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Part II:: Practical Retouching

Part II:: Practical Retouching

The first part of this book was your apprenticeship in image manipulation. Or, to mix up another metaphor, consider Part I as your first year of medical school. You learned a bit about retouching and compositing in a one-chapter survey course: what they are, why they’re useful, and a little about how they’re accomplished (both with traditional photographic methods and in the digital realm). Then, we moved on to General Anatomy (what tools go where, as in “the Paintbrush is connected to the Healing Brush…”) and some Physiology (how the tools operate).

Part II guides you through the rest of medical school, and on into your internship, as you learn to manipulate images using real photographic “patients.” I’m going to have you follow the time-honored med school procedure of “Watch one; do one; teach one.” You’ll learn how to perform ever more complex retouching tasks in the next four chapters by watching and reading through the steps in the exercises that follow. Then, you’ll tackle the steps yourself using the sample images provided on the CD-ROM bundled with this book. Finally, you’ll teach yourself exactly what you can do by taking on a few retouching tasks on your own.

By the time you finish Part II, you’ll be ready for your surgical residency, and all set to slice and dice photos digitally in the compositing projects in Part III. But don’t become too comfortable. I’m planning on abandoning both the carpentry metaphor that set the stage for Part I, and the medical mumbo-jumbo I’m using to introduce Part II, and cook up an entirely different scenario for the final chapters.



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