Photoshop Compositing Secrets: Unlocking the Key to Perfect Selections and Amazing Photoshop Effects for Totally Realistic Composites
Unlocking the Key to Perfect Selections and Amazing Photoshop Effects for Totally Realistic Composites
Compositing is one of the hottest trends in Photoshop and photography today for portrait photographers, designers of all walks of life, and even retouchers. Everywhere you look, from group photos, to school graduation or sports portraits, to magazines, movie posters, and DVD covers, chances are, youΓΓé¼Γäóve seen compositing.
In Photoshop Compositing Secrets, Matt Kloskowski takes you through the entire process behind creating convincing, well-executed, and captivating composites. YouΓΓé¼Γäóll see how to create images that run the gamut from real-world portraits for corporate, graduation, or group photos to sports portraits, templates, and collages, and even the surreal, dramatic composites that clients clamor for.
One of the most important secrets to compositing: how to master selections in Photoshop (yes, even wispy hair),
What background color, and camera and lighting setups work best for compositing,
How to move a subject from one background to another, and the Photoshop lighting and shadowing techniques to make it look real,
And all the Photoshop tips, tricks, and special effects you need to pull off a convincing, professional composite.
No matter if you're a professional, an aspiring professional, or a hobbyist, Photoshop Compositing Secrets will sharpen your skills and open up a whole new avenue of photographic expression in an easy-to-understand way that will have you creating your own composites in no time.
Black and White: From Snapshots to Great Shots
Now that youΓΓé¼Γäóve bought that amazing new DSLR, you need a book that goes beyond the camera manual to capture stunning images. For digital photographers interested in black and white, this guide will help beginning- and intermediate-level shooters conquer the fundamentals and take amazing shots.
Pro photographer John Batdorff starts with the basics, including composition, light, contrast, exposure, and when to choose black and white. He covers all the key camera features (regardless of what type of DSLR you have) that affect your image, including the shutter speedΓΓé¼Γäós ability to freeze and convey motion, and the apertureΓΓé¼Γäós direct correlation with depth of field.
Once youΓΓé¼Γäóve captured those great shots, John takes you step by step through the color conversion process to black and white in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom using simple presets. He also covers the enhancements and features that can be added using Nik Silver Efex Pro softwareΓΓé¼ΓÇ£from presets to control points using U-Point Technology.
Follow along with your friendly and knowledgeable guide and you will:
ΓΓé¼ó Learn to see in black and white by understanding contrast, texture, and lighting
ΓΓé¼ó Understand all the best tricks and techniques for getting great black and white action shots, landscapes, and portraits
ΓΓé¼ó Create your own digital workflow by understanding the basics of post processing in Lightroom, then go beyond the basics with Nik Silver Efex Pro
ΓΓé¼ó Share your images and learn tips on printing and presenting your work online
And once you've got the shot, show it off! Join the book's Flickr group, share your photos, and discuss how you use your camera to get great black and white shots at flickr.com/groups/blackandwhite fromsnapshotstogreatshots.