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Photoshop Elements 2 for Windows and Macintosh: Visual QuickStart Guide (Visual QuickStart Guides) Paperback – 18 Sep 2002
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Adobe Photoshop Elements, Adobe's easy-to-use, flexible version of its powerful Photoshop software, opens the door for amateur photographers, business users, and home hobbyists who want to create and edit digital images. Photoshop Elements for Windows and Macintosh: Visual QuickStart Guide uses task-based lessons to show readers the ropes in using Photoshop Elements to capture photos, correct color, work with layers, erase backgrounds, create photo-illustrations and Web graphics, simulate painting and drawing techniques, and more. Concise, step-by-step instructions and plenty of screenshots help users look up just what they need to know, and once the reader has mastered the software, this book works as a great visual reference.
About the Author
Pamela Pfiffnerhas been working with and writing about digital graphic arts since the dawn of desktop publishing in 1984. She has been editor in chief of MacUser and Publish magazines and of creativepro.com, a Web site for creative professionals. She also served as executive producer of ZDTV.com (now TechTV.com), an integrated Web site for the cable television channel. Ms. Pfiffner has a Masters of Journalism from the University of California at Berkeley where she also taught for nine years. Currently she teaches at Portland State University in Oregon. She is the co-author of How Desktop Publishing Works (ZD Press/Macmillan).
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Elements is mega-ware, one of the greatest applications of all time. If you are currently (ugh!) still using another program stop immediately and get this one. This very affordable book will help you become an accomplished digital artist.
Theauthors explain in clear, concise prose how to install Elements and begin using it. Digital editing and creating is non-intuitive for many newbies (including me), and Hoeschen and Dahl's gentle user-friendly approach is refreshingly straightforward. The two-column Visual QuickStart format works perfectly to illustrate written directions and tips with pertinent screenshots, divided between the three operating systems; well over half the screenshots show the Mac interface (split between 9.2 and OS X).
At the heart of Elements and this guide is understanding and using the powerful LAYERS feature. Study this chapter in depth, and come back to it often as you progress.
A small center section of color imagery enhances the instructive text, but don't buy the book because of it. You will get much greater benefit from immersing yourself in Elements' versatile feature set, described and displayed page after page in glorious greyscale.
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MacMice Rating: 4 out of 5