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Photoshop CS2 Channels & Masks

with Deke McClelland

Video: Channels are everything

A comprehensive lesson in alpha channels, which inform almost every aspect of Photoshop.
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  1. 1h 0m
    1. Channels are everything
      1m 28s
    2. The Channels palette
      6m 59s
    3. Channels in color
      5m 3s
    4. RGB color
      5m 3s
    5. Single-channel grayscale
      5m 17s
    6. Lab color
      5m 30s
    7. CMYK plates
      7m 12s
    8. The weird world of Multichannel
      8m 19s
    9. Duotones, tritones, and quadtones
      9m 7s
    10. 16-bit advantages
      6m 39s
  2. 1h 10m
    1. The non-color-bearing channel
    2. The alpha channel
      5m 3s
    3. The anatomy of a mask
      6m 42s
    4. Making an alpha channel
      9m 43s
    5. Saving both image and alpha channel
      4m 21s
    6. Loading an alpha channel
      5m 22s
    7. Putting a mask in play
      3m 17s
    8. Viewing a mask as a translucent overlay
      7m 13s
    9. Modifying a mask
      5m 37s
    10. Combining masks
      11m 34s
    11. The lossless translation
      11m 21s
  3. 2h 21m
    1. The Selection tools still matter
    2. The core tools
      10m 45s
    3. Selection vs. selection outline
      5m 40s
    4. The floating selection
      5m 55s
    5. The Anti-Alias checkbox
      3m 45s
    6. How anti-aliasing works
      7m 58s
    7. Photoshop's icon, the feather
      7m 22s
    8. The Magic Wand revealed
      11m 25s
    9. Selecting with the Wand
      7m 4s
    10. Dragging and dropping
      5m 29s
    11. Perfecting your composition
      12m 50s
    12. The Magnetic Lasso
      9m 44s
    13. Add, subtract, and intersect
      4m 6s
    14. Networking selection outlines
      15m 40s
    15. The Polygonal Lasso trick
      8m 35s
    16. Finessing your selection outline
      9m 14s
    17. Transforming a selection outline
      7m 3s
    18. Select menu cleanup
      7m 39s
  4. 1h 33m
    1. The best tool is a command
      1m 6s
    2. The Color Range command
      9m 38s
    3. Primary colors and brightness ranges
      6m 7s
    4. Sample All Layers
      4m 29s
    5. Quick Mask and Smooth
      9m 15s
    6. Contract and Composite
      6m 18s
    7. Now for something a bit more complicated
      6m 3s
    8. Evaluating the selection outline
      5m 33s
    9. Painting in the Quick Mask mode
      10m 42s
    10. Enhancing the contrast with Levels
      5m 31s
    11. Performing manual fixes
      9m 10s
    12. Moving edges with Gaussian Blur and Levels
      15m 35s
    13. The final composition
      4m 13s
  5. 1h 53m
    1. It's time to select some hair
    2. Choosing a base channel
      7m 12s
    3. Levels or Curves
      7m 37s
    4. Overlay painting: The Highlights
      7m 39s
    5. Overlay painting: The Shadows
      3m 59s
    6. Cleaning up with the Lasso
      3m 59s
    7. Re-aliasing a selection outline
      9m 53s
    8. Fixing the rough patches
      8m 30s
    9. Testing your mask
      9m 32s
    10. The Silhouette effect
      10m 7s
    11. Introduction to Hair Composition
      3m 52s
    12. Blending hair and skin tones
      11m 30s
    13. Select menu equivalents
      10m 9s
    14. Toasting the edges
      8m 48s
    15. Inner Glow and Canvas Size
      9m 32s
  6. 1h 59m
    1. The world of parametric editing
    2. Bringing in a scanned logo
      8m 18s
    3. The power of Multiply
      8m 0s
    4. Invert and Screen
      3m 49s
    5. Coloring a logo
      6m 13s
    6. The amazing Difference logo
      8m 57s
    7. Secondary blend modes
      12m 26s
    8. Blending images together
      11m 37s
    9. Luminance blending
      10m 17s
    10. Selecting a Blend If channel
      9m 57s
    11. More fun with luminance blending
      9m 18s
    12. Blending a masked image
      10m 27s
    13. Building the transition layers
      7m 59s
    14. Matching the colors
      11m 30s
  7. 1h 39m
    1. Layer masks, clipping masks, and knockouts
    2. A jet of motion blur
      9m 14s
    3. Keyboard tricks
      4m 52s
    4. Blending two photographs
      10m 22s
    5. Masking an adjustment layer
      5m 48s
    6. Enhancing the adjustment mask
      9m 0s
    7. Completing the adjustment layers
      11m 45s
    8. Welcome to the glass composition
      2m 8s
    9. Balancing shadows and highlights
      5m 26s
    10. Masking the glass
      7m 20s
    11. Masking the text
      10m 52s
    12. Adding a goldfish
      5m 37s
    13. Creating an exposure mask
      8m 32s
    14. Adding a knockout mask
      7m 17s
  8. 2h 6m
    1. The corrective power of masking
