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Introduction to Photoshop for digital imagery.

Photoshop imaging is a great way to quickly relate to a client what their landscape project will look like through picture quality imagery (figures 4-1 and 4-2). The initial work of selecting images and creating a library of symbols will take a great deal of time, but once it is saved, the plants and materials can be used in subsequent projects. The commands covered in this section are the most commonly used tools for a digital imagery project. In this section, we will create an example image together.

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* If the cursor turns into crosshairs, you can change it back to the brush size cursor by hitting the Caps Lock key.

* Remember to save images regularly using the default Photoshop or .psd extension.

* Holding down the space bar at any time will allow you to pan around an image.

* Tools with a small black corner have hidden tools underneath them. To access them, click and hold on the tool to show the hidden tools.

* For this exercise, we will keep the background layer locked. To unlock it, double-click on the background layer and give it another name.

* Always remember: you must be on the layer that you are trying to manipulate. If you keep selecting or adjusting an item but the effect is not showing, it is probably because you are on another layer. Always check which layer you are on before starting tools.

* The basic steps to create a photo montage are:

1. Workspace setup: palettes, toolbars, and preferences

2. Acquire pictures

3. Setting up the drawing: resize images using dpi and overall size

4. Selection techniques and moving

5. Sizing and arranging the source images

6. Using shadows and effects

7. Saving and printing: The difference between saving using the .psd, .jpeg, or .pdf file extensions.

* The base image is the original image that we will be redesigning. Source images are the images used to supply materials for the redesign: planters, plants, people, etc.

By Professor Ashley Calabria

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Title Annotation:CHAPTER 4: Photoshop Imaging
Author:Calabria, Ashley
Publication:Computer Graphics for Landscape Architects, An Introduction
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Date:Jan 1, 2009
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