One of the things I miss the most, and the least, about photography from the predigital age is the fun and drudgery of laboring in the murk of a musty darkroom, surrounded by humid, acid-tinged odors and an eye-straining pale yellow glow. Despite an environment that would drive a claustrophobe nuts, miracles are created in the darkroom, and magical images often emerge from behind the heavy black curtain.
Fortunately, there's no need to throw the spectacular images out with the stopbath water. Photoshop includes a whole raft of features that let you re-create the most useful darkroom techniques quickly and repeatedly, without risk of wasting film, paper, or chemicals. You can even manipulate your digital "negatives" using your digital camera's RAW format.
This chapter will show you some of the advanced darkroom techniques that you can put to work using Photoshop's awesome capabilities.
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