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Photoshop Masking & Compositing, Second Edition by James Porto, Seán Duggan, Katrin Eismann

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Chapter 11. Fine-Edged Selections

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Selecting, masking, and isolating subjects with fine-edged detail, such as hair and fur or the translucency in smoke or shadows, remains the most challenging types of selection to make while maintaining realistic edges and believable transitions. When it comes to silhouetting people with a full head of hair, animals with fur, or fine-detailed images, we sometimes wish that everyone was as bald as Michael Jordan, that all animals were as smooth as dolphins, and that we worked only with pictures of rectangular skyscrapers. Beauty is in the details, and maintaining the nuances of reflections, translucency, and shadow ...

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