How to Cheat in Photoshop CS5

1st Edition

The art of creating realistic photomontages

Print ISBN: 9780240522043
Imprint: Focal Press
Published Date: 15th June 2010
Page Count: 464


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How to Cheat in Photoshop shows you how to cheat in two important ways. First, you’ll learn a professional montage artist’s proven-to-be-successful tips for getting the best out of Photoshop’s many features quickly and efficiently, so that you can create work under deadline while still maintaining quality. Second, you’ll learn how to make an image look like something else entirely, for those moments when stock imagery just won’t do and you don’t have the time (or funding) to set up a photo shoot. Photomontage master Steve Caplin has been a recognized leader in the world of photo manipulation for many years, and in this invaluable resource for designers, illustrators, retouchers, students, and graphic artists, he shows exactly what methods he uses to create stunning imagery used in advertising, publishing, print media, and more.

Fully updated to cover all of the new features in Photoshop CS5, this book is also backwards-compatible and can be used with any version of Photoshop. The accompanying DVD for Mac and PC contains over two and a half hours of video tutorials for additional training, and on the book’s popular website, you’ll find even more resources such as an "Ask the Author" forum, sample images from other How to Cheat fans, and weekly challenges so that you can test your own skills and see where your creativity can take you.

Key Features

A complete How to Cheat in Photoshop CS5 learning package! Includes a fully updated book, a DVD containing all of the imagery used in the examples, over 2 ½ hours of video tutorials, and website featuring a reader forum where your questions will be answered by other readers as well as the author himself  

Includes hundreds of tips and project ideas to help you get started, whether you’re working to a professional deadline or just for fun

* Packed with professional advice from a photomontage artist who makes his living creating surreal works of art – you’re learning from the best!


Audience includes: professional and aspiring (advanced) designers, graphic artists and illustrators, photographic retouchers, design, media & illustration students, web designers and animators, and graphic artists in advertising/publishing

Table of Contents

Natural selection; Transformation and distortion; Hiding and showing; Image adjustment; Composing the scene; Getting into perspective; Light and shade; Heads and bodies; Shiny surfaces; Metal, wood and stone; Paper and fabric; The third dimension; Hyper realism; Advanced techniques; Working for print and the web


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"[A]n excellent book which basically majors on showing you how to get things done with a minimum of fuss and shows all kinds of fakery. Typical perhaps is the neon lettering effects that we have used in the Greg Preston feature of this issue, we lifted the technique right out of How To Cheat. The initial chapters also include sound advice on using masks and paths and more importantly, Caplin explains why certain dodges are vital to achieving a realistic fake…. Overall then, this remains a good book with a lot of really practical advice on how to cheat – enjoy!"--Professional Imagemaker Magazine

"This book is a joy to work through. It also makes a great reference when you absolutely have to get something done NOW! The two-page format is a great way to present information and an easy way to learn it. It makes a great asset for any Photoshop user working with compositions."--TCS eJournal

"I reviewed the previous version of this book and liked it a lot but the new version is bigger, better looking, and full of useful tips on creating photomontages using Photoshop’s latest iteration. Many Photoshop books spend early chapters introducing tools but Steve Caplin demonstrates how to use those tools to create interesting looking images instead."--Shutterbug Magazine