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Who Should Read This Book?

You didn't upgrade to Adobe Photoshop CS, you upgraded to the Adobe Creative Suite. You took advantage of the tremendous discount offered by Adobe and increased the power of your creative arsenal. You're good at what you do and you know the tools with which you've worked. But now you've got a whole new set of tools…

You've got the programs, and you want to know how to use them to meet your creative and productive needs. Photoshop CS, Illustrator CS, InDesign CS, GoLive CS—it's quite a lot of complex power. Perhaps you won't use all the programs regularly, but when you need them, there they are. And you need to know what to do with them. Few people are masters of all four programs. (In fact, this book is a collaboration among subject matter experts.) If you're not one of those few, this book is for you.

Perhaps your background is in Web design with GoLive, or vector art with Illustrator, or perhaps you're a page layout pro who has worked with InDesign since version 1, and now you've moved to the Adobe Creative Suite and you're going to learn Photoshop, too. Indeed, this book is for you, too. But in all honesty, if you're brand new to Photoshop, start with Sams Teach Yourself Adobe Photoshop CS in 24 Hours, by the incredible Carla Rose, and then immerse yourself in the full Creative Suite with this book.

Why You Should Use the Adobe Creative Suite

The Adobe Creative Suite comes in two versions. The Premium Edition combines Photoshop CS, Illustrator CS, InDesign CS, GoLive CS, Adobe Acrobat 6.0 Professional, and the new Version Cue project management software. The Standard Edition includes Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Version Cue. With the exception of Version Cue, the Creative Suite programs are also available individually. Whether you own a pair of the programs or all six, you've got a lot of creative and productive power on your hard drive.

Design and Create, Productively

Adobe Photoshop, the legendary image-editing program, becomes increasingly versatile in the Creative Suite. The long-awaited type-on-a-path capability, 16-bit editing with layers and type, a vastly improved File Browser and integrated Camera Raw plug-in, several new image-adjustment commands, and customizable keyboard shortcuts are just a few of the improvements. Photoshop's sidekick ImageReady adds a new dimension to your work with its new Flash (SWF) export capability.

Illustrator CS adds a number of features that can certainly improve your productivity. The new type engine features character and paragraph styles, enabling you to format text in a single click. Starting projects has never been easier—over 200 professionally designed templates are included (and, of course, you can save custom templates, too). Although you may not use them often, the new 3D Effect and Scribble effects/filters offer some interesting design possibilities.

InDesign CS brings to the Creative Suite a new Story Editor, a built-in word processor for text across multiple frames, and a Stroke Style Editor for customizing lines and paragraph rules. New palettes include Flattener Preview, Separation Preview, Control, and Info. In addition to these productivity enhancements, you'll also find that InDesign now supports EPS and PDF transparency better, Photoshop duotones, direct export of PDF, and mixed inks.

GoLive gets better and better at working with interactive media and advanced coding languages. Improvements include better XHTML support, QuickTime and RealOne Player authoring, new PDF capabilities, and more. The workspace gets better, too. The Toolbar can emulate Photoshop or appear in a more GoLive-native style. The new CSS Editor shows you the effects of your changes as you make them. The Source Code Editor is far more flexible, and GoLive now supports design templates (several dozen of which are supplied with the program).

Even Greater Integration

The Smart Objects technology enables you to place Photoshop's PSD file format, Illustrator's AI files, and PDFs directly into InDesign and GoLive projects, edit those files in their own programs with a simple button click, and automatically update the graphics as necessary. InDesign now supports Photoshop duotones (and tritons and quadtones), too. However, the Smart Objects technology is just the tip of the iceberg. Integration among the CS programs enables you to maintain consistency throughout a project, from print to Web and then back again. Here are some of the other integration features that make the Creative Suite truly “sweet”:

  • Swap files back and forth between Photoshop and Illustrator, even those including type on a path.

  • Package your InDesign layouts for GoLive, automatically creating Web-ready elements from your print-ready layout.

  • Export GoLive Web sites to PDF, with all links, bookmarks, and graphics intact.

  • Manage projects throughout the creative process with Version Cue, whether as a single user or as part of a workgroup.

