The Photoshop Channels Book

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One big advantage Photoshop professionals have always had was the understanding of channels. It was their secret weapon, and it enabled them to do things, and work in an entirely different way than their competitors, and maybe that's why the secret power of Photoshop's channels has been such a closely guarded secret. Until now.

Award-winning, bestselling author Scott Kelby (Editor of Photoshop User magazine) shows you how to unlock the power ...

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Overview

One big advantage Photoshop professionals have always had was the understanding of channels. It was their secret weapon, and it enabled them to do things, and work in an entirely different way than their competitors, and maybe that's why the secret power of Photoshop's channels has been such a closely guarded secret. Until now.

Award-winning, bestselling author Scott Kelby (Editor of Photoshop User magazine) shows you how to unlock the power of Photoshop's Channels and really start using Photoshop like a pro. But this isn't a book of theory and technical explanations, this is a step-by-step project-based book that will teach you exactly how to the pros use channels in their everyday work (Using channels is one of the secrets they use to get twice the work done in half the time).

You'll learn how today's top photographers and graphic designers employ channels to make impossible selections, to speed their production workflow, to color correct images, to mask images, to create stunning color to black and white conversions, and to do dozens of inside tricks that set them apart from the field. There's a reason there's always been a mystique to using channels, and why Photoshop users who understand and use them stay on the cutting edge. Now, their secrets are revealed using the same plain-English style that has made Scott one of the leading Photoshop authors and instructors in the world today.

You'll be amazed at not only what you're able with channels, but you'll love the competitive advantage that using channels will give you. If you're ready to take your Photoshop skills to the next level, you're holding the book that will take you there, and you're gonna love it!

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Channels are the secret behind many of today’s best Photoshop images. If you’re not comfortable using them, major Photoshop guru Scott Kelby will fix that ASAP.

Kelby’s new hands-on guide assumes no channels experience whatsoever. You’ll start with the absolute basics: viewing existing channels (including some nifty keyboard shortcuts); creating and isolating new alpha channels; and preparing channel masks. Every chapter ends with shortcuts and Q&As -- many, we suspect, drawn from Kelby’s live teaching.

You’ll learn how to use channels to improve detail and crispness without oversaturating color. Kelby shows how to make landscapes more vibrant; sharpen images without exaggerating noise; blend channels to create one great image from two photos. There are chapters on special effects (check out the "infrared" example); and even optimizing web images. Didn’t realize channels could do all that? They can. So can you. Bill Camarda, from the March 2006 Read Only

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321269065
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press
  • Publication date: 2/21/2006
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 7.56 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Scott Kelby is President of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) as well as Editor-in-Chief of both Photoshop User and Mac Design magazines. Scott also serves as Training Director for the Adobe Photoshop Seminar Tour and is the Technical Chair of the PhotoshopWorld conference. Scott has written numerous books on Photoshop and is the creator of the best-selling Killer Tips series.

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Table of Contents

Channel basics 1
This is where is starts 2
Channel basics 6
Creating your first channel 13
Channels shortcuts 21
Masking using channels 25
Understanding masks 26
Masking using channels 34
Combing channel masks 42
Blend modes for channels? 52
Hard to mask images 54
Channel shortcuts 75
Layer masks & adjustment layers 79
Layer mask essentials 80
Compositing images 86
Adjustment layer masks 94
Spot-color channels 96
Layer mask shortcuts 106
From color to black & white 109
Picking the best of three 110
The lab lightness channel 116
The calculations method 120
Channel mixer method 128
Channels & better color 135
Adding detail to portraits 136
Creating vibrant color 148
Blending channels 158
Toning down highlights 164
Better red eye repair 170
Sharpening with channels 177
Sharpening to avoid noise 178
Two-pass lab sharpening 186
Alpha channel edge mask 192
Reducing blue channel noise 200
Channels & Web optimization 211
Weighted optimization 212
Influencing the color table 222
Special effects using channels 227
Adding a beam of light 228
Infrared effect 234
Mapping one image to another 240
Lighting effects texture channel 250
Keeping the real shadows 256
Where to go next 260
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2007

    The best Scott Kellby Book 5 stars

    I have almost all of Scott Kelby's books. Out of all of Scott's books this one is the best. If you want to learn channels and masks this book is the best one out there. It is easy to use and will have you working in Photshop faster than most books. You do not not have to read tons of usless information that does not help you at all. Great book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2006

    Outstanding way to learn Channels in CS2

    I loved the format of this book and Mr Kelby's style of writing, albeit abbreviated by the format, shone through again. His disarming manner of writing and the succinct way in which steps were presented had me 50 pages into the book and wishing I had more time on my first sitting. This book is not a philosophy of using Channels it is a hands-on, step-by-step process where the reader learns some powerful and subtle ways to utilize channels. If you are looking for prose then this book isn't the Scott Kelby book for you. If, however, you want a book designed to teach you how to use channels and you want Scott Kelby's perspective interspersed with those seemingly quick-witted comments then this is the best book you can find right now. The format was well thought out it seems incredibly well suited to teaching an moderate to advanced PS user how to take advantage of channels and the design lends itself well to becoming a reference that should be on your shelf for years to come. The book itself is a very fast 'read' due to the nature of small, paragraph-length steps and I found myself spending more time actually editing photos to reinforce what Mr Kelby was teaching than I did reading (to me that's a great thing to say about any book that aims to teach something - the learner spends time involved in his own learning process instead of spending more time reading about it what he should be doing). If you are interested in expanding your PS skills by mastering the use of channels then do yourself a favor and pickup a copy of this book.

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