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Preface > My Assumptions About You

My Assumptions About You

I’m assuming that you want to create professional-looking retouched images in the most efficient and realistic way. When I say efficient, I mean that while Photoshop CS2 is a powerful application chock full of fancy tools, sometimes I find that the easiest and quickest way of getting the job done is with simple tools, a creative sensibility, and a technique honed in the trenches of meeting client deadlines. When I say realistic, I mean that although your images may contain fantastic or unreal subject matter, they shouldn’t look obviously retouched.

I’m also assuming that you have a general familiarity with Photoshop. You don’t need to be completely up to speed with CS2, but you need to have a general idea of how to open files, find the needed tools, initiate basic commands, and use the tools in Photoshop with some comfort and confidence. You don’t need to have the latest, or even second-most recent version of Photoshop. While I have discussed a couple of features of CS2 where they are applicable, in general I am “old school.” And most of the techniques I use can be done with older versions of Photoshop.


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