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Photoshop Elements 10 For Dummies [Kindle Edition]

Barbara Obermeier , Ted Padova
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Perfect your photos and images with this "focused" guide to Photoshop Elements 10

For most of us, the professional-level Photoshop is overkill for our needs. Amateur photographers and photo enthusiasts turn to Photoshop Elements for a powerful but simpler way to edit and retouch their snapshots. Photoshop Elements 10 For Dummies helps you navigate Elements to create, edit, fix, share, and organize the high-quality images you desire. Full color pages bring the techniques to life and make taking great photos fun and easy.

  • Introduces you to the work area
  • Shows you how to upload images to your computer
  • Reviews ways to view, find, organize, and manage your photos
  • Details how to modify your photos to your specifications
  • Distills working with layers, contrast, color, clarity, filter, effects, styles, and type
  • Explains how to print your creations, create a slide show, and optimize images for the web

Written by veteran digital imaging and print authors Barbara Obermeier and Ted Padova, this handy reference is a highly readable and enjoyable way to learn this powerful image editing application.

Editorial Reviews


'An extremely clear, well made reference, which goes into great detail about the latest edition of Photoshop Elements and manages to make it accessible to all skill levels'. (Digital Photography Enthusiast, November 2011)

From the Back Cover

Making photos look great is a snap with Photoshop Elements, and this book makes it easy!

These days, we're practically never without a camera at hand — even if it's just a cellphone. Whatever you shoot with, Photoshop Elements can help you make your shots look their best. This handy guide shows you how to use Photoshop Elements to organize and manage your images, fix common problems, tweak color, share photos on Facebook, and more.

  • The big picture — explore the basics of Photoshop Elements, from launching a workspace to uploading, importing, and organizing your images

  • Bring out the best — crop photos for better composition, correct an over- or underexposed picture, make unwanted objects disappear, straighten crooked images, or remove red-eye

  • Display your artistic license — express your vision by creating composite images using layers and masking, add special effects, experiment with type, or play with the drawing and painting tools

  • Spread the beauty — create professional-looking prints, photo albums, slide shows, calendars, cards, CD/DVD labels, and more

  • Perfect pictures — discover common composing principles so you can frame and capture even better photos from the start

Open the book and find:

  • How to bring images into Elements from different sources

  • Instructions for both Windows and Mac users

  • Steps for adjusting shadows and highlights

  • How to correct color, contrast, and clarity

  • Tips for making and modifying selections

  • Creative and practical projects anyone can do

  • Secrets for quickly sharing photos on your favorite social networks

  • How to upload and save images to

Learn to:

  • Identify and fix the most common digital photo problems

  • Edit and crop images, enhance color, and sharpen photos

  • Create the best looking photos for sharing on Facebook®


Product Details

  • File Size: 23378 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (September 19, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005OKPF92
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #488,029 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
91 of 96 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Helped me with Layers big time November 22, 2011
By Scott
This book is really for beginners and people who aren't really planning on ever getting too involved in photoshop, which is why it was the perfect book for me. It gave me a good sense of what I needed to know as far as basic photo editing without getting into the really intense stuff. Starts off by familiarizing you with the interface of Elements and branches into the specific sections from there. That was really crucial because I really needed to know what everything was and where it was. Figuring out the rest was pretty simple on my own.

The really confusing part that took up hours of my time before reading the book was layers. I had to scrap so many projects simply because I didn't know I'd been creating so many layers and those were the reason my photos were getting screwed up. Needless to say, I've got a much better grasp on layers now.
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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible Book! NOT FOR DUMMIES January 18, 2012
I am writing this review objectively as I have never used Photoshop, and Elements 10 is my first version. First off, this is by far the worst "For Dummies" book that I have ever purchased and it may even cause me to stop purchasing any more in the future. The book is very poorly put together. All over the place there are references to a particular issue and the answer is "That will be discussed in more detail later in Chapter XX". Also, there are many commands that are not explained well at all. For instance, it instructs the user to click the (insert command here) icon, yet it does not show an illustration of the icon, nor does it describe it. Remember, I m a first time user, so I have no idea what these icons look like. The section of the book that deals with organizing photos is 58 pages, while the section that deals with layers is only 25. Even after reading the chapter on layers I still had to research it online because I didn't get any insight from this book. There are very few illustrations, and the ones that are there are very uninformative and serve no purpose.
After reading this book I now know just about as much about Photoshop Elements 10 as I did before I started.... Nothing. So far I have learned a great deal of ideas online. There are a ton of resources that are far better than this book.

