Learn color from the experts 2

by Fred Showker

more book excerpts on color and graphic design from world-class authors We continue our series of great book excerpts by the experts in digital imagery. Enjoy : * CS5 How-Tos: Working with Illustrator * Understanding HDR Toning in Adobe Photoshop CS5 * Applying a Gradient to a Layer in Adobe Photoshop CS5 * Photoshop CS5 for Photographers: Color Settings * Replacing Colors in an Image in Adobe Photoshop CS5 ... and more

Replacing Colors in an Image in Adobe Photoshop CS5

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This excerpt from Adobe Photoshop CS5 Classroom in a Book shows you how to use the Color Replacement tool to change the color of the child's cap in the image of the playground.
      Use the Color Replacement tool to paint over one color with another. When you start painting with the Color Replacement tool, it analyzes the first pixels you paint over. Because it then only replaces pixels of a similar color, you don't have to be terribly precise as you paint. You can select settings that determine whether the tool paints over contiguous or discontiguous pixels, and how much color difference the tool accepts.
READ THIS REPORT Book Excerpt : Adobe Creative Team - shows you how to replace colors
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Photoshop CS5 for Photographers: Color Settings

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Although the color management system in Photoshop uses mathematics that approach rocket science, using the tools that control the system is fairly simple.
      You just need to understand a few key concepts, learn where the buttons are, and use common sense in deciding when to push them. Conrad Chavez shows you how.
READ THIS REPORT Book Excerpt : Conrad Chavez - on Color Settings
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Applying a Gradient to a Layer in Adobe Photoshop CS5

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This excerpt from Adobe Photoshop CS5 Classroom in a Book shows you how to apply a gradient to type to make it more colorful.
      You can apply a color gradient to all or part of a layer. In this example, you'll apply a gradient to the HAWAII type to make it more colorful. First, you'll select the letters, and then you'll apply the gradient.
READ THIS REPORT Book Excerpt : Adobe Creative Team on Gradient to a Layers
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Understanding HDR Toning in Adobe Photoshop CS5

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HDR Toning, new in Adobe Photoshop CS5, lets you apply HDR-style effects to a single image instead of having to shoot and merge a set of bracketed images.
      Even if you don't like wild HDR effects, HDR Toning is a welcome addition to the range of Photoshop tools you can use to make the most of the available dynamic range in your photos. Photoshop expert Conrad Chavez walks you through all your options.
READ THIS REPORT Book Excerpt : Understanding HDR Toning in Adobe Photoshop CS5
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CS5 How-Tos: Working with Illustrator

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Whatever task you throw at Illustrator, or whatever your particular artwork needs are, there are a multitude of features that help you explore creatively, work efficiently, and publish reliably.
      There's a classic Saturday Night Live commercial parody for a product called Shimmer, in which a husband (played by Dan Aykroyd) and wife (Gilda Radner) argue over whether the product is a floor wax or a dessert topping. As the debate escalates, a slick pitchman (Chevy Chase) breaks it up by stating that Shimmer is both a floor wax and a dessert topping.
READ THIS REPORT Book Excerpt : Scott Citron and Patrick E. Murphy - www.peachpit.com
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More to come ...

We'll be adding lots more over the next week or so -- don't miss the whole series -- bookmark this page and return next week! Check out the last collection of excerpts

And, thanks for reading

Fred Showker

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