100% Photoshop

1st Edition

Create stunning illustrations without using any photographs

Print ISBN: 9780240814254
Imprint: Focal Press
Published Date: 15th March 2010
Page Count: 256


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Just when you think you’ve learned all that you could ever know about working in Photoshop, digital artist and photomontage king Steve Caplin comes along with yet another masterful method for creating incredible works of art in Photoshop. This time, he’ll show you how to create complete images, from start to finish, entirely within the software program. No source material, photographs, or existing files from other software packages are needed, saving you valuable time and resources. The techniques you’ll learn in this ground-breaking new book will help you combine your artistic vision and skills with an understanding of how to manipulate the built-in Photoshop filters to produce impressive, eye-catching artwork.

Each chapter opens with a complete double page illustration, created entirely in Photoshop. Then, carefully laid out step-by-step instructions show you how each element in the illustration is created, and how they are all combined in the end to make a convincing final image. Using Steve’s proven methods for success, you’ll be able to produce images that reflect a more finely crafted, hand drawn approach, whether you’re an artist for your own enjoyment or a working professional looking for a leg up on the competition.

Key Features

The only book of its kind that does not rely on any external images whatsoever – each and every element is created directly in Photoshop

A chapter covering the basics of using specific filters and textures and a chapter providing a summary of common techniques and tools will help you brush up on your general Photoshop skills so you can move through the rest of the book successfully

*Be sure to visit Steve's website at www.howtocheatinphotoshop.com for even more Photoshop tips, tricks and advice


Intermediate to advanced Photoshop users who want to progress to using Photoshop for more than image "fixes," including: illustrators, graphic artists, designers, and web designers. Secondary: advanced design, media, illustration, and graphics students.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Textures: Using Clouds, Noise, Blur, Fibers to create basic texture; Texture creation: paper, wood, stone, and metal; Chapter 2: Setting the Scene: Hallway – door, light, glass, gold text, shadows, metal handle, layer masks; Chapter 3: The Great Outdoors: trees, grass, leaves (custom brush design), water and reflections, clouds, sky, mountains; Chapter 4: In the Attic:LPs, cardboard boxes, guitar, cork boards, beams, brick walls, assorted items; Chapter 5: To Boldly Go: Space scene with stars, planets, aurora, spaceship, alien; Chapter 6: Treasured Possessions: Desk drawer with jewelry, letters, sealing wax, pens, magnifying glass, pencils, rubber stamp, folder with coffee stains; Chapter 7: In the Lab: Mad scientist’s laboratory with Bunsen burner, lab bottles, stone wall, lightning through window; Chapter 8: The Operation: Operating theatre scene with close-up of opened body featuring internal organs, bone, skin texture, scalpels and clamps; Chapter 9: Fantasy Scene: Organic-looking synthetic scene with intertwining tentacles, texture generated background, H R Giger-style anatomical elements; Chapter 10: Photoshop Reference: Quick start guide


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"An outstanding key to using Photoshop to create powerful graphics. Learn how to create complex images without source material, photos or files from other software packages using techniques that blend artistry with keys to manipulating the latest Photoshop filters. A top pick!"--Bookwatch

"This book is very rewarding and absolutely fascinating to work through. I enjoyed all the "lessons" and learned lots of new and welcome techniques. A big recommendation!"--eJournal for the Tucson Computer Society

"There’s no other focus on this aspect in print, making this a ‘must’ for any graphic arts or Photoshop collection! Color examples liberally abound on every page."--Midwest Book Review’s California Bookwatch