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How to Cheat in Photoshop: The art of creating photorealistic montages - updated for CS2 / Edition 3

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How to Cheat in Photoshop helps you cheat in two ways: it shows you how to create images that look like photographs and also offers shortcuts and invaluable tips to help you work faster and more efficiently. This new edition of Steve Caplin's bestseller includes new techniques showing how to make the most of the power of Photoshop CS2. New chapters are also now included on perspective, transformation and distortion, time-saving techniques, and working for print and the web.

Steve Caplin shows you how to work from the problem to the solution, gaining the best possible results from Photoshop CS2. On every double page spread there is a new step-by-step project, making 150 projects in total. On the companion CD you'll find QuickTime movies of the projects illustrated in the book, along with free sample plug-ins and high resolution images allowing you to experiment with each technique and create your own montages.

Audience: Professional photographers, designers, illustrators and retouchers (Martin Evening is a retoucher for instance) who want to create photorealistic effects using Photoshop. Also design and media and photography students. Secondary audience - Beginner Photoshop users.

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This 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 Steve Caplin’s own impressive portfolio. And it covers everything from QuickMasks to hyperrealism.

Turn here to learn how to make it look like the people you’ve inserted are actually interacting. How to get realistic shadows and highlights. Do perfect haircuts. Make wide-awake people look like they’re sleeping. Add depth to flat artwork. Add editable text to 3-D surfaces. Create blood, gore, floods, rips, tears, folds, wrinkles, crumples, grime...if you need to fake it, start right here. Bill Camarda

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2003 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780240519852
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/28/2005
  • Series: How to Cheat in Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 0.90 (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

How to cheat, and why
1 Natural selection 2
2 Hiding and showing 30
3 Image adjustment 50
4 Composing the scene 68
5 Light and shade 90
6 Heads and bodies 116
7 Shiny surfaces 148
8 Metal, wood and stone 176
9 Paper and fabric 208
10 The third dimension 230
11 Hyper realism 262
12 Carry on spending 290
Index 302
What's on the CD 306
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2006

    ATTENTION: Visual Learners

    If you are a visual learner, you will enjoy this book! Every techniques is illustrated with rich colorful photos, dialog boxes and menus for a complete step by step experience. This book is not written like most tech books, it saves you a ton of time with the illustrations and select movie clips that really clarify the techniques. The first chapter ensures you have the necessary skills that everyone using a graphics application should be proficient in. Mastery of these simple skills allow you to learn more advanced skills that are taught in the book. This book is a great timesaver and completely relevant for jumping in and getting started very quickly. THANKS for such a great book!

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