Contents

Introduction xiii

Color vs. Number 1

Anti-aliasing and Resolution 7

Raster Data Storage and Compression 8

Understanding Modes, Bits, and Channels 8

Bitmaps and Grayscale Images 9

Color Images 13

Color Bit Depth 15

Additive versus Subtractive Color 15

Selecting Pixels 16

Saving and Loading Selections with Channels 16

Using Layers 17

Organizing Layers 17

Layer Attributes 21

Layer and Vector Masks 22

Clipping Groups and Knockouts 26

Layer Styles 28

Painting, Adjusting, and Filtering 31

Using Brushes 31

Making Adjustments 34

Using Adjustment and Fill Layers 35

Applying Filters 36

Reversing Changes: Undo, Fade, and History 38

Text, Shapes, and Paths 40

Creating and Editing Text 40

Creating and Editing Shapes and Paths 42

Sizing and Transforming 45

Setting Image Size, Resolution, and Document Size 45

Straightening Images 46

Correcting for Two-Point Perspective 49

Summary 52

Chapter 2 • Working with Color 53

Modes and Gamuts 53

Color Spaces 56

Calibration and Profiles 59

Profiling Your Monitor 59

Disabling a Printer's Color Correction 62

Consistent Color Printing 64

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Professional Color 67

Studio Environment 67

Calibration Systems 68

Display Devices 69

RGB Printers 68

Inks 69

Specialty Paper 70

Summary 70

Chapter 3 • Digital Darkroom Skills 71

Working with Digital Film 71

Adjusting Tonal Range 78

Balancing Color 82

Replacing the Sky 87

Sharpening and Blurring 91

Sharpening and Removing Color Noise 91

Alternative Edge Enhancements 94

Simulating Camera Effects 96

Summary 98

Chapter 4 • You and Your Entourage 99

Extracting Entourage 99

Extracting People from Photos 99

Extracting Objects from Photos 111

Enhancing Entourage 123

Adding People to an Elevation 124

Adding Trees to an Elevation 126

Building an Entourage Library 130

Entourage in Autodesk VIZ 131

Creating Entourage Geometry 131

Designing an Entourage Material 135

Summary 138

Chapter 5 • Presenting Plans 139

Preparing Plans in AutoCAD 139

Cleaning Drawings 140

Setting Up an Image Printer Driver in AutoCAD 142

Creating a Plot Style Table for Images 145

Scale and Resolution 147

Transferring Multilayer Drawings to Photoshop 153

Using Patterns 159

Creating and Applying a Basic Pattern 159

Generating Tilable Patterns 160

Creating a Custom Pattern Library 162

Applying Patterns 164

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Layer Style Techniques 166

The Kitchen Project 166

The Hollyhock Project 179

Laying Out Plans on a Sheet 186

Summary 192

Chapter 6 • Elevating the Elevation 193

Converting AutoCAD Drawings 193

Simulating Texture 197

Casting Shadows 204

Faking Reflection and Refraction 211

Adding Entourage 217

Summary 220

Chapter 7 • Creative Compositing 221

Rendering in Autodesk VIZ 221

Exploring the 3D Model 222

Composing the Scene 225

Rendering Matted Objects with Alpha Channels 229

Automating Output with MAXScript 233

Rendering the Shadow Element 236

Compositing in Photoshop 238

Converting Alpha Channels to Layer Masks 238

Creating an Action to Automate Conversion 240

Transferring Masked Layers to a Project 241

Organizing Layers 243

Applying Effects to Masked Layers 245

Working with the Environment 249

Making Adjustments with Clipping Groups 253

Adding to the Composite 254

Summary 256

Chapter 8 • Illustrating Architecture 257

Illustrating a 3D Model 257

Rendering in VIZ 258

Rendering Special Image Channels with MAXScripts 264

Integrating and Painting in Photoshop 268

Integrating the Renderings 268

Masking and Painting Surfaces 275

Working in Black and White 286

Reproducing Grayscale Images with Colored Inks 289

Summary 290

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Chapter 9 • Showing Work to Your Clients 291

Producing Prints 291

E-Mailing Images 299

Generating Web Photo Galleries 303

Creating Optimized Web Pages with ImageReady 306

Creating and Optimizing Slices 306

Creating Rollovers 309

Viewing the Optimized Web Page 312

Presenting Slide Shows 313

An In-Photoshop Demonstration 314

Acrobat PDF Presentation 315

Protecting Your Intellectual Property 317

Adding Metadata 317

Adding Watermarks 320

Securing Your Data 324

Summary 326

Index 327

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