Reading Group for Photoshop Masking & Compositing

jfriendjfriend Scripting dude-volunteerRegistered Users Posts: 8,097 Major grins
edited September 24, 2006 in Finishing School
This is the master posting for the reading group for Katrin Eismann's book, Photoshop Masking & Compositing. The chapters of the book are listed below with the chapter writeups linked in (where we're done with them). This posting will be updated with a new link each time a new chapter writeup is done. The volunteer list for future chapter writeups is at the end of this posting. Here are the chapters in the book and the corresponding chapter writeups.

Chapter 1 - The Creative Process and Configuring Photoshop
Chapter 2 - Selection Strategies and Essentials
Chapter 3 - The Essential Select Menu
Chapter 4 - Pen Tool Power
Chapter 5 - Masks are Your Friends
Chapter 6 - Layers are Your Friends, part 1 and part 2
Chapter 7 - The Power of Layer Masking
Chapter 8 - Selecting Hair and Fine Detail
Chapter 9 - Advanced Selection Techniques
Chapter 10 - Selecting Transluncency and Green Screen Techniques
Chapter 11 - Image Execution and Photography
Chapter 12 - Photorealistic Compositing
Chapter 13 - Creative Compositing

For anyone interested in buying this book, you can get a 35% discount and free U.S. shipping by following the link and instructions here.

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We need volunteers for the other chapters in this book. I've started things off with the writeup on the first chapter. Ideally, we'd produce writeups on one or two chapters a week with some time between to discuss them.

Who can volunteer to do writeups for other chapters in the book?

Here is the chapter volunteer list so far:

Chapter 1 - The Creative Process and Configuring Photoshop - done by jfriend
Chapter 2 - Selection Strategies and Essentials - done by pathfinder
Chapter 3 - The Essential Select Menu - gluwater volunteered
Chapter 4 - Pen Tool Power - cletus volunteered
Chapter 5 - Masks are Your Friends - pathfinder volunteered
Chapter 6 - Layers are Your Friends- Yorkie Dad volunteered
Chapter 7 - The Power of Layer Masking
Chapter 8 - Selecting Hair and Fine Detail - jfriend volunteered
Chapter 9 - Advanced Selection Techniques - risici volunteered
Chapter 10 - Selecting Transluncency and Green Screen Techniques
Chapter 11 - Image Execution and Photography - wxwax volunteered
Chapter 12 - Photorealistic Compositing
Chapter 13 - Creative Compositing

Folks who have volunteered for a chapter writeup, but we haven't picked a specific chapter yet:
  • DavidTo
  • Yorkie Dad (will do another chapter after his chapter 6 writeup, if we still need more volunteers)
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  • cletuscletus Master of Craposition Registered Users Posts: 1,929 Major grins
    edited March 7, 2006
    jfriend wrote:
    Who can volunteer to do writeups for other chapters in the book?

    I'll take a chapter as soon as my copy arrives!
  • Yorkie DadYorkie Dad Art Registered Users Posts: 67 Big grins
    edited March 8, 2006
    I will take one
    Ordered the book today - will notify when received and chapter desired for review.

    Art
    jfriend wrote:
    This is the master posting to link together the various chapter writeups and discussion threads for a reading group on Katrin Eismann's book Photoshop Masking & Compositing. I'm hoping we can find enough volunteers to write up all the interesting chapters in the book.

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    The chapters in this book are. The chapters that are linked point to the individual chapter writeups here at dgrin.

    Chapter 1 - The Creative Process and Configuring Photoshop
    Chapter 2 - Selection Strategies and Essentials
    Chapter 3 - The Essential Select Menu
    Chapter 4 - Pen Tool Power
    Chapter 5 - Masks are Your Friends
    Chapter 6 - Layers are Your Friends
    Chapter 7 - The Power of Layer Masking
    Chapter 8 - Selecting Hair and Fine Detail
    Chapter 9 - Advanced Selection Techniques
    Chapter 10 - Selecting Transluncency and Green Screen Techniques
    Chapter 11 - Image Execution and Photography
    Chapter 12 - Photorealistic Compositing
    Chapter 13 - Creative Compositing

    For anyone interested in buying this book, you can get a 35% discount and free U.S. shipping by following the link and instructions here.

