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March 15, 2010 0240814258 978-0240814254 1

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.



*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


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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.

*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




Amazon Exclusive: An Essay from Steve Caplin, Author of 100% Photoshop

Working in Photoshop is just about the most fun you can have without breaking the law. Its power and elegance means that we're limited only by our imaginations: we can combine images to make a political point, to show off a product, or simply to create a beautiful piece of artwork.

These days, it's easier than ever to find the images we need. The internet is awash with royalty-free image libraries, often selling images at very low cost--or giving them away for free. We may turn to Wikimedia, the resource center of Wikipedia, to find a specific shot; we might choose the cut rate photographs at iStockphoto.com; or we might pick one of the thousands of free images available from sites such as www.morguefile.com, or the stock exchange at sxc.hu, or the myriad free surfaces at www.mayang.com/textures.

But even with the vast range of images readily available to us, we sometimes find that the perfect shot of the ideal object simply doesn't exist. Sometimes we have the physical object at hand so we can photograph it; often we don't. In these cases, the only real option is to draw it ourselves.

There are several reasons we might choose to draw an object, or a texture, or a background, directly in Photoshop. For one thing, it means we can get exactly the view we want, without having to trawl through a thousand images. But for me, the main reason to draw directly in Photoshop is for pure, unadulterated fun.

Creating a piece of artwork entirely from scratch is hugely enjoyable--and extremely satisfying when we get it to work out the way we saw it in our mind's eye. 100% Photoshop contains dozens of examples of drawn objects and textures, at a level that just about any Photoshop user could achieve. Along the way, we learn new techniques and approaches, and hone our Photoshop skills. But mainly, drawing in Photoshop gives us a level of satisfaction a mere montage can never hope to equal.

(Photo © Kate Garner)




Amazon Exclusive: Steve Caplin's Top Ten Tips for Photoshop

1. Always draw the basic object in a mid-tone gray. Whether you then add highlights and shadows with the Dodge and Burn tools, or adjust the contrast with Curves, or add a metallic effect with Layer Styles, you only need be concerned about the luminosity: there's too much opportunity for color images to go haywire. Add the color later, when the basic object has been built.

2. Duplicate, duplicate, duplicate. Make copies of your layers after each successful stage. It can be frustrating to get near the end and find there was a mistake early on in the process--but if you have an earlier version to return to, you can correct your errors far more easily.

3. Name each layer as you create it. If you use a filter, consider naming it with the settings you used - such as "Unsharp Mask, 2, 150, 0"--so you know how the effect was achieved.

4. Always experiment on a copy. Photoshop is ideal for tinkering and trying out new ideas--but make sure you keep a copy of the original before you start down an unknown path.

5. Be creative with filters. The Plastic Wrap filter doesn't just wrap objects in plastic, it can be used to create liquids of all sorts. The Clouds filter may produce lousy clouds, but it's a great random texture generator. And give the Wave filter another chance, it's better than it looks.

6. Don't erase anything. Use a Layer Mask instead. That way, you can always reveal pat of a layer you'd previously hidden. Once it's erased, it's gone.

7. Rather than applying a Curves or Color Balance adjustment to a layer, use an Adjustment Layer instead. The effect will be the same, except that we can go back and change the adjustment at any time--or copy it to a new layer.

8. Learn to use the Pen tool. It's the single scariest Photoshop tool, and many users just give up on it. Take a day to master it and you'll value it for the rest of your life.

9. Don't forget the shadows. Shadows on objects, shadows beneath objects, shadows on the wall behind objects. Once the composition is finished, it's the shadows that really bring it to life.

10. Convert layers to Smart Objects in complex compositions. Each time an object is scaled, rotated or distorted, some quality is lost. With Smart Objects, we can tinker as much as we like without losing any quality. It can be heartbreaking to see an image looking soft or ragged, simply because we changed our minds one time too many.




A Look Inside 100% Photoshop
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The images below are all drawn entirely in Photoshop, using no photographs.

The box uses a variety of textures and shading techniques. The record is a surprisingly easy object to create: the shine makes this one zing, in just a couple of steps. The watch seems to be a complex object, but in fact it's straightforward enough for anyone to draw.

The iPod is a straightforward object to draw; the shine on the screen brings it to life. The only part that takes time when drawing the ruler is the tick marks. The racquet is a complex object, bending the wood texture around the top and interlacing the strings.


Review

"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


Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (March 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240814258
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240814254
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 6.7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #745,891 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!! April 9, 2010
Format:Paperback
This is the first of the many photoshop books I own that I've ever read cover to cover. I'm about 1/2 way through the exercises and enjoying them thoroughly. Normally I have little patience for this, but every exercise is a gem.

A beginner might find it slow going as some of the instructions are not complete in every detail, but I appreciate how this forces me to THINK and come up with a solution. A worthwhile challenge and similar to how one approaches real life projects. I consider myself to be a beginning intermediate Photoshop user and the book is perfect for my needs. The exercises are also helping to reinforce features I've learned in the past but have not up to this point understood how/why these features are put to use.

I love this book.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Innovative Photoshop Book! April 20, 2010
Format:Paperback
We have quite a library of Photoshop books. We go back to Photoshop 2.0. Like Acrobat, Bridge, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, and InDesign, Photoshop is part of our daily diet. It's not easy to show us something new. Every page of this book either showed us something new, impressed or inspired us.

