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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.
Let's begin with Photoshop's most capable color correction commands, Levels and Curves, which analyze an image according to three basic attributes: highlights, shadows, and midtones, or if you prefer light colors, dark colors, and everything in between. I will also show you the Shadow/ Highlights filter, which lets you bring out details that you would have sworn did not exist. The amazing thing about these commands is that they give you control over not just every luminance level in your image, but likewise independent control over brightness and color so that you can edit just brightness, just color, or both. Be it red or blue, night or day the following chapter proves that even the sky is no limit.
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