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Posted on 29/01/10 11:06:30 AM
Steve Caplin
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Announcing... 100% Photoshop


It gives me enormous pleasure to announce the completion of my new book, 100% Photoshop.

We're all used to seeing Photoshop as the best image editing application on the planet. But sometimes we just can't find the right view of an object we want to include in our montages. The solution? Draw it yourself.

100% Photoshop teaches you how to create stunning artwork - without using any photographs. Absolutely everything in the book, from skulls to tennis racquets, from wood texture to pocket watches, from iPods to trees, is drawn only using Photoshop. No other applications, 3D programs, plug-ins or photographic sources have been used. You don't even need the latest version of Photoshop: just about any version from the last five years, or even older, will work.

The book comprises nine chapters. The first is about techniques, covering the basics of masks, adjustments layers and so on, before going on to teach the best way to use Dodge and Burn, drawing in perspective, and two very different ways of making metal.

After that, each of the subsequent eight chapters opens with a double-page illustration. The chapter then goes on to detail exactly how each element in the illustration is drawn, with full step-by-step instructions for every process involved.

The chapters are:



Setting the scene

The Private Eye's hallway. Learn how to create wallpaper complete with tears and stains, doors, lighting, rippled glass, metallic lettering, light switches, and dramatic shadows.



Deep Space

The quick way to draw stars - and planets, moons, spaceships and even entire galaxies.



The Desk Drawer

As well as building the drawer itself, using the wood texture we created in Chapter 1, we'll also find out about drawing iPods, watches, paperclips, elastic bands, rulers, coins, a magnifying glass, and more.



Fantasy art

Not all artwork has to look realistic. In this chapter, we'll see how to create a fantasy character, using a surprising range of techniques.



In the attic

The longest chapter in the book, this one devotes several pages to creating the guitar alone - as well as the birdcage, ice skates, cardboard box, tennis racquet, rail sign, crystal ball, sheet, cupboard, bowling ball, light bulb, bicycle wheel, and so on... not forgetting the attic itself.



Future tech

This gadget from the future comes complete with scanners, fizzing gas lights, glowing liquid tubes, lit buttons and hand grips - and it's all drawn directly in Photoshop.



The Great Outdoors

Nature is tricky - especially for the Photoshop artist. In this chapter we make custom brushes for leaves, grass, flowers and even sheep; we see how to make bark texture, stone walls, and complex pond reflections. Plus, of course, the easiest way to draw clouds.



Still life

The final chapter takes its cue from the Old Masters, with a carefully composed scene that includes a skull, a candle, a couple of old books, a piece of cloth and a metronome.



100% Photoshop will be published by Focal Press this Spring. I can't tell you how proud I am of this book: it's both the hardest and the most enjoyable book I've written, and it sums up virtually all my Photoshop knowledge in a single volume.

I'm hoping to have a launch in London on publication, and I hope as many of you as possible will be able to get to the event. More details nearer the time!

For those who are considering buying the book, it would help me greatly if you order it through these links - and, indeed, if you order ANY of your Amazon purchases by clicking on these links first.

In the UK, click here.

In the United States, click here.

In France, click here.

Thanks for reading

Steve



Posted on 29/01/10 11:14:18 AM
katew
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Re: Announcing... 100% Photoshop
Now that one HAS to go on my Christmas list!

Posted on 29/01/10 11:38:37 AM
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Could be an early Christmas Kate I have another birthday in spring, so see what it might bring.....

Good luck with your new book Steve. You've been even more busy behind the scenes Should be fun!

Hope can make the launch in London when passing through. The more notice the better if possible please (viz: cheaper flights, family, work stuff, etc blah, blah......)
Trevor

Posted on 29/01/10 12:25:21 PM
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Re: Announcing... 100% Photoshop
Steve, the book looks amazing. I belief that the book will be succesful.

In this moment I am looking forward to study it.

Good luck with that book.

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Posted on 29/01/10 12:39:06 PM
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Re: Announcing... 100% Photoshop
Héhé, ben voilà une bonne nouvelle!
J'espère pouvoir le trouver rapidement en France, ça a l'air très très bien!
On dit merci qui??
Merci Steve!


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Posted on 29/01/10 1:46:10 PM
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Re: Announcing... 100% Photoshop
Après des pourparlers intensifs avec mon chéri, il a été convenu que je viendrai à Londres le moment venu, et ça, c'est super chouette!


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Posted on 29/01/10 1:47:16 PM
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Re: Announcing... 100% Photoshop
Kate, how on earth can you wait till next Christmas???

Steve, maybe something you teach in this would be an excellent subject for Doug Nelson and his webinars. Shall I suggest it?

Sophie

Posted on 29/01/10 2:08:40 PM
Deborah Morley
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Looks great Steve, am so glad my birthday is in the Spring!
Would be great to get to the launch.

Posted on 29/01/10 2:27:15 PM
Steve Caplin
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Re: Announcing... 100% Photoshop
Sophie wrote:
Steve, maybe something you teach in this would be an excellent subject for Doug Nelson and his webinars. Shall I suggest it?


Already discussed this with Doug, of course. A couple of shows are definitely in the pipeline! Thanks for the suggestion.


Posted on 29/01/10 2:33:46 PM
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Re: Announcing... 100% Photoshop
Sophie wrote:
Kate, how on earth can you wait till next Christmas???




Easy when you're broke! Perhaps I'll put it on my birthday list - that's in June.



Posted on 29/01/10 2:42:56 PM
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hope the dollar keeps a low profile, and that in june the spring still is soon to be over

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Posted on 29/01/10 3:13:18 PM
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May well be out of the country for the launch but if I'm not I'll be there. Good luck with the book.

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Posted on 29/01/10 3:46:55 PM
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Looks fantastic and great for someone like me who's totally useless at drawing. Can't wait to get it.
Nick


Posted on 29/01/10 5:28:33 PM
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Re: Announcing... 100% Photoshop
Looks like fun, Steve. I added this to my Amazon Wish List.

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Posted on 30/01/10 03:40:12 AM
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Re: Announcing... 100% Photoshop
Delivery estimate: July 12, 2010 - July 30, 2010
Shipping estimate for these items: June 15, 2010
1 "100% Photoshop"
Steve Caplin; Paperback; $31.63

Sold by: Amazon.com, LLC Because of Pre-order Price Guarantee, you might pay less. Why?

Already Pre ordered!!! Cant wait for this one.!!!

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Posted on 30/01/10 08:42:36 AM
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I've preordered my copy today and July just cannot come quick enough.

I'm looking forward to the launch in London and hope to see you all there.

Nick


Posted on 30/01/10 08:49:01 AM
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I'll look forward to buying that when it releases - Thanks Steve. It's always a pain find the right image for a scene being able to create from scratch can be very useful if not entirely Photorealistic the examples above are all excellent.

Becky

Posted on 30/01/10 6:03:25 PM
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according to my bookstore it is due out on the 13th of july, just not even a week before my birhday and well into summer. € 31,- it says. still i´d rather support my local dealer.

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Posted on 31/01/10 07:36:02 AM
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Both my birthday and Christmas is far too far away but there is a Mother's Day coming up. This is a must, thanks Steve.

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Posted on 31/01/10 11:44:41 AM
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Re: Announcing... 100% Photoshop
Congratulations Steve, the book looks great
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