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Chapter 10. SELECTING TRANSLUCENCY AND G... > PLAYING WITH FIRE, SMOKE, AND FIREWO...

PLAYING WITH FIRE, SMOKE, AND FIREWORKS

One way to select flames is to use the Extract filter, as we already discussed in Chapter 8, “Selecting Hair and Fine Detail.” Later in this chapter, you'll learn to separate a delicate wisp of smoke from a green studio backdrop. One of the easiest methods of selecting flames and fireworks is to not select them at all, but to use the Blend If command to conceal the backdrop while revealing the flame or fireworks.

Working with the Blend If Command

The Blend If command, located in the Layer Styles dialog box, is one of my favorite features in Photoshop. I use it to sketch, brainstorm, or simply be surprised by how images come together. The Blend If command is ideal for combining images that have a wide tonal difference between dark and light.


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