    We need volunteers for the other chapters in this book. I've started things off with the writeup on the first chapter. Ideally, we'd produce writeups on one or two chapters a week with some time between to discuss them.

    Who can volunteer to do writeups for other chapters in the book?
    www.artguertin-photography.com

    "There is no limit to what a man can do so long as he does not care who gets the credit."
    - Philip Hyde (1922-2006)
  • jfriendjfriend Scripting dude-volunteer Registered Users Posts: 8,097 Major grins
    edited March 8, 2006
    Just let me know
    cletus wrote:
    I'll take a chapter as soon as my copy arrives!

    Great. When you get the book, let me know which chapter you want that isn't already spoken for.
    --John
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  • jfriendjfriend Scripting dude-volunteer Registered Users Posts: 8,097 Major grins
    edited March 8, 2006
    Cool
    Yorkie Dad wrote:
    Ordered the book today - will notify when received and chapter desired for review.

    Great! Just let me know which one you want.

    I know from doing a chapter writeup on the LAB book that the best way to really, really learn a chapter is to have to explain it to others.
    --John
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  • DavidTODavidTO Mod Emeritus Thousand Oaks, CARegistered Users, Retired Mod Posts: 19,160 Major grins
    edited March 8, 2006
    I'll order my copy before the week is out, once I get it I'll step up for one, but really, I don't care too much which one I do, just want to help, so if you have a particular chapter or two that you'd like me to do, let me know.
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  • jfriendjfriend Scripting dude-volunteer Registered Users Posts: 8,097 Major grins
    edited March 8, 2006
    Cool, thanks for helping
    DavidTO wrote:
    I'll order my copy before the week is out, once I get it I'll step up for one, but really, I don't care too much which one I do, just want to help, so if you have a particular chapter or two that you'd like me to do, let me know.

    Great, thanks for helping. Once you get the book, we can pick a chapter based on what others have shown an interest in.
    --John
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  • cletuscletus Master of Craposition Registered Users Posts: 1,929 Major grins
    edited March 8, 2006
    I'd like to take a crack at chapter 4.
  • jfriendjfriend Scripting dude-volunteer Registered Users Posts: 8,097 Major grins
    edited March 8, 2006
    Chapter 4, it is
    cletus wrote:
    I'd like to take a crack at chapter 4.

    Great, I'll sign you up for chapter 4. I'm dying to learn how to use the pen myself.
    --John
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  • cletuscletus Master of Craposition Registered Users Posts: 1,929 Major grins
    edited March 8, 2006
    jfriend wrote:
    Great, I'll sign you up for chapter 4. I'm dying to learn how to use the pen myself.
    I've used the pen tool in Illustrator quite a bit, but I haven't used Photoshop's pen tool much. I'm looking forward to reading Katrin's coverage of it.

    By the way... If anyone wants to learn Illustrator's pen tool, check out The Adobe Illustrator CS Wow! Book (I think the CS2 version of the book is out now as well.)
  • pathfinderpathfinder Drive By Digital Shooter western IndianaSuper Moderators Posts: 14,542 moderator
    edited March 8, 2006
    If welcome, I'm in. The book has been on my shelf for some time.

    Chapter 2 or Chapter 5, or both:):
    Pathfinder - www.pathfinder.smugmug.com

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  • jfriendjfriend Scripting dude-volunteer Registered Users Posts: 8,097 Major grins
    edited March 9, 2006
    Great, I'll mark you down for both
    pathfinder wrote:
    If welcome, I'm in. The book has been on my shelf for some time.

    Chapter 2 or Chapter 5, or both:):

    Let's start with chapter 2 since we're waiting for someone to take that one next. If you want to take chapter 5 also, that would be great too. Thanks. Whenever you're ready with chapter 2, just post it in a new thread and I'll link it into the master chapter list.
    --John
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  • Yorkie DadYorkie Dad Art Registered Users Posts: 67 Big grins
    edited March 9, 2006
    Chapter 6 - Layers are your friends
    Put me down for Ch 6 and I will hope the book arrives soon.
    Thanks
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    - Philip Hyde (1922-2006)
  • jfriendjfriend Scripting dude-volunteer Registered Users Posts: 8,097 Major grins
    edited March 9, 2006
    Chapter 6, it is
    Yorkie Dad wrote:
    Put me down for Ch 6 and I will hope the book arrives soon.
    Thanks

    I've got you down for Chapter 6, thanks for helping out.

