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Photoshop Masking & Compositing 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 0735712794
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About the Author

Katrin Eismann is an internationally respected lecturer and teacher on the subject of imaging, restoration, retouching, and the impact of emerging technologies upon professional photographers, artists, and educators. She is the author of Photoshop Restoration and Retouching 2nd Edition (New Riders),and is the co-author of Real World Digital Photography 2nd Edition(Peachpit Press).


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: New Riders; 1 edition (October 18, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735712794
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735712799
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #413,358 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Katrin Eismann is an internationally respected artist, teacher, and author specializing in creative digital photography and the impact of emerging technologies upon professional photographers, artists, and educators. She received her BFA degree in Photographic Illustration from the Rochester Institute of Technology and her MFA degree in Design at the School of Visual Arts. Katrin is the author of Photoshop Restoration & Retouching and Photoshop Masking & Compositing and co-author of The Creative Digital Darkroom and Real World Digital Photography. She is a featured columnist in Photoshop User magazine and is a popular speaker at the PMA, ASMP, PPA, PhotoPlusExpo, and Photoshop User conferences. In 2005, Katrin was inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame and her images have been featured in numerous books, magazines, and group exhibits. Katrin is the co-founder and chair of the Masters of Professional Studies in Digital Photography at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Please visit and for the latest updates, thoughts, and interest please follow me at

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194 of 195 people found the following review helpful By V. Maciulski on November 3, 2004
Format: Paperback
Every book I've read by Katrin Eismann has been very good. Even so, This one was better than I expected.

Katrin has designed the book so it could be used as a textbook for Photoshop teachers. There are files to go with the book and its lessons available for download over the internet. You can use these files to do the lesson projects she has throughout the book. This was true with her book on photo restoration and retouching, as well.

As the title suggests, she gives excellent information on making masks in Photoshop. She gives you the theory, so you can better understand how masks work, and then gives you lots of techniques for creating masks.

Often, masks are required to extract a person or an object from the background of a photo, so you can composite it into another photo. She gives excellent tutorials on doing this, including how to preserve hair and fine detail. We all know how much more real a composite looks when you are able to capture those stray hairs. It's all about selecting those fine details with out selecting the unwanted stuff. She gives you several selection strategies that you can use in different situations.

She also gives you strategies for using the pen tool to create complex paths and combine paths. And there is a selection technique called the "multi-pass" technique (page 300).

In the compositing section, she devotes the first part to image execution, showing you how to design your photo shots for compositing. And gives some good advice in "Photographic Essentials."

I was blown away by a project she showed in which some books were composited in with buildings, matching perspective to make them fit perfectly. See page 416 for the final result, and read the pages preceding it to see how it was done.
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146 of 147 people found the following review helpful By Lowell D. Franga on November 1, 2004
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I have been stationed with the U.S. Army in Germany and have been trying to teach myself Photoshop for quite a long time. I have bought numerous training tapes, DVD's, and books. One of the most confusing issues to me was masking and compositing. It seemed each tape, DVD, and book explained each briefly and differently to the point it was confusing. I was searching for a training tool which would clairify masking and compositing issues and would include all the related issues together in one single source. I was so delighted when I received Katrin's book. The minute I thumbed through the pages I knew this was the tool I had been searching for! This book covers it all and there would be no reason to purchase any other item to obtain info regarding these subjects. The only thing which could improve on this book would be if Katrin would make DVD's to supplement the book. She provides one of the best explanations I have read regarding use of the pen tool which can be quite intimidating. In addition, she provides an equally excellent explanation of selecting hair and fine detail which can also be quite complex. I have been experimenting with blue/green screen techniques and could never really find a good source of material for this as it relates to Photoshop and guess what, she covers this too! What I really like about her book is that she covers ALL aspects of a particular subject and not just part. I have been so disappointed with most of the other photoshop tapes, DVD's and books but not this one. The book is recommended for intermediate to advanced level but I think it would also be good for the beginner level because he/she would not have to waste a lot of time and money procuring other resources to learn this subject matter. This book is fantastic and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to learn photoshop masking and compositing techniques.
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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Mara Kurtz on February 24, 2005
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Learning to understand and use masks can be one of the most daunting, confusing and overwhelming challenges in Photoshop.

Katrin Eismann, one of the leading Photoshop experts in the world has, (in addition to traveling the globe to conduct sell-out Photoshop lectures and workshops), written the most comprehensive five hundred and nineteen page book on the subject of masking and compositing that one could ever imagine.

Of course this is not just a book about masking and compositing. Rather, it represents the very personal vision that Katrin demonstrates in everyaspect of her life. This extremely talented photographer, photoretoucher, educator and writer basically takes you by the hand and clearly explains everything you need to know about how this astonishing, complex, ever-changing photographic software program works. Along the way she shares her thoughts about creativity, teaches you about digital photography and cameras and shooting Camera Raw, and covers every other Photoshop topic you will need to know more about.

Katrin also makes you laugh. She generously concludes all of the chapters with "closing thoughts" that sound like they were written for you personally, and includes notes and tips on virtually every page that anticipate every question you could possibly have. Where else could you find a Chapter heading like: "Masks Are Your Friends" or find a Photoshop author who offers advice on "Overcoming a Creative Block"?

In this latest of her highly regarded books, Katrin has done a brilliant job simplifying an enormous amount of information. She prepares the reader well for approaching the sophisticated Photoshop techniques provided throughout the book.
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