How to Cheat in Photoshop CS4

1st Edition

The art of creating photorealistic montages

Authors: Steve Caplin
Paperback ISBN: 9780240521152
Imprint: Focal Press
Published Date: 15th December 2008
Page Count: 448


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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.

Key Features

  • Extensive new material to show you how to take your Photoshop skills to a professional level
  • DVD includes all the brand new images from the book, 300 high resolution AbleStock images plus over 2 hours of QuickTime movies of the projects
  • Benefit from a professional illustrator's timesaving tips and tricks!


Professional designers, graphic artists/illustrators & photographic retouchers. Also design, media & illustration students. There are 4-5 million Photoshop users. Web designers/animators, graphic artists in advertising/publishing & general design.

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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About the Author

Steve Caplin

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.

Affiliations and Expertise

Graphic artist/illustrator and the best-selling author of How to Cheat in Photoshop


'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'