Photoshop CS4 Channels & Masks One-on-One

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Overview

Coming to terms with alpha channels (or masks) is the most sure-fire way to boost the quality of your work in Photoshop. But masking isn't easy-in fact, the elusive alpha channel has been described as the least understood feature in Photoshop's enormous arsenal.

Now, you can master masking with Deke McClelland's unique and effective learning system. Through step-by-step text lessons, DVD-video demonstrations, and real-world projects, you'll learn how to select and composite ...

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Overview

Coming to terms with alpha channels (or masks) is the most sure-fire way to boost the quality of your work in Photoshop. But masking isn't easy-in fact, the elusive alpha channel has been described as the least understood feature in Photoshop's enormous arsenal.

Now, you can master masking with Deke McClelland's unique and effective learning system. Through step-by-step text lessons, DVD-video demonstrations, and real-world projects, you'll learn how to select and composite highlights, shadows, clouds, fabric, feathers, glass, flame, lightning, eyes, all varieties of hair, and then some. Deke's expert advice and guidance is like working with a personal coach. With this book, you will:

  • Learn at your own speed with 12 self-paced tutorials
  • Try out techniques and best practices with engaging real-world projects
  • Get more than 850 full-color photos, diagrams, and screen shots that illustrate every key step
  • See exactly how it's done in real time with five hours of all-new video instruction
  • Test your knowledge with multiple-choice quizzes in each chapter

And more. Photoshop CS4 Channels & Masks One-on-One simulates a classroom environment that provides one-on-one attention as you proceed from lesson to lesson. You'll learn to use Photoshop faster, more creatively, and more efficiently than you thought possible.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596516154
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2009
  • Series: One-On-One Series
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 1,238,570
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Electronic publishing pioneer Deke McClelland is a popular lecturer on Adobe Photoshop and the larger realm of computer graphics and design. He has hosted the interactive "Video Workshop" CD that shipped with Photoshop Versions 7, CS, and CS2, as well as hundreds of hours of tutorial-style video training for industry leaders lynda.com and Total Training. In addition to his video work, Deke has written 84 books translated into 24 languages, with more than 4 million copies in print.One of the most award-winning writers in the technology market, Deke received the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Computer Book in 1989. Since then, he has garnered more than 20 honors, including seven independent citations from the Computer Press Association. In 2002, he was inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame.

In 2004 Deke created the One-on-Oneā„¢ book series, which uses video, step-by-step exercises, and hundreds of full-color illustrations to provide readers with the closest thing possible to private instruction from a recognized expert. These ambitious, self-paced guides include the bestselling Adobe Photoshop CS2 One-on-One and Adobe InDesign CS2 One-on-One. Late in 2006 Deke teamed up with vanguard online training company lynda.com to bring the One-on-One training strategy to a line of video products, beginning with Photoshop CS3 Beta One-on-One Preview, the first series available for the public beta of Photoshop CS3. In addition to the full 20-plus hour Photoshop CS3 One-on-One, his plans include Illustrator One-on-One and InDesign One-on-One. Among Deke's current lynda.com videos are Photoshop Elements 5 Essentials and the #1 ranked Photoshop CS2 Channels and Masks (available for immediate viewing at www.lynda.com/deke).

Deke is an Adobe Certified Expert, a member of the PhotoshopWorld Instructor Dream Team, and a regular speaker for the Photoshop Fling cruise seminars. Deke lives in Boulder, Colorado with his wife and two super-powered boys.

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Table of Contents

Preface: How One-an-One Works

LESSON 1 How Channels Work 3

LESSON 2 How Masks Work 37

LESSON 3 Selection Essentials 69

LESSON 4 Color Range and Quick Mask 123

LESSON 5 Everyday Channel Masking 151

LESSON 6 Blends and Composites 187

LESSON 7 Masking Layers 235

LESSON 8 Specialty Masks 273

LESSON 9 Channel Mixing and Other Tricks 313

LESSON 10 Calculations (a.k.a. Channel Operations) 349

LESSON 11 The Pen Tool and Paths Palette 397

LESSON 12 Masking the Tough Stuff 429

Index 461

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  • Posted October 5, 2009

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    Deke McClelland Rocks!

    Photoshop CS4 Channels and Masks One-on-One is a clear approach to understanding how channels and masks work in Photoshop. Deke eliminates all the mystery and stumbling around that I had endured for years. I've used other of Deke's lessons whenever I've wanted to move from my comfort zone in Photoshop. This one has improved my comfort with channels and masks!

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