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About the author

Steve Caplin is a graphic artist specialising in photomontage illustration. His work has appeared in newspapers and magazines both in the UK and around the world, including The GuardianL'InternazionaleThe Sunday TimesThe IndependentRadio TimesMen's HealthReader's Digest and Businessweek among many others.

Advertising work has included commissions from Saatchi & Saatchi, Lowe Howard Spink, M&C Saatchi and Bartle Bogle Hegarty, for which he has won two Campaign Poster Awards and a D&AD award. Steve is also a Contributing Editor for MacUser magazine, and has taught at the University of Westminster and the University of the Arts London. He has lectured on Photoshop techniques and the ethics of image manipulation around the UK, as well as in Norway and the Netherlands.

Steve's work has been covered in feature articles in Creative TechnologyWhat Digital CameraComputer Arts and the Journal of Digital Photography, as well as in chapters in The New Mac Designer's Handbook by Alastair Campbell, and Digital Photography by Tom Ang. His first book, Icon Design, was published in 2001; he also co-wrote The Complete Guide to Digital Illustration (2003), as well as Max Pixel's Adventures in Adobe Photoshop Elements 3 (2005). He has co-authored How to Cheat in Photoshop Elements 10 with David Asch.

Steve's other Photoshop books are the best-selling How to Cheat in Photoshop, now in its eighth edition, as well as Art & Design in Photoshop and 100% Photoshop. His non-computing titles include the Amazon #1 best seller Dad Stuff and its US edition, Be the Coolest Dad on the Block (2005), as well as Stuff the Turkey (2006), More Dad Stuff (2008), Complete and Utter Zebu (2009) and Fun and Games for the 21st Century Family (2010), all co-authored with Simon Rose.

Steve plays the piano fairly well, the accordion reasonably and the guitar badly. When he's not doing any of those things he likes to build improbable sculptures, usually constructed from shop window mannequins, clothing and a lot of paint.  

You can see Steve's online portfolio at


It’s rare that I come across a true Photoshop expert – Steve Caplin has an incredible depth of knowledge with all of Photoshop. He has been working with the 3D tools from the start and is one of the few experts who understands how to leverage the 3D capabilities in order to push his creative ambitions forward and create stunning and eye-catching artwork. This book will give you a firm understanding of 3D in Photoshop by giving you a thorough look at what’s possible.
— Zorana Gee, Adobe® Photoshop® Senior Product Manager