Lesa Snider, founder of www.PhotoLesa.com, is on a mission to teach the world to create better imagery. She’s the author of Photoshop CC: The Missing Manual, coauthor of iPhoto: The Missing Manual, and author of The Skinny series of ebooks, including The Skinny on Taking Better Pictures With Any Camera, The Skinny on Photoshop Elements, The Skinny on Photoshop Lightroom, The Skinny on Shooting for Royalty-Free Stock, and more (www.theskinnybooks.com). Lesa has recorded over 40 video courses on image editing and graphic design (www.photolesa.com/videos). She writes a weekly column for Macworld magazine (www.Macworld.com) and the Beginner’s Workshop column for Photoshop User magazine (www.photoshopuser.com), and contributes regularly to Photo Elements Techniques magazine (www.photoshopelementsuser.com). You can connect with her online on Facebook (www.facebook.com/PhotoLesa), YouTube (www.lesa.in/ytvideochannel), and Twitter (@PhotoLesa).
Lesa lives in Boulder, Colorado with her husband, Jay, and two very spoiled cats, Samantha and Sherlock. She’s steadily working her way toward a black belt in Muay Thai kickboxing and loves photography, watching/reading Star Trek, cooking, gardening, traveling, concert-going, and Ozzy Osbourne. Email: email@example.com.
Dawn Schanafelt (editor) is an associate editor at O’Reilly Media. When not working, she runs, makes beaded jewelry, and causes trouble (though not simultaneously). Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kristen Brown (production editor) lives in Boston with her husband Matthew and a ridiculously large collection of board games and books. Email: email@example.com.
Jill Wolters (technical reviewer) commutes by bicycle to her tech day job on campus. During off-hours she explores her creative side as a digital artist. She lives with her husband and fellow geek, Jochen, in Northern Colorado. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Molly Ives Brower (proofreader) is a freelance editor and proofreader who likes cats, vintage paperbacks, and long road trips. Email: email@example.com.
Ron Strauss (indexer) specializes in the indexing of information technology publications of all kinds. Ron is also an accomplished classical violist and lives in Northern California with his wife and fellow indexer, Annie, and his miniature pinscher, Kanga. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This book is dedicated to my longtime editor, Dawn Schanafelt, whom I’ve had the pleasure of working with for the past seven years. Her attention to detail, careful edits, grammatical and project-management superpowers are mind-boggling. Not one of the eight Missing Manuals I’ve written would have been possible without her expertise and brilliance. I will forever be in Dawn’s debt for molding me into the writer I’ve always aspired to be.
Special thanks to my mentor and friend, David Pogue, for writing the foreword for this book and for teaching me how to write in the Missing Manual voice so many years ago. He also taught me how to create the best book graphics in the west, which I take great pride in and I hope you enjoy.
A big kiss goes to my husband, Jay Nelson, who helped a great deal with this book, and kept me and the two cats fed and watered throughout the project. He makes each day joyful and lovingly supports me in every possible way. Thanks also to my mom and dad, Bob and Fran Snider, for their love and support, and for teaching me that I can do anything I put my mind to. I’d also like to thank Jill Wolters for expertly tech-editing the entire book, as well as Peter Cohen for his advice on the editing chapter.
Much gratitude also goes to my Tran’s Muay Thai kickboxing family–Master Vu Tran, Rebecca Logevall, the Grace family, Jennifer Ganter, Pamm McFadden, Britni Burton, and Linda Gutekunst—for inspiring me and for being such incredible subjects to photograph. I’d also like to thank my good friends and neighbors, Guillermo Cassarubias, Bob and Elsbeth Diehl and Michael and Carol Morphew, for their support and input on using Photos in a family situation.
Last but not least, thanks to our beautiful kitties, Samantha and Sherlock, who forced me to get out of my pretty purple Aeron chair and play The Laser Pointer Game with them at exactly 4:15 p.m. each day.
May the creative force be with you all!
Missing Manuals are witty, superbly written guides to computer products that don’t come with printed manuals (which is just about all of them). Each book features a handcrafted index and cross-references to specific pages (not just chapters).
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