In this preview of "Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Advanced," Deke shows you how to make an authentic pirate flag. Today, Deke uses Photoshop to distill the base art into three colors: rich black, blood red, and page white.
The Levels command, and its cohort the histogram, let you adjust luminance levels on a channel-by-channel basis. The upshot is that you can increase contrast, correct for color cast, and make a bad image good.
Where luminance is concerned, no feature gives you greater control than Curves. It lets you reign in highlights, open up shadows, and reveal all points in between. Curves takes a bud of an image and makes it blossom.
Want to emulate Andy Warhol's silkscreen effect? Warhol created art as a mass consumable, like a t-shirt or pack of gum. Meaning, he *wanted* you to replicate it. Join Deke as he dissects Warhol's process, digital style.
Digital cameras are wonderful, but they're ultimately machines. You, on the other hand, are a superior human being. Celebrate your humanity in the Lab mode, where you can take the work of machines and make it way better.
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