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Photoshop mastery can be elusive, but in Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Mastery, best-selling author and video trainer Deke McClelland teaches the most powerful, unconventional, and flexible features of the program. In this third and final installment of the popular and comprehensive series, Deke delves into the strongest features that Photoshop has to offer, including scalable vector graphics, Smart Objects, and Photomerge. Exercise files accompany the course.
Recommended prerequisites: Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Fundamentals and Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Advanced, both part of the lynda.com Online Training Library®.
Download Deke's customized keyboard layouts and color settings for Photoshop from the Exercise Files tab.
You know what digital panoramas are, right? You go out and shoot a sequence of pictures, all from the same spot. You shoot one, pivot a little, shot another, pivot some more and so on, taking care to make sure you have some overlap from one photo to the next. Then you import the images into a photo stitcher, which merges them together. Photoshop has a built-in stitcher called Photomerge, and wouldn't you know it, it's really good. Not only can you stitch a sequence of images shot in horizontal succession, but you can add pictures shot above and below as long as they were captured from a single vantage point. Plus Photoshop has split Photomerge into a couple of sub- features called Auto-Align and Auto-Blend that let you merge all kinds of stuff and blend it together seamlessly.
Now normally, I take a dim view of artificial intelligence. It's code for software that thinks it's smarter than you. But really? It's really, really dumb. But Auto-Align, Auto-Blend and Photomerge are different. This is artificial intelligence with a brain!
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