I doubt if any readers of this book are going to start at the beginning and
work their way diligently through to the end. In fact, you’re probably only
reading this section because your computer’s just crashed and you can’t follow
any more of the workthroughs until it’s booted up again. This is the kind of
book you should be able to just dip into and extract the information you need.
But I’d like to make a couple of recommendations. The first four chapters
deal with the basics of photomontage. There are many Photoshop users who
have never learnt how to use the Pen tool, or picked up the essential keyboard
shortcuts; I frequently meet experienced users who have never quite figured
out how to use layer masks. Because I talk about these techniques throughout
the book, I need to bring everyone up to speed before we get onto the harder
stuff. So my apologies if I start off by explaining things you already know:
it’ll get more interesting later on.