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Teach Yourself Visually Photoshop Elements 6 (Teach Yourself VISUALLY (Tech)) [Paperback]

Mike Wooldridge , Linda Wooldridge
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4 Jan 2008 Teach Yourself VISUALLY (Tech) (Book 5)
If you’re a visual learner, this book is for you. Clear, step–by–step screen shots show you how to tackle more than 150 common tasks using Photoshop Elements 6, in task–based spreads with easy, visual directions. Learn to work with toolboxes and palettes, import and organize images, map photos, create slide shows, enhance contrast and colors, combine images, and much more. Helpful sidebars offer practical tips and tricks, and succinct explanations walk you through step by step.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons (4 Jan 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470177446
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470177440
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 18.8 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 776,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Are you a visual learner? Do you prefer instructions that show you how to do something — and skip the long–winded explanations? If so, then this book is for you. Open it up and you′ll find clear, step–by–step screen shots that show you how to tackle more than 150 Photoshop Elements tasks. Each task–based spread includes easy, visual directions for performing necessary operations, including:

  • Working with toolboxes and palettes
  • Importing and organizing images

  • Mapping photos

  • Creating slide shows

  • Enhancing contrast and colors

  • Combining images

  • Helpful sidebars offer practical tips and tricks

  • Full–color screen shots demonstrate each task

  • Succinct explanations walk you through step by step

  • Two–page lessons break big topics into bite–sized modules

About the Author

Mike Wooldridge is a user–interface designer and inventor. This is his sixth book on Photoshop Elements and his nineteenth in the Visual series.

Linda Wooldridge is a former senior editor at Macworld. This is her fifth book in the Visual series.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 9 Jun 2009
By M. Muir
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A great book. Photoshop elements confused me, but, I have now managed to sort all my photos and for someone who is confused by technical jargon, I think this book is good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. 3 April 2013
By Fozzy
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Book is in excellent condition. Easy to follow and understand. Excellent layout- great illustrations. Makes using and exploring Photoshop Elements enjoyable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent publication 21 Feb 2013
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Clear easy to understand explanations with very good visual examples .
A good publication for people new to photo manipulation
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8 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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If I was confused before I bought the book, I am even more confused now. I have a headache trying to do some of the things in this book. I think it might take me a month to figure it all out and that is if I do?? I don't think that this books is as clear and easy as it looks. Maybe I am visually impaired??
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful 16 Jan 2008
By Lori J. Hernandez - Published on Amazon.com
I have been using this book for the last week or so. I've paged through the entire book and read about half of it.

Pros: 1. The book is very easy to read - no complicated jargon I don't understand. 2. There are lots of pictures/sample photos, for us visual learners. 3. The step-by-step instructions are fabulous! Even a total computer idoit like myself can follow these instructions. 4. The chapters are well organized. It's easy for me to find what I need. I keep this right by my computer and refer to it constantly.

Cons: 1. I can find no mention of how to use the "Face/Head Swapping" tool. For me, with small children in the home, that was a big selling point to Elements 6 (we can never seem to get a photo were everyone is smiling). I figured it out on my own, but I find it odd there is no mention of it in the book... or maybe I just missed it, but I've looked several times. 2. Right now, I am trying to create a PhotoBook and it's driving me crazy! There are little to no instructions on the program and the book only has a small blurb about PhotoBooks that is NOT helpful. I also had trouble trying to figure out how to create collage/scrapbook pages... maybe I'm doing something wrong, but it seems like it shouldn't be this hard. The
32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick and Easy Way to Learn 8 Feb 2008
By John J. Deis - Published on Amazon.com
This is the second Teach Yourself book I have purchased. My first was for Photoshop Elements 4.0. I found that book so well done and easy to use that when I bought Elements 6.0 I waited for the latest Teach Yourself Visually to be published. It covers all of the functions of the program that you are likely to use. I find that pictures and words help me to learn much quicker. If you need to be refreshed in some area of the program you can do it quickly. I find this publication and all of the series of Teach Yourself Visually publications a must to have.
32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I was looking for 8 Feb 2008
By G. Schwartz - Published on Amazon.com
Step-by-step, visual ties between text and screen illustrations, no long paragraphs or sentences with several embedded steps. East to return to the book later to refresh understanding of a particular operation.

This is the way all manuals should be written.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit too superficial for me 30 May 2008
By Avid Bookreader - Published on Amazon.com
The screen shots and clip art are great. However, the book is very elementary and doesn't address many techniques in depth. For instance, it touches on albums and keytags, but doesn't talk about categories at all. It says it tells how to add photos to catalogs, but it doesn't. It doesn't discuss how to use catalogs, albums, categories, sub-categories and keytags to really organize photos.

It does a nice job explaining layers, so it is worth the money I spent for that. However, it doesn't talk about how to do some common, basic tasks such as erasing power lines and window air conditioners from photos.

I am searching for a more comprehensive book on Elements 6.0.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars simplicity at last 1 April 2008
By vitanova - Published on Amazon.com
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At last a PhotoShop book that is easy to use and understand. As the old saying goes, One picture is worth a thousand words. Following along with the pictures makes difficult tasks easy. In a few instances, the pictures do need some additional explanation for a complete understanding. However, that is more than offset by the ease of things like layers, gradients, & selections. I am sold on the Visual books.
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