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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.
This is an interesting chapter. It marks the beginning of a sidebar from everything we've seen so far. See Photoshop is ultimately two programs. On one hand it's the photographer's tool. A program that lets you correct an image until it's a work of absolute perfection. On the other hand, it's the designer's friend, permitting you to take images from a dozen or more sources and composite them into a seamless mind blowing whole. W-H-O-L-E by the way as in the sum of its parts. In other words, you have the vision.
Photoshop delivers in post. In this chapter we're solidly in designer's territory. We'll see how you take a bunch of layers and make them serve your ultimate and absolute needs. You can scale a layer, rotate it, slant it, distort it and apply a series of rather interesting envelope style warps, by which I mean- you'll see. Plus, you can paint custom distortions. I can't even tell you how cool- let me show you.
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