Photoshop Masking & Compositing

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New Riders, Aug 24, 2012 - Computers - 504 pages
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Designers, photographers, and artists use Photoshop to create fantastic and realistic images for illustrations, fine art, and editorial content. Whether they're landscape or portrait photographers, illustrators or fine artists, masking and compositing are essential skills to master for combining images to the extent that it is impossible to tell where one image stops and the other one begins.

 

In this completely revised edition of her best-selling guide to masking and compositing, Photoshop artist and educator Katrin Eismann--along with compositing experts Sean Duggan and James Porto--takes readers through numerous step-by-step examples, highlighting the tools and techniques used for masking and combining images. Featuring work by leading artists and photographers, this book focuses on the techniques used to create compelling compositions, including making fast and accurate selections, mastering Photoshop's masking tools, and implementing the concept and photography from start to finish.

 

The book addresses working with Photoshop's selection tools; selecting and maintaining fine details and edges; and working with difficult image elements, such as cloth, hair, or translucent objects. All-new photographic examples, updated instruction to cover the latest version of Adobe Photoshop, and an expanded section on shooting photographs for composite work make this a must-have guide for anyone interested in photographing and creating professional composite images.

 

Visit www.peachpit.com/pmc2e to download dozens of the images featured in this book and practice the illustrated techniques with the same files used in the book. Also, download a full, free chapter on how to use the Pen Tool, one of the best selection tools in Photoshop.

 

 

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Contents

The Creative Process
2-39
Photography for Compositing 3 Planning and Preparing 4 Lighting and Backgrounds 5 Perspective Point of View and Scale
2-40
Selections Masking 6 Selection Fundamentals 7 The Essential Select Menu
5-88
Layer Essentials
6-8
Layer Masks
9-52
The Power of Channel Masking
11-10
FineEdged Selections
11-11
Putting it all Together 12 Creative Compositing 13 Photorealistic Compositing
11-111
Index
12-214
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Katrin Eismann is an internationally respected teacher and lecturer on photographic imaging, restoration, retouching, and the impact of emerging technologies on photography and the arts. Katrin received an undergraduate degree in photographic illustration from the Rochester Institute of Technology and her Master of Fine Arts degree in design at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Her other books include Photoshop Masking & Compositing and Real World Digital Photography. In 2005, she was inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame by the National Association of Photoshop Professionals. Wayne Palmer is the principal of Palmer Multimedia Imaging, which offers custom photography, video, and restoration services. Wayne has worked with Adobe Photoshop since version 3; teaches Photoshop and digital photography classes; and is the technical editor of numerous books on digital imaging techniques.

Sean E. Duggan is a research associate for national security at the Center for American Progress, Washington, D.C.

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