Photoshop CS4 Down Dirty Tricks

Book description


Scott Kelby, co-host of Photoshop User TV and the world’s #1 bestselling Photoshop author, is back to unlock the secrets of an amazing new collection of the latest eye-popping, jaw-dropping, Photoshop special effects—the same kind that made Scott’s previous editions of this book one of the top selling Photoshop books in history.

You’ll learn some of the most closely guarded Photoshop CS4 special effects—the same ones you see on TV, in magazines, and on the Web. Using Scott’s simple step-by-step method, with hundreds of full-color images, you’ll see exactly how it’s all done. The book is written so clearly, and it is so easy to follow, you’ll immediately be able to create all of these effects yourself. You’ll learn:

    • The latest photographic special effects
    • How to fake studio shots (you’ll be amazed at how it’s done)
    • The latest cutting-edge type effects
    • The most popular effects used by big movie studios
    • The most-requested advertising effects
    • Commercial effects that clients go crazy over!
    • The most asked-for current Web effects
    • Amazing 3D effects using Photoshop Extended
    • Plus loads of effects that look hard, but are easy once you know the secrets

And not only that, but the whole book is packed with creative ideas, layouts, and design techniques that will help you unleash your own creativity. It’s all here, in the only Photoshop book of its kind. You're gonna love it!

Table of contents

  1. Copyright
    1. Dedication
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. Other Books by Scott Kelby
  4. About the Authors
  5. Nine Quick Things You’ll Wish You Had Known Before Reading This Book
  6. 1. Miracle Photo: Photo Effects, Part 1
    1. Desaturated Portrait Look
    2. Football Layout Turned Corporate
    3. Reflected Sky Logo Technique
    4. Stacking Photos Collage
    5. Creating the “Tilt-Shift Toy Model Look”
  7. 2. Studio 54: Studio Effects
    1. High-Tech Sports-Look Product Setup
    2. Adding Texture and Aging to a Photo
    3. Gritty High-Contrast Look for Portraits
  8. 3. Commercial Break: Commercial Special Effects
    1. High-Tech Sports-Look Bio Page
    2. Line Burst Background Effect
    3. Sports Poster Backscreened Layout
  9. 4. Dangerous Type: Type Effects
    1. Halftone Pattern Type Look
    2. Fracturing Your Type
    3. PlayStation Type Trick
    4. Making Passport Stamp Design Elements
    5. Creating Custom Type Designs
  10. 5. Reflections of Passion: Reflection Effects
    1. The Basic Reflection Effect
    2. Letter or Shape Double-Gradient Reflection
    3. Glassy Bar Reflection Trick
    4. Creating Reflective Studio Backgrounds From Scratch
    5. 3D Video Wall with Live-Updating Reflections
    6. Simple Water Reflection for Photos
  11. 6. Truth in Advertising: Advertising Effects
    1. Multi-Photo High-Tech Look from One Image
    2. Fake Studio Setup with See-Through Glass Trick
    3. 3D-Looking Wireframes as Design Elements
    4. Chrome with Photo Reflections
  12. 7. The Midnight Special: More Special Effects
    1. Mixing Photos and Vector Art
    2. Fashion Warped Grid Technique
    3. Color Spiral Collage Technique
    4. Fading People in the Background
    5. Instant Glassy Talk Bubbles
  13. 8. Photo Finish: Photo Effects, Part 2
    1. Creating Sports Wallpaper
    2. Adding Window Light to Flat-Looking Photos
    3. Creating Realistic Photo Starbrights
    4. Composing Made Easy Using a Green Screen
    5. Creating Sparkle Trails
    6. Two-Photo Quick Blend
  14. 9. 3D Jamboree: 3D Effects
    1. True 3D Lights and Shadows
    2. 3D Package Design
    3. 3D Filmstrip
    4. 3D Sports Logo

Product information

  • Title: Photoshop CS4 Down Dirty Tricks
  • Author(s):
  • Release date: May 2009
  • Publisher(s): New Riders
  • ISBN: 9780321637321