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Part III:: Compositing Magic

Part III:: Compositing Magic

Are you just about ready to put out your shingle? You’ve learned all the basic features of your tools and how to apply them to mend images. You’ve had quite a bit of practice in providing some of the easier solutions to common photo maladies. You can mend broken table legs, or suture wounds with the best of them, so you now qualify as either a journeyman carpenter or a resident physician, depending on whether the metaphors of Part I or Part II appeal to you the most. (You may also be a journeywoman carpenter, if the title fits; the trades haven’t yet caught up to medicine in terms of nonsexist designations.) All you need is additional experience in more complex challenges. That’s what you’ll find in the compositing projects in this part.

These five chapters deal with ways to combine images seamlessly to create new pictures from parts of one or more photos. You’ll learn how to stitch images together, blend edges, create new textures, and match colors so that your composites are undetectable.

The procedure is slightly different in this part. I’m still going to provide step-by-step instructions, but the emphasis is on the techniques that you haven’t employed yet. I spell out what you need to do for the new procedures using as much detail as required. However, I don’t describe all the steps for tasks that you should have mastered by now. For example, I may say, “Select the Rectangular Marquee,” rather than “Press M to select the Rectangular Marquee (if necessary, hold down the Shift key and press M until its icon becomes visible).” In fact, I may even simply instruct you to “Select the window using the Rectangular Marquee” or “Select the window” (leaving you to decide which of Photoshop’s selection tools to use).

Similarly, I usually don’t spend a lot of time telling you how to spot out dust specks, how to use the Levels command, or how to apply a Sharpen or Blur filter. This part of the book is all meat; I trust you to know the basics of preparing the meat for cooking. If you have any questions about how to do something that has already been covered, check out the Table of Contents, the Index, or the illustrated Glossary.



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