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How To Cheat In Photoshop CC

Book Description

Have you ever struggled to make the vision in your mind come to life on your screen? Then this book can help you realise your goal. In this comprehensive revision of the best-selling How To Cheat in Photoshop, photomontage guru Steve Caplin shows you how to get optimum results in minimum time, by cheating your way to success.

As a professional digital artist, Steve knows all about creating great work under pressure. In this book he combines detailed step-by-step instructions with invaluable real-world hints, tips, and advice to really let your creativity run wild. Fully updated to cover the latest features in Photoshop CC, this invaluable resource shows exactly what methods Steve uses to create his own stunning imagery used in advertising, publishing, and print media, in a project-based approach that is sure to improve and inspire your own work.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Table of Contents
  5. Introduction
  6. Acknowledgments
  7. How to use this book
  8. 1 Natural selection
    1. Selection: the fundamentals
    2. The Lasso and the Magic Wand
    3. QuickMask 1: better selection
    4. QuickMask 2: tips and tricks
    5. QuickMask 3: transformations
    6. The Quick Selection tool
    7. Refine Edge: fuzzy logic
    8. Refine Edge: going further
    9. The Pen is mightier
    10. The Pen tool by numbers
    11. Putting the Pen into practice
    12. Lock and load
    13. Find and replace
    14. Color by numbers
    15. The color of her face
    16. Brush-on color
    17. The perfect setup
  9. 2 Transformation and distortion
    1. Free Transform distortion
    2. Step and repeat rotation
    3. Image Warp: flag waving
    4. Cloning in perspective
    5. Special effects with cloning
    6. Puppet Warp: animal tamer
    7. Puppet Warp: get to grips
    8. Cappuccino with sprinkles
    9. Content-Aware Scaling
    10. Content-Aware Fill 1
    11. Content-Aware Fill 2
    12. Content-Aware Moving 1
    13. Content-Aware Moving 2
    14. Choose your distortion
    15. Straightening with Camera Raw
    16. Wide-angle wonder
    17. Easy panorama correction
    18. Spin the bottle 1
    19. Spin the bottle 2
    20. The freelance artist
  10. 3 Hiding and showing
    1. Texture with layer modes
    2. Layer masks 1: intersections
    3. Layer masks 2: soft edges
    4. Layer masks 3: smoothing
    5. Layer masks 4: auto masking
    6. Tricks with Layer Masks
    7. Texture, clipping and groups
    8. Weaving in and out
    9. Blending Options 1: fire power
    10. Blending Options 2: soft clouds
    11. Graphics tablets
  11. 4 Image adjustment
    1. Shadows and highlights
    2. Learning Curves
    3. Matching colors with Curves
    4. The photographer's level
    5. Selective hue and saturation
    6. Sharpening: Unsharp Mask
    7. Sharpening: Smart Sharpen
    8. Adjustment layers
    9. Hard Light layer adjustment
    10. Camera Raw 1: combined effects
    11. Camera Raw 2: selective effects
    12. Camera Raw 3: the jpeg filter
    13. What's so great about Camera Raw?
  12. 5 Composing the scene
    1. Location tells the story
    2. Relative values: interaction
    3. Eyes: the window of the soul
    4. Back to the foreground
    5. A choice of background
    6. Composition tips and tricks
    7. The left and right of things
  13. 6 Getting into perspective
    1. Establishing the horizon
    2. Introducing vanishing points
    3. Two point perspective
    4. Three point perspective
    5. Correcting perspective
    6. Fixing wide angle objects
    7. Using existing perspective
    8. Boxing clever: doubling up
    9. Vanishing Point filter 1
    10. Vanishing Point filter 2
    11. Cropping in perspective
    12. Taking the initiative
  14. 7 Light and shade
    1. Shadows on wall and ground
    2. Tricky ground shadows
    3. Light from windows
    4. Multiple shadowed objects
    5. Visible light sources
    6. Turn the lamp on
