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Old 04-13-2007, 05:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi Folks,

As I continue to plow my way through this book that I am reading, I have come across another question.

The author shows a picture where "body sculpting" is about to be performed. He has created a selection of the person that he is going to keep and the remainder is going to be cut away. Unfortunately, he shows a diagram and his text is simply:

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Repeat the preceding steps to slim her stomach. Deselect.
I have a strong suspicion that the preceding text is missing, because there is no reference to the diagram which shows some sculpting taking place.

At present I have a body sculpting layer that has one selection in two parts. The first part is a a bit of the front of her stomach and open space in front. And the second part is a bit of her butt and thighs with space behind.

My question is, how can I use an eraser and this selection to remove part of her stomach as well as butt and thighs? From looking at the diagram, I get the impression that the author has inverted the selection, somehow protected her main body from being erased, and then he simply erased the "non-selected part" with an eraser.



Any and all help is appreciated.

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Old 04-13-2007, 06:47 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Okay, I figured it out.

The "body sculpting" layer is the amalgamation of the layers below. Thus, the author forgot to tell the reader to turn off the prior layers, with the one exception of the white background layer.

Now the reader is supposed to paint black on the on the layer mask. That hides the portion that is "cut away" and allows the white background to show through.
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The eraser will only remove those pixels within the selected area(s), inside the dashed lines.

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Old 04-13-2007, 07:20 PM   #4 (permalink)
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The eraser will only remove those pixels within the selected area(s), inside the dashed lines.
Thank you Tom.
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Old 04-13-2007, 07:38 PM   #5 (permalink)
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What book are you referencing?
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Old 04-13-2007, 07:39 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I like Kevin Ames and his book, but sometimes it's hard to follow. If he would tell you why he is doing what he is doing, before listing a series of keyboard shortcuts (for Mac and PC), it would make more sense.

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What book are you referencing?
The Art of Photographing Women by Kevin Ames

http://www.amazon.com/Adobe-Photosho...6511735&sr=8-1

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Old 04-13-2007, 07:59 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I like Kevin Ames and his book, but it's hard to follow. If he would tell you why he is doing what he is doing, before just listing a series of unexplained keyboard shortcuts, it would make more sense.
I would add to your comments RFS's comments of there being bugs in the text. I am finding a few.

As you mentioned, it would be helpful to know in advance what you are trying to accomplish. The problem with the errors is that when you run into a rough spot, you don't know if you messed up or the author has messed up.

I've been sending Kevin Ames an errata chapter by chapter.

If I were his editor, I would go through each example and make sure it all hangs together. I'd also give a quick explanation of what I am trying to accomplish in advance of performing all the steps. Also, whenever there is a change in state, I'd give the new state. For example, say "eye" goes from on to off, instead of simply saying, "hit the eye on background", I would say " hit the eye on background to turn it off." And for long examples, say 30+ steps, I'd provide breakpoints where users could compare their work against the text (show layers/paths to compare) and the ability to save their work. If those changes were done, the book would be considerably better than it is.

As it is now, I am hitting a fair number of bugs and working through. Some bugs can be figured out with some thought. Some are just missing critical information where you need to skip over it.

Thank you for your comments.

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Kevin Ames is very open to constructive and professional comments about his books and articles, a characteristic of all great talent. Keep asking questions, I'm re-learning a lot from them!

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PS You might want to uninstall both copies of PS Elements and Photoshop CS, then reinstall only Photoshop CS. It sounds like your CS Help file is corrupted.
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