How to Cheat in Photoshop CS4: The art of creating photorealistic montages

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Do you want to let your creativity run wild in Photoshop, but don't know where to start? Are you having trouble getting your ideas out of your head and onto the screen? Do you need your photomontages to look convincing... and fast?

Nobody knows more about how to work quickly under pressure and still produce top-notch results than hands-on digital artist, author and journalist Steve Caplin. This guide is packed with real-world examples, timesaving hints and tips and detailed step-by-step instructions that make the impossible seem possible.

Fully updated for Photoshop CS4, this must-have-resource is also backwards compatible with any previous version of Photoshop.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
'Learn how to duplicate amazing effects using Caplin's quick and easy shortcuts... brimming with easy-to-follow instructions on compositing creative effects that are fun, useful and sometimes just plain silly.'


'A superb set of step-by-step how-to guides from the master himself... quick, easy-to-grasp shortcuts'


'What makes Cheat so unique are the gems that other volumes don't cover. The juiciest bits that real artists hunger for are here. Dig in, dig deep, and Shop yourself mad'

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780240521152
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/22/2008
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.30 (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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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2009

    Let me start of by saying this is an amazing book

    Ok, where do I start. First of all, this book is a must buy if your trying to do "interesting" things in photoshop. It's not one of those, "to crop a photo click blank and drag blank to there". It's fun things like putting Obama's head on Hilary Clintons body. Or giving your mom a mustache. And the things he teaches you just gives you a pallete for bigger and crazier ideas. Like "ok, I learned how to make it nightime in a daytime photo so now I'm going to put a burning building in the background and make it look like spiderman's realistically there saving the day. However if you dont already know the basics a few of the tools you'r using you could have a hard time. Because he doesn't do everything literally step by step. I.e. "Make an outline of an object and make a new layer of it via cut, then set it to hard light mode." you will need to know the very basic stuff, but it can all be found somewhere on the interent. I would recommend this over the others because this isn't boring stuff. It's more of a "let's put a hat on a dog and a cat on the hat holding a pole with a mouse standing on it", than a "here's how to get rid of the dogs redeye" kind of book. And I actually learned lot's from this book. If you need any help the cd it comes with pops right into your computer and you can use all the pictures he uses in the examples if you don't have a good enough picture to work with. Also, he has video tutorials for some of the lessons on the cd.


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  • Posted April 2, 2011

    Very helpful!

    This book has great examples, very clear instructions, and excellent step by step photos. I found his approach to getting things done quickly very practical. Worth every penny.

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  • Posted February 8, 2010

    Good stuff

    Finally, a book that says something new about photoshop that doesn't put you to sleep before the end of the first chapter. Buy it. Better yet, have a friend buy it, then borrow it . . .

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