Though "100% Photoshop" is not specific to any version of the app, it's perfect to enjoy with CS5's new paint engine. Steve shows you how simple it is to create 8 captivating projects without using any photographs. Don't even think of saying, "I'm not an artist." You don't have to be. Steve's first chapter includes the fundamentals of his simple techniques on a step-by-step basis, complete with easy examples you can try yourself. You'll feel inspired enough to instead say, "I can do this!" (...and that's just chapter 1)!

From there, Steve takes you through how he creates an old-style glass window office door, an outer space scene, the contents of a desk's top drawer, science fiction art, the contents of an attic, a wild future electronic device, a fabulous outdoor scene, and the spooky image on the cover. As we read through this we went, "I didn't know you could do that."

It's a must-have for an good Photoshop library. (We didn't we think of doing this book)? Once you've done the step-by-step your inspired enough to do it too.

Cheers,

Brian Stoppee, President/Executive Producer
M2 Media Studios, Inc.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best for artists April 23, 2010
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The content of Steve Caplin's book "100% Photoshop" is briliant, not only for the
artist/designer to create graphic images but also for the photographer to mix
photo images along with personal drawings.
This has vast potential for those with an imagination, and inspiration for those
who are seeking new ways to show their talent.
Abby-Helen Artfield
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable August 16, 2010
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There are so many neat little tricks in this book. I am an illustrator/artist, and this book helped me with some major portions of my work. There are methods for creating all sorts of textures, and the results are incredible. Some of them are so realistic that you might think they are photographs if you hadn't seen the process in which they are created. I highly recommend this book to any Photoshop digital artist.
Also, Amazon.com had the lowest price that I could find. Definitely worth it.
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 100% Photoshop August 5, 2010
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I purchased this book with great expectations, since I really enjoy working in Photoshop and looked forward to learning more about creating original images without photo references or merely modifying a photograph.

There is good information in this book, but I don't think there is anything spectacular in here. In fact, I found many of the images to be curiously flat. The colors are dull, and there is little life to them.

Too many of the images seem to have a flat brownish or grayish cast to them, which kills any life. The Deep Space image feels flat; the sun/star looks too much like the image it is, not like a real star; and there is something "off" about the planetary lighting. Again, the colors seem very flat and lifeless. Same flat color problem in the Desk Drawer, as if seen through dingy glasses (I wear glasses) under a 40-watt bulb.

The fantasy art piece is uninspiring--a poorly done demonic figure; it's not "fantasy" just cheap horror.

Some of the individual parts of the In the Attic items are very well done and interesting (the guitar, for example), but other parts had me scratching my head: the draped sheet is unrealistic and amateurish (has Mr. Caplin done any live drawing, looking at how cloth actually drapes?) and again, the over all effect is dull and uninteresting. I also doubt that such a weak lightbulb would cast some of the light and create some of the deep shadows he has produced in this image.

The Great Outdoors is anything but. Shadows are wrong, the greens are all terribly flat (if you look at real trees and grass there is a lot more variation in the greens) and the sky does not look real. The stone texture on the ruined house is too sharp, many of the edges too clean, and the grays all too much in one tonal range.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars 100% Disappointment November 3, 2012
Format:Paperback
This is a frustrating book, it shows a lot of promise but lets you down unless you are very experienced with Photoshop. Many key steps are skipped even in the beginning sections on basic techniques, so a novice user can never really master them, and a lot of frustration follows. To master something as complex and counter-intuitive as Photoshop, you need a much smoother learning process, not offered by this book. Maybe after following 2 or 3 other books this one will make sense. But by then you probably will not need it, you'll develop your own techniques and work on your own drawings rather than copy them from this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 3 months ago by John M Eddy
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth Every Penny!
This has pushed my art to the next level.
Published 4 months ago by Jonathan Kamarata
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Informative
While reading through this book and doing the required exercises I found procedures that I hadn't tried as yet in Photoshop. Read more
Published 11 months ago by John R Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended
Using this book let me create difficult graphics that I wouldn't have thought about using in my work. It helped push my techniques to another level. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Ethel M. Powers
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful for creating without images!
I wasn't sure about this book but it has some tips that are amazing! I work with Photoshop by learning on my own. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Deborah White
4.0 out of 5 stars Add some helpful hints please
Steve,

This book answers many questions for using Photoshop, but left me wanting more. For instance:

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Published 13 months ago by Robin Howard
1.0 out of 5 stars not worth the money
had I seen this prior to purchase I would not have made the buy. I wouldn't even pick it to check out of the library.
Published 16 months ago by Mary C. Hunt
3.0 out of 5 stars good
a great book that learns you to make things from scratch lots of pictures and easy to follow sp go buy
Published 19 months ago by daniel rustad
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Book
I got this book for my Photoshop class and I absolutely love this book. Some steps are not giving but if you know your way around Photoshop then you will understand where to go. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Marcus Harrington
4.0 out of 5 stars great techniques!
This book is great for a reference for me. New users may find it a great tool for quickly picking up some of the basics of Photoshop, too. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Jami
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More About 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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