I owe thanks to the many people who made this book possible. First, Thomas Knoll, both for creating Photoshop and Camera Raw, and for taking the time to review chapters while they were under construction and correcting a number of egregious errors. Jeff Schewe made many useful suggestions, and called me on explanations that made no sense. Thanks also to the inimitable Russell Preston Brown, who convinced Peachpit Press that this book was needed and that I was the person to write it. Any errors or inadequacies that remain in the book are despite their best efforts and are solely my responsibility.
I couldn't have done this without the Peachpit Dream Team. Rebecca Gulick, my editor extraordinaire, somehow just makes things happen when and how they need to while appearing absolutely unflappable; production virtuoso Lisa Brazieal turned my virtual creation into a manufactured reality; Liz Welch painstakingly combed the manuscript for typos and inconsistencies, and patiently helped me translate my native language into American English. Steve Rath provided the comprehensive index to make sure that everyone can find the information they need.
Stephen Johnson, Michael Kieran, and Larry Baca contributed to this book in entirely mysterious ways, mostly by being great human beings and even better friends. Thanks to my partners in Pixel Genius LLCMartin Evening, Seth Resnick, Andrew Rodney, Jeff Schewe, and Mike Skurskifor forging a brotherhood that does business in a way that makes MBAs blanch but keeps our customers happy, and for being the finest bunch of people with whom it has ever been my pleasure and privilege to work. Thanks also to the Pixel Mafiayou know who you are!
Last but by no stretch of the imagination least, I thank my lovely wife, Angela, for putting up with the stresses and strains that go with an author's life, for being my best friend and partner, and for making my life such a very happy one.