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The Photoshop Elements 8 Book for Digital Photographers (Voices That Matter) 1st Edition

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This book (for Windows and Mac) breaks new ground by doing something for digital photographers that's never been done before—it cuts through the bull and shows you exactly “how to do it. It's not a bunch of theory; it doesn't challenge you to come up with your own settings or figure things out on your own. Instead, it does something that virtually no other Elements book has ever done—it tells you flat-out which settings to use, when to use them, and why. If you're looking for one of those “tell-me-everything-about-the-Unsharp-Maskfilter books, this isn't it. You can grab any other Elements book on the shelf, because they all do that. Instead, this book gives you the inside tips and tricks of the trade for organizing, correcting, editing, sharpening, retouching, and presenting your photos like a pro. You'll be absolutely amazed at how easy and effective these techniques are—once you know the secrets.

You'll learn:
  • The real secrets of how the pros retouch portraits
  • How to color correct any photo without breaking a sweat (you'll be amazed at how they do it!)
  • How to use Camera Raw for processing not only RAW photos, but JPEGs and TIFFs, too! (And you'll learn why so many pros like it best— because it's faster and easier)
  • The sharpening techniques the pros really use (there's an entire chapter just on this!)
  • How to deal with common digital camera image problems, including removing noise and avoiding halos
  • The most requested photographic special effects,  and much more!
The Book's Secret Weapon
Although Elements 8 offers some digital photography features that Photoshop CS4 doesn't offer, there are plenty of features that Photoshop CS4 has that Elements 8 still doesn't have (things like paths, Channel Mixer, etc.). But in this book, you'll learn some slick workarounds, cheats, and some fairly ingenious ways to replicate many of those Photoshop features from right within Elements. Plus, since this book is designed for photographers, it doesn't waste your time talking about how to frame a shot, setting your exposure, etc., and there's no talk about which camera or printer to buy. It's all Elements, step-by-step, cover-to-cover, in the only book of its kind!

About the Author

Scott Kelby is the world’s #1 bestselling author of computer books (since 2004), as well as Editor and Publisher of Photoshop User magazine, and President of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP). He’s the co-host of the highly acclaimed Photoshop User TV podcast, and trains thousands at digital photo and imaging workshops around the world. An awardwinning author of more than 50 books, including Scott Kelby’s 7-Point System for Adobe Photoshop CS3, Photoshop Classic Effects, and The Digital Photography Book, volumes 1, 2 & 3, his easygoing, plain-English style of teaching makes learning Photoshop Elements fun. Scott knows firsthand which techniques are in hot demand, and now he shares them here in his latest book.

Matt Kloskowski is a Photoshop guru and author of nine books on Photoshop, Elements, and Illustrator. Matt teaches Photoshop and digital photography techniques to thousands of people each year. He co-hosts the top-rated video podcast Photoshop User TV and also hosts the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Killer Tips and Photoshop Killer Tips podcasts. He’s built a massive library of DVDs and online training courses, and writes regularly for Photoshop User magazine. Matt is an instructor at the world’s premier Photoshop event, the Photoshop World Conference & Expo, and works in Tampa, Florida, at the National Association of Photoshop Professionals.

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Product Details

  • Series: Voices That Matter
  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: New Riders; 1 edition (November 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321660331
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321660336
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #456,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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126 of 128 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 12, 2009
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I am a big fan of Scott Kelby's / Matt Kloskowski's books and their style of "here how to get there, step by step, with vivid illustrations and (often) funny narrative". If this is your first Elements for Digital Photographers book - go out and get it! $31 is a very fair price for tonnes and tonnes of useful tips and how-tos. Put it this way - if you had to pay someone to train you, how much he or she would charge you.. per hour?

However, if you already own one of their Elements for Digital Photographers (either 6 or 7), there is very few (if any at all!) new pieces of information here. In fact, this book is missing a chapter called "Create or Die - How to Make Presentations with your Photos" which is found in Elements for Digital Photographers 7 version. Was that a particularly useful chapter? Not really. Will you miss it? I doubt.

