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From Barnes & NobleSteve 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