How to Cheat in Photoshop CS3: The art of creating photorealistic montages / Edition 4

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* New! Zip through the learning curve in a snap with the free DVD!
• Hundreds of new Photo Objects, companion project files, QuickTime movie tutorials, sample plugins, and more.

* Don't miss the website www.howtocheatinphotoshop.com where the author answers your reader questions directly!

When you're short on time with crunching deadlines, but there's no way you can sacrifice quality, this book/DVD comes to the rescue. Nobody knows more about how to work fast under pressure and still produce top-notch photographic images than hands-on graphic artist and journalist, Steve Caplin.

Steve cuts through the grind with on-the-job, do-it-now skills, techniques, and shortcuts guaranteed to show you how to work faster, smarter, and better to produce the best work of your life. With a lifetime of practical experience in photo-montage Steve is the go-to person for professional designers, graphic artists, illustrators, photographic retouchers, and students of design media and illustration who want to create photorealistic effects using Photoshop.

Updated for Photoshop CS3, this must-have resource is also backwards compatible - relevant to any version of Photoshop.

'How to Cheat in Photoshop CS3' helps you "cheat in" (or take advantage of) Photoshop in two important ways. You learn how to make images look like photographs, when they're not so that you can create photographic work without a studio. And you find useful shortcuts to work more efficiently, economically, and with quick solutions to achieve the same superb results that come from long, complex operations that take forever.

Whether you're working for print or the web, dip into this book and extract the info you need - fast. Icons mark where Photoshop files or movie tutorials are available for you to open immediately to try for yourself. Stuck? Visit the Reader Forum on the web and question the author directly (and expect other readers to weigh in, too!) at www.howtocheatinphotoshop.com.

Crammed with gems that other books simply don't cover, this book/DVD excels in practical tips to turn the ordinary into the awe-inspiring, quickly. Don't miss how to create new artwork from scratch from starting points that aren't always obvious.

This fully updated new edition shows you how to get the most out of Photoshop CS3, including the Quick Selection and Cloning tools, and more. Yet it's backwards compatible with previous releases of Photoshop. The book's step-by-step tutorials alongside the DVD packed with hundreds of images, project files, and live tutorials show you how to:

* Create convincing smoke effects and make effective explosions - the simple way
* Take years off someone's appearance
* Turn a photograph of someone looking straight into the camera into a different perspective with the entire head (not just the eyes)
* Modify a statue so it looks like a living person or paint hair directly on any surface
* Produce the perfect cutout in the shortest time with Photoshop CS3's new Quick Selection tool... and more

A host of timesaving techniques and insider secrets teach you to work faster and more adeptly moving from the problem to the solution to get fantastic results!

Steve Caplin is a graphic artist, author and journalist.

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Steve Caplin's How to Cheat in Photoshop CS3 is pure, perfect digital fakery: your start-to-finish guide to realistic photomontage and illustration with Photoshop. It's built around real projects, many of them from Caplin's own impressive portfolio. Caplin is the master of montage: He specializes in creating images that are so real, they couldn't conceivably exist.

What is it you've always wanted to try? Chances are, it's here, in one of Caplin's elegant two-page "workthroughs." How to establish the horizon in your photomontage (and make the most of Photoshop CS3's remarkable new Vanishing Point feature). How to place lighting and your shadows exactly where they need to be, no matter how complex they need to be. How to put Head "A" on Body "B" without anyone being the wiser...and get eye contact just right, too. How to age your subject -- or "youthify" her. How to realistically change a subject's clothes...skin color...mood...even put him to sleep.

Want realistic mustard? Bubbles? Ice cubes or icicles? Reflections? Fish in fishbowls? Rust? Wood? Want to transform a photo into an ancient Greek statue (or vice versa)? Want to get a taste of what can be done with CS3's new 3D Layers? This book covers it all (and most of it's explained in digital movies on the attached DVD, too).

By the way, Caplin uses the word "cheat" in two senses. First, of course, to create images that look "just like photographs" regardless of their actual origins; but also to demonstrate imaginative shortcuts that spare you from many of Photoshop's more convoluted techniques. You'll get the job done faster, and nobody will know the difference. Bill Camarda, from the September 2007 Read Only

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780240520629
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/4/2007
  • Series: How to Cheat in
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet 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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Table of Contents

Natural Selection; Transformation & distortion; Hiding & showing; Image adjustment; Composing the scene; Getting into perspective; Light & shade; Heads & bodies; Shiny surfaces; Metal, wood & stone; Paper & fabric; 3rd dimension; Hyper realism; Time saving techniques; Working for print & web.

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