How to Cheat in Photoshop Elements 7: Creating stunning photomontages on a budget

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Having trouble getting an artistic idea out of your head and onto the screen? Want to produce amazing creations in Elements without reading pages and pages of instructions? How to Cheat in Elements is the can't-miss book with the can-do attitude. Under the expert guidance of Elements masters David Asch and Steve Caplin, you'll get the hands-on experience needed to quickly craft inspired images that captivate the imagination.

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Having trouble getting an artistic idea out of your head and onto the screen? Want to produce amazing creations in Elements without reading pages and pages of instructions? How to Cheat in Elements is the can't-miss book with the can-do attitude. Under the expert guidance of Elements masters David Asch and Steve Caplin, you'll get the hands-on experience needed to quickly craft inspired images that captivate the imagination.

Fool your friends by creating montages and manipulations that look like the genuine article. Save time with invaluable shortcuts and tips to cut through unnecessary steps, helping you to work faster and smarter. Work through each section to build up your skills or dip into a project to learn a new technique:
* turn day into night
* add snow, shadows and water to your scenes
* make fire and smoke
* give your car a re-spray
?if you can imagine it, we can show you how to do it in Photoshop Elements!

Covering the latest tools and features in Elements 7, this book contains cutting-edge projects, tips and techniques as well as activities relevant to previous Elements versions. QuickTime movie tutorials and images for all projects in the book are included on the accompanying CD-ROM, with additional support and an active reader forum on the website for the book: www.howtocheatinphotoshopelements.com.

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"During your school days, did you ever sneak a peak at the teacher's edition of your textbook? It was just like yours, only it had all the answers filled in! Imagine if you took your teacher's book and took out all the boring background stuff, leaving just the questions and answers. That's exactly what How to Cheat in Elements is like: no boring background, just all the answers!" — Retouchpro.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780240521541
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/12/2008
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

David Asch is a beta tester for Photoshop Elements. He contributes to Mac Format magazine, and is co-author of Digital Photo Doctor and contributing author to Drop Dead Photography Techniques.
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

Introduction; Selection techniques; Montage essentials: Layers; Hiding and showing; Image adjustments; Light and shade; Transformation and distortion; Materials and textures; Working with text; People and animals; Shiny surfaces; The third dimension; Print and the internet; Index.

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  • Posted May 11, 2009

    Good for general info, but short on detailed steps.

    Our local community college uses the book as a companion to a six-session intro to Photoshop Elements. The accompanying CD is very useful for sharpening ones' skills on the basic tools within the program. As a stand-alone guide, however, the book assumes that the reader knows the location and use of most PE tools -- not often the case, especially for a "newbie." So, it is difficult to perform many of the functions without a frustrating search of the menus. Some trial and error is needed to make the exercises work.

    In the absence of a good PE manual, though, the book is better than the alternative.

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