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Photoshop is one of the world’s most powerful image editors, and it can be daunting to try to use skillfully. Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Advanced, the second part of the popular and comprehensive series, follows internationally renowned Photoshop guru Deke McClelland as he dives into the workings of Photoshop. He explores such digital-age wonders as the Levels and Curves commands, edge-detection filters, advanced compositing techniques, vector-based text, the Liquify filter, and Camera Raw. Deke also teaches tried-and-true methods for sharpening details, smoothing over wrinkles and imperfections, and enhancing colors without harming the original image. Exercise files accompany the course.
Recommended prerequisite: Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Fundamentals.
Download Deke's customized keyboard layouts and color settings for Photoshop from the Exercise Files tab.
Photoshop is ultimately two programs. On one hand, it's the photographer's tool, the program that lets you correct an image until it's a work of absolute perfection. On the other hand, it's the designer's friend, permitting you to take images from a dozen or more sources and composite them into a seamless mind-blowing composition. You have the vision; Photoshop delivers in post. In this chapter, we are solidly in designer's territory. We'll see how you take a bunch of layers and make them serve your ultimate and absolute needs through the careful art of transformation. You can scale a layer, rotate it, slant it, distort it, and apply a series of rather interesting envelopes style warps. And if that's not enough you can paint custom distortions. Want to get twisted, here let me show you.
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