Adobe PhotoShop Unmasked: The Art and Science of Selections, by Nigel French

By Nigel French

Because the function record of Adobe Photoshop keeps to develop, even clients with years of expertise can believe beaten by means of the various instruments and techniques for choosing or separating components of a picture. Layers, channels, paths, clipping mask, layer mask, vector mask, the Pen instrument, Magic Wand, etc - all allow clients paintings on particular areas of a picture, yet in essentially other ways. Making fresh, effective decisions is vital talents for any Photoshop person, even if a photograph clothier, expert photographer, or hobbyist. photo dressmaker, instructor, and Photoshop specialist Nigel French saves you hours of frustration through illuminating the easiest choice instruments and methods for particular initiatives, and the main versatile techniques to correcting and modifying photos in Photoshop. utilizing step by step examples, this ebook clarifies often-misunderstood choice tools, indicates which mask most sensible pick out various tone or colour, and demonstrates how the perfect instruments and strategies may also help rework even the main mediocre photo right into a polished picture, saving you hours of time. * examine the basics of constructing decisions, and whilst to settle on which approach * combination photos and change backgrounds utilizing layer, vector, and channel mask * right colour and publicity utilizing adjustment layers * Make next-to-impossible hair decisions with channel mask * Create a non-destructive workflow, supplying you with overall inventive freedom

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When the file is saved and imported into a page layout program the area outside the clipping path is masked. However, rather than use the Clipping Path option from the Paths palette menu, opt instead for a Vector mask, whose effects you can evaluate and edit within Photoshop. See "Vector Masking Sharp Edges" in Chapter 4. In Summary Here's the thing with the Selection tools: they're fast and convenient, but as I mentioned earlier, they're a bit blunt. Sometimes, depending on your intent, an accurate selection may not be necessary and a general selection will suffice.

When the file is saved and imported into a page layout program the area outside the clipping path is masked. However, rather than use the Clipping Path option from the Paths palette menu, opt instead for a Vector mask, whose effects you can evaluate and edit within Photoshop. See "Vector Masking Sharp Edges" in Chapter 4. In Summary Here's the thing with the Selection tools: they're fast and convenient, but as I mentioned earlier, they're a bit blunt. Sometimes, depending on your intent, an accurate selection may not be necessary and a general selection will suffice.

The default percentage and color of this overlay is 50 percent red, which works well much of the time, but is about as useful as a chocolate teapot if you're working on an image that has lots of red in it. In such cases you can change the overlay color by double-clicking the alpha channel thumbnail in the Channels palette to display the Channel Options dialog box and change the color. 5. An active selection. 6. That selection saved as an alpha channel, viewed in the Channels palette. 7. The alpha channel viewed as a mask, indicated by a transparent red overlay on top of the image (example A).

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