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INTRODUCTION > Is this book for you?

Is this book for you?

Is this book for you? Are you kidding? This book is so for you that it secretly freaks you out. Look, we don't know you personally, but we know Photoshop people. You're just like us—you love those little sidebar tips just as much as we do. If you didn't, authors would've stopped adding them to their books years ago, because, frankly, they're a pain in the butt to compile. But we know what you're thinking. Sure, you love those little tips—those inside secrets that make you look smart at parties and gain respect from your peers, homies, peeps, and other esteemed colleagues, but you want something more. You want the one thing that those cool little sidebar tips never seem to have. That's right, graphics. As cool as those sidebar tips are, they're always just a tiny little box with a couple of lines of text (like the sidebar we added above left). So we thought we'd expand the explanations just enough to make them more accessible, and add an accompanying graphic to enhance each tip's innate juiciness. They must remain “juicy.” They must be “juicy tips.”

Now you're probably wondering, “Guys, Photoshop is one amazing program with an unrivaled power and incredible depth. Couldn't you have come up with at least 1,000 Photoshop tips?” Absolutely. We could have included loads of tips, such as “F7 brings up the Layers palette,” and “Press G-Shift-G to get the Paint Bucket tool,” but the problem is, those aren't “Killer Tips.” Every Photoshop book has those tips. Heck, books about gardening probably even have those Photoshop tips. For a tip to get in this book, it had to be a “Killer Tip.” Each tip had to be one that would make the reader smile, nod, and then pick up the phone to call another Photoshop user just to “tune them up” with their newfound power. Remember, these are killer tips, so be careful. Someone could get hurt.

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