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Why This Book?

Well, I asked the same question when I set out on this project. I found myself at Barnes & Noble staring at a daunting abundance of Photoshop books, and I discovered that there were more special-effect “cookbooks” and technical tomes than I'd ever care to read. The problem was that none of the “cookbooks” gave enough detail to really let me feel like I understood the program (I just blindly followed the listed steps), and all of the technical books seemed to want to turn me into a slide rule–toting nerd (talking about terms like rasters, vectors, and bit-depth settings). That's when I decided that there was a void just begging to be filled. And that void is the primary reason that most people aren't truly comfortable with Photoshop. They either get the 1, 2, 3 steps (but no real understanding), or they get so many technical terms that it makes Photoshop impossible to grasp.

Ben Willmore, Founder: Digital Mastery

My mission is to help you graduate from “I'm just going through the motions,” to “At last, I really understand Photoshop.”

So how is this book different? My approach is to use the same language that you use in everyday life to explain everything from the simplest feature to the most advanced techniques. I acquired this approach as a result of teaching tens of thousands of people in hundreds of seminars and hands-on workshops. I'll still provide a fair share of step-by-step techniques, and we will delve into some rather advanced features, but through it all I'll use metaphors and stories that will make everything easy to understand and digest. Because often the difference between a confident Photoshop master and a struggling amateur is how much they truly understand about the way Photoshop works behind the scenes.

With that in mind, my mission is to help you graduate from “I'm just going through the motions” to “At last, I really understand Photoshop.” Once you've made that leap, you will experience an incredible ripple effect. Your efficiency will skyrocket. Your costs will go down. Your creative genius will come out of the closet like gangbusters, and your clients (or boss) will be thrilled. But what's most important to me is that through learning how to master Photoshop, you'll find the passion and energy that come from knowing you're really good at something.

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