    For anyone trying to keep score here, I've got all the chapters that people have volunteered for recorded in the first message of this thread. The chapters still looking for a volunteer are 3, 7 and 9-13.
    --John
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  • wxwaxwxwax Immoderator Registered Users Posts: 15,471 Major grins
    edited March 9, 2006
    I can take Chapter 11. My copy hasn't been delivered yet. Something about Homeland Security.
    Sid.
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  • jfriendjfriend Scripting dude-volunteer Registered Users Posts: 8,097 Major grins
    edited March 9, 2006
    You're on the list for chapter 11
    wxwax wrote:
    I can take Chapter 11. My copy hasn't been delivered yet. Something about Homeland Security.

    Thanks.
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  • ginger_55ginger_55 Crazy Creek Babe Registered Users Posts: 8,416 Major grins
    edited March 9, 2006
    I have the book. I got it, looked at it, and thought, good lord, I don't understand a word here, and threw it somewhere and had forgotten.

    So, please, I will follow along, but I am having enough trouble trying to read it.

    I thought you might actually do the first chapter, so I am trying to keep my mind on reading it. I can follow it, could never write it up, though. But the "discipline" ..................well, I am in here and the book is in there.

    I would love to make those beautiful photos, though.

    ginger
    After all is said and done, it is the sweet tea.
  • jfriendjfriend Scripting dude-volunteer Registered Users Posts: 8,097 Major grins
    edited March 9, 2006
    Follow along, ask questions
    ginger_55 wrote:
    I have the book. I got it, looked at it, and thought, good lord, I don't understand a word here, and threw it somewhere and had forgotten.

    So, please, I will follow along, but I am having enough trouble trying to read it.

    I thought you might actually do the first chapter, so I am trying to keep my mind on reading it. I can follow it, could never write it up, though. But the "discipline" ..................well, I am in here and the book is in there.

    I would love to make those beautiful photos, though.

    ginger

    No problem. Follow along with the writeups. Ask questions about the stuff you don't understand. As the techiques are illustrated in the various chapters, try them yourself. Ask more questions. That's why we're doing this.

    In case you didn't realize, the writeup for chapter 1 has been posted here and all the chapter writeups will be linked into the master message in this thread as they get produced.
    --John
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  • StormdancingStormdancing Clickin and Grinnin Registered Users Posts: 917 Major grins
    edited March 9, 2006
    I hear ya Ginger. I'm in the same boat with you. You paddle and I'll row. It will be fun and we will learn a lot.
    Dana
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    no birds sang there except those that sang best.
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  • Yorkie DadYorkie Dad Art Registered Users Posts: 67 Big grins
    edited March 10, 2006
    Ready to start
    Book just arrived by UPS so it looks like an evening of enjoyable reading. I will be glad to take another chapter after I finish write-up on Ch 6 if there are still any unspoken for chapters remaining at that point in time.
    Art
    jfriend wrote:
    I've got you down for Chapter 6, thanks for helping out.

    For anyone trying to keep score here, I've got all the chapters that people have volunteered for recorded in the first message of this thread. The chapters still looking for a volunteer are 3, 7 and 9-13.
    www.artguertin-photography.com

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    - Philip Hyde (1922-2006)
  • jfriendjfriend Scripting dude-volunteer Registered Users Posts: 8,097 Major grins
    edited March 10, 2006
    Happy reading
    Yorkie Dad wrote:
    Book just arrived by UPS so it looks like an evening of enjoyable reading. I will be glad to take another chapter after I finish write-up on Ch 6 if there are still any unspoken for chapters remaining at that point in time.
    Art

    Great, thanks and happy reading. I'll put you on the list for future chapters after your chap. 6 writeup if we still need more volunteers at that point.
    --John
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  • jfriendjfriend Scripting dude-volunteer Registered Users Posts: 8,097 Major grins
    edited March 10, 2006
    Any ETA on chapter 2?
    pathfinder wrote:
    If welcome, I'm in. The book has been on my shelf for some time.

