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When Pancakes Go Bad: Optical Delusions with Adobe Photoshop

When Pancakes Go Bad: Optical Delusions with Adobe Photoshop

ISBN 13: 9781592005246

ISBN 10: 1592005241

Author: Avi Muchnick with the Artists

Pages: 256

Published: 10/07/2004

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This book is for readers who find themselves looking at funny images and thinking "Hey, how’d they do that?" Readers will learn how to have fun with photos, such as taking still images and making the characters in them invisible while leaving the clothes untouched and combining images of animals to produce unrealistic characters. With the growing use of digital cameras, this kind of photographic humor is commonly desired by a large audience-both average digital camera users who like cartoon collections as well as those looking to learn Adobe Photoshop. This book is meant to be funny, but it’s also very educational. The end-of-chapter tutorials are tongue-in-cheek, yet contain useful, easy to understand information. Organized into chapters by the general theme of the images, this book is packed with fun and interesting photos that will keep readers entertained until the end.
Note*: If you are buying the e-book version of this product, any CD/DVD supplement files referenced throughout the book can be accessed for free at our Companion Downloads page.
  • Perfect for anyone with an interest in learning Adobe Photoshop and have fun with it at the same time
  • Written by the founder of, a highly popular Photoshop gallery and content Web site with over 70,000 registered members
  • Highly entertaining and educational, this book is filled with funny images as well as useful tutorials
  • Companion Web site contains many images that readers can download and work with
  • Companion website available here:
Author Bio
Avi Muchnick with the Artists
Avi Muchnick is the founder of, a highly popular, Photoshop-based graphic design website that sponsors numerous Photoshop art contests, most of which feature humorous, spoof, and surreal images. receives over 200,000 visitors a day and boasts more than 100,000 registered members. After graduating from Queens College in New York, Avi worked for a year as a graphic designer and became an expert in Photoshop. When he left to start law school, he simultaneously launched, which became popular immediately. was chosen as one of PC Magazine's top 100 websites in their April 20, 2004 issue, and their images have been featured in USA Today, on CNN and Good Morning America, and on the cover of the New York Post. Avi currently resides on Long Island, New York.
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