About the book


Have you ever struggled to make the vision in your mind come to life on your screen? Then this book can help you to realize 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.

Reader Forum


Reading the book is just the beginning. How to Cheat in Photoshop - known affectionately to its devotees as HotChiPs - has a thriving reader forum, which you can access free of charge here. Use the forum to get speedy answers to any questions you might have about the book or about Photoshop techniques in general, and improve your skills by taking part in the weekly Friday Challenge. We look forward to meeting you online!

Sample pages


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Plastic Wrap

How you can use this innovative filter to produce realistic liquid effects

Camera Raw

It's not just for high-end cameras – Camera Raw can be used on iPhone photos too.

Blending Options

How to use Photoshop's Blend If dialog to remove the black from this rocket.

Learning Curves

The Curves dialog is Photoshop's most powerful image adjustment tool.

Wide Angle wonder

The Adaptive Wide Angle filter can rescue even the most distorted of photographs.

All in the eyes

Moving a subject's eye position can have a big impact on how we interpret a scene.



‘Packed with real-world examples, timesaving hints and tips and detailed step-by-step instructions that make the impossible seem possible.’ PhotoshopRoadmap.com

‘How To Cheat In Photoshop is extremely well written, easy to follow, and contains an enormous wealth of information… the time-tested methods will expand your skills and knowledge of Photoshop’. Blogcritics.org

‘Caplin invents the impossible illustration and proceeds to define how to create it seamlessly.’ Rangefinder.com

‘Very clear, filled with real-life examples… I highly recommend this book.’ Photocrack.com

‘This is an excellent resource for refining your Photoshop skills.’ Goodreads.com

‘Caplin’s attention to detail is superb. The examples are so good, that initially you’ll think “Oh no, I can’t possibly re-create that,” but when it’s explained how it’s done, it is surprisingly simple.’ TheUKWebDesignCompany.com

‘A must-read for Photoshop users who want to perfect their montaging skills.’ ApogeePhoto.com

‘The juiciest bits that real artists hunger for are here.’ DingbatMag.com

‘One of the best purchases that I’ve made for a while and has taught me so much already.’ digital-photography-school.com

‘An excellent book which basically majors on showing you how to get things done with a minimum of fuss and shows all kinds of fakery.’ Shutterbug.com

‘Unlike some other writers, Caplin is aware of the concept of deadlines.’
British Journal of Photography

‘A fun, project-led workbook for anyone who wants to get to know Photoshop more intimately… with this handy guide, the digital world really is your plaything.’ PhotographyMonthly.com

‘An intriguing and insightful journey through the realms of digital montage.’ Advanced Photoshop Magazine

‘One of the most fun training books I have ever read… The tutorials are fun, informative, the lesson images are fantastic.’ Digital Media Artists Group

‘What a breath of fresh air… This is one of the best books on the subject to come across our desks in a long time. If you use Photoshop, buy this book.’ GFXReview.com