Photoshop Masking and Compositing

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Designers, photographers, and artists are using Photoshop to create fantastic and realistic images for illustrations, fine art, and editorial content. Whether they're landscape or portrait photographers, illustrators or fine artists, masking and compositing are essential skills to master for combining images to the extent that it is impossible to tell where one image stops and the other one begins. Photoshop artist and educator Katrin Eismann takes readers through numerous step-by-step examples, highlighting the ...

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Overview

Designers, photographers, and artists are using Photoshop to create fantastic and realistic images for illustrations, fine art, and editorial content. Whether they're landscape or portrait photographers, illustrators or fine artists, masking and compositing are essential skills to master for combining images to the extent that it is impossible to tell where one image stops and the other one begins. Photoshop artist and educator Katrin Eismann takes readers through numerous step-by-step examples, highlighting the tools and techniques used for masking and combining images. Featuring work by leading artists and photographers, this book focuses on the techniques used to create compelling compositions, including making fast and accurate selections, mastering Photoshop's masking tools, and implementing the concept and photography from start to finish. The book addresses working with Photoshop's selection tools; selecting and maintaining fine details and edges; working with difficult image elements, such as cloth, hair, or translucent objects; and green-screen techniques. Katrin also addresses the creative aspects of image compositing, including how to start with a concept, plan and execute the photography, and seamlessly assemble the image. Combining technical direction and inspiration, this book will expand readers' imaginations, so they can fluidly and professionally create images with Photoshop.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735712799
  • Publisher: New Riders
  • Publication date: 10/8/2004
  • Series: Voices That Matter Series
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 1,343,561
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Katrin Eismann is an internationally respected lecturer and teacher on the subject of imaging, restoration, retouching, and the impact of emerging technologies upon professional photographers, artists, and educators. She is the author of Photoshop Restoration and Retouching 2nd Edition (New Riders),and is the co-author of Real World Digital Photography 2nd Edition(Peachpit Press).

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Selection tools and techniques
1 The creative process and configuring Photoshop
2 Selection strategies and essentials
3 The essential select menu
4 Pen tool power
Pt. II Layers and masks exposed
5 Masks are your friends
6 Layers are your friends
7 The power of layer masking
Pt. III Selecting and preserving fine detail
8 Selecting hair and fine detail
9 Advanced selection techniques
10 Selecting translucency and green screen techniques
Pt. IV Subjective and objective compositing
11 Image execution and photography
12 Photorealistic compositing
13 Creative compositing
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  • Posted January 26, 2010

    Excellent Photoshop book!

    I've used Photoshop for years and many of my efforts in the program is putting many images together to make a composite image. Well this book speaks right to what I want to get out of the program. It's perhaps a bit too advanced for beginners (unless someone really wants to challenge themselves and has a basic book to use as a reference) as it assumes you know the basics of the program. I've not yet completed the book but what I've gone over to date is very good stuff targeted to what I wanted to know.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2006

    Pure Magic

    This has to be one of the most useful and comprehensive Photoshop books available. If you want to discover a multitude of methods to make masks / selections, simply explained, buy this book, download the images, and work through the tutorials. They are pure magic! I thought I was quite good at Photoshop but Katrin shows you tools and methods I personally had never thought about. Every possible situation is explained, and well illustrated in the most simple and comprehensive way possible. This plus the excellent layout and quality of the book make it a ¿must buy¿. I would possibly add a word of caution as to whether or not it is suitable for beginners as I feel it does assume a knowledge of Photoshop throughout, but I stress this is only my opinion. Others may disagree.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2004

    comprehensive

    Ever wonder how some artists create those fancy composite images? Well, Eismann shows how to perform this using Photoshop. While texts on Photoshop as a whole discuss masking and compositing as one of their topics, her book delves solely into it. She describes how Adobe has developed sophisticated tools that aid you in plucking out subsets of an image. But the book is more than just a recital of tool documentation. She offers you a creative process (a programmer might term this a development cycle) for designing a desired image. A top down approach that, correctly, I think, relegates the Photoshop techniques to a means and not an ends in themselves. But certainly it should also be said that the description of the techniques is comprehensive and lucid. Some, like the chapter on selecting hair and other fine details, should elicit admiration that such tasks are even possible. If you hail from programming, you can appreciate the amount of coding that must have gone into enabling such tasks.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2004

    What a great book/manual

    This is a great book, one that we should all include in our library. Katrin explains it very well.

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