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Photoshop Elements 10: The Missing Manual (Missing Manuals) Paperback – 11 Oct 2011
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About the Author
Barbara Brundage has been the author of Photoshop Elements: The Missing Manual since Elements 3, is an Adobe Community Expert, and has been a member of Adobe's prerelease groups for Elements 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9. She's been teaching people how to use Photoshop Elements since it first came out in 2001. Barbara started using Elements to create graphics for use in her day job as a harpist, music publisher, and arranger. Along the way, she joined the large group of people finding a renewed interest in photography thanks to digital cameras. If she can learn to use Elements, you can, too!
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B B does not pull her punches if she thinks Adobe has not got it quite right.Throughout the book you get the feeling that she is talking TO you...not AT you.
There is also a good backup site for extras & questions.
This should be a mandatory acquisition for all Elements 5
(would be)owners as El 5 is a considerable improvement over version 4!
If you only want one book to guide you through Elements 5
this is it.
Although there are pictures (of the software in use) in the book, I would say this book, compared to other books I have used, is more text heavy. The book explains the features in the program and what they do. It also lists the 'key short-cuts' to access these features.
For the more complex areas e.g. creating panoramas, working with layers, creating fancy text etc, there are step-by-step guides, but again these are text heavy.
As with all programs like PSE10, there is a steep learning curve. If you are buying this book as a 'how to' guide; it just about works. But I would say you need to be confident around computers and be willing to experiment and spend time with the program. (I have seen better photoshop 'how to' magazines in the newsagents.)
I think this book is more suited as a reference book, and used as such, is a very good book.
Some books are glossier with more photographic examples, but this one explains the concepts of Photoshop Elements in a clear way and every time I look at it I discover more features of the program than I would find any other way. It does not have the worked examples with catchy titles like some instruction books (how to change your friend's hair colour, how to make a greeetings card etc), but personally I find that few of these are every really relevant to what I want to do anyway. What it does to is to use the software intelligently so that I can easily work out how to perfrom specific tasks.
This is far and away the best instruction book for Elements 5 and I would have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone who wants to move beyond the instant fix buttons in the program and explore its more complex features.
To me it's not in a logical order. I purchased Photoshop Elements 10 and this book to get up and running very quickly. There is lots of information but the book is quite academic and there is a wealth of information there. However, I have learned more by following examples in photographic magazines which take you from start to finish. I'm a visual person and prefer a step-by-step guide.
I was particularly impressed by their sections on image improvements. Adjusting exposure, brightening colours, lifting shadows the list was endless and simply explained.
Its not cheap but worth it!
The contents do not follow a sensible path; jumping ahead too quickly then refering to somewhere else in the contents. There is an element of assumption which is unforgivable in a book such as this. For example there are no critical path diagrams. Reminded me of old science text books from the distant past. The text jumped between p.c. and mac and since the author is American the writing style irritates.
If you have experience in Photoshop and want to get totally involved in every aspect of the programme I suppose it will satisfy. If you are new or want simply learn the basics then avoid this like the plague!
A final small niggle is that the book itself is a soft cover and refuses to stay open easily.
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