At the heart of any Photoshop file lie channelsstorage containers for all your images color information, saved selections (Saving a Selection), and instructions regarding special printing inks. Channels sound intimidating at first, and folks have been known to shudder at their mention and avoid them completely. But to really understand Photoshop, you need to understand channels. Luckily, you dont need a PhDjust a little patience.
This chapter gets a little technical at times, but if you soldier through, youll be rewarded with wisdom thatll help you perform some amazing pixel wizardry. Youll get that warm, fuzzy enlightened feeling as you learn to:
Use channels to make complex selections (Basic Channel Stunts).
Perform highly targeted color adjustments (see the figure on Making Colors Pop).
Create stunning grayscale conversions (The Lightness Channel).
Map one image to the contours of another (Mapping One Image onto Another).
Sharpen your images without introducing noise (Sharpening Individual Channels).
Ask New Mexico transplant Hosea Rosenberg what sets his catering company apart, and he’ll tell you about his five-acre farm just south of Longmont: “We raise our own heritagebreed pigs and lamb; we have a chicken coop and a greenhouse. We’re trying very hard to run a self-sustaining, organic operation.” He’ll also allude to an air of exclusivity:
“We position ourselves as a high-end, boutique catering company. I retain mixologists and sommeliers on staff and aim for five-star cuisine.”
Although such conscien tious branding may well contribute to his success, let’s face it—more than a few clients are undoubtedly swayed by his celebrity. While serving as executive chef of
Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar
(page 83)—a job he held from
2004 to 2010—Rosenberg not only competed on Season 5 of Bravo’s popular Top Chef series but emerged as the winner.
Loads of charisma are a must for any TV personality, of course, and Rosenberg shines when he appears at area pop-up dinners and food festivals. But fans are still waiting for him to parlay all that name recognition into square footage and open an actual restaurant. “For the past two years I’ve been hunting for a spot,” he says, “but I’m really busy—and really picky about finding the right location.”
Devil dusters zoom wantonly through sun-scorched Norte Grande with its undulating curves of rock and stone, Andean lagoons, snow-capped volcanoes, salt flats and sensuously perforated coastline. Famous as much for its hilltop observatories as its massive copper mines, those vast, uninhabited spaces touch the soul and the imagination. Norte Grande’s star attraction is the tiny adobe village of San Pedro de Atacama, just a day trip away from the world’s highest geyser field and some astounding desert formations.
But there’s more to Norte Grande than San Pedro. Go for lung-bursting, jaw-dropping adventure near the mountain village of Putre in the high-altitude reserve of Parque Nacional Lauca or further afield to Salar de Surire. Spend a week perfecting your tan on the beaches outlying Iquique and Arica, or make your own adventure in the lost ghost towns and hard-sprung mining centers that make this region unique.