How to Cheat in Photoshop Elements 8

1st Edition

Discover the magic of Adobe's best kept secret


  • David Asch
  • Steve Caplin
  • Description

    Photoshop Elements is the cut-down, low-price version of Adobe’s powerful Photoshop software, and like Photoshop, it’s not just intended for tweaking and retouching those less than perfect photographs—it has huge creative potential too.

    How to Cheat in Photoshop Elements 8 is the Elements equivalent to Steve Caplin's How to Cheat in Photoshop—a fun, quirky and inspiring guide, packed with tips, tricks and effects that reveal the power of Elements for design-oriented image manipulation and photomontage. With more than 80 step-by-step projects on page spreads showing the before and after and all stages in between, this is a practical guide to stir the imagination.

    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,

    Key Features

    * Fun and creative, with more than 80 full-color, step-by-step projects, supported by QuickTime movie tutorials and image files

    * In-depth coverage of photomontage and image manipulation not seen elsewhere—most Elements books focus on the essentials for photography post-capture editing

    * Part of the successful Focal Press How to Cheat in… Series, featuring Steve Caplin’s bestselling How to Cheat in Photoshop titles


    Photography and digital imaging enthusiasts using Photoshop Elements for photomontage and image manipulation; those wanting to explore the creative capabilities of the program beyond basic image editing and retouching.

    Table of Contents

    Selection techniques; Montage essentials: Layers; Hiding and showing; Image adjustments; Light and shade; Transormation and distortion; Materials and textures; Working with Text; People and animals; Shiny surfaces; The third dimension; Print and the internet; Glossary


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    Focal Press
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    About the authors

    David Asch

    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

    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.


    "I love the way this book is laid out. There are numerous pictures, screen shots displaying command functions, and two page lessons on a wide variety of Photoshop Elements 8 techniques. If you’re skilled in Photoshop Elements 8, but want some quick and direct shortcuts to improve your skills, then get this book."--School Tech Talk Blog &