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Most of what I've shown you so far qualifies as must-know information. I mean Smart Objects. Sure, I'll wait until Chapter 26 to tell you about them, because that's where they fit in the natural order of things. But if you don't know Smart Objects, your understanding of Photoshop CS4 is diminished. These next two topics, not so much. Don't get me wrong. They are sensational and sexy and wicked cool, but necessary? Eh. The first is Content Aware Scale, which lets you resize the low detail portions of an image while leaving the high detail stuff unharmed. In other words, you can stretch and squish the background without affecting say, the people.
The other is the Pixel Bender. This one doesn't even ship with Photoshop. You have to download it for free from Adobe Labs, and then it does all kinds of things including generating seamlessly repeating patterns. So cool, not necessary. You have my permission to skip. But if you do, you'll regret it for the rest of your life.
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