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The Photoshop Darkroom 2

Book Description

Award-winning photography/design team Harold and Phyllis Davis are back with a brand new volume in their new Photoshop Darkroom series. Picking up where their best-selling first book left off, The Photoshop Darkroom 2: Advanced Digital Post-Processing will show you everything you need to know to take your digital imaging skills to the next level. Great photographers know that the best images begin well before the shutter clicks, and certainly well before Photoshop boots up. Harold takes a step back, and shares his helpful tips for capturing the most compelling images possible by keeping in mind what type of post-processing you'll do before you start shooting. You'll also find complete coverage of important topics such as compositing, working with layers, and HDR. Packed with tons of eye-popping images which have won Harold national acclaim, this is a fantastic resource for photographers who want to think outside the box and create truly stunning artwork.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. Contents
  5. Introduction
  6. 1. A Ballet with Reality
    1. Workflow and digital asset management
    2. The RAW advantage
    3. Shooting RAW and JPEG at the same time
    4. In which Ed’s feet make an appearance
    5. Multi-RAW processing using Lightroom
    6. Multi-RAW processing: Lightroom or ACR?
    7. Bringing a flower to life
    8. Layers and masking
    9. Painting on a layer mask
    10. Using Screen blending mode
    11. Using Multiply to darken
    12. Creating a high-key image
    13. Cloning and retouching
    14. The Patch Tool
    15. Checkpoints and workflow
    16. Content-Aware Fill
    17. Spiderweb Studio
    18. Soft Light Blending Mode
    19. Creative coloring and toning
    20. Processing the same capture three times
    21. Desaturating with black and white
    22. Welcome to the real world
    23. Transformations are for people, too!
    24. Multi-RAW processing a glamour shot
    25. Contrasting a figure with a black background
    26. Using hand-HDR to get a completely black background
    27. Photographing kids on a black background
    28. Smoothing skin
    29. Head, shoulders, knees, and toes
    30. Glamorous gams
    31. Alice works out at the virtual gym
    32. Eyebrows
    33. Eye checklist
    34. Painting catch lights
  7. 2. Making the Unseen Visible
    1. Photographing flowers in water
    2. Photographing on a lightbox
    3. Hand-HDR Imaging for Transparency
    4. Creating a transparent poppy medley
    5. ACR or Lightroom for RAW conversion
    6. Automated HDR vs. hand-HDR for transparency
    7. Lightboxes aren’t only for flowers
    8. Variations and inversions
    9. Combining layers for transparency
    10. Using HDR to create complex imagery
    11. Revealing details at night
    12. Blending in the moon
    13. Faking star trails
    14. Stacking star trails–the real deal
    15. Onward & Upward: Beyond Reality
    16. Photo compositing to create a world in a shadow
    17. Photographing to create the shadow
    18. Creating a translucent marble and its shadow
    19. Thinking about content, color, shape, and scale
    20. Inserting a new world
    21. Marble of power
    22. Shadow play
    23. Photographing the infinitesimal
  8. 3. Building the Impossible
    1. Harold’s Manifesto Losing the Chains of Reality
    2. Creating an abstraction
    3. Stairs à la Escher
    4. Steps toward the impossible
    5. Creating the basic building block
    6. The Compositor’s Cafeteria
    7. Creating the “Twisted Stairs”
    8. Fixing the mesh point
    9. Creating the “Stair Knot”
    10. Complexity vs. simplicity
    11. Do plants think?
    12. A Poke in the Eye
    13. LAB The neglected color space
    14. LAB channel inversions and equalizations
    15. Using different color spaces to add color effects
    16. Creating a world in a pine cone
    17. Creating a magical portal
    18. Onward & Upward: This challenge is for you!
  9. Glossary
  10. Index