- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (December 16, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0240521153
- ISBN-13: 978-0240521152
- Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1.2 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 25 customer reviews
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How to Cheat in Photoshop CS4: The art of creating photorealistic montages 1st Edition
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'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'
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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I have not worked with the included DVD, so I can't say much about that.
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Adobe CS4 is a software bargain now. I paid $167 for the extended version: it was originally more than a thousand dollars worth of software. CS4 is the earliest edition that Adobe still supports.
I also want to check our Mr. Caplin's companion volume, Art and Design in Photoshop.
Readers might also be interested in the Photoshop CS4 Bible, a comprehensive reference book although the pictures are mostly
B&W, which is visually disappointing.
Rarely do I find books that have me thoroughly impressed within the 1st 10pages. I've been using Photoshop since 1998. I haven't bothered to read an updated book on the topic since CS1 (feeling as though the updates haven't been THAT significant) however I now stand corrected.
If 4 no other reason than efficiency sake I would suggest u get this book. Besides showing u what needs 2b done and how exactly 2 do it this book also outlines shortcut by shortcut. Much like programming its just a matter of repetition so while at 1st u might be against all the short cut keys (which becomes EXCLUSIVE short cut keys in the 1st few pages of the book) after enough practice u'll soon learn to appreciate the short-cut key approach.
My one hang up about this book is that I would of loved to see more 3D tricks (not saying the 1's that r in here aren't GREAT!). But like any book this alone is not enough so to significantly add 2 ur knowledge base I suggest (bcuz I despise when reviews don't recommend other sources)...
1. Photoshop Classic Affects a read & returner: this is a MUST foundation. Personally I'd suggest going to a B&N or Borders, buy the book, take 28days to learn it then return it for a full refund on the 29th day as this is not a book u'll need 2 refer to much :-)
2. After Effects Apprentice a keeper: if ur a web designer u'd BEST to learn this and up ur networth)
3. Advanced Photoshop the premium collection. a keeper: (this is a magazine on volume 4... GET IT!!)
You're welcome ;-)
I suggest that if you put a reference in your book to the DVD...the reference should show up the same on the DVD chapter. You have to dig around looking for the corresponding page so it needs work. The book, no complaints...excellent as always.
Most recent customer reviews
Not for beginners. Teaches you how to make picture montages (create scenes), doesn't really teach...Read more