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Warning: Skipping This Section Could Severely Damage Your Computer - Pg. xiii

WARNING: SKIPPING THIS SECTION COULD SEVERELY DAMAGE YOUR COMPUTER Before you do anything, do this first: I know, I know--you want to jump right to Chapter 1 and dive into the tutorials, skipping this critically important section. That's probably because (a) it contains no photos or screen captures, so you're not interested, (b) you have a Napoleon complex (I have no idea what that means), (c) you're only used to reading things that appear in menus or dialogs, or (d) you have the patience of a hamster and therefore cannot possibly focus long enough to read this critically important message, even though it could save you from severely damaging your computer, which would cost you thousands of dollars (unless you have a really crappy computer, in which case you might only save a couple hundred bucks). So, what is this critical thing that you must do first? You must read this entire section (some might call it an introduction, but I would never do that)--every letter, every word, even the ones that don't matter (like punctuation)--before you do anything. Why? There are two reasons: (1) You paid good money for this book, and you deserve to get the most out of it (unless, of course, you shoplifted it, in which case you can turn right to Chapter 1 now). (2) I haven't thought of a second reason yet, but I'm sure one will come to me before we're done. Seriously though, there are things in this introduction, I mean "important section," that you'll want to know--like where to download the photos I used in the book, so you can follow right along using the same images (if you like). Now, I make the photos downloadable for every Photoshop book I write, but I always get letters from readers who complain, "Why don't you make the photos available for download, so we can follow along with the book?" Who are these people? People who don't read the intro- duction. I call them "goobers." Not to their face, mind you, but to close friends at my secret photo downloading parties (needless to say, only people who read my introductions are invited). Now, here's the good news: If you've read this far (and I know you have), you're no goober. In fact, you're clearly a person of a discerning virtue and impeccable taste. You're my kind of people (even if you are, in fact, just one person). So, now that you've come this far (in other words, I hooked you with my "saving-you-from-damaging-your-computer" ruse), I can get down to business--giving you some important tips so you understand how and why the book was written, so you can get the most out of it. Rather than giving you a long, boring "it-was-the-book-that-had-to-be-written" kind of introduction, I thought I'd save you some time and interview myself. That's right, I thought I'd ask myself questions about the book, and by asking them to myself, and answering them myself, you'd not only get the answers you need, but you'd get to know a little about me, the person I'm always referring to as either "I" or "me" throughout the book. (Luckily, I find myself fascinating, so interviewing me, for me any- way, is a lot of fun. In fact, I can listen to me talk for hours, even about boring subjects. Even when droning on and on about some meaningless topic, I'm still quite interested to hear what I have to say.) So, let me turn on the little tape recorder here. Okay, I'm ready. First question please: Me: Scott, before we begin, I just have to say you're much taller and more handsome in person than I expected. Me: Thanks. I hear that all the time. Me: No seriously. You're totally buff. Me: I know. Continued The Photoshop CS2 Book for Digital Photographers xiii