2. Hidden Basics

Making masterful Photoshop composites is largely about knowing and using your tools well. That, and knowing how to be clever with them. Very clever. MacGyver clever. Once you learn and understand the hidden features of each tool, you can combine them to enhance your projects in endlessly creative ways.

This chapter takes a look at the main tools and clever techniques that I personally find useful. Think of it as a tool reference guide for the upcoming tutorials, which are based on my own composite creations and workflow.

For you pros already confident with your tools, feel free to jump ahead to the more hands-on lessons in later chapters. But remember, too, what MacGyver could do with the humble paper clip. Take another look ...

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