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In Real World Compositing with Adobe Photoshop CS4, Photoshop experts Scott Valentine and Dan Moughamian explain the key elements involved in planning and executing a composite imaging project. Readers will learn about the importance of the planning process, including tips on how to develop creative ideas and stay organized as their project evolves. In addition, they will pick up vital techniques for acquiring and perfecting source images in Photoshop CS4, before bringing them together as a seamless composite. The powerful new 3D features found in the Extended edition are also discussed as part of a 2D-3D workflow.
Serious photographers and digital artists wishing to produce photo-realistic imagery or surrealistic artwork by blending—or compositing—multiple images and light sources can learn all they need to know right here. Building from the reader's existing skill set of Photoshop fundamentals, the authors provide detailed examples and explanations that cover the newest features in Photoshop CS4 and also utilize a variety of tools and software applications.
More than just a Photoshop guide, this book takes a holistic approach, instructing readers on photographic planning and techniques, key design concepts, visual perception, and robust image editing techniques. This is an increasingly popular approach which requires the digital artist to become more involved in the presentation and concept of their images. Real World Compositing with Photoshop CS4 delivers the information readers need, to produce the best possible composite imagery.
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This review is from: Real World Compositing with Adobe Photoshop CS4 (Paperback)This is really an instruction manual on how to sell a book with a misleading title and virtually no useful content for a hefty price. I kept waiting for the authors to quit wasting time and actually get to the "Industrial-strength Imaging Techniques" promised on the cover. It never happened. After 200 pages of filler, there are a few actual examples of compositing, but nothing you couldn't readily find online for free. A complete disappointment, especially considering it's published in association with Adobe Press. Some free advice for Adobe Press: before you put your name on it, try passing it by one of your editors, eh?
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This review is from: Real World Compositing with Adobe Photoshop CS4 (Paperback)I actually enjoyed all the chapters on preparation of your images and setups before tackling a compositing job, it was learning some new things mixed with reviewing/validating overall Photoshop features and workflow sequencing. I equated this book to being similar to painting a room. 90% of the work that will determine a superior quality paint (compositing) job lies in the hours spent getting the right materials, tools (images), and taping/prepping the room (prep-retouching/correcting). The actual painting (compositing) is just the almost-final step in the process, with some cleanup/tweaking at the end. Most important is to collect images with similar lighting source and image quality. It is very fakey to Photoshop-change the lighting on faces, buildings, landscapes, etc. to match other images' lighting if you don't have any artistic sense or experience.
My big gripe is the example composites in the back of the book. They were very amateurish, fakey and dorky, and did not... Read more
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To the point, yet full of helpful information!,
This review is from: Real World Compositing with Adobe Photoshop CS4 (Paperback)Real World Compositing with Adobe Photoshop CS4 goes over the many processes of creating a photo composite in a clearly explained, and at times simplified manner.
Compositing topics such as color correction for compositing, creating 3D content, retouching, layers and layer masks,
blurring for selective focus, and getting your image ready for output are all included.
This book will have you feeling inspired, and will enable you to look at various compositing ideas and options you may have overlooked or didn't even know existed.
Real World Compositing with Adobe Photoshop CS4 is to the point, yet full of information,
making this book helpful both to a novice and experienced Photoshop user alike.
Chapter One: System Considerations
Chapter Two: Brainstorming
Chapter Three: Choosing the Scene and Subject
Chapter Four: Using Stock Images
Chapter Five: Capturing the Scene and Subject
Chapter Six: Organizing and Evaluating Images
Chapter Seven: Processing Raw Source Files
Chapter Eight: Enhancing Source Images
Chapter Nine: Creating 3D Content
Chapter Ten: Compositing Source Materials
Chapter Eleven: Output Options
Appendix: Project Examples
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