- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (September 4, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0240811097
- ISBN-13: 978-0240811093
- Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.5 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 35 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #312,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Art and Design in Photoshop: How to simulate just about anything from great works of art to urban graffiti 1st Edition
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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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This book compliments "How to cheat in Photoshop" in its various editions by the same author. Like "How to Cheat," it is written in short 2-page project episodes with excellent technical instructions, step by step color illustrations, and the author's characteristic artistry, puns, and visual humor. It also contains good advice on composition and layout for various projects: although you and I have seen the popular artwork he presents, I never appreciated the fine points of composition until I read Mr. Caplin. The disc supplies useful resources, including some unusual fonts.
Recently re-reading Mr. Caplin's books, I realize how much he has influenced my own Photoshop work. I wish I could send my work in a fan letter Mr. Caplin, and also attach some to this review to show you!
I also recommend "Adobe Creative Suite" in Software (includes Photoshop). In 2013 bought [used] CS Version 1 for $20.00, I loaded and run it under MAC Snow Leopard OS 10.6.8 with no problems at all (see my review). I also bought [used] Version 4 for $167.00, and that also runs fine under the Snow Leopard OS.
Adobe company still supports Version 4 (you can still upgrade from it to CS5 or CS6), but it no longer supports Version 1 (To my knowledge you can't upgrade CS4 from CS1; I am not certain.)
If you are on a budget and interested in Adobe CS, I suggest starting with a used copy of an older version and some used handbooks for it, such as those by Mr. Caplin. Photoshop is an extremely powerful program- I have used a 1998 version until this year, and I can do almost (but not quite) everything the modern versions can do. I am just beginning to learn Illustrator.
The "Photoshop CS_ Bible" for your edition is also worthwhile, though most of the pictures are in black and white.
some of these techniques are complicated and if you are not familiar with the way photoshop works you might get a bit frustrated. I sat down to do one of the tutorials which was to create a "credit card" (for my 1 year old grandson!). He shows how to create it. I didn't realize that he supplied the pictures, so I created all of it by myself (till my shoulders ached) It was so much work, and I loved it!!! You need to be patient and do the projects slowly and if you get lost there is a short manual of many of the commands in the back. Good luck and have fun!
I teach Photoshop for a major entertainment company and also design the ads for the classes that we teach. I have always had a flair for design but this book has taken my work to a whole new level.
Thank you, Steve Caplin!