What Makes Learn Photoshop CC With Pictures Better than other Photoshop books?
The book focuses on the more important tools from the beginning, instead of getting into tons of details.
The book assumes that you barely know anyhing about computer graphic, yet you will learn Photoshop and many of these terms with the help of it.
Very detailed pictures that shows you how each explained feature works.
This Photoshop book contains less words per page in average than most other Photoshop books, as it focuses on teaching you Photoshop features by using pictures rather than plain text.
Dependong pn where you buy it, the book copy you will receive won't have any DRM or useless protection on it, this means that you will be able to read it on any device you have as long it supports the format of the book.
Note:- The kindle version of the book do have DRM in it, the no-DRM applies to the version of the book you buy directly from me.
Even if English is not your native language, this Photoshop book is written so that you can understand it as long you know some English, and the pictures re-explain some of the concepts in the text in case you find the text confusing.
To some extent, this Photoshop book can be read without an access to Photoshop, though it is advisable to try everything on the program while you are reading it.
The first chapter in my Photoshop book introduces you Photoshop CC user interface, you start learning Photoshop by finding your way around it.?First, it gives you a brief look on the user interface,?with a simple picture that shows you the main parts of the user interface elements.?Then it moves to the options bar, which you will use a lot to change the settings of your tools, like the brush Tool opacity or the strength of the Blur tool.?It also explains how to work with Photoshop panels, how to arrange them, expand & collapse them?in different ways.
The folloinwg picture explains how to use the color picker in details
The chapter also covers the tools panel, how to resize it, and access the tools below some of the currently visible tools.?In additional to all that, it introduces you workspaces, and how to save the arrangement of you panels so that you can have a workspace for each activity, like one for painting,?and one for retouching images.?
Images are being used to show you how to work with Photoshop panels.
After that, we move into the topic of creating new documents, with an explanation of many of the options you could specify in the new image dialog, like the document size, resolution. background colours, and different other settings.?
At the end of the chapter, the book introduces the Zoom & Hand tool, which you will find useful to know in order to view the part of the picture you want to focus on.
I honestly wanted this chapter to be?short, as I find it better for you to start learning Photoshop & getting results from the beginning, which is what we do starting from the second chaptor. But?I am aware?knowing the user interface is essential to learning Photoshop CC, so I couldn't escape having to make this the first chapter.
Here is where the action begins, this chapter gives you a practical overview on the brush tool, and how to create soft & hard strokes. And other types of strokes, with examples on how to use what you learned in more than a way. The good thing about this chapter that you get results from the very beginning of using Photoshop,?and the book will?add to?what you learned more in the upcoming chapters.?
The difference between the brush tool flow & opacity settings is domenstrated using examples.
This chapter continues with the brush tool.?It explains the different blending tools of the brush tools, with examples of each of these. This chapter may appear intimidating to you at first. But it simply encourage you to experiment with blending modes, and to discover how they are a very easy & effective way to create effects, even for those who are are just beginning to learn Photoshop CC.
The blending modes can do tons of things, like turning the day into night.
Blending modes is one of the features I though are important to learn from the very beginning, as many things you will learn in the upcoming chapters depend on them, and that?on its own will augment what you can do with Photoshop.
Blending modes can also be used to color your pictures in different ways.
In this example, the gray penguin was made white using blending modes.
Light that has been added using blending modes.
After the somewhat intimidating chapter on the blending modes, this chapter continues with the brush tool. It teaches you simple but important thing, which is how to use different brushes in Photoshop, and how to create yours from scratch. It also explains how to download additional brushes online & install them,?which gives you an unlimited ways to be creative with Photoshop.?
After 3 chapters with the brush tool, we now get to cover the next important thing in Photohsop:- Layers,?which may feel peculiar to those new to Photoshop.
Just with the case of blending modes.?I personally find it super important to teach layers from the very begging for that reason. Especially with the number of features in the program depend on them.?
The cool thing about this chapter is, besides explaining you how to use layers in Photoshop, it shows you how the things you have learned in the previous chapters, like opacity, flow & blending modes, can be used with layers to add to what you can do with Photoshop.?
Photoshop layers can be used in tons of ways, for one, it can take one picture like this:-
And another one like this:-
And merge the two by changing the blending mode of the one on the top
No Photoshop book can be complete without a good chapter about selection tools. And this book is no different. This chapter covers all sort of Photoshop seletion tools, from the shape selection tools, like the Rectangular Marquee Tool, to the 3 lasso selection tools. As well as the Wand tool. Along with many of the options of these tools.
This chapter doesn't cover the pen tool, which can be used as a selection tool, as an important tool like that needs a dedicated chapter for it, which is what the next chapter is all about.
In the following picture, the whole background has been changed, this is one of the most common things that you can do using them.
Among all the chapters in this Photoshop book, this chapter is important, it teaches you slowly, a step-by-steps how to use the pen tool. This slow pace is done on purpose, becuase most Photoshop books I know don't try to emphasize the importance of this tool, which is is usually ignored by Photoshop?beginners, so the goal of this chapter is to help you perfectly understand this important tool, and to hopefully end up using it sooner than most other Photoshop users. As it will help you in tons of situation in used correctly, whether you plan to use Photoshop for designing, photography or creating artworks,?which is why I tell you this:-?Please take your time to learn Photoshop pen tool. And don't skip this chapter. Photoshop beginners tend to ignore this tool for the longest time possible. Which is quite a loss for them. Giving the amount of things this tool can allow them to do.
