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How to Cheat in Photoshop: The Art of Creating Photorealistic Montages Paperback – 30 Jun 2002

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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; Bk&CD-Rom edition (30 Jun. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240517024
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240517025
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 11.6 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,078,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Photographers as well as art directors will find the book fascinating, as Caplin invents the impossible illustrations and then proceeds to define haw to create it seamlessly."
Rangefinder

"His (Caplin's) book is packed with amazing hints that take the mystery out of this technique once and for all. The instructions are so easy to use that you'll be producing top quality results quickly."
Shutterbug

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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With this book I achieved the mastery of layer masks and linking and many other technical complexities, which had eluded me for two years, in one evening.
The examples tutorials are really fun to do and are immediately applicable to current projects.
Its so good it makes me want to remake nearly all the photomontages I have ever done using the techniques in the book.
The illustrations and print quality are superb. The enclosed CD has a lot of material for the tutorials but sadly some of the best examples do not have tutorial artwork on the CD (probably for copyright reasons?).
I can't imagine any photoshop user being disapointed with this book
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Yet again Steve Caplin has produced a masterpiece. Following on the huge success of the first edition of How To Cheat In Photoshop, Steve has yet again put together a truly all inspiring collaboration of meaningful and useful tutorials using the world's most renowned graphics package, Photoshop.
This is the ONLY book to date that I have come across so far that gives you a clear understanding of the Pen Tool. After reading this section, you'll be making selections with this tool with greater ease. Then there's a tutorial on Curves and Unsharp Mask. It's a god send !
How To Cheat In Photoshop 2nd Edition is an invaluable tool in showing you the techniques used by the master of photo montage himself, Steve Caplin.
Steve has regularly been commissioned by the Sunday Telegraph and various other well established magazines for his work. He also writes a regular column for Mac magazine. He also does lectures on Photoshop around the world.
To top it all off, Steve even runs his very own forum where you can freely post your work, or ask Steve questions on how to improve your image. He'll tell you exactly as he sees it and advise you what technique/s to use to better you work if it needs improving.
I have bought various books on Photoshop including titles such as Most Wanted 1 + 2 and in my opinion this one even tops them .. Bye it, you'll never look back!
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I bought the first edition a while back and have had it to hand ever since. I have just bought the second edition and, whilst it contains the same content as its previous incarnation, Steve has added a lot of new techniques, including some incredibly simple, yet effective effects.
This book isn't the definitive guide to Photoshop and doesn't claim to be. Its aim is to show people time saving techniques and illustrative design ideas and does just that in a clear, informative and at times, humourous way. There are plenty of tutorials to play around with, the source images are all on the accompanying CD, which also has a great selection of high quality stock photos. The case studies and chapter interludes are a great insight into the world of commercial montage illustration.
I have learned a great deal from this book and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to know how to construct and manipulate photos, whether it be for personal or business use.
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Many aspects of Photoshop have been a mystery to me until now, even though I have been using it for basic picture effects for several years - like most people I was put off by dry, text-heavy manuals. At last! A user-friendly guide! It shows you clearly not just what each tool and effect does but also why you might want to use it, with illustrated step-by-step guides. The short cuts and hot tips are invaluable; the design and presentation is clean and easy to follow; and Steve Caplin has personalised it with anecdotes and humour throughout. A must for anyone that works with pictures.
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An excellent book for those interested in many aspects of digital image manipulation.
A clear, and well illustrated book showing real world illustrations, and the steps used to create them.
This is the first book I've come across about Photoshop that deals mainly with constructing scenes rather than the more usual introductory guide to the toolbox.
So if you know the Photoshop toolbox basics, and you now want to take things to the next step and putting them to use, creating realistic scenes, then this book should be of interest to you.
Be warned, you may spend a lot of time in Photoshop after buying this book !
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Squeezed between the covers of this book is an enormous amount of essential information about how to do just about everything with Photoshop with a little bit of Illustrator thrown in for good measure. The author starts the book off with one of the best visual demonstrations of how to use Photoshop to make selections, replace colours, and many more. Using commercial illustrations he has created for national magazines and newspapers he shows how he achieved the effects with just enough information to allow you to be able to create a similar photo treatment without making it so complicated that it puts you into a comma reading it. While the latest edition doesn't cover all of the new CS2 tools, it covers the ones necessary for those that do photo clean-ups or manipulation. He even explains how the 3D model feature in Photoshop works - a topic most authors neatly avoid.

The quality of the book is great. The colours in the examples are vibrant and it is visually appealing enough to warrant just sitting down and flipping through the book to get ideas for a project.
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