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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. As he builds transitional blended layers, fashions a depth map, makes edge adjustments, and takes on extreme channel mixing, Omni Award-winning expert Deke McClelland teaches Photoshop users that where there's a will, there's a way. Photoshop CS3 Channels and Masks: Advanced Techniques covers mapping texture on an image, turning flesh into stone, using vector masks, working with all different channels, creating a rustic edge effect, and much more. Exercise files accompany the tutorials.
Download Deke's customized keyboard layouts for Channels and Masks from the Exercise Files tab."
So there it is, 726 hours of real goodness on the topics of Channels, Masks, Blend modes, Compositing, Channel Mixing, Calculations, Paths, HDR, Displacement Maps and a whole lot more. Who knew there was so much to share? Just goes to show you. Channels and Masks in Photoshop, isn't just a topic. It's a full-fledged discipline whose moves, methods and trade secrets have been laid bare before you.
If there was such a thing as a black belt in Channels and Masks, you would have earned it. Wait. You know what? I am wearing a belt, check it out, I've got this brownish belt, cordovan I think they call it, that they bought and sale, I forget where, but here you take it, that's it, that's the Cordovan Belt of Channels and Masks, wear it with pride. But enough of my made up and meaningless rewards for watching my series, it's time for me to let you good people go. I hope to heck you learn more than you ever wanted to learn about Channels, and you now feel sufficiently enabled to mask just about anything the world throws at you.
It was great spending this time together. I feel like we really got to know each other. Well, no, not really, but you know what I mean. You really got to know me kind of I guess, and I wasn't actually aware you were there. If you are looking for more where that came from, don't forget to check www.lynda.com/deke on a regular and somewhat obsessive sort of stalker like basis. For Lynda.com, this is Deke McClelland saying see ya!
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