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The Photoshop Elements 9 Book for Digital Photographers (Voices That Matter) [Paperback]

Scott Kelby , Matt Kloskowski
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7 Dec 2010 Voices That Matter
This book breaks new ground by doing something for digital photographers that’s never been done before—it cuts through the bull and shows you exactly “how to do it.” It’s not a bunch of theory; it doesn’t challenge you to come up with your own settings or figure things out on your own. Instead, it does something that virtually no other Elements book has ever done—it tells you flat-out which settings to use, when to use them, and why.

If you’re looking for one of those “tell-me-everything-about-the-Unsharp-Mask-filter” books, this isn’t it. You can grab any other Elements book on the shelf, because they all do that. Instead, this book gives you the inside tips and tricks of the trade for organizing, correcting, editing, sharpening, retouching, and printing your photos like a pro. You’ll be absolutely amazed at how easy and effective these techniques are—once you know the secrets.

LEARN HOW THE PROS DO IT
Each year we train thousands of digital photographers and, almost without exception, they have the same questions and face the same problem—that’s  exactly what we cover in this book. You’ll learn:
  • The real secrets of how the pros retouch portraits
  • How to color correct any photo with out breaking a sweat (you’ll be amazed at how they do it!)
  • How to use Camera Raw for processing not only RAW photos, but JPEGs and TIFFs, too! (And you’ll learn why so many pros like it best—because it’s faster and easier)
  • The sharpening techniques the pros really use (there’s an entire chapter just on this!)
  • How to deal with common digital camera image problems, including removing noise and avoiding halos
  • The most requested photographic special effects, and much more!
THE BOOK’S SECRET WEAPON
Although Elements 9 offers some digital photography features that Photoshop CS5 doesn’t offer, there are plenty of features that Photoshop CS5 has that Elements 9 still doesn’t have (things like paths, Channel Mixer, etc.). But in this book, you’ll learn some slick workarounds, cheats, and some fairly ingenious ways to replicate many of those Photoshop features from right within Elements. Plus, since this book is designed for photographers, it doesn’t waste your time talking about how to frame a shot, set your exposure, etc., and there’s no talk about which camera or printer to buy. It’s all Elements, step-by-step, cover-to-cover, in the only book of its  kind!

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Product details

  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: New Riders; 1 edition (7 Dec 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321741331
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321741332
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 20.3 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 222,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Scott Kelby is the world’s #1 bestselling author of computer books (since 2004), as well as Editor and Publisher of Photoshop User magazine, and President of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP). He’s the co-host of the highly acclaimedPhotoshop User TV podcast, and trains thousands at digital photo and imaging workshops around the world. An awardwinning author of more than 50 books, includingThe Digital Photography Book, volumes 1, 2 & 3, and The Photoshop CS5 Book for Digital Photographers, his easygoing, plain-English style of teaching makes learning Photoshop Elements fun. Scott knows firsthand which techniques are in hot demand, and now he shares them here in his latest book.

Matt Kloskowski is a Photoshop Guy whose books, videos, and classes have simplified the way thousands of people work on digital photos and images. Author of several best-selling Photoshop books, Matt teaches Photoshop and digital photography techniques to thousands of people around the world each year. He co-hosts the top-rated videocastPhotoshop User TV, as well as the photography videocastD-Town TV. He’s built a massive library of videos that appear in DVDs and online training courses, and has written articles forPhotoshop User magazine. You’ll find Matt teaching for the Kelby Training Live seminar tour, as well as at the world’s premier Photoshop event, the Photoshop World Conference & Expo.


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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars it's good but 17 Feb 2011
Format:Paperback
I am new to Elements having just bought elements 9 from amazon. Although I have basic skills in photo editing i thought I would buy a book to help me along. As photoshop products can be a minefield if you do not know what your doing.

Yes it is a good book and written so you can understand it ............I find that always helps. The exercises and projects are very good and extremly helpful .......................I have no coplaints about that at all in fact the section on raw is very good.

But............they assume you have proir knowledge of elements and how to use it. Which was what I bought the book for. I did read the reviews about it before I bought it and now I think about it no body did say it was good for beginners.

So I have now got to buy yet another book to cover the very basics.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First rate 23 Jan 2011
Format:Paperback
Having had previous versions of this book, it covers much of the same ground, but has, as far as I can tell, been thoroughly updated. It is easy to read and with a reduction in the quantity of so called 'humorous chat' (that North American authors litter such books with in the belief that it makes them easier to digest). Nicely illustrated and very easy to delve into at any point. Thoroughly recommended, especially for those that use Elements 9 on a Mac.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensible 31 Dec 2010
Format:Paperback
I also have the same books for previous versions of elements and this follows the same format. Really easy to follow and invaluable for casual users. I don't use photoshop often enough to remember exactly how to do stuff and in what order so the book comes out almost everytime I need to do some retouching. It's funny to read the product description above though - "If you're looking for one of those "tell-me-everything-about-the-Unsharp-Mask-filter" books, this isn't it." Then just a few lines along it says - "The sharpening techniques the pros really use (there's an entire chapter just on this!)" Yes there is a lot of detail about some techniques but it is useful to understand what you are doing. Owning the PE9 means buying a guide to get the best out of it so budget for both in the first place. I researched lots of other PE9 guides to see if it was worth going for a different style this time. It isn't. This is the best guide I have seen (so far).
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential purchase 1 Jan 2011
Format:Paperback
I have bought other guides to using previous versions of elements but they were all vastly inferior to this one. Got it quicker than the 3 to 5 weeks quoted on Amazon UK by getting it from Amazon.com. Even with extra postage the total cost was not much different and it arrived in rural France in 10 days (including Xmas).

