Why We Wrote This Book
The inspiration for this book came when Felix saw what the car payment wouldbe on a new Porsche Boxster. He came to me and said, "Dude, I gotta write abook." Okay, you know we're kidding, but admit itdon't yousecretly wish that for once, when someone was doing something strictly for themoney, they'd just come out and say so. Just once, wouldn't you liketo hear someone admit it? Well, I hate to disappoint you, but I can tell youunequivocally that Felix and I absolutely did not write this book for the money.We wrote it to get free drugs. All authors get free drugsit's inevery book contract. Always has been.
Actually, the reason we wanted to write this book is because of somethingthat is already in almost every Photoshop book ever written: the tips. Youknowthose cool little tips littered throughout the sidebars of all greatPhotoshop books. We found that those little tips were often our favorite partsof the book. In fact, Felix and I agreed that frequently we'd read allthose little sidebar tips firstbefore we'd ever sit down to actuallyread a chapter. It's those neat little tips that the great authors includethat make using Photoshop so much fun (and make their books so great). The onlyproblem is, there's just not enough of 'em.
So we thought, "Wouldn't it be cool if there was a Photoshop bookwhere the whole book, cover-to-cover, was nothing but those little tips on theside!" Then Felix jumped up and yelled, "Let's write thatbook!" I jumped up and yelled, "Yes, yes! We have to write that book.It's our destiny!" Then Felix yelled, "Then I can get myPorsche!" I mean, he yelled, "This book will help humanity and bewritten for the common good" (or something like that. I can'tremember. Probably because of all the drugs).
Is This Book for You?
This is a sidebar tip. Every greatPhotoshop book has a few of them. But this book is nothing but them. Awhole book of cool sidebar tips, without the sidebars.
Is this book for you? Are you kidding? This book is so for you thatit secretly freaks you out. Look, we don't know you personally, but we knowPhotoshop people. You're just like usyou love those little sidebartips just as much as we do. If you didn't, authors would've stoppedadding them to their books years ago, because, frankly, they're a pain inthe butt to compile. But we know what you're thinking. Sure, you love thoselittle tipsthose inside secrets that make you look smart at parties andgain respect from your peers, homies, peeps, and other esteemed colleagues, butyou want something more. You want the one thing that those cool little sidebartips never seem to have. That's right, graphics. As cool as those sidebartips are, they're always just a tiny little box with a couple of lines oftext (like the sidebar we added above left). So we thought we'd expand theexplanations just enough to make them more accessible, and add an accompanyinggraphic 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 amazingprogram with an unrivaled power and incredible depth. Couldn't you havecome up with at least 1,000 Photoshop tips?" Absolutely. We could haveincluded loads of tips, such as "F7 brings up the Layers palette," and"Press 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 tipto get in this book, it had to be a "Killer Tip." Each tip had to beone that would make the reader smile, nod, and then pick up the phone to callanother Photoshop user just to "tune them up" with their newfoundpower. Remember, these are killer tips, so be careful. Someone could gethurt.
Okay, How Do I Get Started?
In both of my previous Photoshop books, Photoshop 7 Down & DirtyTricks and Photoshop 6 Photo-Retouching Secrets, I used a techniquethat really worked well. I gratuitously mentioned both of my other books in theintroduction, just in case I didn't get to plug them later. No, wait...that's not it. What I did tell the reader was that my booksaren't set up like a novel. They're purposely not designed to make youstart at Chapter One and read your way through to the back (where hopefully,I'll again have an opportunity to plug, I mean casually mention, my otherbooks). Instead, this book is designed so you can jump in anywhere, in anychapter, and immediately try the tips that interest you the most, regardless ofyour level of experience in Photoshop. You don't need to load any specialimages from a CD-ROM or go to a Web site to download special photostheseare just cool tips. No flaming type, no multilevel glowsjust timesavingshortcuts and efficiency tips that will make you faster and better at Photoshopthan you'd ever thought you'd be.
Also, like my previous books, we spell out everything. So if you've beenusing Photoshop for years, don't let it frustrate you because instead ofjust writing, "Create a new layer," we usually write, "Create anew layer by clicking on the New Layer icon at the bottom of the Layerspalette." We do that because we want everyone, at any skill level, to beable to open the book to any page and start applying these cool tips to theirwork immediately.
This book is built on the premise that "Speed Kills." Because afterall, if you get faster at Photoshop, you'll have more time to be creative,and the more time you spend being creative, the more fun you'll have.
Is This Book for Macintosh, Windows, or Both?
You're doing it again! Stop lookingat these sidebars. See, they're intoxicatingyou're drawn to themeven after you know it's not really a tip. Okay, here's a real tip: Ifyou like sidebar tips, buy this book.
This book is not only for Mac and Windows users, it's for people whodon't even have a computer. In fact, it's ideal for anyone with $39.99(kidding). Because Photoshop is identical on both the Macintosh and Windowsoperating systems, the book is for both Mac and Windows users. However, thekeyboards on a Mac and PC are slightly different, so every time we give akeyboard shortcut, we give both the Mac and Windows shortcuts. (Well, there isone other differencein Mac OS X you'll find Photoshop'sPreferences under the new Photoshop menu instead of the Edit menu like it usedto be in the Mac OS and still is in Windows).
How To Use This Book
This book is designed to be read while moving at a high rate of speed. Ifyou're barreling down the highway going 80 mph, weaving in and out oftraffic, that's the ideal time to turn to Chapter 6 to read the tip on"How to assist EMS workers with using the Jaws of Life." Okay,admittedly, that's probably not a good idea, so instead, just make sure youopen this book in front of your computer so you can dive right into the tips.Remember, the one who dies with the most cool tips wins.
What Not To Do
You're almost ready to get to the tips, but first a word of caution:"Caution." There. Now you're ready. Actually, we did want topoint out that the only two actual sidebar tips in the entire book are in thesidebars on these two pages. So, don't go rippin' through the booklooking for all those little sidebar tips because we intentionally left thesidebars blank. Why? So we could write another book called The Missing KillerTips Sidebars, just in case Felix ever sees what the payment is for a houseon the beach.
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