Digital retouching and compositing : photographer's guide by David D. Busch

By David D. Busch

Written from a photographer's viewpoint, "Digital Retouching and Compositing: Photographers' consultant" solves each snap-shooter's real-life difficulties painlessly. It distills complicated themes all the way down to a number of pages of rationalization and simple steps so clients can quick and dramatically swap the way in which images glance. The e-book is split into 3 elements: gaining knowledge of the fundamentals, useful Retouching, and Compositing Magic. each one part builds at the final in order that readers can develop into happy with making certain decisions, doing uncomplicated retouching, and adjusting tones and hues sooner than leaping into significant themes like retouching pix or developing sensible composites.

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3. 3. Choose New Tool Preset to create a setting for the tool that you can reuse at any time 4. Enter a descriptive name for the settings that you'll find easy to associate with the image editing situation you use it for. 5. Click OK in the New Tool Preset dialog box. Thereafter, to use that tool setting, simply click the Tool Presets menu and choose the setting from the scrolling list. NOTE CREATING TOOL PRESETS Tool Presets are available for all tools in Photoshop, in addition to the Clone tool, of course.

The Marquee tools and Lasso were more surprising yet, but the Magic Wand was impressive. All you had to do was click in your image, and the tool would search out and select every single pixel within the boundaries of your object, as if by magic. Today, the Magic Wand is no less important in its souped-up version for anyone making selections of pixels for retouching or compositing tasks. Used properly, the Magic Wand can save you hours of time tediously selecting objects manually, grabbing all of, for example, a sky area or the background surrounding an object you want to isolate.

Sometimes, the only way to tell if you've done a good job retouching or making a composite is to print out a hard copy. It's hard to go wrong with one of today's slick ink-jet printers. I make lots and lots of prints and prefer printers like my Canon model that uses separate ink tanks for each color. Nothing is more annoying than paying $32 for a combined color ink cartridge, and then having it run out of, for example, yellow ink while the cyan and magenta tanks are still half full. Your Environment You'll want a comfortable desk and chair with enough space for your keyboard, mouse and/or digitizing tablet, both monitors, and your scanner.

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