- Paperback: 328 pages
- Publisher: Focal Press; Pap/Dvdr edition (22 Dec. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0240520920
- ISBN-13: 978-0240520926
- Product Dimensions: 24.5 x 18.6 x 2.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 861,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Adobe Photoshop Elements 6 Maximum Performance: Unleash the hidden performance of Elements Paperback – 22 Dec 2007
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"Using crafty work-arounds to achieve remarkable results, Mark Galer pushes Elements' capabilities to new levels." Christy Brandt, Director of Engineering, Photoshop Elements, Adobe Systems, Inc. (On Previous Edition)
"Elements 5.0 Maximum Performance has great techniques to get the most out of Elements. If you are a digital photographer using Elements for your image editing, this book is a great addition to your library." Richard Coencas, Photoshop Elements Quality Engineer, Adobe Systems, Inc. (On Previous Edition)
"Well written, well illustrated, with a good knack for explaining complex issues in a non-threatening and comprehensible manner." Steve Caplin, digital artist and author of "How to Cheat in Photoshop". (On Previous Edition)
"Truly Maximum Performance! This book has propelled my knowledge of Photoshop Elements to a very high competent professional level. I cannot express my absolute delight with my new skills."
Richard McWhorter, author, USA (On Previous Edition)
"A great book to learn with...Stuffed with expert performance tips" Tim Daly, photographer, UK (On Previous Edition)
"This book is for those who have the Elements basics down and want to make it fly; it allows a photographer to use Elements as a serious contender to full Photoshop."
Sara Froelich, Elements Instructor, USA (On Previous Edition)
A Great Book and DVD Combination!
"I have learned more from watching (and rewatching) the videos than I did at a $400 two-day Photoshop Workshop" V. Hutson, USA (On Previous Edition)
About the Author
Mark Galer is the Program Director and Senior lecturer at RMIT University in the School of Media and Communication, Australia. He is also co-writer of their popular online photography courses. He has lectured in photography in the UK and Australia and has worked commercially as a freelance photographer on corporate and editorial assignments. He has written numerous top-selling photography books, including Photography Foundations for Art & Design, the Popular Photoshop Elements; Maximum Performance and Photoshop; Essential Skills series. He is an Official Adobe Ambassador for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.
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Top Customer Reviews
The book itself uses large, clear pictures. It shows quality of itself.
It is not directed to describing the tools of Elements, but to really enhancing photographs for optimum quality using available tools. You get 25 so called projects, a kind of long exercises where the author explains what he wants to achieve and how it is done. The used pictures are all available to do it yourself.
In one instance (improving contrast) even 4 methods are completely explained. Never heard of using colour channels in Elements? Mark Galer shows us what for and how to. And I at least got very excited! At the end of a project a finished example is printed intended to be made by applying what was learnt in the project.
Selections are nice but have them `made by Elements' itself using masks is easier and better. And there are a lot of examples how to do that in the book.
If the text it not clear enough, then there is a DVD in the book, providing complete videos showing and explaining every step of each project. You get here more detailed explanation than in the book. I think the combination of text and videos is a real winner.
Of course you can mimic exactly what is described. You get all used pictures in high resolution, in JPG, TIF and PSD format. Many in RAW. The PSD format displays all layers the way they should at the end of the exercise. And besides that you get a lot of other pictures, e.g.Read more ›
The book itself is split into 3 sections:
1. OPTIMIZE ... which contains projects on Crop and Correct, Levels, Camera Raw, Contrast, Hue & Saturation, Sharpening and Printing.
2. ENHANCE ... with projects on Depth of Field, Shafts of Light, Black and White, Toning, Character Portraits, Glamour Portraits, Motion Blur, Low Key and Channels.
3. MONTAGE .. containing projects on Creative Montage, Replacing a Sky, High Dynamic Range, Creative Type, Displacement, Preserving Shadow, Photomerge and Hair Transplant.
Also included is a DVD which as well as containing over five hours of movie tutorials also has numerous images that you can use to practice the techniques plus layer styles, gradients and actions to help you achieve some of the effects shown in the book. There are also detailed easy to follow instruction on how to install these into Elements and this makes the whole process quite simple.
The book covers so many diverse techniques and really is a pleasure to use, its easy to read, well written and explains in detail how to achieve the best results. For example, Camera Raw has always been a total mystery to me but the clear information and instructions contained in the book have made me much more confident in using it and my images are now far better than they were before.Read more ›
It's split into 3 sections with overall headings of "Optimize" "Enhance" and "Montage" with individual chapters each covering a particular technique in Elements 6.
A DVD is included with video and image resources covering all the projects (which is unusual) - 5 hours of video and high quality images (including RAW and PSD with all layers). There are also some potentially useful actions (I haven't got round to using these yet, as I'm running the Macintosh beta version, and haven't figured out how to install them!)
As with all the most recent Elements publications I've seen, this is based around the Windows version, but it doesn't seem to be so focussed - I found no problems following the projects on a MacBook, as there is less emphasis on keyboard shortcuts in the text, and the menus and interfaces are pretty much the same for each platform.
Mark Galer writes in a style that I find refreshing - it's witty without detracting from the technical content, and I found that the techniques 'stuck' very quickly without repeated re-reading.
Unusually these days (or so it seems) there's no accompanying website for the book, but I didn't find this detracted from the overall experience, perhaps because the DVD content is so comprehensive.
If you're a newcomer to Elements this isn't the book for you - it's not going to teach you how to navigate the interface - I don't think that there's any one image in the book that shows the whole screen - but if you want to learn some more high end techniques which you may not expect possible from Adobe's budget app then you may want to consider buying it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A well written book, easy to follow and contains a DVD with all the source photos, which is very useful. Why can't all these 'how to' books do the same?Published 18 months ago by Watch Collector
I have dabbled with Photoshop CS in the past and became quite familiar with it. I bought Photoshop Elements 6 a while ago and found it easier to use for most straight forward... Read morePublished on 9 Aug. 2010 by Tony B
This is an excellent book. The ONLY reason I have given it 4 stars is because the publishers have not used good quality materials. Read morePublished on 5 Mar. 2010 by PC
This book is a good intro at the right pitch, as compared to a previous book I bought which requires degree-standard studying and focus.Published on 29 Jan. 2010 by S. Moore
MUCH BETTER THAN ADVANCED PHOTOSHOP BOOK, PITY THAT I THINK THE SOFTWARE PROGRAMME IS NOT VERY GOOD.Published on 5 Sept. 2009 by Iggy
Adobe Photoshop Elements 6 - Maximum Performance by Mark Galer.
I bought this book hoping it would be different from all the other so called step-by-step books I've... Read more
I gave this a 3 star rating as personally i found the book too technical. I should have looked for a "Dummies" versionPublished on 8 Mar. 2009 by Mrs. VlS
This book is not for the beginner, but if you want to improve your editing skills I don't think you will find better. The included DVD is worth the money on its own. Read morePublished on 17 July 2008 by Mr. Alan Penn
I have found that this publication exceeds what I expected of it - which is not a common experience these days. Read morePublished on 18 Jun. 2008 by John Harper
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