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Precision Photoshop

Creating Powerful Visual Effects, 1st Edition

By Lopsie Schwartz

A K Peters/CRC Press

284 pages | 511 B/W Illus.

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The Essentials of Photoshop for Creative Professionals

There are plenty of books on Photoshop for photographers; for everyone else, there’s Precision Photoshop: Creating Powerful Visual Effects. In clear, conversational language using extensive images and screenshots, this book gives you in-depth guidance on learning how to use Photoshop. The author shares her practical knowledge and insider tips gleaned from years working on visual effects in the entertainment business.

Requiring no prior experience, the book first offers a step-by-step beginner’s tutorial on the main features of Photoshop, with the tutorial files available on the book’s CRC Press web page. It next shows you how to manage various assets, such as text, 3D, or HDRI files, and provides solutions to the most common questions asked by new Photoshop users. The author explains how to work with camera raw files and describes how to unlock your artistic potential through Photoshop’s powerful tools. She also covers more advanced tutorials involving higher concepts and specific source images, such as creating panoramas, high-contrast images, 3D effects, and motion.

Illustrating key techniques with examples of production-quality work, this book delves deep into aspects most important to creative professionals. Whether you’re a beginner or more experienced user, you will find precise instruction on critical elements of the workflow.

Table of Contents

The Cheat


Before You Start

The Tutorial

Photoshop Setup and Overview

Starting/Setting Up Photoshop

Setting Adobe Photoshop to the Default Preferences

Work Area Overview

The Visual Bridge: Accessing and Organizing Files


Installing Bridge CC

Workspace Overview

Finding Your Keys

Using Your Keys


Manage Color

Batch Renaming Your Files

Creating a Custom Layout

Exporting Bridge Adjustments

Search for Files and Folders


Mini Bridge



I Just Need to Make This Picture Smaller

I Just Want to Make This Color Photo Black and White—or Maybe with Just a Little Color

I Just Want to Sharpen This Picture a Little

I Just Need to Get Rid of That (Wire/Timestamp/Other Annoying Inclusion)

I Just Want to Crop This Picture for Better Composition

I Just Want to Replace

I Just Want to Make a Seamless Pattern

I Just Want to Get Rid of the Noise in the Photo

I Just Want to Get Rid of the Red Eye in the Picture

I Just Want to Make This Picture into Something that Looks More Graphic

I Just Want to Print These All on One Page

Aw, These Shadows Ruined My Pictures

Going RAW

The RAW "Format"

Working in the RAW: Adobe Camera Raw Workflow/Controls

Merge to HDR Pro

One-Night Stands



Auto-Blend to Sharpen

Create a Panorama

Old Photograph

Pencil-Drawing Effect

Tilt-Shift Miniaturization



Finding Brush Controls

The Brushes Palette

Shape Dynamics



Dual Brush

Color Dynamics and Other Dynamics


Brush Pose

Other Brush Tip Characteristics

Putting the Brush Palette to Use

Brush Blending Modes


Color Replacement Tool

Mixer Brush

Custom Brushes

Brush Libraries

Second Date


Chemical and Cross Processing

Eye Cream

Adding Depth of Field

Gritty Photo Koala

What Is Your Type?

Smarter in So Many Ways


Smart Objects


Learning Your Way around 3D

Video—Another Kind of 2D

Setting Your Workspace

Crash Course

Power User

Disintegrating Dancer

Pre-Vis Fly-Through

Surreal Painting

Efficiency and Display

Customizing Shortcuts

Customizing Keyboard Shortcuts

Automating Tasks

Other Action Presets

Creating Actions

Adding a Conditional

Editing or Changing an Action

Saving Your Set

Batch Processing

Creating a Droplet

Cross-Platform Compatibility


Concepts, Definitions, and Terminology


Image File Formats

Vector Formats

3D Program File Formats

Aspect Ratios

Film Format Nomenclature

File Resolution

Efficient Texture Size



About the Author

Lopsie Schwartz is a visual effects (VFX) and animation veteran who has worked at prestigious facilities, such as Weta Digital, Disney Animation, and Rhythm and Hues. Over the past 15 years, Lopsie has used Photoshop for commercials, major motion pictures, television shows, games, photo retouching, and fine art. She has also taught VFX and animation at various college-level institutions.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COMPUTERS / Computer Graphics