Photo Manipulation Ebook
One of the things you'll begin to notice as you become more accustomed to working with Photoshop is the use of image-manipulation techniques in advertising and even in magazine and news editorial photos. You'll begin to recognize in magazines and other printed pieces pictures that betray the work of a digital retoucher. You should also begin to examine them for technique and skill. Take note of the next automobile advertisement you see in a flashy, four-color magazine or brochure. Note the foreground. Check the highlights. Examine the reflections in the headlights. Do they look good Too good Almost all advertising images are retouched (mainly in Photoshop), and the people doing this are professionals. Learn from them. Notice how the backgrounds fade, how the trees blur, or how the highlights appear. Evidences of Photoshop are all around you. Just keep your eyes open
Photoshop is traditionally known for image manipulation, retouching, effects and colour correction, but not so much as a painter's tool. This has partly been due to the fact that the artistic capabilities of the program were severely limited due to the poor support for artistic media simulation. Other programs such as Corel Painter used to lead the market here, but the last few versions of Photoshop has seen it's Brushes system completely overhauled, making it much more useful as an artistic media program. unprecedented levels of detail superb photo manipulation options you to turn an image into a painting unprecedented levels of detail superb photo manipulation options you to turn an image into a painting
Should you want to learn more about retouching (and compositing), check out my book Digital Retouching and Compositing Photographers' Guide (ISBN 1932094199), also from Course Technology. When I finished writing the first edition of Photoshop CS Photographers' Guide, I realized that most of the individual sections in this chapter and the next one could be expanded into entire chapters of their own in a more specialized treatment of image manipulation. So that's what I did. However, I think you'll find plenty of food for thought right here.
Cloning is a very simple and obvious concept in image manipulation. Take pixels from over here and duplicate them over there. That's really all there is to it. The Clone tool, also known as the Rubber Stamp, is Photoshop's implementation of this technique and offers you a great deal of power for retouching images.
The scantily clad woman (Why was she dressed like that in the snow anyway ) On the other hand, if a model is having a bad hair day or her face breaks out, retouching is required and expected. Where do you draw the line The answer depends on how the picture is to be used. Reputable newspapers and magazines tend to have strict guidelines about what they'll allow for photo manipulation. The general rule seems to be that, if a change affects the content of the photo rather than its appearance, you can't do it. You can lighten a too-dark picture of the politician, but you can't change the soda can in his hand into a beer can (or vice versa).
In the 21st century, acquiring the skills a photographer needs is not as difficult as in the 19th century, although a basic familiarity with computer technology has become something of a prerequisite for using microprocessor-driven digital and conventional film cameras. Digital photography has made picture taking easier in many ways, but opened new realms of expertise for photographers who choose to pursue them. But, while photography has become more automated, don't underestimate the wealth of knowledge and skills you've picked up. A great deal of that expertise is easily transferable to Photoshop. The things you already know that will stand you in good stead when you advance to computer-enhanced photo manipulation in Photoshop fall into ten broad categories. I'll run through them quickly in the next sections.