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Photoshop CS5 for Photographers provides comprehensive Photoshop training targeting the needs of photographers. In this course, author Chris Orwig demonstrates the fundamental skills used to enhance digital photos, including managing and correcting color, sharpening, making selections and adjustments, retouching, and printing from Photoshop. In addition to teaching the techniques that enable photographers to refine and publish their photos, the course includes live-action segments that encourage thinking photographically and shooting with Photoshop’s capabilities in mind. Exercise files are included with the course.
If someone wears a mask, that mask can either conceal or reveal a portion of their face. And in Photoshop a mask does the same thing, allowing or blocking a layer or an adjustment. Masks are actually pretty interesting and really quite powerful. One of the ways that I like to think of a mask in Photoshop is similar to a stencil. If you have a stencil like these here, what a stencil does is it allows you to control where you actually paint something. So in this case, like let's say with the number 7, what I can do is go ahead and draw inside of this area, and here it's revealing just this adjustment inside of this fixed space here.
I remove the stencil. It then just shows me this nice context, or this nice shape. In Photoshop, what we can do is we can create these stencil-like masks, yet we can re-edit them, and that's the beauty of working with mask in Photoshop. One of the things that you want to do is you want to get really good at masking, I mean really good, because it truly is one of the cornerstones in Photoshop. And if you can get good at masking, you can quickly get good at creating compelling photographs.
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