Photoshop Blending Modes Cookbook for Digital Photographers

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Layer blending modes have been part of Photoshop for years, but because they're not easy to understand at first glance, this immensely useful feature tends to get overlooked. Photoshop Blending Modes Cookbook for Digital Photographers is the only recipe-format book that ...

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Overview

Layer blending modes have been part of Photoshop for years, but because they're not easy to understand at first glance, this immensely useful feature tends to get overlooked. Photoshop Blending Modes Cookbook for Digital Photographers is the only recipe-format book that covers blending modes specifically for digital photographers.

The book covers:

  • Changing hue, saturation, luminosity, and color
  • Correcting basic color shifts
  • Repairing highlights
  • Sharpening or softening focus
  • Adjusting lighting for subtle or dramatic effects
  • Controlling contrast
  • Creating surface effects and textures
  • Adding interest to landscapes and urban scenes
  • Enhancing portraits of children and adults
  • Simulating graphics arts techiques
and much more.

Unlike Photoshop's built-in filters, blending modes don't change the actual pixels that make up an image, so their effects are completely reversible. There are over 20 blending modes in Photoshop CS2, which range from those which darken and lighten images (such as Darken, Multiply, Lighten, and Screen) to modes that increase contrast (such as Overlay and Hard Light) and adjust color (such as Hue, Color. Luminosity, and Saturation).

In addition to covering each blending mode in detail, John Beardsworth, a London-based photographer and author, takes the reader through a whole collection of recipes that demonstrate how to use blending modes alone or in combination to fix problem photos, add subtle effects, and create dramatic images that are truly unique.

With clear, step-by-step instructions, real-world projects, an easy-to-follow format, and hundreds of full-color examples, Photoshop Blending Modes Cookbook for Digital Photographers is shows you how to use blending modes to achieve a wide range of image adjustments and special effects-without having to first learn everything there is to know about Photoshop.

Layer blending modes have been part of Photoshop for years, but because they're not easy to understand at first glance, this immensely useful feature tends to get overlooked. This text covers blending modes specifically for digital photographers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596100209
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/20/2005
  • Series: Cookbooks (O'Reilly) Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,514,662
  • Product dimensions: 9.32 (w) x 10.04 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

John Beardsworth (http://www.beardsworth.co.uk) is the author ofStep-by-Step Black & White Digital Photography (Ilex Press/November 2004).He currently resides in London, England.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2006

    I never knew you could do that!

    I don¿t know if you have noticed, but O¿Reilly has been putting out some amazing Photoshop books lately. I¿m quickly becoming a big fan of their Photoshop Cookbook series, of which this book is a part of. If you¿re unfamiliar with blending in Photoshop, it¿s basically the process of combining multiple layers in different ways (of usually the same photograph) to produce aesthetically pleasing results. It¿s surprising how combining an image with itself can potentially produce so many varied results. I¿m certainly no Photoshop expert, and maybe that¿s why I really enjoyed this book. Blending is a subject where I have a lot of trouble, and this book did an excellent job of showing a ¿Before¿ picture, shows how to perform the specific blend (e.g. reduce digital artifacts), and then shows the ¿After¿ picture. This type of step-by-step process with pictures (especially for Photoshop) really helps and makes the various ¿recipes¿ very intuitive and easy to follow. This is a great book for giving some of your digital photos that extra help they might need. This book certainly gave me some ideas for improving some of my photos¿and I think that was the author¿s point.

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