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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (16 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321565967
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321565969
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Photoshop Elements is geared for business users, students, educators, and home users who want professional-looking images for their print and Web projects, but don't want or need the advanced power of Adobe Photoshop. With Photoshop Elements 7 for Windows: Visual QuickStart Guide, readers can start with a tour of the interface and image-editing basics, or they can look up specific tasks to learn just what they need to know. This task-based, visual reference guide uses step-by-step instructions and plenty of screenshots to show readers how to capture and import photos, reduce red eye, enhance color, work with layers, and much more. New features coverage includes: applying direct effects with the Adobe Smart Brush, softening surfaces and keeping edges crisp with a new filter, and finding photos easily with keywords. Both beginning and intermediate users will find everything they need here--in straightforward language and with readily accessible examples.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John Glover on 21 Mar. 2009
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This book is fairly easy to read and the layout is clear and concise. Although it tells you what things are and what they do, it does not always show examples of how to apply techniques. As a source of reference it works very well but if you are looking for a "how to" guide then you might want to look elsewhere. There are some examples which are well presented but essentially the book is more of a technical reference. Not the complete answer to mastering PE7 but certainly worth the money and a worthy addition.
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I have always found that visual quick start guides series absolutely excellent. They cater for both novices and the experienced
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This book is simple to follow and is printed in clear colour on quality paper.
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Excellent reference manual for all levels of users! 12 Dec. 2008
By Tracy M - Published on
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I'm a photoshop and photoshop elements instructor, and always upgrading my learning of the tools in these programs, as well as looking at books to recommend to students. I have five photoshop elements books, although only one on elements 7, and find this one (as well as Scott Kelby's Elements for Digital Photographers, but the Elements 7 edition isn't out yet) to be the most useful over-all reference and teaching tool for learning the program. Although the McLelland's One-on-One series is more thorough and comprehensive, some of McClelland's exercises are much too advanced for beginners, who are likely to be confused if too much is thrown at them at once.

Carlson's Visual Quickstart Guide breaks down the program tool by tool and technique by technique, with clear instructions and illustrations for each. All that is lacking is a cd or dvd with practice files --- but you will generally pay considerably more for photoshop and photoshop elements books which have them.
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Get up-to-date with Photoshop Elements 7 10 Nov. 2008
By Diane Cipollo - Published on
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The Visual QuickStart Guides are a popular way to get started with a new software or get up-to-date with the latest upgrade of your favorite software. This QuickStart Guide by Jeff Carlson covers Adobe Photoshop Elements 7 and there is a lot of information packed into this book. Photoshop Elements 7 has grown from a miniature version of Photoshop to a graphic and photo editing software in its own right. Therefore, you will find some information in this guide that you may not have considered important for previous versions of Elements. As the software has grown up, so has the need for a comprehensive reference guide. This book answers that need, with its task-based, illustrated step-by-step instructions covering all the tools and features of this latest upgrade. Also, as you work through the book, you will notice that the author has included supporting information such as color modes and profiles, image resolution and file size, and file formats and image output.

The author starts with a tour of the new Photoshop Elements 7 workspace and introduces the new features and enhancements. He then jumps right into teaching the basic tasks in the improved Organizer. He also discusses one of Elements newest features which is the integration of Elements with [...].

A big part of Photoshop Elements is its image editing features. The author covers how to use the many editing tools, especially concentrating on the one-click auto fixes such as the Quick Fix Edits and the preset actions and effects in the Guided Edit pane. But he also covers how to use the tools for making manual fixes and alterations to your images including the selection tools, color adjustments and photo merging.

Moving on to the next part of the book, the author introduces the creative tools including how to use layers, styles, blend modes, filters and special effects. He also covers how to use the painting, drawing and text tools and how to format text and create your own images from scratch.

The author finishes with how to prepare images for the web and the options for optimizing your images. He also covers how to print, order and share your photos directly from within the Photoshop Elements workspace and how to create slide-shows, online albums and how to email your photos.

Jeff Carlson has a design company called Never Enough Coffee Creations and is the author of many books and articles.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
From Rad to Retro 30 Mar. 2009
By Alexandra Bailee - Published on
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Photoshop Elements 7 by Jeff Carlson is a fabulous, full-color book with a treasure trove of information. Elements just keeps getting better and better, and this version is a winner. This excellent book helps you take full advantage of everything Elements can do.

This book is a beauty. It's packed with easy-to-read, understandable directions and there are helpful color illustrations on almost every page,. Everywhere you look, there is a "Tip"-the icing on the cake--and step-by-step instructions. And, the pages are tabbed so it's fast and easy to thumb though and look up a subject.

This soft-cover 384-page book flows through 14 chapters and ends with Editor and Organizer Keyboard Shortcuts. Although a dedicated beginner could use the book, I think an intermediate to advanced user would get the most out of it.

The book covers all the usual subjects like the work areas in the Organizer and the Editor and progresses logically through the features. I picked up lots of interesting information. For instance, you can place your photos on the map, literally. With the map and pushpin feature, you can associate your files with a specific geographical location in the Organizer. I've seen this feature for a few years but it somehow flew under the radar.

In the editor, there are limitless possibilities for editing, enhancing and generally wrecking havoc with your photos. Every action you take has all sorts of exciting ways of combing tools for creative control and a wider a palette of effects. You can erase backgrounds, change tones, remove objects, composite images, and enhance perspective. Once you start working with layers, a whole new world of digital editing opens up. After that, you can explore painting and drawing, working with type and distort your images in crazy ways. You'll be the new digital Dali.

Finally you can review all the ways to share your photos that Elements 7.0 offers. Create slide shows, lively PDF files, web galleries, interactive albums, and much more. And, if you want to do something really retro, you could print your photos. This book will give you lots on info on all of these subjects.
17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Not for the faint of heart 7 Dec. 2008
By David B. Amos - Published on
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While well organized and most certainly covering the subject matter, this book is not for the faint-of-heart... that is, those who are not computer or photoshop savvy. The explanations, while good, are nerdy, and frankly assume quite a bit of knowledge on the part of the reader. I have used Adobe Photoshop Elements #5 for about three or four years, so I figured I would have little trouble with Elements #7 -- wrong. I bought this book as it was the only in the book store where I went for help, and found that many of the explantions were simply over my head; I did not know what the author was talking about. So, this book is probably great for those with their heads stuck into a computer, but for others I would recommend they look elsewhere for understandable help.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great book for the beginner 22 Jun. 2009
By P. Callaway - Published on
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This instructional book on PSE7 does a great job of explaining the features and giving instruction on how to use the tools and features. Though there are books on how to get near fullscale Photoshop results using Elements, this books purpose is geared more towards just getting the average user familiar with it's functions. I mainly use Elements7 to edit photos and wanted to become more comfortable using the organizer feature and this book helped quite a bit in that regards. There's nothing fancy here but it's pretty straight forward and easy to follow.
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