Chapter 2. The Power of Gray

Image

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 ...

Get The Photoshop Workbook: Professional Retouching and Compositing Tips, Tricks, and Techniques now with O’Reilly online learning.

O’Reilly members experience live online training, plus books, videos, and digital content from 200+ publishers.