Knowing how to properly select an image is an essential Photoshop skill whether you’re a graphic/web designer or digital photographer. Since Photoshop is equipped with so many choices of tools to isolate and select images, it’s hard to know what works best for each situation.
In this Photoshop CS3 tutorial, Justin Seeley teaches you some sure-fire techniques for working with the Channel and Masking tools to achieve the optimal results regardless of how complex the image may be.
Learn the fundamentals of RGB, LAB and CMYK Channels, and working with Alpha Channels.
Create, refine, test and clean up your masks, plus learn how to composite and blend flawlessly.
Mask like the pros using Quick Mask, Advanced blending, Exposure, Adjustment Layer, and Smart Mask techniques.
Work with the key blend mode features, the Channel Mixer and Color techniques to get the most from your images.
Discover tips and tricks used in the industry everyday that will give you a polished look, save you time, and wow your clients.
Chapter I: INTRODUCTION TO CHANNELS (37 min)
Overview of the Channels Panel
Viewing Channels in Color
Viewing RGB Color Channels
Working in Lab Color Mode
Viewing CMYK Color Channels
Creating an Alpha Channel
Using an Alpha Channel as a Mask
Modifying a Mask
Chapter II: MAKING SELECTIONS (40 min)
Overview of the Selection Tools
The Double Life of Selections
Using the Lasso Tools
Using the Magic Wand Tool
Using the Pen Tool
Quick Selection Goodness
Using the Refine Edge Command
Compositing the Selections
Chapter III: QUICK MASK MODE & MORE (38 min)
Selecting with the Color Range Command
Painting with Quick Mask
Modifying a Quick Mask
Adjusting Levels in Quick Mask Mode
Contract or Expand a Selection
Smooth a Selection & Set Reference Points
Cleaning Up the Selection
Testing the Selection
Chapter IV: CHANNEL MASKING (47 min)
Beginning a Channel Mask
Curves vs. Levels
The Overlay Trick
Refining the Outline
Testing the Mask
Final Clean Up
Blending a Composite with the Burn Tool
Chapter V: LAYER MASKING (38 min)
Meet the Masks
Keyboard Shortcuts for Masking
Creating Adjustment Layer Masks
Creating Smart Filter Masks
Creating Exposure Masks
Clip It Good
The Smart Object Trick
Chapter VI: USING BLEND MODES (41 min)
Introducing Blend Modes
Opacity vs. Fill
Using Blend Mode Shortcuts
Using the Darkening Blend Modes
Using the Lightening Blend Modes
Contrast & Complimentary Blend Modes
Using the Composite Blend Modes
Applying a Blend Mode to a Layer Group
Chapter VII: MIXING WITH CHANNELS (56 min)
Creating Grayscale Images
Adding Color & Contrast
Creating an Infrared Effect
Using the Calculations Command
Using a Black & White Adjustment Layer
Toning & Saving
Creating Selective Color Compositions
Chapter VIII: REAL WORLD MASKING TECHNIQUES (62 min)
High Pass Sharpening
Creating Knockout Layers
Creating an Edge Mask
Testing an Edge Mask
Masking a Glass Image
Real World Blue Screening
Implementing a Blue Screen Mask
Chapter IX: TIPS & TRICKS (31 min)
Creating a Neutral Density Filter Effect
Removing Color with the Blend If Option
Creating Borders with Quick Mask Mode
Giving an Image a Hand-Sketched Effect
Final Comments & Credits
Total Run Time: 6.5 hrs
Justin Seeley is an Adobe Certified Photoshop Expert and graphic designer with nearly a decade of experience in the creative media industry. A recognized Photoshop trainer known for his straight-forward teaching style and creative prowess, his techniques have been featured on podcasts such as the Adobe Creative Suite podcast and Photoshop TV, and his tutorials have appeared in publications such as Digit magazine.
Justin has been an avid Photoshop user since version 4.0 and hosts a variety of internet shows dedicated to teaching people around the world. He is the creator and host of the Photoshop Quicktips podcast which is consistently in the Top 10 Software How-To Pod-casts on the iTunes store. Justin is also the host and producer of the Photoshop Quick-tips: Special Effects and Quick Fixes training DVD.
In 2007 Justin co-founded the Photoshop Designers User Group, a non-profit organiza-tion which helps further the education of students and other members of the community. Justin serves as President and Lead Instructor for the group and also presents several free mini-seminars on a variety of digital imaging topics.
A member of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals, Justin currently works for Murray State University as a Graphic Designer and Marketing Consultant.
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