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Photoshop Elements 2: The Complete Reference Paperback – 17 Sep 2002
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This comprehensive guide to Photoshop Elements - a low cost image editing software package for business professionals and hobbyists. It offers in-depth coverage, step-by-step projects and an image bank online.
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The Definitive Resource on Photoshop Elements
Expand your creative potential exponentially by learning to maximize the tools and technologies available in Photoshop Elements. This well-written resource is perfectly suited for business professionals or home users who want the power of a digital image editor without wading through the complications of a full-service graphics program such as Photoshop. You'll quickly become familiar with the features, tools, and techniques to work your own digital darkroom magic and create beautiful graphics, illustrations, and artwork. Understand layers, selections, and exposure. Generate text, special effects, and composite images. Plus--"Photoshop Elements 2: The Complete Reference" will help you prepare your work for presentation in print, slide show projections, or the Web.Learn practical applications, design techniques, and more Focus the effect of any tool, command or adjustment with Selections Access a library of point-and-click shortcuts Follow online in-context instructions to perform task-oriented, complex jobs Control exposure, tonal range, and color balance Abstract a photographic image and create the effect of a painting or illustration Create buttons and text effects Seamlessly fuse images to create panoramas or high-definition images Catalog, collect, and manage your artwork and photography Make Web animations, interactive images, and more
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The greatest (albeit not fatal) flaws are: a) absence of color illustrations alongside the text -- rather than the two full color page inserts tucked in the center; b) a CD with full resolution color images for hands-on mastering of the techniques described in the various chapters is a virtual necessity, and would add little to nothing to the total production cost. For these reasons, plus the fact that the author's website remains "...currently unavailable" for downloading compressed images, I deducted one star from the 5-stars for the content. Also, the index - although extensive - lacks references to common PSE2 terms such as anchor point, white point, portrait retouching, etc; a reference book certainly should have a near-encyclopedic index, as no one ought to read the book from cover to cover. All told: great intermediate level book that's easy to read and provides all the detail you might ever desire.
What they have produced is a guide that covers PSE 2 from A to Z, for both the PC and Mac user. They start off the book by covering the installation of PSE 2 onto both computer systems, setting up and calibrating monitors and explaining what PSE 2 does best. They cover all aspects as they continue their journey through Elements; from contact sheets, picture packages, plug-ins and scratch disks, palettes, the File Browser, Tools and the Toolbox, Recipes, Selections and Blending. They deal with Collecting, Cataloging and Managing Images, Correcting Exposures, Contrast and Color Balance, Retouching and Repairing and Filter Effects.
As they take you through Elements, they don't just continue paragraph after paragraph. They do an excellent job of providing the reader with NOTE boxes, bringing up points to be remembered and useful suggestions. TIPS buttons also provide the reader with items to be used during the use of Elements. The graphics that are included cover both Windows and Mac views, along with the commands that are used in both systems. The one thing that needs to be understood is that they have covered every command, tool, recipe, filter and item that is part of Elements 2.
They cover transferring images from your camera, scanning and card/disk readers. They explain File types, such as PSD, TIFF, JPEG and GIF, the four most universal types that are used. They emphasize saving the original file, saving as, proper file formats, strategies and Interpolation. They provide the reader with images and work their way through to the completed task. They show examples of each filter, special effects, text and shapes. I went through the entire book and tried to find something that they may have missed or overlooked within PSE 2... they didn't miss a thing. Need to prepare your images for publication on the Web, have no fear; it's in the book. Dithering, lighting effects, texture fill, tracing, sketching and brushes; it's all there.
The book is a complete reference guide for PSE 2 users. If you want to know about every aspect, tool, filter or use for PSE 2, it's in the book. If you're looking to know everything that there is to know about PSE 2, then run out and get yourself this book. My only complaint about the book was the fact that the color section was very small but the images included in it were so compelling, I wanted more.
All in all, The Complete Reference is an outstanding book for users of PSE 2. Highly recommended.