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What does this "For Pros Only" logo mean? It means "Go away--this isn't for you!" (Kidding.) Actually, it's a heads-up to people who are further along in their skills and are looking for more advanced techniques. It isn't a "this is hard" warning. It just means that as you get better in Photoshop, these are the techniques you're going to want to consider next, because although they usually include more steps and take a little longer, they provide more professional results (even though the difference may be subtle). Me: Is this book for Windows users, Mac users, or both? Me: Because Photoshop is identical on Windows and on the Mac, the book is designed for both platforms. However, the keyboard on a PC is slightly different from the keyboard on a Mac, so anytime I give a keyboard shortcut in the book, I give both the PC and Mac keyboard shortcuts. See, I care. Me: What would you say to people who are more advanced in their Photoshop skills? Me: Actually, I would just tell them one thing to look out for. I wrote this book so anyone at any level of the Photoshop experience could jump right in, so if you've been using Photoshop for years, don't let it throw you that I spell everything out. For example, in the tutorials, rather than writing "Open Curves" (which a pro instinctively knows how to do), I usually write, "Go under the Image menu, under Adjustments, and choose Curves." That way, everybody can follow along, and this is particularly important for photographers who are just giving up film and switching to digital. Many of these traditional film photographers are brilliant, talented, amazing photographers, but since they're just now "going digital," they may not know anything about Photoshop. I didn't want to leave them out or make it harder for them, so I spell things out. I knew you'd understand. Me: Okay, they've waited long enough. Where can they download the photos used in the book? Me: The photos in this book come from three sources. Most of the photos I took myself over the past year, but I also asked my buddy, and fellow photographer, Dave Moser if I could use some of his wonderful work in the book as well. My third source was the great people at JupiterImages, who not only let me use some of their great royalty-free stock photos (this was especially helpful in the retouching chapter since I don't do much portraiture), but they allowed me to let my read- ers download low-res versions of their images that I used in the book. You can download all these photos from the book's companion website at Of course, the whole idea is that you'd use these techniques on your own photos, but if you want to practice on these, I won't tell anybody. By the way, if you're wondering why I chose JupiterImages, it's simple. I saw their stuff, I was really impressed with what they're doing, so I asked (okay, begged) them to let me use their royalty-free stock in the book. They've got a really interesting concept in royalty- free stock, so stop by their site ( and check them out. I know this sounds like a plug for JupiterImages, and it is. They didn't ask me to do it, but I'm so delighted to be using their images, I wanted to let them, and you, know. Me: Well, Scott, this has just been great, and I have to admit, yours is the most fascinating, exciting, and insightful interview I've ever done. Me: I knew you were going to say that. The Photoshop CS2 Book for Digital Photographers xvii