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Updated and revised yet again; still one of the best
on 16 December 2013
One of O'Reilly's long-established 'Missing Manual' series that individually cover an established and market-leading software product. They are mostly practical in their content and can be relied upon to cover the most commonly-used and useful features. Rarely-used features, if and where they exist, are usually either ignored or mentioned rather briefly in order not to overload the reader.
Photoshop Elements has been Photoshop's baby brother for many years and offers most, if not all, of the features from Photoshop that the average non-power user is likely to need. Admittedly, many more advanced and infrequently needed features have been left out and probably always will be but the products sell at very different prices - Photoshop is no longer sold as a full commercial package and can only be obtained on a monthly or annual subscription. Elements also recognises that many photographers submit photos to sites that require some technical or other information and provides a photo management facility that its big brother omits. For those who work exclusively in RAW mode or who use it sometimes, Camera RAW is included in the package and the book uses many of its pages to cover that important function in some depth.
This book has for several years mirrored Photoshop Elements' various releases and is updated whenever a new version appears. Sometimes, features previously offered by the software may be removed or modified in the current version and the book tends to list those as and when they happen, and that is no less true for this update. All the program's possibilities are covered in a friendly and ususally easily understood fashion. For those features where there may be several steps, and photo optimisation where colour balance, noise reduction, contrast and brightness (levels) and other image properties may be changed are covered in a logical and progressive fashion.
In addition to its main chapters there are appendices including one for installation, and a comprehensive and seemingly complete Index. If there is an omission, it is that of a Glossary which may be helpful for the less experienced photographer or one unused to the program. However most unfamiliar terminology used could, if necessary, be researched on-line with ease and speed.
One of a relative few books that cover this affordable and important graphics management package. There are so few relative to Photoshop that you could easily and quite quickly compare them all at a good bookshop and decide which best suits your personal needs. It is certainly worth consideration and purchase at the lower prices offered by Amazon.