Photoshop Elements 9 for Dummies Paperback – 1 Oct 2010
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From the Back Cover
Find out how to get more fun from your photos with Photoshop Elements!
Whether you photograph with a top–of–the–line dSLR or snap your family and friends on your cellphone, Photoshop Elements can help you make your photos look their best. And this book makes it easy! Discover how to organize and manage your images, correct common mistakes, tweak color, and print and share your photos any number of ways.
Beginners start here get familiar with Photoshop Elements the tools, menus, commands, preferences, and workspaces
Give a makeover crop photos for better composition, correct an over– or underexposed picture, straighten crooked images, or fix red–eye
Bring out your inner artist discover how to add effects with filters, get creative with type, or play with the drawing and painting tools
Share your masterpiece turn your photos into slide shows, calendars, cards, CD/DVD labels, photo books, and even movies
Conjure visual magic make unwanted objects disappear, move people into or out of an image, and merge photos into a magnificent panorama
Open the book and find:
How to get images into Elements from a variety of sources
Instructions for both Windows and Mac users
Helpful tips for composing better photos
How to correct color, contrast, and clarity
Tips for performing simple image makeovers
Steps for combining multiple images into creative collages
Details about sharing photos on your favorite social networks
How to upload and save images to Photoshop.com
Find your way around the tools, menus, panels, buttons, and options
Edit and crop images, enhance color, fix flaws, and apply filters
Scan a photo, make a slide show, and create a photo album online
IN FULL COLOR!
About the Author
Barbara Obermeier is principal of Obermeier Design, a graphic design studio in California. She is currently a faculty member in the School of Design at Brooks Institute.
Ted Padova is an internationally recognized authority on Adobe Acrobat, PDF, and digital imaging.
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A little background. Three years ago I bought my first digital SLR. I had an early version of Paintshop Pro and I used that to edit my jpegs (mainly removing unwanted items in the picture, as it couldn't do much else) - prints I made were rubbish. So I bought and installed Photoshop Elements 7 (PSE7). Excitedly I sat down to start work on an image I'd dragged into the editor. I looked around at all the menus and toolbars and thought "What on earth do I do now?" It gradually dawned that I had no idea where to start, absolutely no idea. Looking at the Help suggested to me that things could be done using Elements but, with my level of ignorance, I still had no idea where to begin. At first I was angry: I mean it said on the box how easy to use it was and that anyone could start making wonderful images in minutes! No way. Calming down, I realised that there was more to this photo editing lark than I'd imagined, a lot more. What I needed was a good book... So on to Amazon, doing a search for good beginner's books. I read the reviews and descriptions and eventually chose to buy the 'PSE7 Classroom in a Book' (CIB). As this review is intended for beginners like what I was, I'm not going to baffle my audience with detailed descriptions, but what happened was that straight away I was using Elements, and subsequently I worked my way through the lessons in CIB and in a few weeks I was doing some pretty good post-processing of my images. To explain without using jargon: I could organise my photos into albums, and I could improve them so that they looked pretty good on screen AND when printed. A major achievement.
But I knew there was more could be done. So, in short, after a time I bought the Scott Kelby book and the Philip Andrews book. And after studying those and using their advanced techniques, now I'm getting somewhere near proficient.
Then a month or two back I bought a hi-def camcorder, my old PC can't cope, so reluctantly I replace my 2003 PC with a new Windows 7 PC. AIUI Elements 7 and Windows 7 don't get on and as Elements 9 is available for £40 with the new PC, I bite and buy Elements 9. Again a detailed description of the improvements of PSE9 over PSE7 is outside the scope of this review, but it was a worthy upgrade. I find I can, if I wish, use PSE9 much the same as I used PSE7 but reading forums and reviews it seemed there are new tools available in PSE9 that I didn't know the full details of. So I began research on books for Elements 9. I didn't want to buy updates of Scott Kelby or Philip Andrews as I can still use their PSE7 books and the latest editions will be 90% the same. After reading reviews and inside looks, eventually I settled on buying this Dummies book plus the Mark Galer book.
The reason why I bought this Dummies book is that it looked like a very good REFERENCE BOOK for the INTERMEDIATE or advanced Elements user. And I think it is just that. But as a book for beginners like myself three years ago? I definitely have reservations about that. (Incidentally the Galer book has mixed reviews. I think this is because it didn't meet the expectations of some purchasers - but I'm very pleased with it.) The same could easily apply with this Dummies book. If you are an absolute beginner it may well not meet your needs and expectations, as explained by Roy Evans in his review. In my case as a beginner, getting down to it by working on a guided lesson with simple instructions was just the jobby, and then building up my expertise through further lessons. So, although I don't have a copy of Classroom in a Book for PSE9, I'd definitely recommend a beginner to check it out first as, if it's as good as CIB for PSE7, it should be very helpful.
I gave Dummies a five star rating. This is because I consider it a good reference book for the experienced PSE user. However, if I was rating it as a suitable book for a beginner, I might give it two stars, not because it is bad but because it probably wouldn't meet the requirements of someone getting to grips with Elements for the first time. If you are a beginner and you've bought this book and find it a huge disappointment, I'd hang on to it until you're a bit more experienced and then you should find it a useful reference manual.
informative. I think you have to use Photoshop regularly because there is so much to remember and having the book handy gives you confidence. The best way I have found to use it is to practice one operation at a time until you know it well. I would recommend this book to anyone starting out with Photoshop but be patient!!!!!!!Photoshop Elements 9 for DummiesPhotoshop Elements 9 for Dummies
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