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How to Cheat in Photoshop CS5: The art of creating realistic photomontages [Paperback]

Steve Caplin
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22 Jun 2010

How to Cheat in Photoshop shows you how to cheat in two important ways. First, you'll learn a professional montage artist's proven-to-be-successful tips for getting the best out of Photoshop's many features quickly and efficiently, so that you can create work under deadline while still maintaining quality. Second, you'll learn how to make an image look like something else entirely, for those moments when stock imagery just won't do and you don't have the time (or funding) to set up a photo shoot. Photomontage master Steve Caplin has been a recognized leader in the world of photo manipulation for many years, and in this invaluable resource for designers, illustrators, retouchers, students, and graphic artists, he shows exactly what methods he uses to create stunning imagery used in advertising, publishing, print media, and more.

Fully updated to cover all of the new features in Photoshop CS5, this book is also backwards-compatible and can be used with any version of Photoshop. The accompanying DVD for Mac and PC contains over two and a half hours of video tutorials for additional training, and on the book's popular website, you'll find even more resources such as an "Ask the Author" forum, sample images from other How to Cheat fans, and weekly challenges so that you can test your own skills and see where your creativity can take you.

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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 6 Pap/Dvdr edition (22 Jun 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240522044
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240522043
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 25.4 x 30.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 259,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"[A]n excellent book which basically majors on showing you how to get things done with a minimum of fuss and shows all kinds of fakery. Typical perhaps is the neon lettering effects that we have used in the Greg Preston feature of this issue, we lifted the technique right out of How To Cheat. The initial chapters also include sound advice on using masks and paths and more importantly, Caplin explains why certain dodges are vital to achieving a realistic fake.. Overall then, this remains a good book with a lot of really practical advice on how to cheat - enjoy!"--Professional Imagemaker Magazine

"This book is a joy to work through. It also makes a great reference when you absolutely have to get something done NOW! The two-page format is a great way to present information and an easy way to learn it. It makes a great asset for any Photoshop user working with compositions."--TCS eJournal

"I reviewed the previous version of this book and liked it a lot but the new version is bigger, better looking, and full of useful tips on creating photomontages using Photoshop's latest iteration. Many Photoshop books spend early chapters introducing tools but Steve Caplin demonstrates how to use those tools to create interesting looking images instead."--Shutterbug 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A useful source of reference. 18 Nov 2010
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If you want to speed up the process of using Photoshop, this is the book for you. If creating rough concepts is what you do then i couldn't recommend this book enough; it has helped me massively.
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5.0 out of 5 stars HOW TO CHEAT IN PHOTOSHOP 11 Oct 2010
Simply essential. I bought CS2, CS4 and now CS5 editions and if there's a CS6 version, I'll be buying that too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good book 19 Aug 2010
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a lot of the tutorials are from cs4 but a lot of new ones for cs5 (photoshop) its great fun doing the tutorials and then putting what you have learned to use on other projects,sometimes it works and sometimes it dont but then all pictures are different and maybe i have a lot more to learn . good book buy it if you can ,complete with a dvd too
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book but not perfect. 2 May 2012

Good points:
Very easy to understand step-by-step guide with plenty of illustrations.
Logically positioned chapters containing real-life scenarios.
Examples files available to use in connection with the book's content.
More of a tutorial than a reference.

Bad points:
The title is 'How to Cheat in Photoshop CS5' and yet several of the screen shots are from CS4, which is slightly annoying.

If you can overcome the reference to CS4 and work out the change in CS5 then this is the perfect book on Photomantage techniques, or 'cheats', for the beginner - intermediate CS5 user.

I would rate this as one of the best CS5 books; I've read at least 10 others.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cheat is a misnomer for this title 25 Feb 2012
By fiveleg
To call this book "How to cheat in photoshop CS5" might give the impression to some that Steve Caplin is getting away with cheating the clients he does artwork for out of good artwork and design. However I recognise that his vast experience is informed by making digital images in the real world. I am certain that anyone who is thinking of using this book whilst working on Photoshop projects to deadlines will find it invaluable, as many of the smart techniques he employs address the usual challenges of seamlessly cutting out, blending and compositing - the usual stock in trade of a Photoshop artist. For those already using Photoshop on a regular basis, and who already have a cache of techniques and runarounds for dealing the most common image problems, this book will come as a gift as they will probably find that this is almost a one stop shop for smart and elgent solutions solving. For those who are just starting out in digital imaging, the book is still a valuable resource. Steve's narrative is logical, and begins with solving the basic problems. Then he goes onto demonstrate some everyday practical applications of these techniques, which every Photoshop user from beginner to expert will appreciate. I would however recommend to beginners that they also purchase a Quickstart guide, and begin to learn some of the basics before delving too deeply into this book, as they will gain far more from Steve's experience if they do.

Finally I think this is the best book of it's kind on the market, and thank Steve for some of his practical insights.
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4.0 out of 5 stars this is how photoshop should be taught 4 Dec 2011
i have read loads of books on photoshop and struggled to get right into using it till i found this on amazon. it starts off by giving some basic tutorials on selections and other photoshop tools as a refresher to experienced users but as an insight for new users. it goes on to build from basic use into more technical and spectacular things you can do with the software. it comes with an instruction dvd which shows most of the things from the book but this is where it fell down slightly for me and the reason i didn,t give it full marks. the dvd was quite amateurish in the way its been put together and on some of the tutorials there was no sound. the content of the dvd itself was fine but it plays and feels like it was just thrown together. although this is a downside it doesn,t take away the usefulness of the book and i would recommend it to 'newbie's' and experienced users alike.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have 3 April 2011
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This book was highly recommended by a friend who had purchased it a little while ago. I too would highly recommend it to anyone wishing to learn very quickly what makes Photoshop tick!

An invaluable aid in my personal arsenal!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun in Photoshop 3 Jan 2011
How to Cheat In Photoshop CS5 by Steve Caplin , an excellent book in my opinion, it helps teach photoshop whilst having fun. Most books forget about the fun and enjoyment which makes it hard to learn as you get bored with too much technical stuff, but if your having fun you will continue to use the programme and the book even more. This book along with Steve Caplins other book Art & Design in Photoshop (also available from Amazon) should be on your list of books to own if you like messing about and doing something different with your photo's and pictures .Both come with a CD of lessons etc from the book.
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Published on 11 July 2012 by Andy_atGC
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Published on 14 Mar 2012 by Christian T
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Makes using any version of photoshop easier to use and it is a very interesting read and easy to understand even if you have no experience of photoshop
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