  • Take advantage of layered PDF files, in effect giving you multipage PDF support right in Photoshop and Illustrator.

  • Take advantage of Suite-wide color management. Use the same settings in all the programs and be assured of consistent color throughout.

  • Rely on enhanced across-the-board support for XMP metadata to provide information about virtually every file with which you work.

All this integration among products comes with an interface that feels comfortable and familiar as you move from program to program. What's more, the interface is customizable in ways that can greatly improve your productivity, including design-them-yourself keyboard shortcuts that help you maintain consistent work habits in Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, and GoLive.

and Digital Video Support!

Although the Creative Suite itself doesn't include digital video (DV) editing, you'll find that DV is well supported, nonetheless. Photoshop offers native support for nonsquare pixels, including new document presets. Illustrator continues to support NTSC color, and GoLive has improved handling of both QuickTime and RealOne Player media.

Windows and Macintosh

The Adobe Creative Suite runs on only three operating systems: Windows XP, Windows 2000, and Mac OS X. The capabilities of the Creative Suite and the individual programs are almost identical on all three operating systems.

In this book, we address both platforms. Because the modifier keys on the keyboard differ between Windows and Macintosh, we've used the following system of key identification:

  • (Command) [Ctrl]— This identifies the Mac Command key and the Windows Ctrl key. The modifier key does nothing on its own and is always used in conjunction with another key and/or another modifier key.

  • (Option) [Alt]— The Option key on Mac and the Alt key on Windows are also modifier keys that are used in conjunction with other keys.

  • (Control)-click, right-click— Although Mac OS X supports multibutton mice and right-clicking, the tradition (Control)-click is still listed, indicating the user holds down the Mac's Control key and clicks the mouse button (the left button on multibutton mice). Windows users click the right-side mouse button.

You may see a couple modifier keys used with another key. For example, when we're discussing the default keyboard shortcut used for copying to a new layer in Photoshop, you will see this convention used:

(Command-Shift-J) [Ctrl+Shift+J]

How This Book Is Organized

Special Edition Using Adobe Photoshop CS has five distinct parts, plus a color insert that shows key images in full color, and a CD containing some extra “goodies.”

Part I: Creative Suite Common Concepts

As tightly integrated as the Adobe Creative Suite is, many core technologies and basic concepts are used throughout it. Part I discusses and examines subjects such as Version Cue, file formats, color theory and color management, automation with Actions and scripting, the difference between raster and vector artwork, and how to select and set up your hardware.

Part II: Fundamental Photoshop CS

Photoshop remains the focus of the Adobe Creative Suite for many users. The chapters in Part II examine, from both a technical and a practical point of view, the basic creative and productive power of Photoshop. From bringing images into Photoshop, to enhancing them with filters and styles, to working with Photoshop's vector capabilities (both shape layers and type), these chapters give you a solid foundation from which to master Photoshop. If you're new to Photoshop, purchasing the Creative Suite from an Illustrator, GoLive, or InDesign background, you'll find that you need a little background before you can swim with the Photoshop sharks. Again, let me recommend that you start with Sams Teach Yourself Adobe Photoshop CS in 24 Hours before you dive into this section of the book.

Part III: Power Photoshop

Just as Part II addresses the basic skills needed to function competently in Photoshop, so does Part III address the advanced skills. With an eye toward the technical explanation of “how it works” so that you can apply the concepts to your own projects, these chapters take you a step further. Channels, color correction, the theory behind each of the blending modes, Photoshop's filters, and preparing an image for print are all topics discussed.

Part IV: ImageReady

A powerful tool in its own right, ImageReady creates graphics for the Web—and not just graphics, but graphics! You can create rollovers, animations, and even export to Flash (SWF) format—all without losing sight of the GIF and JPEG files that make up the bulk of your Web graphics. The chapters in Part IV help you create lean graphics that do the job with the fastest possible downloads—whether they're static images or animations.

Part V: Illustrator CS

Fifteen chapters look at every aspect of Illustrator, from the basics through the advanced features. This section of the book is written from an Illustrator perspective, providing the information necessary to work with Illustrator and what you need to know to integrate Illustrator into the Adobe Creative Suite.

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