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Art and Design in Photoshop: How to simulate just about anything from great works of art to urban graffiti [Paperback]

Steve Caplin
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Book Description

6 Oct 2008
Fancy designing your own classic and contemporary movie posters, books and magazine covers?

Feel like turning your photographs into works by Turner, Matisse and Magritte?

Want to create illustrations in the styles of The Simpsons, steampunk and Victorian engravings?

Then you need Art and Design in Photoshop.

In this unique book, acclaimed master of photomontage and visual trickery Steve Caplin shows you how to stretch your creative boundaries. Taking the same tried-and-tested practical approach as his best selling How to Cheat in Photoshop titles, Steve's step-by-step instructions recreate a dazzling and diverse array of fabulous design effects. You'll learn how to design everything from wine labels to sushi cartons, from certificates to iPod advertising, from textbooks to pulp fiction.

Written by a working pro, the clear guidelines pinpoint exactly what you need to know: how to get slick-looking results with minimum fuss, with a 16-page Photoshop Reference chapter that provides an at-a-glance guide to Photoshop tools and techniques for less experienced users. Steve explains both typography and the design process in a clear, informative and entertaining way.

All the images, textures and fonts used in the book are supplied on the accompanying CD-ROM. Imaginative, inspirational and fun to use, this book is a must-have for every creative Photoshop user, both amateur and professional.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; Pap/Cdr edition (6 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240811097
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240811093
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 86,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A worthy title to have at easy reach, Caplin reaffirms his legendary status and skills in the art of Photoshop and book-making."

Photoshop Creative Magazine

About the Author

Steve Caplin is a freelance artist and author working in London, England. His satirical photomontage work is commissioned by newspapers and magazines around the world, including The Guardian, The Independent, The Sunday Telegraph, The Sunday Times Magazine, Radio Times, Readers Digest and L'Internazionale. Steve has worked for advertising agencies including Saatchi & Saatchi, Bartle Bogle Hegarty and Lowe Howard Spink, and his work has won two Campaign Poster Awards and a D&AD Pencil award. He has lectured widely in England, Norway, France and Holland, and has taught digital design at the University of Westminster and the University of the Arts London. Steve is the author of ten books: How to Cheat in Photoshop (five editions), How to Cheat in Photoshop Elements (co-authored, three editions), Icon Design, Max Pixel's Adventures in Adobe Photoshop Elements, The Complete Guide to Digital Illustration (co-authored) and Art & Design in Photoshop. He has also co-authored three mainstream books: Dad Stuff, More Dad Stuff, Stuff the Turkey and Complete and Utter Zebu. When he's not at his computer Steve plays the piano well, the accordion moderately and the guitar badly. He spends his spare time making improbable constructions out of wood and other materials. His first commissioned sculpture was for the Bethlem hospital - the original 'bedlam' - in 2010.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Art and Photoshop. 20 May 2011
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Great book, although it assumes some prior knowledge, it easy to understand even for a novice at Photoshop like me. I used to be a complete Dummy at Photoshop, but after several hours with this book while at my computer, I have gone a little way into areas of Photoshop that I once thought were beyond me. The exercise sections are really good, and give you a nice warm feeling inside when you have successfully completed them. I have achieved a lot with the help of this book, and am now producing, what I think is above average Photoshop work.

I have a fairly dated Photoshop 7, and now wish I could afford a later version, but sadly my pension will not run to the vast sum of money that Adobe are asking for CS5.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SIMPLICITY 1 July 2009
I wanted a book that would give me ideas for my work in photoshop and found just the right purchase with "Art and Design in Photoshop". Very clear tutorials throughout the book and I also liked the informative chapter on Type with the do's and don'ts for budding design students. Excellent.
John H (Australia)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Art and Design in Photoshop 3 Dec 2008
Buy this book as a companion to How to Cheat in Photoshop by the same author, or as a stand-alone reference for help in creating your own designs. In a clear, concise style, Steve Caplin de-mystifies the design processes of a huge range of genres.

This book covers everything, from film posters and album art, through book and magazine covers to simulating the style of great artists both classical and contemporary. Using plenty of pictures, each tutorial is simple and easy to follow, laid out attractively in a double-page spread.

