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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.
Sharpening has a clear purpose. It makes a photo appear more sharply focused. But what good are the many blurring and averaging filters? Blur is something you typically avoid; averaging makes an image look like you melted it. Why would you want to take an image with nicely focused details and mess it up? Because details are not always good, especially when they are unflattering. Flaws that are ingrained into every square inch of exposed flesh. Entire multi-billion dollar industries, cosmetics, dermatology, plastic surgery are founded on the principle that we'd just as soon withhold such details from public scrutiny.
Photography only makes matters worse. Film adds grain, print adds textures, scanners add dust, digital cameras add noise. None of those unfortunate artifacts accurately represent the real world. Which is why selective applications of blurring and averaging are so very useful. First, I'll show you the specific filters, there's lots of them, and then I'll show you what they can do.
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