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Art and Design in Photoshop by Steve Caplin

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Experiments on the relation of light and shadow within a room, from The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci, edited by Jean Paul Richter, 1880

Principles of design

When we create a montage in Photoshop we’re not just laying the bare facts before our viewers – we’re telling a story. And we have to do all we can to make that story entertaining, informative and compelling. Otherwise, as with all poor storytellers, we’ll simply lose our audience.

The rules of composition have been delineated over the centuries, evolving from first principles into a solid, robust set of guidelines. The rules that originally applied to painting were later applied to photography; ...

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