The components of B?zier curves are introduced in details in this chapter:-
Here you will learn how to crop images correctly. First you will get to learn the concept of the aspect ratio, and how to use it to crop images to suit the final place where you plan to use the image, using various ways & techniques.
Many of the settings of Photoshop are explained in my Photoshop book in ways that are detailed & easy to understand.
This chapter can be considered a continuation of the previous one,?as images are often resized after they are cropped,?it explains how to resize pictures, and how that is different from resizing the canvas. And how to use the?resizing canvas to create a simple Internet MEME. All in a great details.
To make sure as much people can benefit from this chapter, I explain how the image resizing dialogs in both Photoshop CC & Photoshop CS6,?so even if you have an older version of Photoshop, you can still benefit from this chapter.
This chapter help you learn how to resize images using both the Image Size dialog in Photoshop CC & Photoshop CS6 and before. The following diagram explains the Image Resize dialog in Photoshop CC:-
This chapter is all about creating different type of text, with different colours, fonts?& formats. The chapter starts by covering the following type tools:-
It also describes how to turn text into selection, and the concept of anti-aliasing, and?how to wrap text to create text of various shapes.?
This chapter also explains the character & paragraph?panels in great details.?
One of the fun things you can do with text in Photoshop is to make a text follow any path you make with the pen tool, like I did with the text below:-
This chapter explains one of the most amusing Photoshop tools to use, which are Photoshop Photo?Manipulation?tools,?it focuses on the following tools for a starter:-
The chapter explain how to use these 3 tools to do things like removing a referee from an American football match, to removing blemish from a man’s neck in simple steps.
In the following example, I took a picture of the read in the middle of the day:-
Then I took sunset from a different image, and used the Clone Stamp Tool to copy the sky from it. Then I added the final touch using the brush tool to make it look realistic:-
This chapter continues with Photoshop Photo-manipulation tools, but this time, we covers the following tools:-
In a way or another, all these tools are content-aware tools,?which is a feature Adobe introduced in Photoshop starting from Photoshop CS5. This feature basically removes or move a certain object in your picture by analyzing its surrounding area,?without you having to do much work at all. Pretty neat, huh?
The content-aware tools can do tons of useful things, take the following cat for one:-
I moved it quite easily using the Content-Aware Move Tool:-
And I was able to remove him competely using the Content-Aware tool:-
Content-Aware tools can also be used to create the missing parts of any picture, like how I did with the following one:-
As we did with the cat in the first example, you can remove many kinds of objects using the Content-Aware too, like I removed the towel form the following picture:-
Here is the picture after I removed the towel from it:-
Just like the last two chapters, this chapter covers 3 more photoshop tools, which are:-
All these tools are straightforward to use, and most of the focus here is?on the settings of these 3 tools.
The strenth tool of the smudge tool is a nice way to control how many picture you displace using the tool:-
And that tool can be used in many ways, I created a logo using it in this example:-
This is the forth & last chapter that covers 3 photoshop tools, the tools we are covering this time are:-
The dodge tool can lighten images in many useful ways, some of them are nice to the eyes, and some of them are not:-
It can also be used in creative ways, like how I added light to this Mercedes:-
This is a simple chapter compared to the last few chapters, it explains simple but very useful tools, which are the shape tools, which can be used to draw basic shapers, like rectangles, polygons?& lines.?
This chapter goes with detail into the different settings of each of the shape tools available to you.
Many examples in this chapter are about creating?simple drawings using the shape tools alone.
Photoshop Shape Tool allows you to create polygons with any number of sides you choose:-
Here is how the Rectangle Tool Options are explained, many of the other shape tools are explained in my Photoshop book in a similar fashion:-
Here we continue learning about the shape tools, and this time, we learn Photoshop Custom Shape Tool.?Which can be used to create different kind of shapes, from a heart shapes to plant to a light bulb. If you don’t like the shapes that comes with Photoshop CC, you can download more shapes from the Internet & add them to Photoshop CC. In additional to that, you can also create your own custom shapes?to suit your needs.
Some of the cutsom shapes you can create using the Custom Shape Tool:-
Learning Photoshop Blending Options is?a simple yet an effective way to add effects to the contents of each layer. Blending options can be added using the Layer Style dialog, which is explained in exhaustive details in this chapter. The key to understanding blending modes is to experiment with them, and this chapter hopefully makes things easier by explaining almost all the options in?that dialog.
Among all the chapters in my Photoshop book, this one has the most number of pictures in it.:D
Note:- This chapter is only available in the PDF version of this book.
Photoshop Layer Styles:-
The Outer Glow Counter setting explained, again, my Photoshop book explains tons of layer style settings in a similar fashion:-
Here is a simple logo that was created using layer styles:-
This short chapter explains the history panel & the History Brush tool, which undo the some of the last few steps you have done to your picture, either fully or partially.
This chapter covers some of the most prominent Photoshop Filters, like?Gaussian Blur,? Motion Blur,?Unsharp Mask,?Add Noise,?Median?&?Liquify.?At the end of the chapter, there is a gallery of additional few filters as well.
The Add Noise Filter explained:-
The final chapter of my Photoshop book is about?Image adjusting tools, which can be used in many ways, from correcting the colours in your images?to create black & white images. The tools covered in this chapter are:-
The saturation setting of the HSL dialog:-