Mastering Photoshop, Vol. 2

Mastering Photoshop, Vol. 2

Productivity is a crucial asset of professional designers. Photoshop is an extremely powerful application for photo processing and image manipulation, and we can make it even more powerful by using advanced techniques and design approaches that professionals and experts in the field are using regularly.


The better our professional skills are, the more time we can spend to focus on the actual design process rather than the tool we are using to implement it on screen. This book is the brand new Photoshop eBook edition in our Smashing eBook Series which will help you mastering Photoshop and gain a more efficient, advanced workflow in your design process.


  • Mastering Photoshop: Noise, Textures, Gradients and Rounded Rectangles
  • Useful Photoshop Tips And Tricks for Photo Retouching
  • Photo Retouching Tips and Tricks in Photo Retouching
  • The Ultimate Guide to Cloning in Photoshop
  • Designing for iPhone 4 Retina Display: Techniques and Workflow
  • Mastering Photoshop: Pixel Perfection when Rotating, Pasting and Nudging
  • Setting up Photoshop for Web and iPhone Development
  • Compositing in Adobe Photoshop: Time- Saving Tips
  • Mastering Photoshop: Unknown Tricks and Time-Savers
  • Preparing Photoshop Files for Web Developers
  • In Defense of Photoshop

Technical Information

  • Formats: PDF, EPUB, Kindle (DRM-free)
  • Pages: 216
  • Language: English
  • Released: April 2011
  • Publisher: Smashing Media GmbH
  • ISBN: 978-3-943075-12-0

Excerpt From Chapter 1

Mastering Photoshop: Noise, Textures, Gradients And Rounded Rectangles — by Marc Edwards

Often, it’s the little details that turn a good layout into a great design; details such as subtle textures, shading and smooth shapes. Photoshop contains a vast array of tools for embellishing a design, but choosing the right one isn’t always easy. Being the obsessive-compulsives that we are, we’ve conducted a huge range of experiments to determine the benefits and disadvantages of each technique. Here, then, is an obsessive-compulsive’s guide to some frequently used tools and techniques for Web and UI design in Photoshop.

Excerpt From Chapter 11

In Defense Of Photoshop — by Thomas Giannattasio

Waves of change are currently rippling through every aspect of the Web. The iPad and other mobile devices are changing the way we access the Internet, while HTML5 and CSS3 promise to change the way we develop it. However, another storm is brewing that threatens Photoshop’s throne as the application of choice for Web design. The battle suggests a fundamental shift in the design process from Photoshop to mark-up.

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