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5.0 out of 5 stars Top notch tutorial, 6 Mar. 2007
This review is from: How to Cheat in Photoshop: The art of creating photorealistic montages - updated for CS2 (Paperback)
Like many masters of their craft, Caplin is equally at ease explaining the basics as he is dealing with advanced topics.

Also, like many good teachers, he does the mundane work up front in order to make learning fun and intuitive for the student.

The combination of real-world step by step examples, "Test yourself" exercises at the end of each section, completed exercises included on CD and even an online website where the author sets weekly challenges and responds to submissions make this book hard if not impossible to beat.

The early chapters set about equiping the student with basic photoshop montage skills which will be required in the later examples -

extraction (without leaving tell-tale edges), colour changes, freeform transformations, perspective etc. .

Each chapter presents a new concept and provides a worked example based on files provided on the CD.

A previous reviewer has complained that the book doesn't give idiot-proof steps for following each of the examples. In my view, this is a strength, not a weakness, as the tools are all explained in the early chapters and to repeat the detailed steps would simply distract from the main point of the exmaples.

Anyone who takes the time to work through the exercises will get more out of this book than any Photoshop "How To" book I've ever come across.

I give the book a resounding 5/5 - I simply could not want more from it.

I notice that the latest version for CS3 is now available for pre-order...
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