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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.
Imagine I were to tell you that the following chapter is something of a layering hotchpotch, nothing more than a collection of a bunch of loosely connected stuff that I couldn't shoehorn in the other chapters, and besides, I only had 29 chapters and I wanted 30, so I made up this one. Then imagine that I told you that this chapter is about advanced layering techniques, the kind of techniques that are sure to offer you more flexibility, save you time and make you look like a Photoshop rock star. Clearly, it's all about presentation, which is why this chapter is about some really great presentation features. Things like layer masks, clipping masks, knockout groups, luminance blending, layer comps and the new Photoshop CS4 Masks palette, all designed to help you present your compositions in a best light possible.
See? Now I got you all excited about this chapter. Let me know how you are feeling when you are done.
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