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Introduction

Introduction

How You'll Learn

How This Book Works

What's New

Keyboard Shortcuts

Step-by-Step Instructions

Real World Examples

Troubleshooting Guide

Photoshop for Windows and Macintosh

Adobe Certified Expert

Welcome to Show Me Adobe Photoshop CS, a visual quick reference book that shows you how to work efficiently with Adobe Photoshop CS. This book provides complete coverage of basic and intermediate Photoshop CS skills.

How This Book Works

You don't have to read this book in any particular order. We've designed the book so that you can jump in, get the information you need, and jump out. However, the book does follow a logical progression from simple tasks to more complex ones. Each task is presented on no more than two facing pages, which lets you focus on a single task without having to turn the page. To find the information that you need, just look up the task in the table of contents, index, or troubleshooting guide, and turn to the page listed. Read the task introduction, follow the step-by-step instructions in the left column along with screen illustrations in the right column, and you're done.

What's New

If you're searching for what's new in Photoshop CS, just look for the icon: . The new icon appears in the table of contents so you can quickly and easily identify a new or improved feature in Photoshop CS. A complete description of each new feature appears in the New Features guide in the back of this book.

Keyboard Shortcuts

Most menu commands have a keyboard equivalent, such as Ctrl+P (Win) or +P (Mac), as a quicker alternative to using the mouse. A complete list of keyboard shortcuts appears in the Keyboard Shortcuts guide in the back of this book.

Step-by-Step Instructions

This book provides concise step-by-step instructions that show you “how” to accomplish a task. Each set of instructions include illustrations that directly correspond to the easy-to-read steps. Also included in the text are timesavers, tables, and sidebars to help you work more efficiently or to teach you more in-depth information. A “Did You Know?” provides tips and techniques to help you work smarter, while a “See Also” leads you to other parts of the book containing related information about the task.

Real World Examples

This book uses real world examples to help convey “why” you would want to perform a task. The examples give you a context in which to use the task. The Photoshop example files that you need for project tasks are also available online at www.perspection.com or www.quepublishing.com/showme.

Troubleshooting Guide

This book offers quick and easy ways to diagnose and solve common Photoshop CS problems that you might encounter. The troubleshooting guide helps you determine and fix a problem using the task information you find. The problems are posed in question form and are grouped into categories that are presented alphabetically.

Photoshop for Windows and Macintosh

This book is written for the Windows and Macintosh version of Adobe Photoshop CS. Both versions of the software are virtually the same, but there are a few platform differences between the two versions. When there are differences between the two versions, steps written specifically for the Windows version end with the notation (Win) and steps for the Macintosh version end with the notation (Mac). In some instances, tasks are split between the two operating systems.

Adobe Certified Expert

This book prepares you fully for the Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) exam for Adobe Photoshop CS. Each Adobe Certified Expert certification level has a set of objectives, which are organized into broader skill sets. To prepare for the certification exam, you should review and perform each task identified with a Adobe Certified Expert objective to confirm that you can meet the requirements for the exam. Throughout this book, content that pertains to an objective is identified with the Adobe Certified Expert logo and objective number next to it.

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