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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.
The topic of this chapter, Chapter 23 in the grand order of things, is masking. A mask is a selection outline represented as a black and white image. White indicates the selected area, black indicates the deselected area. Well, that might sounds strange. Masks are amazingly powerful. They allow you to communicate with Photoshop on a deeper level than anything we have seen so far. Masking is quite literally the art of using the image to select itself. I have 24 movies for you, which is a lot, but it's only an introduction. If you want a master masking, check out my series, Photoshop CS3 Channels and Masks, and don't be put off by the CS3 in the title. It remains every bit is relevant for CS4. This is core stuff, much of which hasn't changed since Photoshop 1.0.
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