Please, save your money and DO NOT BUY this book.

Added comment 01-28-12. I just read another book "How to Cheat in Photoshop Elements 10". I learned more useful information from the first few chapters of this book than from the entire dummies book. I now know that I made the right choice by giving Photoshop 10 for dummies only one star. I wish I could give it NO stars!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish February 21, 2012
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This book is terrible and definitely not for dummies or anyone starting out in Photoshop. Half the information doesn't make sense, it's just a bunch of words and no diagrams to show you how to perform each step. You're better off watching You-tube videos.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book August 5, 2012
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I bought this book to learn PSE 10, it was too long and boring. I also bought Teach Yourself Visually PSE 10 and it explains screen by screen and step by step. It is so much easier to use.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars elements 10 for dummies January 11, 2012
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat disappointed! January 27, 2013
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I read the reviews on this before ordering and they were mixed. I will keep it, but really wanted a detailed instruction book, e.g., "click XX and then click XX . . . , etc." Instead a lot of the book is technology terms--which as an amateur photographer--doesn't really teach me what I want at this point. After all, it's supposed to be for dummies--beginners.

I am getting better instruction from the PSE 10 tutorials.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite Helpful November 22, 2012
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There is a lot more within Elements that I'll ever use, and "Photoshot Elements 10 for Dummies" guides me to what I want to learn while not burdened me with what I don't care about. I found it informative and relatively easy to navigate. I would suggest more definitions for some terms that are not within a "Dummies" vocabulary.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Way too techincal for a beginning book! August 6, 2012
I bought this book because I was looking for a beginner's guide to Photoshop Elements 10. Within the first chapter, I was bombarded with a myriad of technical terms which had little to do with the actual use of the product.
This book does nothing to simplify the learning process. One is much better off watching the videos included with Photoshop Elements 10 or any one of the thousands of You Tube videos available at no cost.
I do not recommend this book at all.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read and encourages you on your learning curve.
Great for us dummies! Like all the Dummies books this one is very helpful.
Published 29 days ago by Peter J. Dumanian
2.0 out of 5 stars Nyaaaaaah!
Still too technical for me, but I was able to glean some of the methods in this manual. Wouldn't buy it again, though.
Published 4 months ago by jla
4.0 out of 5 stars rough read
tricky to comprehend,sends you back and forth to get needed two three four five six seven eight nine satisfied?
Published 6 months ago by Gary Geisler
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of money
Poorly organized, hard to find specific topics, way too general, and not very specifici. One of the worst 'Dummies' ever!
Published 6 months ago by Tom Gilmore
2.0 out of 5 stars For Dummies is Right.
I must be really dumb. I don't find it that easy to follow. Thinking about buying The Missing Manual for Photoshop Elements 10.
Published 7 months ago by Mickey
4.0 out of 5 stars Missing Manual
This was a substitute for a manual that should have been included with the software. It's tough not to have documentation to answer questions.
Published 7 months ago by Bob Jachim
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
This is fun, and I'm still working on it. Find the book to be very helpful. Took the class while on a cruise ship and often refer to this book when needed.
Published 7 months ago by Elinor DeGennaro
4.0 out of 5 stars It Helps -
The software was written by someone who knows too much, and as a result the casual user is frustrated. I have a Home Version 4. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jim in California
5.0 out of 5 stars The book is complete.
I haven't read the whole book. I use it as a reference. It is the best way to get going easily.
Published 8 months ago by Fred Monroe
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for Dummies!
Easy to follow. Would recommend as a step-by-step guide.
Answers a lot of the questions that I had using my Elements 10 program.
Published 8 months ago by CoffeeMom
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More About the Author

Barbara Obermeier is the principal of Obermeier Design, a graphic design studio in California specializing in print and web design. She is currently a faculty member in the School of Design at Brooks Institute. She is the author of Photoshop CS5 All-in-One For Dummies and co-author of Photoshop Elements 9 for Dummies (Wiley). Barb has contributed as author or coauthor to over two dozen books on Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Illustrator, PowerPoint, and digital photography.

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