Two essential and challenging Photoshop skills are Masking and Compositing. Fortunately for all of us out in Photoshop land, Katrin Eismann (along with Sean Duggan and James Porto) have written a masterful book on developing these skills, Photoshop Masking & Compositing (2nd edition).
Everything you need to know about Katrin Eismann is in Mastering Photoshop: Retouching, Part One.
In this book you will learn about selection tools and techniques, how to use masks and layers, advanced selection techniques for difficult subjects like human hair, and how to do flawless composites.
If you don’t know what all of this means, you need this book. If you know what all of this means and have found these skills difficult to master, you need this book. If you’ve ever wanted to move a subject from one background and place it in another background, you need this book. If you are having a hard time changing one part of an image without affecting the rest of the image, you need this book. If you’ve taken two different exposures of the same scene and are having a hard time blending the two together, you need this book.
You can also find the first edition in the used marketplace.
You can buy Eismann’s book, along with the other books in the Mastering Photoshop Series, in the Digital Photography Books section of my photography store and get Amazon.com’s great prices, fast delivery, and excellent service.
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