    2. The amazing luminance mask
      11m 28s
    3. Luminance mask vs. luminance blending
      6m 19s
    4. Using a corrective mask
      10m 9s
    5. Modifying specific colors
      6m 43s
    6. Initiating a color mask
      9m 24s
    7. Refining a color mask
      6m 3s
    8. Perfecting hair
      10m 1s
    9. Sharpening with High Pass
      7m 47s
    10. The equally amazing Density Map
      5m 28s
    11. Adjusting the knockout depth
      10m 27s
    12. Fashioning a depth map
      5m 5s
    13. Blurring a background
      8m 27s
    14. Sharpening an archival photograph
      7m 33s
    15. Creating an edge mask
      7m 36s
    16. Applying an edge mask
      9m 32s
    17. Customizing your sharpness layer
      3m 41s
  9. 1h 35m
    1. Channel Mixer, I am your father
    2. Industry-standard grayscale
      9m 21s
    3. Mixing a custom black-and-white image
      8m 14s
    4. Adding contrast and a hint of color
      14m 5s
    5. Extreme channel mixing
      4m 4s
    6. The infrared photography effect
      6m 47s
    7. Building highlights, leeching saturation
      5m 52s
    8. Deepening a black-and-white sky
      5m 12s
    9. Imbuing colors into luminosity levels
      9m 43s
    10. Bolstering contrast with the Green channel
      9m 24s
    11. A simple approach to red-eye
      11m 25s
    12. A more accurate approach to red-eye
      10m 31s
  10. 2h 17m
    1. Chops are dead, long live maskops
      1m 19s
    2. The Calculations command
      6m 32s
    3. Calculating a blue screen selection
      10m 52s
    4. Employing a blue screen mask
      4m 23s
    5. Rendering layer effects
      8m 21s
    6. Shrinking a transparency mask
      7m 28s
    7. Cloud calculations
      8m 13s
    8. Add and Subtract
      14m 0s
    9. Focus, noise, and other masking challenges
      5m 44s
    10. Employing the Subtract mode
      12m 35s
    11. Enhancing the contrast with Curves
      9m 16s
    12. Gathering details with Apply Image
      10m 6s
    13. Burn shadows, dodge highlights
      7m 40s
    14. Painting and restoring hair
      10m 19s
    15. Completing a mask and putting it in play
      7m 18s
    16. A few new compositing techniques
      13m 33s
  11. 2h 12m
    1. Where there's a will, there's a way
      1m 3s
    2. Masking natural cast shadows
      3m 38s
    3. Creating a difference mask
      13m 33s
    4. Adding an object mask
      11m 51s
    5. Amplifying a cast shadow
      8m 6s
    6. Masking blonde hair
      9m 1s
    7. Merging two alpha channels
      9m 37s
    8. More fun with Dodge and Burn
      9m 15s
    9. Drag, drop, and composite
      9m 26s
    10. Amplifying a flame
      10m 4s
    11. Masking an image against a busy background
      5m 6s
    12. Masking with arbitrary maps
      16m 11s
    13. Creating a High Pass mask
      12m 30s
    14. Mastering Calculations
      13m 31s
  12. 1h 55m
    1. Photoshop flirts with the third dimension
    2. The Displacement Map
      10m 0s
    3. Making custom waves
      11m 29s
    4. Creating a waving, shaded flag
      7m 47s
    5. Moonlight reflecting on water
      6m 48s
    6. Mapping the reflection onto the water
      7m 55s
    7. Dipping the moon into the water
      3m 30s
    8. Turning flesh into stone
      9m 25s
    9. Wrapping stone around a face
      15m 10s
    10. Making a repeating URL pattern
      13m 1s
    11. 3-D embossing with Lighting Effects
      9m 58s
    12. The amazing credit card type effect
      7m 20s
    13. Lighting credit card letters
      5m 56s
    14. Wrapping the background around the text
      6m 31s
  13. 50s
    1. Goodbye

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Photoshop CS2 Channels & Masks
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The elusive alpha channel remains one of the most misunderstood yet powerful tools in Photoshop. Alpha channels are collections of luminance data that control the transparency of an image, and they inform just about every aspect of Photoshop. Selections, layer boundaries, masks, the Quick Mask mode, layer masks, knockouts, and masking with the Channels palette all rely on alpha channels. In Photoshop CS2 Channels and Masks, award-winning author and Photoshop expert Deke McClelland teaches channels and masks comprehensively. From channel masks to blue screens, blend modes to displacement maps, Color Range to Calculations, this training leaves no pixel unturned. Deke also covers how to select and composite highlights, shadows, people, fabric, feathers, glass, flames, lighting, and wispy hair. Exercise files accompany the tutorials.

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