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Bring out the best in your photos with Photoshop Elements. This book makes it easy!

Photoshop Elements puts powerful yet simple-to-use tools in the hands of every shutterbug. This handy guide shows you how to make the most of Photoshop Elements to organize your images, fix common problems, control color, add text, create slide shows, and much more.

  • Elements-ary, my dear Watson — get familiar with the tools, menus, and options, import your images, and explore the Organizer
  • Under the hood — understand resolutions, color modes, and file formats, and add tags and albums so you can find your photos fast
  • The beauty within — tweak entire photos or the teeniest detail, remove red-eye, crop photos for better composition, correct contrast and color, and fix flaws
  • Express your vision — turn a photo image into a drawing or apply many other effects, experiment with type, or play with the drawing and painting tools
  • Share the moment — create professional looking prints, share your creations over the web and social networks, or view them on your TV

Open the book and find:

  • How to import and organize your images
  • Instructions for both Windows and Mac users
  • How to wave the Magic Wand and toss the Lasso
  • Techniques for correcting color, contrast, and clarity
  • Tips for composing and cropping photos
  • Creative and practical projects anyone can do
  • Secrets for quickly sharing photos on your favorite social networks
  • How to upload and save images to Photoshop Showcase

Learn to:

  • Fix the most common digital photo problems
  • Edit and crop images, enhance color, and sharpen photos
  • Share your photos with family and friends on Facebook® and Flickr®

IN FULL COLOR!

About the Author

Barbara Obermeier is principal of Obermeier Design, a graphic design studio in California. She is currently a faculty member in the School of Graphic Design at Brooks Institute. Ted Padova is an internationally recognized authority on Adobe Acrobat, PDF, and digital imaging.


Product Details

  • File Size: 7927 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (September 12, 2012)
  • Publication Date: September 12, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009F09QII
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #391,271 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful By W. Hohenschuh on December 2, 2012
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I don't have much experience with Photoshop Elements 11 or really any Photoshop product for that matter and I needed a guidebook to get me going. My go to technical manual is usually one of the more comprehensive, although sometimes less user-friendly, guides (think The Missing Manual series). These guides pack absolutely everything you could possibly want to know about a given product into their pages, but since I barely qualify as a beginner here I took a different approach and picked up two MUCH more user friendly books (this one and Teach Yourself VISUALLY Photoshop Elements 11 (Teach Yourself VISUALLY (Tech))) and I couldn't be happier with my choices.

I won't compare them fully here (I've reviewed the Teach Yourself Visually book on its own page) except to say that the main way they differ is in the graphics that accompany the step-by-step guides and the amount of commentary between guides. This book has much more text between guides that goes into why you might use tools and special tips for using them in different situations. The teach yourself visually guide has very little commentary, but makes up for it by providing fully labeled pictures with each of its guides that SHOW you exactly which buttons to press. That said the two books really balance each other out making a great pair. If you're a true beginner or are just feeling a little intimidated I'd recommend getting both.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Evangelina on January 12, 2013
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I bought this book together with the photoshop 11 Elements and let me tell you, this is the first time I have bought a photo editing program and used one. So I am pretty new to the whole thing and honestly, I found the book just overwhelming and still too complicated. You get bombarded with a whole new language in a whole new world all by itself.
I was so frustrated that I closed it, put it to the side and just spent some time with the program by myself and guess what... I found it pretty easy to figure out, even as a beginner. Everything I wanted to know how to do with photoshop I figured out by myself, without the book, in about one hours time. The program is easy to use and just use some logic and you will be fine.
Did not need the book nor did I find it helpful.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By DoctorBob on March 18, 2013
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Virtually everyone who has struggled thru Adobe's software will admit that the learning curve is rather steep. To many, it is frustrating to the point of causing them to move to other, easier to use software like Capture NX2 or Paintshop Pro. Others find that it's myriad of features and multiple methods of accessing them is simply overwhelming and give up in despair. Hundreds, perhaps thousands of photographers, make a living demystifying Photoshop by running courses and workshops to help you use the powerful but confusing features of the program.

Now, however, you have a friend in the game. the "DUMMIES" book will help you survive the photoshop experience with a minimum of wounds and much less tearing of hair, weeping and gnashing of teeth (note: it will not reduce those things to zero).

Photoshop Elements 11 editor is a little less worse than previous versions in that it offers quick, guided and expert interfaces right from the get-go. If this is your first intro to the program, by all means, use the quick system and do not let a testosterone fog persuade you to take on the expert interface. You will have to get to page 31 in "DUMMIES" and read the note at the bottom of the page for an intro to this.

"DUMMIES" then takes you thru an explanation of all the tabs, buttons, and options. READ THIS SLOWLY and commit it to memory. Follow the step by step progression in the book. This is what will save you the 'tears' part mentioned above. Page 38 will move you thru the menu bar. This is invaluable since Adobe seems to take pride in making its menus confusing and non-intuitive. Using "DUMMIES" will save you time and make your job of editing easier.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By F. Baldwin on April 28, 2013
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I have used this series of books for various things. This particular one is not meant for a rank Beginner. In fact in my case it is useless, and I have found various online sources that are 100% better. I would never buy again and would never recommend this to a beginner.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Koopmann on January 2, 2013
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I would recommend this item to anyone that knows some about Photoshop or another photo editing program. It is not a learning tool in that it doesn't take you through fixing photos as you read it. It tells you how to use the commands and does a very good job of that.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By James M. McEntyre on June 8, 2013
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I got through the first 140 pages of this book. There are a lot of errors and it takes a lot of time to figure out what is correct and what is not. Amazingly, here are no sample photos even though this is a book about photo editing.
James M McEntyre, MD
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