There's a CD that accompanies the book. On it are all the Photoshop files needed to recreate the various projects in the book, as well as a good selection of fonts for you to use in your own work.

The book does assume a basic working knowledge of Photoshop but there is a reference section that goes through the basics of the main tools and techniques.

If you're serious about getting more out of Photoshop buy this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Becky Fryer 14 Nov 2008
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Steve Caplin's Art & Design in Photoshop is a must have for those who are familiar with Photoshop and are seeking to improve their Photoshop experience. Steve illustrates some stunning effects that are easy to recreate and will put a professional edge to your designs.

The book takes you through how to select and use fonts to their best affect, with Steve's insight into Typography it will help clarify and make sense when designing with words. Principles of Design shows you what to avoid when designing and what is and isn't good composition, all beautifully illustrated.

Just about all you need when designing posters, illustrations etc. are covered from how to achieve the styles of the great artists like Paul Cezanné and Pablo Picasso or more contemporary artists like Salvador Dali and Andy Warhol just to name a few artistic styles covered in Art & Design in Photoshop.

I'm a big fan of Steve Caplin his explanations and illustrations are clear and easy to understand and rather than this book being a "Design cookbook" it actually inspires you to try your own hand at designing and to bring your own style out to it's most spectacular affect.

Buy this book for Christmas and you will not be disappointed in the least. It's great value for money and inspiration oozes from the pages like Dali's soft watches ;)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Art and design. 23 Feb 2010
I have bought many books to try and help me with how to do the wonderfull things that photophop now lets us all do from the comfort of our own homes,and this is 'THE BEST' book that I have invested in to date,it is a very simple book to follow, showing you how most things can be done.
I would recomend this book to anybody,I am only a novice at this type of thing and the book has had more use than any other I have bought.great value for your' money.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Art & Design in Photoshop, Caplin 4 Sep 2011
A great volume, very concise and very educational, easily understood and easy to use with no tutorial spanning more than two pages.(Keep it open beside you at your computer). I have just achieved BA(Hons) in Creative Imaging as a (very) mature student, and I'm sorry I didn't discover this volume 12 months sooner, I'm sure I could have improved my marks by a large margin if I'd only read this book! I'm now recommending it to all my contacts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The extended use of Photoshop 1 Mar 2010
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I rate this book as excellent. Photoshop is a lot more than just touching up photos. Stave Caplin shows the way forward and opens up a world beyond. Mr Caplin certainly knows his stuff and is able to present his message clearly so that it can be absorbed. It's not an expensive book but is worth every penny.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good resource 18 May 2013
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What swayed me to buy this book, which was a 'want' rather than 'need' was the excellent coverage in Look Inside.
If you like what you see there, you'll enjoy the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars superb
yet another great book from Steve Caplin to inspire you to produce pictures you thought only professionals could do. Read more
Published 4 months ago by R. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book.
I bought this book together with "100% Photoshop" by the same author, which I reviewed elsewhere (not too positively in what concerns me at least), but "Art and Design in... Read more
Published on 18 Feb 2012 by SEGALL Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast
This great book was ordered on the free postage which is supposed to take longer, it arrived very quickly, could not have been faster if I had paid first class. Thanks
Published on 14 Aug 2011 by A. Maltby
5.0 out of 5 stars Top grade book
Steve Caplin knows what he is talking about and can explain it clearly. All of his PhotoShop books are excellent. Read more
Published on 18 Jun 2011 by riby
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what it says on the cover
This book shows you a wide varety of styles/designs created in Photoshop. Great book for beginners.
Published on 29 Oct 2010 by krisztinau
5.0 out of 5 stars A designers Must-Have.
Art & Design in Photoshop by Steve Caplin. My book shelves are filled with all manner of art and design tomes, most of which have rarely been opened more than once. Read more
Published on 2 Feb 2010 by R. A. Owens
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius Caplin
Once again Steve Caplin has produced a book that gets down to the nitty gritty right off the bat to teach how to create works of Art so very easily, very well presented,... Read more
Published on 2 May 2009 by L. Wagstaff
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