Photoshop Masking & Compositing, 2nd ed. from New Riders and written by Katrin Eismann, Sean Duggan, and James Porto takes readers through numerous step-by-step examples, highlighting the tools and techniques used for masking and combining images. Featuring work by leading artists and photographers, this book focuses on the techniques used to create compelling compositions, including making fast and accurate selections, mastering Photoshop's masking tools, and implementing the concept and photography from start to finish.
The book addresses working with Photoshop's selection tools; selecting and maintaining fine details and edges; and working with difficult image elements, such as cloth, hair, or translucent objects. All-new photographic examples, updated instruction to cover the latest version of Adobe Photoshop, and an expanded section on shooting photographs for composite work make this a must-have guide for anyone interested in photographing and creating professional composite images.
No matter if you're a professional, an aspiring professional, or a hobbyist, Photoshop Compositing Secrets will sharpen your skills and open up a whole new avenue of photographic expression in an easy-to-understand way that will have you creating your own composites in no time.
Designers, photographers, and artists use Photoshop to create fantastic and realistic images for illustrations, fine art, and editorial content. Whether they're landscape or portrait photographers, illustrators or fine artists, masking and compositing are essential skills to master for combining images to the extent that it is impossible to tell where one image stops and the other one begins.
About the Author:
Katrin Eismann is an artist, teacher, and chair of the Masters in Digital Photography department at the School of Visual Arts. She wrote Photoshop Restoration and Retouching and is co-author of Real World Digital Photography and The Creative Digital Darkroom.
Sean Duggan is a photographer, digital artist, and Web developer with extensive experience in the design and production of digital graphics for print, the Web, and multimedia. He is a co-author of Photoshop 6 Artistry, Mastering the Digital Image (New Riders, 2001), and he is an Adobe Certified Photoshop Expert. In addition to providing consultation services and Photoshop training seminars, Sean creates illustrations and image design for the Web and print-based media. He teaches regular classes on Photoshop and digital imaging for the University of California, Santa Cruz Extension, in Silicon Valley, and at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco.
James Porto was born in 1960 in Saudi Arabia to an Italian American father and Belgian mother. He began photographing at age eleven and, as a teen, documented the desert community of the Aramco Oil Company and discovered a passion in experimental printing. He received a BS in Professional Photography from Rochester Institute of Technology in 1982 and moved to New York City, where he established a studio on Franklin Street in 1985. A pioneer in multi image composition techniques, his surrealist aesthetic gained popular visibility in campaigns for Absolut, Adidas, AT&T, Blue Man Group, Showtime, Sony and others. In 1992, he received a fellowship from The New York Foundation for the Arts and began experimenting with emerging digital technologies to further the potential of in-camera and darkroom composite practices. His enthusiastic pursuit of photographic innovation has been featured in American Photo, Photo Italia, The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit, New York Magazine, Time, Wired and more. For more than 25 years, Mr. Porto has created radically progressive imagery from his Manhattan studio that blurs the accepted line of demarcation between art and commerce.