At the beginning of every tutorial in this book, you'll find a little story. My favorite teachers and instructors throughout the years taught me in a way I wasn't aware of thenthey told stories. It didn't matter if the stories were true or fake because they got the point across and did it well. So, that's the direction in which I've taken this book. Each tutorial comes from an actual story that happened to me or someone I know. That's how I know this stuff works in the real world because each and every part of this book came from people who actually use Photoshop and wanted to get something done faster.
This part is where I'll explain step-by-step what to do. Keep in mind, though, I'm assuming that if you bought a book on doing things faster in Photoshop that you already know the basics of using Photoshop. I'll do my best to make things as clear as possible but I won't be explaining things you already know, such as how to open and close images, what a layer is, or how to use many of the tools in the Toolbox. Don't mind the photo here on the right. I just take any opportunity I can to work my two sons into my books.
Make sure you read the small gems at the bottom corner of each page called "Turbo Boost." They're not just there because I had to fill up the space. Trust me, the editors and designers that worked on this book would have loved it if I tossed this idea, but I think it's an essential part of the book. Plus, it's the only way I could fit in all of the little speed-related tips I wanted you to know. These are 100% speed-related tips, workarounds, shortcuts, or tricks that will help you be more productive.
Oh yeah, most of the time you'll see an image next to each step to help illustrate what we're covering (or to just make things look pretty). You can try to skip reading the text and just look at the image but you're probably better off looking at both. Again, disregard this image, as I'm just building brownie points with my beautiful wife Diana.
Where appropriate, I've provided the photos and the images I'm using in this book on a website for you to download. If it's a Bridge tutorial, well, you can figure out that you don't need to have the same images in Bridge that I do. However, if it's a tutorial that uses a photo or image with specific layers, then I went ahead and included it at www.scottkelbybooks.com/speedclinic for download.