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PhotoShop Elements For Dummies [Paperback]

Deke McClelland , Galen Fott

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15 Dec 2001 For Dummies
Boost your performance with Photoshop Elements For Dummies. This is the perfect companion for discovering how to easily create professional quality digital images for print and the Web with Adobe′s recently introduced Photoshop Elements software.

This friendly guide covers all of the major features and functions of Adobe′s new Photoshop Elements software including: the Quick Start Screen, Hints Palette, Recipes Palette, File Browser, Filter Browser, Photomerge, Lighting and Color Cast Adjustments, Automatic Straightening and Cropping of scanned images, GIF Animations, and On line Print Services. Filled with to–the–point tips and easy–to–follow instructions, this book will provide real–world examples to show you how to put concepts to use immediately for stunning results. Includes both Windows and Mac coverage.

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Packed with photo retouching tips and creative tricks

Create animated GIFs, a Web photo gallery, and other cool stuff

Get up and running fast–no photo–editing experience required! Photoshop Elements has lots of easy–to–use painting tools. But what are you supposed to do with all that other stuff – options like "Dissolve" and "Difference" and "Multiply"? Relax! With help from Photoshop gurus Deke McClelland and Galen Fott, you′ll be working with layers, sharpening images, boosting color intensity, using filters, and more – in no time! For more plain–English advice, see:

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Deke McClelland is the world′s #1 Photoshop author, whose more than 50 books have over 3 million copies in print. Galen Fott is director of online training at Total Training Inc.

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lots of important details but needs a good overview 26 Feb 2002
By William Polm - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm a fan of "Dummies" books, as well as those titled "...for Complete Idiots" because they compile lots of useful information in one place. I bought this book because I felt that it would help me, a person relatively new at photo editing, understand and quickly learn to use the features of Elements. This book does provide a lot of detail for both PC and Mac users, but that is, for me, part of the problem. It launches very quickly into page after page and chapter after chapter of procedural sequences and commands and bogs down in detail. I have found myself frustrated and impatient to get to where I can learn how to do something--but also to where I can learn exactly what this program can do. I feel that an initial chapter giving an overview of PSE, describing its major features with examples would encourage the reader to plug on through the details, knowing the rewards that await him. Such a chapter would also provide a meaningful context for those many command sequences and procedures, like a map and compass for a hiker. Also, some step by step demonstrations of projects commonly useful to photographers and artists would have made the book much more useful.
Overall, there is a lot of useful information in this book, well written and indexed, and I will keep it for reference and maybe even finish reading it! But I have reverted to the Elements Online tutorial and the manual that came with the software, and I have also purchased the book by Andrews and Evening: "Adobe Photoshop Elements: A Visual Introduction to Digital Imaging." Introduction..." too.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good book if you can stomach the cuteness 27 April 2002
By Russ Lewis - Published on Amazon.com
Deke and Galen have done a good job with this book but, egged on I'm sure by the "dummies" editors, they've made it almost nauseatingly cutsie-pie. A few important things are left out of the index: how to add a border or a caption to your print, for instance. If your stomach can stand the syrupy cuteness though it's a good tutorial and a pretty good reference work.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Photoshop Elements for Dummies 26 Feb 2002
By Gerald J. Walsh - Published on Amazon.com
This book provides a complete description of the vast array of photo editing tools that are available in Adobe Photoshop Elements.However very little guidance is provided on how best to use these tools and this was disappointing."Photoshop Elements Solutions" by Mikkel Aaland covers this area very nicely.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Worthwhile but Do Not Start Digital Photography Here 8 Jan 2003
By Michael Sharpston - Published on Amazon.com
This is a wonderful book for explaining the workings of all the amazing tools available with Photoshop Elements -- and a steal at the bargain Amazon price. (How well you get on with Dummies cutesyness is your business).
However, in general it does not give one an overall sense of what makes for good photography with good image-editing. (Exception: with the blur tool it does explain that this can be used to help increase attention to the foreground). You may not be able to see the wood for the trees if you start here.
As a starting point the best book I have found is Bill Corbett, A Simple Guide to Digital Photography, which covers both taking photos and some important uses of Photoshop (notably the key Levels stuff).
I am taking the liberty of posting this against both versions of the Photoshop Elements Dummies book.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the one! 28 Feb 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I got Adobe Photoshop Elements with my new scanner, and I didn't know a thing about how to use it. This book told me everything I needed to know! It really gets into the basic principles of making digital pictures (pixels, resolution, etc), which is really important when you get into the subject deeply. The author's tone is very friendly and even funny at times, which is a good thing since the subject could be a bit dry in the wrong hands. If you're a dummy about digital pictures, this is the book for you!
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