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The Photoshop Elements 9 Book for Digital Photographers (Voices That Matter) [Paperback]

by Scott Kelby, Matt Kloskowski
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December 17, 2010 0321741331 978-0321741332 1
This book 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-Mask-filter” 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 printing your photos like a pro. You’ll be absolutely amazed at how easy and effective these techniques are—once you know the secrets.

LEARN HOW THE PROS DO IT
Each year we train thousands of digital photographers and, almost without exception, they have the same questions and face the same problem—that’s  exactly what we cover in this book. You’ll learn:
  • The real secrets of how the pros retouch portraits
  • How to color correct any photo with out 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 9 offers some digital photography features that Photoshop CS5 doesn’t offer, there are plenty of features that Photoshop CS5 has that Elements 9 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, set 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!

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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 The Digital Photography Book, volumes 1, 2 & 3, and The Photoshop CS5 Book for Digital Photographers, 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 Guy whose books, videos, and classes have simplified the way thousands of people work on digital photos and images. Author of several best-selling Photoshop books, Matt teaches Photoshop and digital photography techniques to thousands of people around the world each year. He co-hosts the top-rated videocast Photoshop User TV, as well as the photography videocast D-Town TV. He’s built a massive library of videos that appear in DVDs and online training courses, and has written articles for Photoshop User magazine. You’ll find Matt teaching for the Kelby Training Live seminar tour, as well as at the world’s premier Photoshop event, the Photoshop World Conference & Expo.


Product Details

  • Series: Voices That Matter
  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (December 17, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321741331
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321741332
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #371,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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110 of 116 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for Beginners December 25, 2010
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Although there is a hint of a warning in the book's description, I think it's important to emphasize that this is not a beginner's book. The authors assume you know about how "layers" and other key aspects of Elements work. I was lost when it came to the editing portions of the book.
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great asset for newer PS users. December 30, 2010
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So if you are like me you do not use PS everyday. This book makes it easy to find the steps needed to tweak your photos. It gives you step by step instructions on how to make photo adjustments. I don't want to spend a lot of time trying to figure out how to sharpen the picture or adjust eh white balance. I love the way the book just walks you through the steps.

The author has an odd sense of humor that comes out in his chapter intros but I don't hold it against him.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Useful for Me May 30, 2011
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Reading the other reviews, the difference between the reviewers who like it - and the ones who don't - seems to be the experience level. So, I'll explain my experience first.

This is the first book I've ever bought about using Elements. I researched to try to find one at the right level for me. All I know about Elements is self-taught in the past 2.5 years, reading online tutorials, and participating in a local digital photography club. I don't necessarily know the right terms, but I've figured out how to do most basic things. (I even discovered reading this book that I'd discovered some better techniques than they taught!) But, I was at the stage where I was frustrated. I know I have a good eye for composition. I know that I have some good pictures, well-composed, well-focused, and with sufficient resolution to turn out very high quality pictures. I've won some local contests. But, I couldn't get my pictures to have that final polish and pizazz I see in the national contest winners, the sample photos with the Microsoft programs, etc. So, I got this book.

I am thrilled with this book for me. A lot of it was familiar to me, but it also taught me tricks to make my photographs look better - give them the extra I was looking for through Elements. Also, it has made processing my digital pictures quicker by teaching me some short-cuts that I had never discovered.

