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How to Cheat in Photoshop CS4: The art of creating photorealistic montages [NOOK Book]

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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 complete with Reader Forum where Steve answers your 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 ...
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How to Cheat in Photoshop CS4: The art of creating photorealistic montages

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Overview

* 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 complete with Reader Forum where Steve answers your 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 CSX, this must-have resource is also backwards compatible - relevant to any version of Photoshop.

'How to Cheat in Photoshop CSX' 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, and unique in that it's written by a working professional sharing his tips on how he makes money producing this imagery, 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 CSX, 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 CSX'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 professional graphic artist, author and journalist.
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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.'

Shutterbug

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

Macworld

'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: 9781136111013
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/11/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 448
  • File size: 88 MB
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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

1 Natural selection 2

2 Transformation and distortion 38

3 Hiding and showing 60

4 Image adjustment 78

5 Composing the scene 98

6 Getting into perspective 116

7 Light and shade 144

8 Heads and bodies 182

9 Shiny surfaces 224

10 Metal, wood and stone 264

11 Paper and fabric 302

12 The third dimension 324

13 Hyper realism 358

14 Advanced techniques 378

15 Working for print and the web 420

Index 434

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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.

    INSTANT BUY!

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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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