    7. Shading using Hard Light mode
    8. Shading on multiple objects
    9. Reverse shading with Curves
    10. Making smoke without fire
    11. Making fire without smoke
    12. Lighting up: perfect neon
    13. Day for night
    14. I want to tell you a story
  15. 8 Heads and bodies
    1. Up close and personal
    2. Putting heads on bodies
    3. Complex head fitting
    4. Combining body parts
    5. Detailed hair cutting
    6. The solution for flyaway hair
    7. Cutting hair with Refine Edge
    8. The problem of hair loss
    9. Instant hair growth
    10. Beards and stubble
    11. The ageing process
    12. Reversing the ageing process
    13. It's all in the eyes
    14. Face changing with Liquify
    15. Liquify: turning heads
    16. Skin patching and healing
    17. Cosmetic makeover
    18. Coloring black and white images
    19. A change of skin
    20. Compiling the compiler
    21. Sourcing images for free
  16. 9 Shiny surfaces
    1. Introducing… Plastic Wrap
    2. I'm forever blowing bubbles
    3. Water: moats and reflections
    4. Making water from thin air
    5. Submerging in water
    6. Snow and icicles
    7. Catching snow as it falls
    8. Making it rain
    9. Getting the glazing bug
    10. Glass: refraction
    11. Combining reflections
    12. Complex reflections
    13. Putting things in bottles
    14. Glass: adding a pair of specs
    15. A refracting glass case
    16. Photographing glass
  17. 10 Metal, wood and stone
    1. Instant metal with Curves
    2. Metal with Layer Styles
    3. Turning silver into gold
    4. Metal with Lighting Effects
    5. More on Lighting Effects
    6. Spray-on rust and decay
    7. Making a better impression
    8. Timber floors with varnish
    9. Making statues from life
    10. Bringing statues to life
    11. Carving words in stone
    12. A grave business
    13. The point of illustration
  18. 11 Paper and fabric
    1. Folds and wrinkles
    2. How to make a load of money
    3. Judging a book by its cover
    4. Paper: folding and crumpling
    5. Ripping and tearing
    6. Simulating old photographs
    7. Smudge painting fabric
    8. Making custom fibers
    9. Ribbon and tape
    10. Upgrade and replace
  19. 12 The third dimension
    1. Adding depth to flat artwork
    2. An open and shut case
    3. Flipping makes sense
    4. Opening the hamper
    5. Matching existing perspective
    6. Building boxes
    7. Displacement maps 1
    8. Displacement maps 2
    9. Drawing pipes and cables
    10. 3D layers: getting started
    11. 3D layers: reshaping
    12. 3D layers: texture and more
    13. 3D layers: revolution
    14. 3D layers: inflation
    15. 3D layers and instances
    16. 3D layers: scene integration
    17. 3D layers with Vanishing Point
    18. Image-based lighting
    19. Manipulating memories
  20. 13 Hyper realism
    1. The need for speed
    2. Iris Blur: yes and no
    3. Cartoon distortions
    4. Breaking glass
    5. Smashing things up 1
    6. Smashing things up 2
    7. Magical realism
    8. Zombie pensioners from hell
    9. Working to a brief
  21. 14 Advanced techniques
    1. Putting it all together 1
    2. Putting it all together 2
    3. Front and back
    4. Working with Smart Objects
    5. Layer groups and layer comps
    6. Watercolor with Filter Gallery
    7. Working with Shapes
    8. Round-cornered heaven
    9. Complex repair work
    10. Distortion through glass
    11. Complex strokes
    12. Custom brush design 1
    13. Custom brush design 2
    14. Natural media brushes
    15. Background Eraser tricks
    16. Making the most of Bridge
    17. Photoshop Actions
    18. DeBlur with Shake Reduction
    19. Misusing Shake Reduction
    20. Portable shadows
    21. Take a fresh look
  22. 15 Print and the internet
    1. Image size and resolution
    2. Working for print
    3. Working for the web
    4. Making it move
    5. Movie editing in Photoshop
    6. Test Yourself
  23. Index
  24. Taking Photoshop further