There is a bit of fluff intro for each chapter - but the author warns you in the intro about that and suggests you skip them if you are the serious sort. The book doesn't have to be read in order. It can be used as a desk reference. Good table of contents and good index. I read it cover to cover, trying out everything new to me, the first weekend I had it.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book by Scott Kelby December 26, 2010
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If you've read any of Scott Kelby's other books, you'll know why I bought this one. He offers excellent, concise, easy-to-understand instructions for using Photoshop Elements 9 to fix common specific problems with digital photos. Unless you're already an expert with Photoshop Elements, this is a very good book to have on your bookshelf to help you get your digital photos looking their best if you're planning to use Photoshop Elements for that purpose.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Teaching Manual for Photographers January 29, 2011
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I was amazed from the beginning at how much I learned from this book regarding light adjustments. I highly recommend it for any photographer who is new to Photoshop Elements, as well as veterans of the software who taught themselves and never found these things.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read for Elements 9 users February 7, 2011
By M.Reed
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I highly recommend this book for anyone who plans to use the new Photoshop Elements 9 software - either new users or experienced users. This book will save you a bunch of time and will make you a more skilled user of the software. The writing style of Scott Kelby and Matt Kloskowski make the book fun to read, and their level of experience can't be beat. The images used in the demonstrations are available free online, so you can actually practice on the same images used in the book. This greatly enhanced the learning process for me.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What I've been waiting for! January 12, 2011
By Lanie T
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After using Photoshop Elements 5 for years I thought it time to upgrade - was impressed with the write-up about removing unwanted things (like dead leaves in the middle of a lovely flower) and have it appear normal. It works!! I'm impressed. Worth it just for that. I'll have to play more to see what else it does, but this is what I was looking for. Love it.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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I had the PS 5 version of this book, so I figured 4 versions later, something would have changed. Nope. It's basically the same stuff: some excellent 'insider tricks' but if you don't stick to the 'program' you'll get lost, which means if you want to experiment, this book won't help. I had the feeling the authors don't use PS elements anymore. Why would they given they are full photoshop experts? As they say about an actor giving a wooden performance, it seems they "called it in." Additionally, since PS elements 1, 2, 3, 4, etc., there has been a burgeoning industry of plug-ins, add-ons, and such that when added to elements, provide a much flexibility and control. Elements still has lousy noise reduction and its 'curve feature' is practically worthless (it doesn't do much more than levels does). Even a new feature, 'the magic brush' is very lame,and basically useless now that PS elements has an action feature. But this book doesn't mention that. There is a PS Elements book I have found more helpful in general that provides a whole catalog of 'third party' solutions--many of them free or under $15. If you want to go beyond the snapshotlevel, I don't think this book will get you there unless it inspires you to go further. If you are basically a Thanksgiving Day, birthday, family on a picnic shooter, (and that's fine) this book is excellent, but I don't think there are that many of the latter around anymore
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Reference
This is an essential photoshop guide. It was a lifesaver for me, back when I was beginning with photoshop. It has everything I need to know and then some. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kristin S Bruce
5.0 out of 5 stars The Photoshop Elements 9 Book for Digital Photographers
The Photoshop Elements 9 Book for Digital Photographers. Seems to be exactly what I was looking for --I couldn't find any signs of wear. Used books is the way to go, for me.
Published 5 months ago by grbroa
5.0 out of 5 stars Provides Complete Instructions
This book takes you through all the steps of using Photoshop Elements 9 from start to finish. It provides complete instructions for individuals who do not understand the basics of... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Huffagator
4.0 out of 5 stars Good library book
This book helped me learn the little tricks for Photoshop Elements. The publication is a very good source of information
Published 5 months ago by paula sutera
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book!
I was able to learn lots of things about Elements 9 that I didn't know about. I love having this to go to to find out different ways I can process my photos. Read more
Published 6 months ago by ANISSA GILMORE
5.0 out of 5 stars The best reference book to use for Photoshop Elements
Scott Kelby is my favorite "go to" author for books. The book is very well layed out, easily understood, and plenty of pictures with the explanations. Read more
Published 7 months ago by K. Stephens
4.0 out of 5 stars Photoshop!
Items arrived on time, and in very good condition. I always enjoy buying used from Amazon, because you save alot of $$$$ over brand-new, and I was not let down! Read more
Published 9 months ago by Ruben A. Avila
5.0 out of 5 stars Beginners Handbook
I am new to photshop and have only started with layering. This appears to be a solid reference source to guide me through the various components which I could not do on my own or... Read more
Published 9 months ago by charlie badger
1.0 out of 5 stars I absolutely hate this book
My instructor for a class in Photoshop Elements recommended this book but I hate the book. It is every expensive (even on Amazon) and so poorly written that a third of the pages... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Val Summers
1.0 out of 5 stars Not helpful to me!
This book was not as useful as Dummies for Elements 9. A little confusing and didn't explain the tools very well. Wish I could return it.
Published 13 months ago by Dale S. Wood
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