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Photoshop Elements 10: The Missing Manual [Paperback]

by Barbara Brundage
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October 11, 2011 1449398502 978-1449398507 1

Elements 10 offers much of Photoshop's power without the huge price tag. It's a great tool for most image-editing buffs—whether you’re a photographer, scrapbooker, or aspiring graphic artist. But Elements still doesn't come with a useful manual. This bestselling book helps you get the most out of the program, from the basics to advanced tips for both Windows and Mac users.

The important stuff you need to know:

  • Quickly learn your way around. Customize Elements to suit your working style.
  • Get to work right away. Import, organize, and make quick image fixes with ease.
  • Retouch any image. Learn how to repair and restore old and damaged photos.
  • Add pizzazz. Give images more zip with dozens of filters, layer styles, and special effects.
  • Design with words. Make text flow along a curved path or around an object or shape.
  • Find your creative flair. Create scrapbooks, greeting cards, photo books, and more.
  • Try out advanced techniques. Work with layers, blend modes, and other tools.


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About the Author

Barbara Brundage has been the author of Photoshop Elements: The Missing Manual since Elements 3, is an Adobe Community Expert, and has been a member of Adobe's prerelease groups for Elements 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9. She's been teaching people how to use Photoshop Elements since it first came out in 2001. Barbara started using Elements to create graphics for use in her day job as a harpist, music publisher, and arranger. Along the way, she joined the large group of people finding a renewed interest in photography thanks to digital cameras. If she can learn to use Elements, you can, too!


Product Details

  • Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (October 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449398502
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449398507
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Barbara Brundage is an Adobe Community Professional and a member of Adobe's prerelease groups for Photoshop Elements versions 3 through 10. She's been teaching people how to use Elements since it first came out in 2001. Barbara first started using Elements to create graphics for use in her day job as a harpist, music publisher, and arranger. Along the way, she joined the large group of people finding a renewed interest in photography thanks to digital cameras. If she can learn to use Elements, you can, too! Visit her blog at http://barbarabrundage.com for tips on using Photoshop Elements.

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138 of 139 people found the following review helpful
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O'Reilly's "Missing Manual" series claims each of their titles is "The book that should have been in the box". While I can't speak for the entire series, I have purchased and used several of them, including the missing manuals for three different versions of Photoshop Elements (PSE).

PSE 10 is very similar at the user interface level to versions 8 and 9, and it is --like its predecessor versions-- extremely feature dense. This makes it both a powerful digital image editor, and a potential well of frustration for users. While PSE 10 includes some automated and guided image editing functions, users hoping to harness its full power will achieve this sooner if they grab some help. Barbara Brundage offers this assistance in a detailed guide that explores the higher functions of PSE, while respecting the challenges many readers may have in grasping complex technology.

Brundage offers both conceptual overviews and tutorials of PSE 10'as interface and functions. She effectively breaks down the the concepts of file management, basic editing, image manipulation and sharing of the results of these digital editing techniques.

This book is particularly effective in addressing the two areas that can lead to delight --or despair-- among would-be photo editors: selection and layering in PSE.

The conceptual discussions and tutorials in this book are intelligently discussed and laid out in good detail. The companion materials to this book are online ("the missing CD"), and include links to sample images used for demonstrations in the book, and to other online resources to assist with PSE mastery. The author and creative team both have links to their own websites and email addresses listed in the introduction.
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102 of 107 people found the following review helpful
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Highly recommended I have been teaching Photoshop Elements since version 7 and have used Ms. Brundage's series of books for version 7, 8, and 9. This book is an A to Z manual on Photoshop Elements. One feature I particularly like is that the author lists a number of websites for additional material such as plug-ins. Also, she will reference a book not published by O'Reilly, an action for which both the author and publisher deserve credit.

As the author states in her introduction, this is a how and when book. The book instructs one how to use various techniques and tools, as well as when not to use them. In addition to the book content, one can go to the O'Reilly website to download additional material that is pertinent so that one can better complete various exercises in the book.

The bottom line; if you use Photoshop Elements 10, buy this book.

