First, I want to thank Rick Lucas, my coauthor for this book, because he has always been available to me and makes many complicated issues seem so easy. Thank you, Rick, for sharing and writing with me.
I would like to thank the many sponsors for having confidence in me and supporting my educational efforts.
Always a special thanks and hug to Scott Kelby (the world's best and fastest book writer) for his sincere yet humorous encouragements, and Jeff Kelby for his confidence in me to become a Photoshop World Dream Team member.
A heartfelt thanks to Dave Mets, David Sparer, Steve Inglima, and all of the Canon reps, who are so encouraging to me in so many ways as an Explorer of Light and Print Master with Canon.
Thanks to all of the models and image contributors who grace this book (their names are included within), especially the amazing artist Bert Monroy for his yellow submarine on page 61 of my first book (since I forgot his credit line).
A special thanks to artist Edgar Lituma, who created graphics for this book, including the scanner and monitor graphics.
My editor Colleen Wheeler at O'Reilly, who totally rocks, is so smart and insightful, and her contributions have been instrumental in organizing the subject matter covered in this book. She has been my teacher in so many ways. My technical editor Jon Canfield has also brought much-needed clarity to this project. I'd like to thank everyone else at O'Reilly who has helped to bring this book to fruition, especially Steve Weiss for conceptualizing this project series, and recognizing and believing in me.
Thanks for the help and loving support from Andy Hern, Becky and Randy Hufford, Steve Best, Stoney Stone, Louise and Joseph Simone, Ken Sklute, Peter Sorenson, Jane Conner Ziser, Judy Host, Lou Freeman, Monte Zucker, Hadi Doucette, and Lisa Jane Murphey.
How encouraging it has been to learn from so many amazing and talented people who have influenced my understanding and continue to educate me: Julieanne Kost, Katrin Eismann, Ben Willmore, Jack Davis, Bruce Fraser, Jeff Schewe, Russel Brown, Andrew Rodney, Deke McClelland, Scott Kelby, Jan Kabili, Martin Evening, Jim DiVitalle, Don Emmerich, Seth Resnick, Jack Reznicki, Ed Pierce, John Paul Caponigro, Stephen Johnson, Kevin Ames, and so many more who I may have inadvertently omitted.
Thanks to my friends at Software-CinemaLinda Collins, Gary Burns, David Burns, and staff, who always encourage me to produce my educational DVDs.
Thank you to the many helpful friends from the Professional Photographers of America and National Association of Photoshop Professionals. Also, a special thanks to Adobe Systems, and the many experts who are always willing to share.
Most respectfully, I want to thank Darryl Cohen for his exceptional guidance and prescience.
Thanks to the most important people in my life: my two wonderful and supportive children, Ian Vaughn Tapp and Ivey Raine Tapp, who fill my life with much love and who I am so very proud of. Thanks, also, to my loving sister Nancy Hendrix, and especially to my two amazing parents, Max and Mildred Tapp, who have always given me encouragement and have been my greatest support in my life and career. Thank you, Mom and Dad, for all your love and support.
Most importantly, I want to thank God for the multitude of love and blessings.