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Photoshop Elements 12: The Missing Manual [Kindle Edition]

Barbara Brundage
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Whether you’re a photographer, scrapbooker, or aspiring graphic artist, Photoshop Elements 12 is an ideal image-editing tool—once you know how to use it. This bestselling book removes the guesswork. With candid, jargon-free advice and step-by-step guidance, you’ll get the most out of Elements for everything from sharing and touching-up photos to fun print and online projects.


The important stuff you need to know:

  • Get to work right away. Import, organize, edit, crop, and color-correct your photos with ease.
  • Retouch any image. Repair and restore old and damaged photos.
  • Add pizzazz. Dress up your photos with dozens of filters, layer styles, and special effects.
  • Share photos. Create online albums, email-ready slideshows, and web-ready files.
  • Use your words. Make greeting cards, calendars, and flyers by adding text to images.
  • Unleash your creativity. Design photo books, scrapbooks, collages, and other projects.
  • Find your artistic flair. Create digital artwork from scratch, using tools to draw, paint, and blend.


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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 since Elements 3. She's been teaching people how to use Photoshop Elements since it first came out in 2001. Barbara, who lives in Jensen Beach, Florida, 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!


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  • File Size: 11938 KB
  • Print Length: 648 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Pogue Press; 1 edition (September 24, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FEQLPK4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,980 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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62 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have Manual October 24, 2013
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This work fills an obvious and glaring need for a usable and comprehensive manual. Software publishers seem to have gone from including detailed usable manuals with their products, to printable manuals on disk, to a very sketchy start up guide (as in the case of Adobe Photoshop Elements 12), and at times to nil. The software product is incredibly powerful; but without this guide you'll probably never unlock its potential.
One of the best features of this book is that you can start with the most basic work, an approach that assumes you know nothing; or you drive ahead to advanced work that builds on your current product knowledge and skills. You may start as a beginner; but with some diligence you will become a proficient user of this powerful software.
The book itself with more than 600 pages, seems very complete in its approach. In fact its introduction is longer than the startup guide included with the product. There are innumerable examples in both black and white and color. It has a comprehensive index, but lacks a disk. It does, however, refer you to its webpage where you can download some useful tools and tutorials.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
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This really is, as the subtitle indicates, the missing manual that should have been included with Photoshop Elements! This book covers absolutely everything I can think of and then some. I am an avid Elements user, and I've learned most of what I do by trial and error. The video tutorials on the Adobe website are not all that helpful sometimes. They are often tailored to an older version of Elements, and the menu options aren't the same.

I love how this book goes through every menu option in Elements 12 and explains what it is for, and how to use it. The book is full of pictures to illustrate each concept. For the complete beginner the first chapters cover the basics, including sizing, cropping, sorting photos, even how to upload them if you haven't done that before.

Then, it starts to get into more technical stuff. The book is grouped by sections of chapters all relating to a particular aspect of editing. The tutorials in the Elemental Elements section include how to extract an object from a picture that you don't want there, the basics of using layers, and how to use brushes for selection. The section on retouching is an in-depth look at fixing everything from color, lighting, composition problems and so, so much more!

The artistic elements section gets into the, well, artsy stuff you can do. How else can I explain it? It includes filters, brushes, tools effects, and text, among the most memorable techniques. The section on sharing images helps you to format your pictures for the web and email, create books, greeting cards, and other printable projects. It also helps with making presentations and such.

Throughout the book and in the resources at the back, you'll find references for helpful websites to visit, and places to find additional tools.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great tutorial and reference manual October 21, 2013
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Photoshop Elements is a popular and relatively inexpensive tool for managing and editing your photos. It works really well if you know how to use, but only the most basic parts of the program are easy to figure out on your own (and I have a computer science degree). Unfortunately, there is no printed manual included and the online help is poorly organized.

This book fills in the gaps for you. There are 600 pages of material, well illustrated with color photos showing both the program's user interface and how the functions affect your photos. The book takes from the basics of organizing your photo collection and the automatic tweeking features (the first 3 chapters of the book) all the way to the most advanced parts of the program (19 chapters in all). You can use as much of the book as you want. Both Windows and Macintosh are discussed.

If you only buy one book on Photoshop Elements 12 and you want to get to the deeper material eventually, this is the one I recommend. There are other simpler slower-paced books for people who only want the basics.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Its missing, but you can write your own. November 25, 2013
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One of the best features of this book is on the very last page: "There's no CD with this book; you just saved $5.00. Instead, every single Web address, practice file; and piece of downloadable software mentioned in this book is available at . . . . There you'll find a tidy list of links, organized by chapter." You can build your own reference notebook.

I bought Elements 5 after I bought my first digital camera with a good lens and RAW format. The software was beyond my 'intuitive' understanding and I never updated with later versions. I stuck with the controls in Apple's iPhoto. Also, my printer was pretty limited. Meantime the good digital cameras have gone down in price and up in quality. The same for home printers and their inks.

Now I have been using Elements 12 for about 3 weeks, with this book open right next to my computer. For a Klutz like me, the book opens with just what I need: the first chapter begins with 'getting started' and it worked for me. I have a good scanner and skipped ahead to chapter 12 on photo merge and stitched together a panorama of the Heidelberg old bridge I took with a Rollie and 120 Panatomic X 50 years ago. I followed the steps in the book and it produced the image that was worth paying a pro shop to make the print. No way my printer with produce an 8x20 print. This book is definitely worth the price. Cheaper than a one semester course at the local community college.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Like this book
While I normally use Lightroom and Photoshop CS 6, I needed a simpler program for a course I plan to teach. The "missing manual" helped me get up to speed faster.
Published 5 days ago by Bud H
5.0 out of 5 stars great product
We purchase manuals to assist us with use of a software program MORE proficiently. This brand of product seems to work with Adobe Photoshop products.
Published 5 days ago by KBroz
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the one
If you have Photoshop Elements 12 you need this bible. Everything is here, unlike the Kelby books that are great for leading you through situations but do not have explanations of... Read more
Published 7 days ago by R. Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars Photoshop Elements 12
This book is very educational. If you buy Photoshop Elements 12 buy this book to learn everything about editing the photos
Published 15 days ago by Dexter
5.0 out of 5 stars Photoshop Elements 12: The Missing Manual
Outstanding, well written and easy to understand and follow along, simply outstanding! This is the best manual I have read and studied for PSE!
Published 19 days ago by Michael Ruby
5.0 out of 5 stars Missing Manual
Adobe has some nice "help" sites but still there are several areas in which advanced help is always a good thing. Read more
Published 23 days ago by maple leaves
4.0 out of 5 stars Very detailed and comples.
It is extremely detailed and will take a great deal of time to understand how to use Elements 12. I would have been satisfied with a simpler version.
Published 29 days ago by Jerry
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Nice to have a resource for this program that doesn't require jumping on the internet. It's very clearly written...the author knows her business. Read more
Published 29 days ago by srvlives
5.0 out of 5 stars great series...wicked helpful
great books. will always turn to this series when I need help with any program. thank you offering such an easy to read and understand book. my photos thank you.
Published 29 days ago by jessFW
5.0 out of 5 stars A Manual that Supports the Software
Barbara Brundage has done a thorough job in assembling the 'facts and photos', surrounding this great, time tested program; offered by Adobe. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Chris Berard
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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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