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Photoshop is the world’s most powerful image editor, and it’s arguably the most complex, as well. Fortunately, nobody knows the program like award-winning book and video author Deke McClelland. Join Deke as he explores such indispensable Photoshop features as resolution, cropping, color correction, retouching, and layers. Gain expertise with real-world projects that make sense. Exercise files accompany the course.
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Long before, computers were widely available, eons before Photoshop hit the market. It was common practice for the professional photographer to frame a shot and then back up a step or two to permit room for cropping. By Cropping, I mean taking in the boundaries of a photograph to make for a tinder shot. In another words, even back in the old days, the photographer shot the image with editing in mind, because doing so ensured a wider range of post-photography options. Whereas as we see now, he could fix the image in post.
In Photoshop, Cropping goes hand-in-hand with straightening. Shot the image slightly crooked. No problem, happens to the best of us. Fortunately, you can rotate the crop boundary to compensate. Or better, still draw a ruler line along the horizon and click a Straighten Button. New to CS5 to both Straighten and Crop the image in one miraculous operation. It's all simple stuff. What's amazing is how many options Photoshop gives you and the degree of automation the program provides.
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