Chapter 2. The Power of Gray


It seems that every time I work on a new picture there’s another great reason to make use of 50% gray in some way, be it for creating a special effect or for simply helping me to work nondestructively. It’s no understatement when I say that once I’d discovered how 50% gray can be used to create composite images, my portfolio was transformed!

In this chapter I take you through some of my favorite ways to use 50% gray in retouching. I cover techniques such as blend mode compositing, textures, dodging and burning, lens flares, and how to fake damage or dents.

Blend Mode Compositing

Compositing is becoming increasingly ...

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