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Preface

Preface

Don’t just learn the tricks of the trade; learn the trade.

If you’ve been using Photoshop for awhile, you’ve found tricky techniques make great shortcuts—until the first time you run into a situation that doesn’t fit one of those prefabricated solutions the “experts” spoon-fed you. That’s when you discover that knowing what you’re doing is not nearly as important as knowing why you’re doing it.

Anyone who wants to learn how to transform lackluster images into compelling masterpieces needs this book. If you suspect you have a triumphant prize-winning photograph hiding away in a shoebox, or have been harboring a powerful desire to retouch, restore, revamp, or refurbish your pictures, the secrets you need are within these pages.

Great pictures are made, not discovered through some happy accident of timing, framing, and exposure. This is the book that will show you how to make great pictures from the raw material at hand, whether your needs involve retouching minor defects, fixing major errors, or creating entirely new images that grab the eye and command attention. Certainly, there are lots of tricks and tips here. But, more importantly, you’ll discover how and why these techniques work so you can apply them in ways that you never dreamed possible. If you like the ideas you find in this book, you’ll discover that many of them will spark the best and most useful ideas of all—your own.

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