Charles Heisterkamp, III, M.D.
Photographer
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Photoshop Elements 10 Missing Manual January 4, 2012
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I teach Photoshop Elements at a local educational organization. We have been using Elements 6, and we plan to upgrade to Elements 10 for the forthcoming year. Therefore I ordered "Photoshop Elements 10 - the Missing Manual"
My review of this book can be very brief. It is, quite simply, THE BEST ! Every user of ANY version of Photoshop Elements should have it. It is very comprehensive, and is written in easy-to-understand language. Everything is clearly explained. What more could one want ? STRONGLY RECOMMENDED !!!
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars no panacea February 15, 2012
By Peter C
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Like any complicated program I have tried to use, Photoshop Elements 10 is difficult to learn on your own so I purchased "Photoshop Elements 10 the missing manual" from Amazon to help me along. And it does help but if you think you can open the book and have it lead you by the hand one, two, three, you will be disappointed. The book is just as complicated and labyrinthine as Photoshop itself.

I sit with Elements 10 up and running on my computer and and the missing manual open and go back and forth between the two, sometimes trying to understand the program by reading the book and sometimes reading the program to understand the book.

To be fair, for the same reasons many of us find new and complicated computer programs daunting, it may be impossible to write a book so as to present the program in the way many of us have learned to think and use logic.

The author is articulate and interesting and I do recommend "Photoshop Elements 10 the missing manual" for the same reason I recommend Photoshop itself but with the same proviso, don't expect to open either and easily begin to understand and use Photoshop Elements 10.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
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I am a novice to Photoshop so I found the book was less helpful regarding the basics than others who wrote a review. All I wanted to know initially was how to load up a photo from my picture file on my computer and to print it. After several minutes of futile searching through the book, I finally gave up and figured it out myself on the computer. My advice is to get on the web and view the YouTube videos of some of the basic features of PhotoShop. The book will be good once you learn the basics. I wish there were a simple "Photoshop for Dummies" version that doesn't go into all the more complicated stuff.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have December 15, 2011
By Denny
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I have always bought these "Missing Manuals" when I upgrade with my Photoshop Elements. Barara Brundage writes in a way the anyone can figure this program out. Ten stars for this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a well written manual!
This is a well written manual and covers everything you would need to use Photoshop Elements 10. Actually I'm using Photoshop Elements 11 but there were only a few changes made... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ohio dude
5.0 out of 5 stars Photoshop Elements 10: The Missing Manual
The Missing Manual series is the best way of learning everything about a particular software program. This manual lived up to its reputation with respect to Photoshop Elements 10. Read more
Published 1 month ago by louis
5.0 out of 5 stars got the book to go with the program
to be honest I haven't taken the time to use the program or the book...but in thumbing thru it ..it covers everything I would ever want to do. Read more
Published 2 months ago by lovesmadmax
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
This manual will put you on your way to using Photoshop Elements 10 and improving your photo's.

Excellent book, great explanations on how and what to do to make your... Read more
Published 2 months ago by COURTNEY WHORTON
4.0 out of 5 stars Digestible, but best taken in small bites.
This is an excellent, thorough explanation of all the features in Elements 10. However, give yourself the time to go through it slowly and completely. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ken Proulx
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Reference Manual to Refresh your Skills and Learn Something New
Great reference book when you work on photo projects. For the life of me, I can never remember how to blend pictures and do other simple stuff with my photos. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Nickie Cochran
5.0 out of 5 stars Missing manual Indeed
I buy the Missing Manual for each software package I purchase. I need a manual I can hi light and write in and lli up things. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Regina Brown
3.0 out of 5 stars OK manual
I wanted to use Photoshop for designing rather than just use on photos and I found that this manual does not cover that topic very much. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Amy Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars Photoshop Elements 10:
This was a birthday gift for my daughter. She was extremely pleased with it and will definitely find it useful.
Published 6 months ago by Frances E. Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly readable, useful and coherent training tool
Concise, easy-to-understand narrative style with many tips about uses for and limitations to the functionality of PSE. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Victor Boase
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