I am, however, disappointed not to find a new chapter that, for example, shows me cool new tips and tricks, or a chapter with "case studies" - "here is the original photo, here is where you can download it online so let's sit down and fix it together, step-by-step."

Bottom line: if you already own Elements for Digital Photographers books 6 or 7, no need to buy this one, even if you upgraded your APE to v.8. If you don't, go and get one now!
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65 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Michael McKee on December 19, 2009
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I have a bookshelf full of photo editing books, both for Photoshop CSx and Elements. IMO, Scott Kelby, along with "Photo Matt" Kloskowski, provides the best book to learn Elements. This isn't a collection of tricks or an encyclopedia that "explains" features, but a nuts and bolts how-to guide. It starts where it should with importing your photos and organizing them. Then it progresses to working with Adobe Camera Raw (even if you have jpeg photos), then he gets to editing in Elements. Establishing a proper workflow will ease photo editing and make sure you know here your older photos are.

Once you're past the first chapters, the book runs you through the full range of editing capabilities, again in a good workflow. Yeah, I keep harping on that. I've been teaching photo editing with different versions of Photoshop for 10 years and find that people who learn a consistent process achieve consistent results. Those who learn a few tricks don't. It's that simple. Workflow is as much a way of thinking about photo editing as it is knowing what all the tools and menus mean. And Kelby's workflow is a good one.

Anyway, back to the book. All the basics are covered, the menus, palettes and toolbars, but they are explained within context of actual editing, not as discrete things. That's good. Steps are clearly descirbed with lots of screen shots, showing you what setting to use. Kelby doesn't say, "experiment and see what you like." He gives good general purpose settings. Yes, someday you'll want to experiment or use your own, but doing so from a good foundation is much easier than doing so while you're working hard to learn a new program.

Since I like the book so much, why do I only give it 4 stars? As another reviewer said, there's little new in this version.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By K. Sharples on February 26, 2010
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Being a relative newcomer to PE8 I tralled through countless reviews on books that would help me to improve my editing skills without being too basic (something I'll outgrow quickly as my skills improve) or too advanced (just can't get my head around). This book certainly fit the bill for me! It is a permanent fixture on my desk, with easy to follow instructions on everything from actually editing your photo to presentation & copyrighting advice. I do have another PE8 book (Simplified Tips & Tricks) which is also a helpful book but I do seem to find myself reaching for Scott & Matt's book time & time again. As for reviews that say it is a bit wordy...I for one like to know the reasons behind why I'm doing something, that way instead of having the book open in front of me all the time during editing I am actually learning the steps & hopefully will get to the point I don't need the book at all. My advice - BUY IT!
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful By S. C. Werden on February 5, 2010
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Great book, but, I was led to believe that this was for "Windows & "Mac" and I've only read the first 80 pages. All the screen shots are "Windows". All of the detailed instruction and steps giving location for tools are for "Windows", such as Pg 28 which refers to "Albums" but in the Mac PE 8 it called "Collection". Again on Pg 38 "Finding Photos Using the Date View" but I can find nothing in the Mac version that has anything to do with "Date View". In my opinion the "Help" option is worthless.

While I love the book for basic guidance it is not Mac friendly, there are some references to Mac differences in keyboard key differences but that is as far as it goes. I hope the rest of the book remains helpful.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sam Hoffmann on April 18, 2010
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I am a hobbyist photographer who has used Irfanview almost exclusively for editing photos. However I recently bought this book and Elements 8.0 at the same time. WOW! There is a steep learning curve. Scott doesn't pull any punches and, as he admits in the intro, he doesn't try to teach the "easy" stuff (as he says, this book is "the funk and not the junk"). BUT, the stuff he does teach is highly valuable. As a complete newbie to Elements, there is a very steep learning curve. However, there are lots of tutorials at the Adobe website to teach the basics (look for AdobeTV). What this book did was taught me the real fine points, in a practical and step by step manner. And it's not just a little bit of information, it's a TON of info... I keep going back to the book and trying different stuff with my photos: how to make a better grayscale, how to "polish" a studio shoot, how to do HDR in Elements, several different ways of sharpening and of removing blemishes, etc...

I have never commented on a book on Amazon before but this one was so good I decided to!

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