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Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Advanced, the second part of the popular and comprehensive series, updated for CS5, 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 CS5 One-on-One: Fundamentals.
Back in the old days, there was this thing called black-and-white photography. Most film stocks were designed to capture color, but a few were engineered to capture luminance-only black-and-white. As a rule, digital cameras don't operate that way. Very nearly, all of them employ a single image sensor that captures luminance-only information, but these sensors are filtered with the microscopic dots of colored resin to sense one channel of light at a time. What this means is that 99.9% of digital cameras on the market are hardwired to deliver a full color image.
Setting your camera to capture a black-and- white photograph is largely a waste of time. Enter Photoshop; I believe I've mentioned ad nauseam its three principles, starting with the fact that every color photo is at its heart a trio of grayscale images, one each for red, green, and blue, better known as RGB. Photoshop also supports CMYK and Lab but a digital photo begins as RGB. The upshot is at Photoshop, not your camera, Photoshop is best put in charge of the creation of black-and-white photographs, and what an amazing job it does.
You can apply one of a handful of color-to-grayscale conversions or you can apply your own custom mix using the Channel Mixer command or the Black-and-White command. This is such a rich topic, in fact, that it takes me 20 movies to do it justice, 20 movies that you are going to love.
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