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Photo Editing Made Easy [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Which? , Lynn Wright
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31 Jan 2012 Made Easy
Are you sometimes disappointed by how your photos turn out? Would you like your images to be more artistic? Do you want to give new life to old photos? Photo Editing Made Easy can help.

Using examples from Adobe Photoshop Elements 8, Photo Editing Made Easy features fully illustrated, step-by-step tutorials showing you how to edit your pictures on your PC. Learn how to correct common problems such as red eye, bad composition, poor lighting, and wonky horizons. Discover how you can enhance your images by changing colours, removing unwanted elements, and improving the exposure. Find out how to create perfect family shots and flattering portraits from less-than-perfect photos. And, if all this has inspired you to get creative, the book also explains how to work with filters, apply lighting effects, restore old photographs and even make a pop art-style portrait.

Whether you just want to improve your images or explore the creative possibilities of digital photo-editing, Photo Editing Made Easy shows you how to turn your photos into pictures to be proud of.

*Fixing common problems

*Enhancing your photos

*Making perfect family shots

*Creating artistic images

*Covers Adobe Photoshop Elements 8

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Which? Books (31 Jan 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844901319
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844901319
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 14.8 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good solid introduction to Photo Editing 1 April 2012
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The Which guide to Photo editing.
This is a book aimed solely at very beginners and serves as a great introduction to basic photo editing. It only covers the very basics but is great for someone new to digital photography. It uses Photoshop Elements 8 to do the exercises with. Although this is an older version the walk troughs work just as well on version 9 and 10 because the basic editing tools have not changed in the upgrades.
The sections include: 'First steps'
This is a discussion of basic photo editing and how to get your image(s) into elements for editing. It covers some of the basic concepts and jargon used in Photoshop Elements along with organising your work.

The next section is; 'Fix common problems'
This covers all that most people will ever want to do with their pictures - resizing, cropping, straitening and removing red eye.

The next section is; 'Enhance Photos'
Here the reader is taken into some of the intermediate tools found in the software - here you can find out about changing colours, re-composition and removing objects like bad backgrounds etc. Each technique is shown as a screen shot series so it is easy to follow even for the beginner.

The next section is; 'Perfect family shots'
This is quite a good section and some extra tools are introduced in a walk through teaching session. Here you learn how to merge pictures and work on close ups. This section also deals with removing wrinkles from the face and brightening eyes and whitening teeth to produce a professional looking photo. It works very well.
The next section moves you on from the basics into getting creative.
This section is probably going beyond the basics but adds a fun element to photography.
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By M. J. Jacobs VINE VOICE
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This is a very pictorial guide to tricks and tips to make it easier to use the editing tools in Adobe Photoshop Essentials 8. Sadly, it doesn't match the earlier version which I use, but I still find many of the hints to be portable to other software.

The pictures shown are used to demonstrate the methods are a bit small, so could be more helpful if they were larger, and easier to see. The text is written at a suitable level, and isn't too technical for the average reader.

Since it is a Which? guide, I would not expect it to be an advanced level manual, so I think that it is suited to the target audience.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars photo editing made easy 24 April 2012
By Helen Lore Zetter VINE VOICE
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Since receiving this book I have hardly had time to try many of the things suggested.But from reading various chapters it is very easy to understand and certainly makes the job in hand understandable.I am sure when I have a little more time I will give the whole book more attention,and I will learn a great deal.I am delighted to have bought this book with its easy explanations!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Photo editing basics nicely presented 18 April 2012
By Jack Chakotay VINE VOICE
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This book does photoediting basics very well via its step by step guides covered in the chapters "Fix common problems, Enhance photos, Perfect family shots, Getting creative" These chapters provide step by step instructions and almost lead the reader by the hand through their photoediting adventure. All the basics are covered with screenshots that illustrate the process.

What was slightly disconcerting is that the introduction, though nice and brief skims over the fact that there are freeware photoeditors. Then in "first steps" chapter they launch into features of Elements 8 and try to explain technical details of pixels, dpi and layers (in photoediting terms).

Elements is now in its 10th version and I think you would be hard pressed to find Elements 8. It should not affect the basics covered in this book but would probably make the layman pause for thought to wonder why would he get a book based on older software. (for your information, in version 10 there are a few more smart brush effects and cropping templates such as the Golden Mean). For those reading this review I would say that the basics don't change and this has whetted appetite's of certain family members to try more adavanced things after mucking about with the Family PC's photos folder.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Photo Editing Made Easy 29 Mar 2012
By M. J. Hunter VINE VOICE
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I have been quite a fan of the 'Which' technical guides for some time now and the latest offering 'Photo editing made easy' does not disappoint either.
The book comes in softback and runs to 160 pages using Adobe Photoshop Elements to illustrate the various techniques.
As with most of these guides the book is well laid out with plenty of illustrations to keep you on the straight and narrow. It begins with first-steps, familiarising the reader with the basics of photo editing which is followed by a chapter on curing common problems such as red-eye. The book than splits into chapters looking in more depth at common problems under headings such as enhancing photos, getting good family shots and ending up with getting creative, all with easy to follow examples and instructions.
A couple of problems with the book for me, firstly I find working with selections in Photoshop the trickiest idea to grasp and I feel the book skips it in a couple of pages. I think newcomers to photo editing might find these concepts and techniques a little confusing. Secondly, and I docked a star for this, the book uses Photoshop Elements 8 throughout and we are now onto version 10. As the book is detailed as being published in 2012 I find this a little lax. I know the differences aren't too great but I would have thought a more recent version could have been introduced before publication.
Still if you're looking to get started on basic photo editing you won't go far wrong with this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars easy to
As it states, easy to understand
Published 10 days ago by Mrs. M. Richardson
2.0 out of 5 stars Photo editing
Not much use to me but someone will be able to use it when they buy it from the charity shop
Published 9 months ago by Beachlady
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect choice for the photo editing novice.
This book is aimed at those new to photo editing. The whole editing process can be a bit of a nightmare but this book takes you through the basics, step by step. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Doh
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful information
I had a copy of Adobe Elements but wasn't using it to its full extent. This book gave me the confidence to learn new techniques and improve my photo editing to get the best out of... Read more
Published on 28 Sep 2012 by Mrs. F. Huxley
4.0 out of 5 stars Photo Editing
A really useful book on photo editing, showing all the techniques for improving your photos, repairing damaged ones and applying artistic modifications.
Published on 30 Aug 2012 by flash
4.0 out of 5 stars Ideal For The Beginner.
Being only a 'point and shooter', who's always on the lookout for tips, I couldn't resist getting this book , and who can you trust more than,'Which'. Read more
Published on 17 July 2012 by Brian
3.0 out of 5 stars Useful for beginners using Essentials version 8
This richly illustrated book is aimed squarely at users of Adobe Elements 8 and beginners with the software. It provides clear step-by-step guidance to carry out many procedures. Read more
Published on 12 May 2012 by Dr. Paul Ell
5.0 out of 5 stars Photo Editing Made Easy
A easy guide to using Adrobe photoshop elements 8, a which book as usual full of easy to understand advise. Read more
Published on 17 April 2012 by Romreader
4.0 out of 5 stars Picture Perfect!!!
This is a great, brief well organised little guide for anyone trying to get their head around the dark arts of photoshop!
My wife has been learning Photoshop Elements 10... Read more
Published on 16 April 2012 by T. Satchwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful
Catering for no camera in general, but a popular and affordable piece of software (Photoshop Elements) on Windows, this book should attract a lot of people. Read more
Published on 7 April 2012 by Mo
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