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Photoshop Techniques

The Interface Blueprint

The Right Document Size

Changing the Canvas Size

Changing the Image Size

Fixing Images

Eliminating Noise and Scratches

Sharpening an Image

Fixing Larger Areas and Problems

Color Manipulation and Correction

Adjust the Tonal Range

Correcting Colors

Step by Step: Setting Highlights and Shadows With the Curves Command

Step by Step: Fixing Digital Photographs

Step by Step: Changing the Color of a Solid-Colored Area

Step by Step: Replacing the Color of an Object

Compositing and Designing

Working with the Layers Palette

Layer Transparency

Blending Layers

Shape Layers

Using Illustrator with Photoshop

Designing Text

Effects and Tricks

Working with Layer Styles


White Chrome Type

Brushed Metal

Running Lights Effect

Effects Filters

Alien Skin Splat!

Alien Skin Eye Candy 4000

Alien Skin Xenofex

Auto FX DreamSuite

Tutorial: Creating a Photocomposition

In the beginning of Web design, many designers created their mock-up designs in an HTML authoring tool. That approach seemed logical to the designers who made the transition from desktop publishing to Web design. After all, they were used to designing in layout programs. It didn’t take long, though, for designers to realize that this process was too tedious, and they started to do the design process entirely in Photoshop. This made it easier to make changes and create different versions of the design. Sometimes, though, those Photoshop design presentations look so realistic that many clients get the impression that they are seeing the final product, making the design process more difficult. So surprisingly, many of today’s designers very often go back to their roots and work with plain paper in their brainstorming meetings with clients. Using scribbles has the advantage of letting you develop different ideas even quicker. Then, after you and your client have worked out a basic concept, it’s time for you to start up Photoshop. In this chapter you will learn all the basic techniques you’ll need to create a Web site quickly and efficiently in Photoshop.



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