• Create BookmarkCreate Bookmark
  • Create Note or TagCreate Note or Tag
  • PrintPrint
Share this Page URL



I consider myself very, very blessed. Each day I get to work with such a wonderful group of people, and when I'm not working, I'm surrounded by family and friends whom I dearly love, all of whom come together to help and enrich my life in so many ways. There's not a printed acknowledgment I could write that would honor them in the way they deserve, but one of the benefits of writing a book is that at least you get to try.

Kalebra: My wonderful, beautiful, amazing, hilarious, fun-filled, loving wife. You're the greatest thing that's ever happened to me, and asking you to marry me 15 years ago was clearly the single best decision I've ever made. Your spirit, warmth, beauty, patience, and unconditional love continue to prove what everybody always says—I'm the luckiest guy in the world.

Jordan: Little buddy—you're just the greatest. A father couldn't ask for a more fun, more crazy, more lovable, or more loving son than you. I'm so thrilled and proud of the little man you're becoming, and you're so blessed to have your Mom's heart, compassion, and spirit. You're a very special little boy, and you've already touched so many people that I can't imagine all the wonders, adventure, and happiness life has in store for you.

Jeff: I can't tell you what a blessing it's been having you as a brother, and how thrilled I am that for the past three-and-half years, you've been part of our team (plus, I love getting to sneak out for lunch with you every day). You've had an amazing, wonderful, and important impact on my life, and just hearing your voice puts a smile on my face. I love you, man.

Dave Moser: I truly value our friendship all these many years, and I'm thrilled with all the fun and exciting things we're able to do together. There are few people with your passion, guts, integrity, vision, unflinching dedication to quality, and who always insist on raising the bar. I have to thank you for totally sharing my “what-we-do-next-has-to-be-better-than-what-we-did-before” credo. It sometimes annoys the hell out of everyone around us, but it is who we are, and “it is what it is.”

Felix Nelson: I don't know how you do it, but you always do. If you had nothing but your amazing Photoshop talents, you'd be in the top one-quarter of one percent of Photoshop designers in the world, but your creativity, talent, ideas, discipline, and humor put you in a league all by yourself. I remember Jack Davis asking me: “Where in the world did you find Felix?” I can only figure God sent you our way. Thanks for everything you do, here in the book, in leading our creative team, and for your friendship and dedication. You da man!

Chris Main: You were there from just about the very beginning and I'm honored to still have you on our team, and I'm delighted I get to work and hang out with you doing lots of very fun stuff. Plus, you have a really cool home cinema. Well done, Mr. Main!

Dave Damstra: If they ever have a competition for best page layout guy in the business, I'm sending you to steal the show. Having you lay out my books is definitely a strategic advantage, and you set the standard, not only in your work, but in your amazing attitude in life as well.

Polly Reincheld: You've only been working with us a short time, but you've already become such a valued member of our team. Your tech-editing skills are absolutely top-notch, but your attitude, sense of humor, and personality put you over the top. We're very lucky to have found you, and I'm really delighted to have you tech-editing my books.

Kathy Siler: Despite the fact that the Redskins are at the bottom of their division, you seem to keep a great attitude (but I know that it's only because my Bucs are near the bottom of the NFC South, too). Okay, Redskins jokes aside (Hey, where's Champ Bailey?), I can't thank you enough for all the things you do—you make my job so much easier (partially because you do so much of it for me), and you do it with such great ease and such a great attitude, and you really look out for me (and believe me, that's no easy job). In short—you rock, kid!

Jim Workman and Jean A. Kendra: I'm very fortunate to have business partners who understand what it takes to do what we do. I can't thank you enough for your constant support, understanding, freedom, and help in accomplishing my goals.

Kim Gabriel: I don't have to tell you—it ain't easy putting together one of these books, but you keep a lot of plates in the air, you keep the trains running on time, and you do a marvelous job of keeping it all moving ahead. I can't thank you enough.

Nancy Ruenzel: My heartfelt thanks to you for helping me through the transition, and for placing such a high value on integrity and always striving to do “the right thing.” It's the core reason why our partnership works so well, and I'm honored to have you as my publisher. My thanks to everyone at Peachpit Publishing who works so hard, who shows such loyalty, who is willing to take chances and try new things, yet remains solely focused on just making great books.

Adobe: Thanks to all my friends at the mother ship, including Addy Roff, Mark Delman, Julieanne Kost, Rye Livingston, Russell Brown, Terry “T-bone” White, Kevin Connor, Karen Gauthier, Deb Whitman, Russell Brady, and John Nack. Also, a special thanks to Mark Dahm for his invaluable help with this book.

My personal thanks go to Jeffrey Burke at Brand X Pictures for enabling me to use some of their wonderful stock images in this book.

Kudos and continued thanks to my home team: Julie Stephenson, Barbara Thompson, Fred Maya, Ronni O'Neil, Melinda Gotelli, Pete Kratzenberg, Dave “Kid Rock” Korman, Margie “From New York” Rosenstein, Dave Gales, Dave Cross, and Daphne Durkee. Gone but not forgotten: Stacy Behan, Barbara Rice, Chris Smith, Steve Weiss, Sarah Hughes, and Jill Nakashima.

Thanks to my mentors whose wisdom and whip-cracking have helped me immeasurably, including: John Graden, Jack Lee, Judy Farmer, Dave Gales, and Douglas Poole.

Most importantly, I want to thank God, and His son Jesus Christ, for leading me to the woman of my dreams, for blessing us with such a special little boy, for allowing me to make a living doing something I truly love, for always being there when I need Him, and for blessing me with a wonderful, fulfilling, and happy life, and such a warm, loving family to share it with.

  • Creative Edge
  • Create BookmarkCreate Bookmark
  • Create Note or TagCreate Note or Tag
  • PrintPrint