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

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Because the function record of Adobe Photoshop maintains to develop, even clients with years of expertise can suppose crushed by means of the numerous instruments and strategies for choosing or keeping apart components of a picture. Layers, channels, paths, clipping mask, layer mask, vector mask, the Pen software, Magic Wand, and so forth - all enable clients paintings on particular areas of a picture, yet in essentially other ways. Making fresh, effective decisions is vital talents for any Photoshop person, no matter if a picture clothier, specialist photographer, or hobbyist. picture clothier, instructor, and Photoshop professional Nigel French saves you hours of frustration through illuminating the simplest choice instruments and methods for particular initiatives, and the main versatile methods to correcting and enhancing pictures in Photoshop. utilizing step by step examples, this booklet clarifies often-misunderstood choice equipment, exhibits which mask most sensible pick out quite a number tone or colour, and demonstrates how the precise instruments and methods will help remodel even the main mediocre photo right into a polished picture, saving you hours of time. * study the basics of constructing choices, and whilst to decide on which approach * mix pictures and change backgrounds utilizing layer, vector, and channel mask * right colour and publicity utilizing adjustment layers * Make next-to-impossible hair choices with channel mask * Create a non-destructive workflow, providing you with overall artistic freedom

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Continuing Paths If you've left an incomplete path and come back to it later, you can add to the path by moving the Pen tool over either endpoint until it turns into the pick up path pointer. 39. The pick up path pointer indicates you are about to continue a path. 41 42 Combining Paths To combine multiple paths so that you can move them and convert them to a selection as one unit, select the paths with the Path Selection tool, and from the Options Bar, click the Combine button. Now when you move one path, all the combined paths move right along with it.

The anchor points determine where the path segment will go. The direction lines, which are manipulated with the direction points, determine the shape of the segment. 30. The anatomy of a path. 31. These paths were copied from the path top left (example A). The direction lines of the center anchor point were adjusted (example B). 35 36 Path segments can be joined by corner points, smooth points, or asymmetrical points. 32. Corner points, curve points, and asymmetrical points. Paths can be open or closed.

Persevere with the real thing. 33. The Pen tools. To set Pen Tool options, check the Options bar before you start drawing with the Pen. Select the Paths button and verify that the Pen tool is active. The Pen tool's alternative behavior is to create a shape layera layer filled with your foreground color and with a vector layer mask (see below) defining the shape of the path you draw. While these can be handy if you need crisp vector shapes, they are no use when drawing paths that you intend to convert to selections.

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