How to Cheat in Photoshop CS5: The Art of Creating Realistic Photomontages

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Taylor & Francis, 2010 - Computers - 456 pages
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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 www.howtocheatinphotoshop.com, 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.

* A complete How to Cheat in Photoshop CS5 learning package! Includes a fully updated book, a DVD containing all of the imagery used in the examples, over 2 hours of video tutorials, and website featuring a reader forum where your questions will be answered by other readers as well as the author himself

* Includes hundreds of tips and project ideas to help you get started, whether you're working to a professional deadline or just for fun

* Packed with professional advice from a photomontage artist who makes his living creating surreal works of art - you're learning from the best!

 

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When cheating IS fair!

User Review  - terpsichorean - Borders

Steve Caplin has once again produced a book for hobbyists and professionals that make a desired outcome easier to achieve. As an amateur and a hobbyist I found the introduction very helpful. The ... Read full review

Pretty good tutorial book

User Review  - Lumpy Hippo - Borders

I got this book as a gift and I have to say, it's pretty good. It has detailed instructions on how to create and manipulate things using photoshop. Alot of these tutorials I had never seen before on ... Read full review

Contents

How to Use This Book
1
1 Natural Selection
2
2 Transformation and Distortion
38
3 Hiding and Showing
66
4 Image Adjustment
84
5 Composing the Scene
104
6 Getting into Perspective
120
7 Light and Shade
150
11 Paper and Fabric
316
12 the Third Dimension
338
13 Hyper Realism
372
14 Advanced Techniques
392
15 Working for Print and the Web
436
Test Yourself
448
Index
450
Whats on the DVD
454

8 Heads and Bodies
184
9 Shiny Surfaces
230
10 Metal Wood and Stone
278
Taking Photoshop Further
456
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About the author (2010)

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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