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Advanced Photoshop Elements 7 for Digital Photographers Paperback – December 22, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0240521589 ISBN-10: 0240521587 Edition: 1st

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About the Author

Philip Andrews is Adobe Australia's official Photoshop and Elements Ambassador. He is an experienced photographer, author, magazine editor and online course creator. He was previously a lecturer at the Queensland School of Printing and Graphic Arts, Australia and Nescot, England. He is a beta tester for Photoshop, an alpha tester for Photoshop Elements and a Photoshop specialist demonstrator for Adobe Australia. Contributing numerous articles and videos to AdobeTV and the inspirational browser, Philip is a leading source in adobe information and instruction. Philip is also co-founder of photo-college.com an online photography training college. He's a regular contributor to several magazines including Shutterbug, Amateur Photographer, Australian Photography and Better Photography, he is senior contributing editor for Better Digital, columnist for What Digital Camera and Co-editor and publisher of Better Photoshop Techniques magazine.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (December 22, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240521587
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240521589
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,074,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is a great book for advanced photoshop elements users.
M. Lo
The supporting illustrations and screen shots are particularly helpful.
Ian S. Mccarthy
Book is very well organized making it easy to find a specific topic.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Peter R. Dinella on January 21, 2009
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With no customer reviews available I decided to take a flyer and buy this book based on the author's long experience with Elements. I have bought books from all the major authors in the past (Kelby, Sheppard, Grey, Willmore, Hinkel, etc.)all excellent authors. I use CS3, Nikon Capture NX2, and Photomatix Pro 3 (and Lightroom in the past) for post processing, but deciding not to upgrade to CS4 or Lightroom, I bought Elements 7 and needed one book and only one.

I found that one book. It is comprehensive, loaded with instructional photos, and explains things in a clear and understandable way. It also has chapters on general photography issues (histograms, scanning, workflows, etc). It even has a chapter on photo restoration which I do a lot of.

So, if you're willing to put the time in, you'll learn a lot about using Elements 7 and general photo issues. It is 448 pages long, indexed well, and printed well.

Beginners should look elsewhere, but intermediate level photographers willing to go the next step will be very pleased with this learning opportunity.

Note: I do not know the author. This is a completely self-motivated review.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By E. Kim VINE VOICE on August 16, 2009
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I've been using several different Photoshop Elements books and except for the "Dummies..." series, I found all of them great, including this one. This book is different from the other popular Photoshop Elements books in that the topics discussed are for more advanced Photographers, not so much for advanced Photoshop users. I think this is an important distinction. I initially thought the book was to teach advanced Photoshop techniques, but the photoshop techniques themselves are not "advanced" or difficult. The topics would only seem difficult to a novice photographers who still have a lot to learn about photography, not Photoshop. You still will not be able to use this book to become an advanced Photoshop user for graphic design, in which there may not be any photos to edit, but your imagination in using Photoshop for design or illustration.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Phlogiston VINE VOICE on August 28, 2009
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Anybody who does serious work with digital photography has felt the pressure to splurge and buy the fully featured Photoshop. Indeed, I have bought more than one copy in the past. However, after reading this book and exploring all the different techniques that are available to those who have the MUCH LESS EXPENSIVE Photoshop Elements, I do not know that I will ever buy another full version of Photoshop. Elements is capable of editing all the same images that its big brother is and by building certain kinds of macro commands, one can really expedite the editing process. This book is clear, easy to understand, accessible to even a beginner and can help you save a lot of money by teaching you to do more with less expensive, and often simpler software.

This is not to say that nobody needs the more expensive software, but most of us can get by quite nicely with a little education and a copy of Elements.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By PT Cruiser TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 5, 2009
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There's nothing like a clearly written, amply illustrated guide when you're trying to figure out how to do something in Photoshop Elements. This book starts out with some of the basics, just in case you've forgotten the details, and goes on to explain how to do some of the more complex things like adding or subtracting elements from your photos, transforming selections, different types of darkroom effects, photo restoration, optimizing photos for the web, making panoramas and many more projects. Sometimes the problem isn't that you've never done some of these things, but that you haven't done them in a long time or you've done them with a different version on Photoshop Elements and you've simply forgotten how to go about it. That's where this book comes in really handy.

Pictures of the Photoshop Elements workspace, the different tools and brushes, and examples of a project itself make it so much easier to understand how to make changes or adjustments rather than just reading instructions. This book is kind of like having somebody sitting next to you, showing you how to use all these amazing tools that are part of Photoshop Elements. I found them to be very clear and while having to go back and forth trying techniques, I was able to figure out how to do each step I attempted. In the past, just reading the "Help" section of the software has sometimes been confusing and I'd end up throwing in the towel. This book clears up so many questions or has gotten me past walls that I seemed to come up against, trying to get a technique to work.

This book is 418 pages plus appendices and a handy inner flap showing keyboard shortcuts. It's one of those books that you'll probably read, a section at a time as you need it for whatever you're working on.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By bertrarious VINE VOICE on August 14, 2009
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I found this book (my second elements book in 6 weeks) to be a very good reference for intermediate and advanced users. It might be a bit intimidating in content and length to novices. The other book I recently read Photoshop Elements 7 Digital Classroom was more instructional and would probably be a better instructional tool. However, I do believe this book, even though it could be read is a front-to-back instructional guide, serves more as a reference guide to keep handy for those moments when you just can't figure something out or want to research alternate solutions. Andrews presents multiple methods to address your needs which may help to open up new creative avenues to explore. I had a few "I never thought of using that tool for that purpose" moments.

The first 2 chapters do seem a bit basic (a general discussion of Elements and camera/scanner technique) when compared to the rest of the book, but this is probably just the author reaching out to a wider audience and to acclimate new users. After that the content ramps up considerably and the author seems more comfortable at a higher level of detail. Chapters 5 and 6 (essentially editing and advanced editing) really stand out. Perhaps too little space was devoted to retouching and restoring (chapters 8 & 9) and too much space dedicated to panoramas (chapter 10), at least from my perspective. However, that probably stems more from how I use Elements (versus Photoshop and Lightroom) - for someone else, the mix may be right.

Access to on-line content (examples, presets, etc.) aat [...] help to extend the usefullness of this book. Overall, I highly recommend this book and will keep it close at hand in my den/studio.
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