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Perfect Tutorial for PS Elements 10!!!
on November 24, 2011
Elements 10 For Photographers is a definite step-by-the-smallest-step guide in how to use PS Elements 10. And I mean that literally. Even if you've never used PS before, with this book, you'd be able to do basic editing in minutes!
First of all, the book is set up in three sections: Introducing PS Elements, The Photographers Toolkit, and Elements in Action. In each section you can find easy to follow chapters, color coded, that correspond to the section, which is great when you want to find one chapter in particular. The chapters are set up so the reader can get the most out of their software without having to weed through countless pages, although they do have a helpful content and index guide to refer to. To name a few chapters: Text, Editor Guided, Editor Quick, Raw Shooting, Painting and Drawing, Selections, Fix, and Create. (Please note I did not put those in the order they're in.) It even has a chapter on printing and sharing! Also, this helpful book even has a full page outline of what is new and improved in PS 10 versus the older software so you are not left floundering at what's changed if you have PS Elements 9.
Each chapter has full color pages, and screenshots showing you exactly where they are in PS 10, so you don't have to play hide and seek. Another thing I loved was the icons! In quite a few chapters the author put in a list of icons along with their explanations or uses to the side of the image. It literally details every adjustment option such as red eye, sharpen, auto corrections levels, and so on. This is something I will definitely bookmark, and it's great that he had the mind frame to put the major editing icons all in one place! Kudos!! Another feature I liked is the side notes. Throughout all the chapters important side notes can be found for fast references when you're in a hurry or for further explanation. These side notes can be shaded in a grey area, be in bold font, or can be found just hanging out on the side next to their corresponding paragraphs.
This book basically takes you from the first step, taking the picture, to the last step, which is either in printing or uploading to a website. This book is perfect for those who have never used a photo editing software before, or for those people who need a little brushing up, or as just a reference guide. It takes you through everything Adobe PS Elements 10 has to offer. So if you're looking for a good "how to" guide, then this is it!