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Photoshop is the tool of choice for most creative professionals and has quickly become household name synonymous with computer art and image manipulation. In Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: Beyond the Basics, internationally renowned Photoshop guru Deke McClelland teaches such digital-age wonders as masking, filters, layers, blend modes, Liquify, Vanishing Point, and vector-based type. Along the way, Deke also teaches tried-and-true methods for sharpening details, smoothing over wrinkles and imperfections, trimming away jowls and fat, and wrapping one image around the surface of another. Plus, the training teaches how to construct and organize the elements in a composition so you can edit them easily in the future. Exercise files accompany the tutorial.
Ready for more Photoshop CS3 training with Deke? Check out Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: Advanced Techniques.
Note: Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials is a recommended prerequisite to Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: Beyond the Basics.
Download Deke's customized keyboard layouts for Photoshop from the Exercise Files tab.
Now so far you may have heard me bandy about an unfamiliar word and now I need to tell you what it means. The word is parametric and where more multilayered compositions are concerned, it's the most beautiful word you've ever heard. Now I know it sounds a little techy, but here's the deal. A parametric operation is one that relies on parameters. In other words, I might change a numerical value or I might select an option from a pop-up menu or I might click on a check box, but later I could change that number or select a different option or turn off the check box. So everything I do is undoable.
Not in a conventional sense, where I choose the Undo command immediately after applying a setting, but anytime, ages later, whenever I want to. It's all a matter of changing a setting. And that's just the beginning. In this chapter I'll show you how to set layers to interact with each other in ways that are forever changeable. In the same way you presently take for granted that you can change a word in a line of e-mail, you can change the essential appearance of a layer. Here's how.
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