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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.
Assuming that you've worked your way through the previous chapters, you've already met the Adjustments palette and its color correcting adjustment layers. Still for the record, adjustment layers are insanely practical functions that permit you to apply editable color modifications to flat images or multiple layers at a time. I have had you apply adjustment layers in previous exercises and thanks to Photoshop CS4's Adjustments palette, they are pretty easy to use. Which is why this chapter is less about adjustment layers per se and more about how to make them work for you at maximum capacity.
First we'll use a series of adjustment layers starting in RGB and then in Lab to rebuild an image that would have one seemed beyond repair. Then we'll experiment with a few methods for creating absolutely spectacular black and white photographs, and finally we'll assemble a multi-layer composition in which adjustment layer sees the function as corrective tools and become full-blown creative assets. Get ready to be amazed.
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