a Book®, the best-selling series of hands-on software training workbooks, helps you learn the features of Adobe software quickly and easily. Classroom in a Book offers what no other book or training program does—an official training series from Adobe Systems Incorporated, developed with the support of Adobe product experts. All of Peachpit's eBooks contain the same content as the print edition. You will find a link in the last few pages of your eBook that directs you to the media files. Helpful tips: If you are able to search the book, search for "Where are the lesson files?" Go to the very last page of the book and scroll backwards. You will need a web-enabled device or computer in order to access the media files that accompany this ebook. Entering the URL supplied into a computer with web access will allow you to get to the files. Depending on your device, it is possible that your display settings will cut off part of the URL. To make sure this is not the case, try reducing your font size and turning your device to a landscape view. This should cause the full URL to appear.
Description : Whether you're playing blues, rock, classical, or folk-all the chords you'll need are here Even Eric Clapton started with a few basic chords. And Guitar Chords For Dummies offers guitarists of every ambition, skill level, and musical genre a key to the simplest and most complex guitar chords-over 600 in all. Illustrated with a grid showing the position of the fingers on a string, a photograph of the chord being played, and a brief comment on the chord and how to play it, this handy, portable reference offers musicians, whether experimenting at home or playing in a coffee house, instant access to the full range of chords that can be played on a guitar. Covers the theory and techniques of guitar chords Features a handy, portable design, which can fit into a guitar case Includes a convenient lay-flat (wire bound) format, allowing users to easily try out new chords An ideal resource for broadening musical technique and getting new ideas, Guitar Chords For Dummies will help you, whether you're just picking up the guitar or a seasoned musician, add sparkle and range to your musical repertoire.
Description : English Grammar Workbook For Dummies, UK Edition is grammar First Aid for anyone wanting to perfect their English and develop the practical skills needed to write and speak correctly. Each chapter focuses on key grammatical principles, with easy-to-follow theory and examples as well as practice questions and explanations. From verbs, prepositions and tenses, to style, expressions and tricky word traps, this hands-on workbook is essential for both beginners looking to learn and practise the basics of English grammar, and those who want to brush up skills they already have - quickly, easily, and with confidence. English Grammar Workbook For Dummies, UK Edition covers: Part I: Laying the Groundwork: Grammar Basics Chapter 1: Placing the Proper Verb in the Proper Place Chapter 2: Matchmaker, Make Me a Match: Pairing Subjects and Verbs Correctly Chapter 3: Who Is She, and What Is It? The Lowdown on Pronouns Chapter 4: Finishing What You Start: Writing Complete Sentences Part II: Mastering Mechanics Chapter 5: Exercising Comma Sense Chapter 6: Made You Look! Punctuation Marks That Demand Attention Chapter 7: One Small Mark, a Whole New Meaning: Apostrophes Chapter 8: "Let Me Speak!" Quotation Marks Chapter 9: Hitting the Big Time: Capital Letters Part III: The Pickier Points of Correct Verb and Pronoun Use Chapter 10: The Case of It (And Other Pronouns) Chapter 11: Choosing the Best Pronoun for a Tricky Sentence Chapter 12: Travelling in Time: Tricky Verb-Tense Situations Chapter 13: Are You and Your Verbs in the Right Mood? Part IV: All You Need to Know about Descriptions and Comparisons Chapter 14: Writing Good or Well: Adjectives and Adverbs Chapter 15: Going on Location: Placing Descriptions Correctly Chapter 16: For Better or Worse: Forming Comparisons Chapter 17: Apples and Oranges: Improper Comparisons Part V: Writing with Style Chapter 18: Keeping Your Balance Chapter 19: Spicing Up and Trimming Down Your Sentences Chapter 20: Steering Clear of Tricky Word Traps Part VI: The Part of Tens Chapter 21: Ten Over-corrections Chapter 22: Ten Errors to Avoid at All Cost
Description : Design professionals rely on Adobe’s Creative Suite Design Premium to deliver innovative ideas in print, Web, and mobile design. Adobe CS4 Design Premium All-in-One For Dummies helps you beef up your skills with the latest version of this software. You’ll learn all about the hot new versions of InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Acrobat, Dreamweaver, Flash, and Fireworks. Whether you’re creating newsletters, Web sites, cool original art, or animations, this book has it covered. You’ll find out how to build Web pages with text and drawings, photos, Flash animations, and rollovers; check out enhanced Photoshop 3D tools; develop interactive animations for the Web or video with Flash CS4; and use the easier rollover and action features in Dreamweaver CS4 to add interactivity without coding. You’ll also discover: How to get familiar with the menus, panels, and tools that are similar throughout the suite Tips for getting creative with Illustrator’s cool new vector tracing feature Ways to use the annotation capabilities in Acrobat 9.0 and the improved CSS capabilities in Dreamweaver What Fireworks CS4, the newest addition to the suite, can add to Web sites Which extensions and filters are common to all programs Hard-to-find keyboard shortcuts in Illustrator How to enhance and manipulate photos with Photoshop Secrets for smoothing out your workflow How to use the Adobe Bridge Steps for using each program To help you quickly find what you need, Adobe CS4 Design Premium All-in-One For Dummies is divided into eight minibooks: Adobe Creative Suite Basics InDesign CS4 Illustrator CS4 Photoshop CS4 Acrobat CS4 Dreamweaver CS4 Flash CS4 Fireworks CS4 Adobe CS4 Design Premium All-in-One For Dummies is your one-stop guide to all the parts of Adobe’s ultimate toolkit for today's designer.