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Photoshop is the tool of choice for most creative professionals and has quickly become household name synonymous with computer art and image manipulation. In Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: Beyond the Basics, internationally renowned Photoshop guru Deke McClelland teaches such digital-age wonders as masking, filters, layers, blend modes, Liquify, Vanishing Point, and vector-based type. Along the way, Deke also teaches tried-and-true methods for sharpening details, smoothing over wrinkles and imperfections, trimming away jowls and fat, and wrapping one image around the surface of another. Plus, the training teaches how to construct and organize the elements in a composition so you can edit them easily in the future. Exercise files accompany the tutorial.
Ready for more Photoshop CS3 training with Deke? Check out Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: Advanced Techniques.
Note: Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials is a recommended prerequisite to Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: Beyond the Basics.
Download Deke's customized keyboard layouts for Photoshop from the Exercise Files tab.
Remember Evil Knievel? He was the motorcyclist who was so evil he jumped over things. A bunch of really big things all in a row. Like cargo vans, buses, the Snake River Canyon. He once jumped over 27 Las Vegas casinos stacked on top of each other. On fire. That's how evil he was. Hello, I'm Evil McClievil. Well, Deke McClelland. Here to welcome you to Part 2 of the most comprehensive videos series yet attempted on the subject of Photoshop. It's my way of jumping over 27 of the most essential concepts in the realm of image-editing and photographic manipulation.
On fire. It's a little thing I like to call Photoshop CS3 One on One. The topic of this next chapter, Chapter 10 in the grand order of things, is masking. Perhaps you've heard of masks. Or maybe you've heard them called friskets, or mattes, or alpha channels. Whatever you call them, a mask is essentially a selection outline represented as a black-and-white image. White indicates the selected area, black indicates the deselected area. While that probably sounds strange, masks are really powerful. They allow you to communicate with Photoshop on a much deeper level than anything we saw in Part 1.
Remember that flower analogy back in Chapter 8? There's a flower, you want to reach out and select it? Well once you understand the language of masking, you can tell Photoshop to select that flower. It may require a long conversation and there may be some misunderstandings along the way, but with a little time you'll understand how to translate your vision of the world into something Photoshop can recognize as well. Masking is the art of using the image to select itself. Now masking is a vast topic. Not as vast as the Snake River Canyon, but still vast. So vast that I give it an entire series.
The 20 plus hour Photoshop Channels and Masks freely available to lynda.com subscribers as part of the Online Training Library. What you're about to see here in this series is an introduction to masking and as always, it's on fire. Ladies and gentlemen, these are the essentials of masking.
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