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Photoshop Elements 4: The Missing Manual: The Missing Manual [Kindle Edition]

Barbara Brundage
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The popularity of digital cameras continues to grow exponentially. They are now more powerful, feature rich, and affordable--turning digital photography into a mainstream interest. And with Photoshop Elements, Adobe has created the most popular photo-editing program on the planet. Learning how to work Photoshop Elements and manage digital photos can be a challenge for anyone just getting started--from the hobbyist to the pro photographer. With the latest Photoshop Elements 4 update, Adobe delivers a powerful new program that provides photo editing and organizing functionality with improved performance. The updated version also includes new, more intuitive features that are streamlined and easier to use--when the photographer has the right learning tool in hand.

With Photoshop Elements 4: The Missing Manual, author Barbara Brundage has written the perfect digital photography guide. In a clear, easy-to-read format, the author provides step-by-step instruction so readers can learn what they need to do to edit their photos successfully and manage their collection. This new edition also includes more than a dozen downloadable images so readers can practice using the editing tools. Readers will master useful editing techniques--from the most common to the advanced:

  • Automatically correct red eye and skin tones
  • Select and extract complex objects with the Magic Selection Brush and The Magic Extractor
  • Create photomontages
  • Restore old photographs
  • Post photos on the web
  • Manage and archive an entire collection
  • Design a custom slide show with panning and zooming capabilities

Once photographers learn how to edit their photos successfully, they'll also learn how to post them online or upload them to the Kodak EasyShare Gallery for use in creating personal mailing lists, post cards, calendars, and much more. Photoshop Elements 4: The Missing Manual, is for any photographer interested in learning the right editing techniques for producing and sharing beautiful digital photography.

Photoshop Elements 4: The Missing Manual covers the Windows version of the software only. When we published the book, there was no Mac version of the software (as there is now), and for various reasons, we've been unable to update this edition to include the Mac version. Nonetheless, if you're on a Mac, you can use this book. Just substitute Command for Ctrl, and Option for Alt whenever you see keystroke shortcuts, and about 98 percent of the Editor functions will work the same. The sections on the Organizer only apply to Windows because the Mac version has no Organizer.

Editorial Reviews


"Web design without Photoshop isn't the 'done thing', and this books clearly outlines why the Photoshop family is so powerful. If you're looking for that special technique to spruce up your images this is the place to look." .NET, January 2006

Book Description

Edit and Organize Your Digital Pictures

Product Details

  • File Size: 8698 KB
  • Print Length: 512 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (October 31, 2005)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0026OR2Z4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,856,488 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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156 of 164 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Elements feature walkthroughs December 8, 2005
There are two things you want in a Photoshop book, a walkthrough of the features, and insight into how to use those features to solve real photo problems. This book does a great job covering the features of the product. The explanations of often difficult Photoshop topics are easy to follow. And the example images are great. The practical advice is good, but it's not the primary focus of the book.

I certainly appreciate the brevity of the book. And I really like the full color and the production value. Definitely worth the money.
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108 of 113 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional Photoshop Elements 4 Guide February 3, 2006
Another outstanding book in the "Missing Manual" line. Barbara Brundage makes Photoshop Elements 4 not only easy to use, but also a whole lot of fun!! Adobe has many applications that are downright intimidating to many users out there, and it's very refreshing that "Photoshop Elements 4: The Missing Manual" was created. From covering the basics of how to get around the Elements application, the author starts of with the basics of getting your images onto your computer, and the most simple of effects like rotation and cropping. From there, she discusses the all-important topic of layers and basic image retouching so you can take your digital images and make them go from good to GREAT!!! Continuing on with a look at filters and how to get your images printed so they look beautiful and/or posting them to the web or emailing them, this guide is perfect for all new Photoshop Elements users who want to get their feet web on the way to becoming an Elements super user.

I cannot recommend this book highly enough. While it's a little bit more expensive than other books in the "Missing Manual" line, the price should NOT be a factor in your decision making. If you are looking for a book that will assist in your knowledge of learning how to use Adobe Photoshop Elements 4 you have come to the right place. If you want to learn more about what is included in the newest release of this outstanding application, look no further. If just want to read an entertaining book and expand your knowledge of how to work with digital imagery so you can make your images look better than ever, again you will NOT be disappointed.

This is the way all books should be written: clearly, simply, and enjoyable.