The style is easy to follow and so far I have only scratched the surface but discovered lots of usefull elements features that I was unaware of. The section on Raw processing alone is worth the money.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last a format that works! 28 April 2011
By NigelP
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
After battling with CS4 for several years and purchasing and reading many books and magazines on Photoshop, I saw a demo of Elements 9 and purchased it, mainly for its ability to process NEF images and its many excellent auto functions. After printing and reading the manual that came from Adobe I was still struggling and sent for this book based on Amazon customer reviews. Wow, it makes everything so simple with easy to follow step by step guidance. I read it from cover to cover, before attempting setting my second licenced software up on a new laptop purchased for photography only and its guidance regarding importing,organising and tagging my images made each phase so simple, as is each stage of the editing instructions.
I just wish that I had found Scott's CS4 guide years ago. Both raw beginners and more experienced users will, I am sure find this book invaluable. I have now just finished reading The Digital Photography Book 1 and am about to order books 2 & 3. I cannot speak highly enough of this author, he is brilliant at explaining functions in a clear and concise way.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars PSE 9 Scott Kelby et al 11 Feb 2011
Format:Paperback
Quite a useful book though not quite in the same complete practical style as Kelby's earlier books for PSE. It seems to be assumed, that anyone who has recent versions of PSE has already got some familiarity with it. I think that is risky thinking. At the outset, the reader is informed that there will not be an full explanatory tour of the editing palette. Because his collaborator writes on one aspect of digital editing, a chunk of teaching information on layering is not included in this book. Instead, the reader is referred to the other author's book on the subject. It may be okay, but I am not inclined to buy a specialist subject book when what I want, at the moment, is generalised development.

I am not particularly amused by the introductions to sections...they are meant to be, I think, light hearted and humorous. Why not just say something like "digital editing is an interesting and fun subject if you want it to be, and serious for you who want to be serious. I enjoy it and that is how I/we write about it". Instead there are inane and irrelevant burbled partitions. I wonder if they are there to make the book look thicker. These elements are not needed, in all respects.

I like Kelby's approach to digital editing, which you get to when the irrelevancies (see above) are left behind. His books are very readable and useful. That does not mean other authors who take a different approach are not competent in their presentation of the subject. A number of them are very good for a variety of stages of development.

PSE9 is an application produced for PC and Applemac. As PSE 9 includes an Organiser for Applemac, there is a fair bit of detail about its workings and use.
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5.0 out of 5 stars simple and clear
I got this book from a library to help me join my photographic hobby and mac while feeding my creative side. Read more
Published 10 months ago by mrt121
3.0 out of 5 stars Not really suitable for a black & white Kindle.
Something I never thought of when I ordered this book for my Kindle paperwhite - The book is predominantly for the editing of colour photographs with illustrations to help. Read more
Published 14 months ago by R. K. PRINGLE
4.0 out of 5 stars Photoshop Elements 9 Book for Digital Photographers by Scott Kelby
I find the book informative, but I would still like a book that explains elements in easier steps and does not presume that everyone is an expert.
Published 15 months ago by V. T. Saporito
4.0 out of 5 stars Just for Reference
Well described aid for using the Elements 9 Photoshop. Have added sparkle or impact to many shots as a result of this tome's guides. Heartily recomended.
Published 15 months ago by Schnapsit
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Such easy reading, great picture shots, clear and easy under standing, great reference, would highly recommend this book for starters
Published 16 months ago by IAN PASK
5.0 out of 5 stars This does what it says on the tin
My wife, a photo editing novice, picked up how to use this tool in a matter of days. It also has plenty of practical facility
for the more experienced user.
Published 17 months ago by ATW
5.0 out of 5 stars Elements 9 book
Very pleased with item purchased, this was recommended by a review, good value for money and excellent explanations on tips and hints, through out the book, highly recommend.
Published 18 months ago by Kev
5.0 out of 5 stars Book
Bought as an up grade, very similar to the photoshop 6 husband pleased with buy. Photography skills improving all the time
Published 19 months ago by Normal Grannie
5.0 out of 5 stars new to elements
I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this book as it is clear and concise with no expectations of previous knowledge. Read more
Published on 25 Jun 2012 by ciara8
5.0 out of 5 stars Simplicity
Read a book on CS4 by this guy- love his approach- admire his knowledge even more-this book doesn`t disappoint. Read more
Published on 2 May 2012 by Tez
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