Welcome to this book! Before we jump right in and start learning, I want to give you a heads up as to what you can expect going forward. If you’re brand-new to Photoshop, or intimidated by Photoshop, have no fear. We’ll go from the ground up. Even if you aren’t quite sure what Photoshop does, or who uses it, or what jobs you can get with it, we’ll catch you up to speed before you learn how to use it. Photoshop is not just for editing photographs anymore.
We’ll then look at the interface, which is the layout of the buttons, features, and workspace of Photoshop. At that point, you’ll feel comfortable enough to move on to the rest of the book, to actually start creating art.
If you have some prior experience with Photoshop, or if you are looking to use Photoshop for a specific purpose, feel free to jump around the book as you please. I’ve tried to create this book so that you can learn about whatever interests you, without having to drudge through material that doesn’t.
This book also takes a different focus than most Photoshop books do. Other Photoshop books tend to focus on photo editing, which is obviously a core part of what Photoshop does (hence the name). And we will cover a lot of information about image editing, of course. But we’ll also focus a lot on the creative side of Photoshop. For those of you who like to scrapbook, paint, design, or just be artistic, we’ll cover many tools for the job. We’ll even look briefly at using Photoshop for web graphics, 3D, mobile phones, and video.