Adobe Photoshop Unmasked: The Art and Science of Selections, Layers, and Paths


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Adobe Photoshop Unmasked: The Art and Science of Selections, Layers, and Paths
By Nigel French
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Publisher: Adobe Press
Pub Date: October 26, 2006
Print ISBN-10: 0-321-44120-6
Print ISBN-13: 978-0-321-44120-1
Pages: 264
 

Table of Contents  | Index
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As the feature list of Adobe Photoshop continues to grow, even users with years of experience can feel overwhelmed by the many tools and methods for selecting or isolating parts of an image. Layers, channels, paths, clipping masks, layer masks, vector masks, the Pen tool, Magic Wand, and so on all let users work on specific regions of an image, but in fundamentally different ways. Making clean, efficient selections are essential skills for any Photoshop user, whether a graphic designer, professional photographer, or hobbyist. Graphic designer, teacher, and Photoshop expert Nigel French saves you hours of frustration by illuminating the best selection tools and techniques for specific tasks, and the most flexible approaches to correcting and editing images in Photoshop. Using step-by-step examples, this book clarifies often-misunderstood selection methods, shows which masks best select a range of tone or color, and demonstrates how the right tools and techniques can help transform even the most mediocre picture into a polished image, saving you hours of time. • Learn the fundamentals of making selections, and when to choose which method • Blend images and replace backgrounds using layer, vector, and channel masks • Correct color and exposure using adjustment layers • Make next-to-impossible hair selections with channel masks • Create a non-destructive workflow, giving you total creative freedom



book cover
Adobe Photoshop Unmasked: The Art and Science of Selections, Layers, and Paths
By Nigel French
...............................................
Publisher: Adobe Press
Pub Date: October 26, 2006
Print ISBN-10: 0-321-44120-6
Print ISBN-13: 978-0-321-44120-1
Pages: 264
 

Table of Contents  | Index

   Copyright
   Acknowledgments
   Introduction
        Chapter 1.  Selections
      Defining Our Terms
      Using the Selection Tools
      Refining Selections
      Selecting with the Pen Tool
      The Pen Tools
      Drawing with the Pen Tool
      Using the Paths Palette
      In Summary
        Chapter 2.  Channels
      About Channels
      Using the Channels Palette
      Using Quick Mask to Paint Selections
      Masking Tips
      Fine-Tuning Color Selections
      Selectively Editing with Channels
      Creating a Duotone
      Using Spot Color Channels
      In Summary
        Chapter 3.  Layers
      About the Layers Palette
      Managing Layers
      Working with Layer Styles
      The Land of Happy Accidents: Layer Blending Modes and Opacity
      Experimenting with Multiple Compositions Using Layer Comps
      Nondestructive Editing with Smart Objects
      Useful Layer Techniques
      In Summary
        Chapter 4.  Layer Masks
      Layer Mask Essentials
      Creating a Simple Composite
      Combining Textures
      Choking a Mask
      Looking Through (and Breaking Out of) the Top Layer
      Blending Shape and Texture
      Blending Different Exposures
      Replacing Parts of an Image
      Creating Painterly Effects
      Selective Filtering
      Adding Custom Borders
      Creating Panoramas
      Isolating a Subject with a Cutout
      Combining Soft and Sharp Selection Edges
      Making a "Pop-Out"
      Vector Masking Sharp Edges and Curves
      Masking with Transparency
      In Summary
        Chapter 5.  Adjustment Layers
      Adjustment Layers: Reasons to Be Cheerful
      ...and a Couple of Caveats
      Things to Know About Adjustment Layers
      Using Curves to "Select" Tone and Color
      Balancing Exposure
      Removing a Color Cast
      Applying Curves to Adjustment Layer Masks
      Selecting and Shifting Color with Hue/Saturation
      Boosting Color
      Colorizing Images
      In Summary
        Chapter 6.  Channel Masking
      Creating a Channel Mask: The Basics
      Creating a Channel Mask: The (Practical) Details
      Refining the Mask
      Extracting Subjects
      In Summary
   Index