    Chapter 2 or Chapter 5, or both:):
    Pathfinder - thanks again for helping. Any idea when you'll be able to post the chapter 2 writeup? We're pretty much ready whenever you are. If you want to discuss in email, my email is in my profile.
    --John
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  • jfriendjfriend Scripting dude-volunteer Registered Users Posts: 8,097 Major grins
    edited March 11, 2006
    Any volunteers to writeup chapter 3 to keep us going?
    jfriend wrote:
    This is the master posting to link together the various chapter writeups and discussion threads for a reading group on Katrin Eismann's book Photoshop Masking & Compositing. I'm hoping we can find enough volunteers to write up all the interesting chapters in the book.

    Now that PathFinder has contributed the most excellent writeup on chapter 2, next up is chapter 3, which just happens to be one we don't yet have a volunteer for.

    Can anyone volunteer to write up chapter 3, The Essential Select Menu to keep us going? After chapter 3, we've already got volunteers for 4, 5 and 6. The other open chapters are 7, 9, 12 and 13.
    --John
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  • gluwatergluwater SmugMug Technical Account Manager Registered Users Posts: 3,599 Major grins
    edited March 14, 2006
    Chapter 3 is like Poison Ivy around here isn't it? Well I just got my book in the mail yesterday and just started going through it but if there are no takers for chaper 3 yet I'll write it up if I can have a couple days.
    Nick
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  • jfriendjfriend Scripting dude-volunteer Registered Users Posts: 8,097 Major grins
    edited March 15, 2006
    Chapter 3 it is!
    gluwater wrote:
    Chapter 3 is like Poison Ivy around here isn't it? Well I just got my book in the mail yesterday and just started going through it but if there are no takers for chaper 3 yet I'll write it up if I can have a couple days.

    Great! Thanks for taking Chapter 3. Take the time you need to give us a great writeup. We'll be looking forward to it.
    --John
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  • ian408ian408 More wag. Less Bark. Administrators Posts: 21,433 moderator
    edited March 15, 2006
    Mine just arrived and it's overwhelming...the number of ways one can slice
    a mask :D
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  • gluwatergluwater SmugMug Technical Account Manager Registered Users Posts: 3,599 Major grins
    edited March 17, 2006
    Just to let you know I am working on Chapter 3 but have been working lots of hours lately so I haven't finished it up yet. I'll try to get it up by Sunday night.
    Nick
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  • gluwatergluwater SmugMug Technical Account Manager Registered Users Posts: 3,599 Major grins
    edited March 31, 2006
    Well that took me way more time than I had expected. I finally finished the write up of Chapter 3, I do appologize for taking so long. I really salute everyone who takes the time to write up these chapter discussions, it is a lot more work than one would think. But it really is a great way to learn the material because it forces you to really read the material and create sample images.
    Nick
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    nickwphoto
  • RisiciRisici A kid with photoshop.. Registered Users Posts: 3 Beginner grinner
    edited April 18, 2006
    im in
    Hi
    Im in. i ordered the book yesterday. She is my all time favorite author :p im ready to take 9 and afterwards, prefareply 9 (if its not lready taken).

    I did buy the book with discount, and im still amazed she made that posible for us here :)

    Btw for all you thats not a napp member tjeck out her site where she ha her articles for photoshop user: http://photoshopdiva.com/articles.html not ure she still updates though (the latest isnt up yet at least).

    Please send me a mail with what capther i shall write about, since i might get lost in this new forum ;)

    /Lasse -Risici
  • jfriendjfriend Scripting dude-volunteer Registered Users Posts: 8,097 Major grins
    edited April 18, 2006
    I have you down for chapter 9
    Risici wrote:
    Hi
    Im in. i ordered the book yesterday. She is my all time favorite author :p im ready to take 9 and afterwards, prefareply 9 (if its not lready taken).

    I did buy the book with discount, and im still amazed she made that posible for us here :)

    Btw for all you thats not a napp member tjeck out her site where she ha her articles for photoshop user: http://photoshopdiva.com/articles.html not ure she still updates though (the latest isnt up yet at least).

    Please send me a mail with what capther i shall write about, since i might get lost in this new forum ;)

    /Lasse -Risici

    Thanks for taking chapter 9. I'll put you down for it and will confirm via email.
    --John
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  • gluwatergluwater SmugMug Technical Account Manager Registered Users Posts: 3,599 Major grins
    edited May 31, 2006
    Has this just completely died? Is there really no interest in the rest of this book? I thought it was a very informative read and I routinely use what I learned in it.
    Nick
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