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66 of 67 people found the following review helpful
Adobe's Photoshop is the granddaddy of all image-editing programs. But Photoshop has some big drawbacks--it's very hard to master, it's horribly expensive, and many of the features in it are just plain overkill if you don't plan to work on pictures for a living. For several years, Adobe tried to find a way to cram many of Photoshop's marvelous powers into a package that normal people could use. Photoshop Elements offers much of the power of Photoshop in a program that almost anyone can learn to use. I'm a big fan of the Missing Manual series, and this book retains the excellence I've come to expect in the series. Amazon does not show the table of contents, so I discuss this book in the context of the table of contents:

Chapter 1 - "Finding Your Way Around Elements", helps get you oriented in Elements starting with the Welcome Screen. You'll learn about what to expect when you start up the program and how to use Elements to fix your photos with just a couple of keystrokes.

Chapter 2 - "Importing and Managing Your Photos" shows you how to import your photos from cameras, digital card readers, and scanners. You'll also find out how to import individual frames from videos, how to open files that are already on your computer, and how to create a new file from scratch. After that, you'll learn how to use the Organizer to sort and find your pictures once they're in Elements.

Chapter 3 - "Rotating, Resizing, and Saving" looks at how to trim off unwanted areas, straighten out crooked photos, and save your files. You'll also learn how to change the overall size of your images and how to zoom in and out, to get a better look at things while you're editing.
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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Will get you started with Elements in no time December 29, 2005
This book doesn't cover everything you can do with Adobe Photoshop Elements - and yet it covers so much - it's also easy to read. It's good that the book is in full color - it is even better that the color has been put to good use and everything is so well explained with reference to the visuals. You'll also find tons of text boxes all over the book that explain workarounds, new features, and tricks - the first thing I read was these text boxes. The book is logically laid out and most of the content is explained in a task-specific manner so you can follow the steps while keeping the book next to the computer.

For me, who has been using the full Photoshop product, this book has been tempting enough to make me buy a copy of Elements 4 so that I can share my digital images with friends and family. About the sharing images part, this book explains that too! The book also provides many links to sites online, and other books. I have no qualms recommending this book.

Geetesh Bajaj/
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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
I bought two books -- one by Scott Kelby, and this book -- "Photoshop Elements 5 the Missing Manual" by Barbara Brundage.

After reading Kelby's, I opened The Missing Manual book by Brundage. I never look back. Brundage is not only a lot better, it is in a different league. This is the standard all other Photoshop learning book should copy.

Get the Missing Manual. You will never regret it.

I regreted buying the Kelby book. It is up for resale.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
really needed this book for the use of photoshop, Thanks
Published 1 month ago by daniel s benoit
5.0 out of 5 stars Get this 'Missing Manual' & find out what you've been missing!
This manual has been a life saver for getting familiar with PSE 5. Clear instructions, thorough treatment of all aspects of this software. I highly recommend it.
Published 2 months ago by Jane Mahan
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
It is lousy slideshow software.
Published 2 months ago by Carl Booth
5.0 out of 5 stars Convertible Photoshop Essentials 4 useful in PC or Mac mode.
Clear, concise and thorough. The Ms. Brundage/Pogue Press always does a great job of demystifying the cyber world - particularly in the more complex graphics area. Read more
Published 3 months ago by J. Pepoon
3.0 out of 5 stars Photshop 5 is no longer supported by adobe
good but out of date
Published 9 months ago by The Great One
5.0 out of 5 stars A good book to learn more about Photoshop Elements
Unless you take a course somewhere, you're going to want this book if you want to use and understand Photoshop Elements 5 (which does NOT come with a manual). Read more
Published 14 months ago by RayH
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift for a Geek
I gave this book to my computer-geek husband as a gift and he loves it. He's usually able to figure out on his own whatever software he sets his sights on, so his comment,... Read more
Published 23 months ago by C. DeRidder
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful
Very helpful and easy to read. Would recommend for the first time users of Photoshop. Have fun, create and enjoy.
Published on March 22, 2013 by Mary Jo Caruana
5.0 out of 5 stars Photo shop
very interesting information. I am very happy with this purchase. learned a lot from this book and can't wait to use it.
Published on March 5, 2013 by bjeanie
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Manual
This is by far the best instruction manual for this program that I have ever seen. I have used the "Missing Manual" books for other programs and have never been disappointed.
Published on June 4, 2011 by C.R.
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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 for tips on using Photoshop Elements.


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\This book can be hard if you are not used to photoshop at all if you have used it in the past it's fine. If not, try The Photoshop Elements 5 Book for Digital Photographers. It's easy to use and will get you started. By no means will it show you everything but once you get used to the program... Read More
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