How to Cheat in Photoshop CS3: The art of creating photorealistic montages Paperback – 24 May 2007
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"A fun project-led workbook for anyone who wants to get to know Photoshop more intimately. Covering all the techniques you'll ever need, it's packed with inspirational projects to try - from combining body parts, to making introduced light sources, shadows, textures and reflections look realistic. With this handy guide, the digital world really is your plaything." - Photography Monthly (Aug 2007)
Previous edition reviews:
"The tutorials are concise, well presented, [and] show the reader what is possible with a select few of the tools, those which serve as the quickest and most practical in any given situation.. The only title which focuses on getting things done in the shortest amount of time as well as producing photo-realistic results.
David Asch, UK based freelance digital artist and photographer specialising in photo-montage and image effects.
". refreshingly candid and easy-going approach to teaching Photoshop techniques. It is enjoyable and informative. It's greatest strength is its approachable, friendly writing style combined with obvious expertise.. more personal and direct than any other Photoshop book I've read.
Keith Martin, UK based freelance graphic designer, Technical Editor for MacUser magazine.
"...this book is fascinating and Steve is unquestionably the master in his field." - Amateur Photographer
"Brilliant illustrations, step-by-step instructions and packed full of tricks from one of the finest masters of them all." Tom Ang
"An invaluable guide to creating impressive montages from your digital photographs. Composed primarily of step-by-steps, this tome is packed with useful shortcuts and time saving tips." - What Digital Camera
"A must-have for all Photoshoppers" - www.total-image-nation.co.uk
"Covering all the major techniques, author Steve Caplin takes you on an intriguing and insightful journey through the realms of the digital montage." - Advanced Photoshop
"Its 376 pages, plus CD, are crammed with colourful instruction on making your dull, unexciting snaps look altogether different...It should be required reading for anyone using Adobe's image tweaking tool in a semi-pro environment." - MacUser
"You'll find plenty of fun in the author's offbeat lessons and examples which explore the program's hidden powers. What makes CHEAT so unique are the gems that other volumes simply don't cover. The juiciest bits that real artists hunger for are here. So dig in, dig deep, and Shop yourself mad." www.dingbatmag.com
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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If you've ever studied illustration and photomontage you'll know that the Author is a pioneer in this field. You've probably been turning through the pages of The Guardian or The Times or any number of popular magazines and seen his work without even realising it. Anyway, my point is that the Author is busy working in the industry and if you want to learn from someone then he is the best man for the job! A particularly nice touch is the inclusion of various "interlude" sections of the book which divide up the tutorials. They give the reader an idea of what people in the industry might expect of you as a graphic artist, self-promotion, and tips on sourcing images etc.
I think it's important to say that this book does something that the other CS3 books don't - that is explain how you would use Photoshop quickly and painlessly everyday to complete the tasks a publishing company/magazine/newspaper would ask of you. The layout of the book is superb with everything is broken down into small chapters that explain each step to completing the dramatic transformations to images that you will undertake.Read more ›
I can honestly say that I learned more about day to day use of Photoshop from this one book than all the others combined.
Steve Caplin takes you through real world examples in very easy to understand steps and shows you techniques that you might never even have thought about.
Having read the book navigate your way to the "How to Cheat in Photoshop" website also run by Steve to find out more and join in the "Friday Challenge".
Come on in. The Photoshopped water is lovely!
I also have the previous version, and have been looking forward to this one. so far I have not been disappointed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This really is a p*ss-poor book. I saw a copy, with the tutorial CD, in a charity shop. The low price (£3), a very quick flick through the book, seeing the CD was still inside and... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Binky Huckaback
Cracking book Loads of extras. But be aware! You need a basic knowledge of photoshop first.Published on 30 Jan. 2009 by A. Trench
THIS IS CLEARLY NOT A BOOK FOR BEGINNERS,HOWEVER IF YOUR ALREADY HAVE A SOLID UNDERSTANDING OF PHOTOSHOP CS THEN I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS BOOK,IT WILL ALMOST CERTAINLY ENLARGE YOUR... Read morePublished on 23 Aug. 2008 by Scorpius
This book is right up there, in terms of quality, with the legendary New Riders book, Photoshop Channel Chops. Read morePublished on 12 July 2008 by Mr. Graham Cummings
I learnt about this book from a 'Photoshop Disasters' website, where this cover was one of those disasters. Where is his elbow? Why is he so badly cut out? Read morePublished on 30 May 2008 by Daniel Winter
This is a really fun book which shows just what you can do with Photoshop CS3 and a little imagination! Read morePublished on 28 May 2008 by S. J. Gennoe
I bought this book after 8 months of trying to figure out photoshop for myself and several books later I stumbled on this one. Recommend it to anyone beginner into pro. Read morePublished on 3 May 2008 by H. Mcintosh
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