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Foreword

Foreword

Learning to use Adobe Photoshop is similar to learning to play an electric guitar; with a little instruction and a little practice, you can create some very pleasant art. Or, if you're really motivated, you can lock yourself in a closet with it for 12 years and emerge playing some amazing “chops.” Most of us fall somewhere in between, and all of us have more to learn.

But the thing is, while few people are frightened by a guitar, many people find Photoshop very intimidating. That's what is so great about Ben Willmore, the author of this book: he takes away your fear.

For the past several years, Ben has traveled across the United States, presenting his unique Photoshop seminar. Unique because it focuses on real-world jobs done every day by Photoshop users, and unique because Ben explains concepts and techniques in a way that everyone in the room can understand. Ben's examples are based on his professional production experience, so everything he teaches helps you create images that successfully reproduce on paper or the Web.

I attended his seminar and was especially impressed by his ability to avoid technical jargon, and by his uncanny knack for answering questions before they're asked. Ben is a rare teacher; even advanced users are satisfied, and rank beginners never feel lost. Like all great teachers, Ben uses metaphors, relating new ideas to concepts you're already comfortable with. In the pages of this book, you'll see Photoshop's most esoteric concepts clearly explained, while its major features are masterfully positioned into a framework of “how do I accomplish the task at hand?”

We each have different uses for Photoshop, and we each have different ways of learning. Fortunately for our increasingly overtaxed brains, less than half of Photoshop's features are used to accomplish most real-world tasks. And more fortunately for us, Ben Willmore has written this book.

Enjoy the time you share with Ben and Photoshop. I'm sure you'll find it a rare pleasure.

Jay J. Nelson
Editor
Design Tools Monthly
www.design-tools.com

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