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Photo Editing Made Easy Paperback – Illustrated, 31 Jan 2012
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This is a book aimed solely at very beginners and serves as a great introduction to basic photo editing. It only covers the very basics but is great for someone new to digital photography. It uses Photoshop Elements 8 to do the exercises with. Although this is an older version the walk troughs work just as well on version 9 and 10 because the basic editing tools have not changed in the upgrades.
The sections include: 'First steps'
This is a discussion of basic photo editing and how to get your image(s) into elements for editing. It covers some of the basic concepts and jargon used in Photoshop Elements along with organising your work.
The next section is; 'Fix common problems'
This covers all that most people will ever want to do with their pictures - resizing, cropping, straitening and removing red eye.
The next section is; 'Enhance Photos'
Here the reader is taken into some of the intermediate tools found in the software - here you can find out about changing colours, re-composition and removing objects like bad backgrounds etc. Each technique is shown as a screen shot series so it is easy to follow even for the beginner.
The next section is; 'Perfect family shots'
This is quite a good section and some extra tools are introduced in a walk through teaching session. Here you learn how to merge pictures and work on close ups. This section also deals with removing wrinkles from the face and brightening eyes and whitening teeth to produce a professional looking photo. It works very well.
The next section moves you on from the basics into getting creative.
This section is probably going beyond the basics but adds a fun element to photography.Read more ›
Using Adobe Elements 8 is obviously going to alienate those who use other packages but it would be impossible to cover all of them. Elements is possibly the most widely use (I'm only guessing here) so it makes sense. The main sections are: First steps, Fix common problems, Enhance photos, Perfect family shots, Get creative. These cover everything from using the Elements interface to merging images. Albeit at a novice level.
As previously mentioned, this is very much a beginner's guide so it won't be much used to those experienced in editing. With that in mind, I would recommend this book for those new to photo editing as long as you're using Elements 8.
The book comes in softback and runs to 160 pages using Adobe Photoshop Elements to illustrate the various techniques.
As with most of these guides the book is well laid out with plenty of illustrations to keep you on the straight and narrow. It begins with first-steps, familiarising the reader with the basics of photo editing which is followed by a chapter on curing common problems such as red-eye. The book than splits into chapters looking in more depth at common problems under headings such as enhancing photos, getting good family shots and ending up with getting creative, all with easy to follow examples and instructions.
A couple of problems with the book for me, firstly I find working with selections in Photoshop the trickiest idea to grasp and I feel the book skips it in a couple of pages. I think newcomers to photo editing might find these concepts and techniques a little confusing. Secondly, and I docked a star for this, the book uses Photoshop Elements 8 throughout and we are now onto version 10. As the book is detailed as being published in 2012 I find this a little lax. I know the differences aren't too great but I would have thought a more recent version could have been introduced before publication.
Still if you're looking to get started on basic photo editing you won't go far wrong with this book.
The pictures shown are used to demonstrate the methods are a bit small, so could be more helpful if they were larger, and easier to see. The text is written at a suitable level, and isn't too technical for the average reader.
Since it is a Which? guide, I would not expect it to be an advanced level manual, so I think that it is suited to the target audience.
What was slightly disconcerting is that the introduction, though nice and brief skims over the fact that there are freeware photoeditors. Then in "first steps" chapter they launch into features of Elements 8 and try to explain technical details of pixels, dpi and layers (in photoediting terms).
Elements is now in its 10th version and I think you would be hard pressed to find Elements 8. It should not affect the basics covered in this book but would probably make the layman pause for thought to wonder why would he get a book based on older software. (for your information, in version 10 there are a few more smart brush effects and cropping templates such as the Golden Mean). For those reading this review I would say that the basics don't change and this has whetted appetite's of certain family members to try more adavanced things after mucking about with the Family PC's photos folder.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An excellent book that takes the reader through the basics which is what I was needing. It is now in need of an update as we are now on Elements 14Published 19 months ago by james m husband
I found the book in the library and decided I must have a copy.
It gives an excellent guide to using Photoshop to improve your digital photos, and also tells you how to... Read more
I had a copy of Adobe Elements but wasn't using it to its full extent. This book gave me the confidence to learn new techniques and improve my photo editing to get the best out of... Read morePublished on 28 Sept. 2012 by Mrs. F. Huxley
A really useful book on photo editing, showing all the techniques for improving your photos, repairing damaged ones and applying artistic modifications.Published on 30 Aug. 2012 by flash
Being only a 'point and shooter', who's always on the lookout for tips, I couldn't resist getting this book , and who can you trust more than,'Which'. Read morePublished on 17 July 2012 by Brian
This richly illustrated book is aimed squarely at users of Adobe Elements 8 and beginners with the software. It provides clear step-by-step guidance to carry out many procedures. Read morePublished on 12 May 2012 by Dr. Paul Ell
Since receiving this book I have hardly had time to try many of the things suggested.But from reading various chapters it is very easy to understand and certainly makes the job in... Read morePublished on 24 April 2012 by Helen Lore Zetter