Adobe Photoshop CS3: The Professional Portfolio

Adobe Photoshop CS3: The Professional Portfolio
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Although Photoshop is widely recognized as the tool to use for retouching photos (as, indeed, this book covers in depth), it is in reality an incredibly powerful application with many capabilities. The Portfolio Series will build students' confidence by allowing them to complete realistic projects presented in the context of a professional workflow. For all students, from first-time Photoshop users to those who are upgrading from previous versions, the projects in this book will foster proficiency in a variety of skills critical for a career in graphic design.

This book provides detailed instructions on using Photoshop to:

  • Import multiple digital originals, create silhouettes, and use layers to build composite images such as a full-color magazine ad.
  • Combine images; apply various filters, adjustments, and patterns; and manipulate masks and channels to create artistic effects for a series of art-quality posters.
  • Produce special text-based effects with layers, masking, and selection techniques to design an appealing book cover.
  • Retouch photos to correct physical damage, lighting problems, and color errors using dozens of special filters to control every aspect of an image.
  • Create and composite complex selections and work with spot channels to build an attractive catalog cover.
  • Transform original photos to remove background elements, warp images to provide three-dimensional perspective, and apply sophisticated lighting effects to unify composite images for advertisements.
  • Render life-like paintings from line-art originals using Photoshop's remarkable combination of brushes, transparencies, and blending modes.
  • Generate and publish an industry-compliant web page that incorporates interactive buttons, animated images, and sliced artwork ready to be used by site-development technicians.
  • Work efficiently and rapidly by customizing your workspace, using shortcuts where appropriate, and automating repetitive tasks when possible.

By completing the real-world projects in the Photoshop book, students will not only master the broad scope of Photoshop's core functions, they will also develop a robust portfolio sure to impress potential employers.