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Photoshop Elements 6: The Missing Manual Paperback – October 20, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0596514440 ISBN-10: 0596514441 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (October 20, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596514441
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596514440
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Photoshop Elements 6: The Missing Manual provides the best possible guidance to scrapbookers, photographers at every level, budding graphic artists--anyone who wants to get the most out of the latest Elements upgrade.

Author Barbara Brundage’s Top 10 Elements Tips
1. Always back up your photos as soon as you get them out of your camera. You can use the Organizer's backup or disc-burning feature (File->Backup Catalog to CD, DVD or Hard Drive) for this, or you can use your computer's built-in disc-burning utility. For really important photos (wedding and baby pix, for example), it's not a bad idea to burn a disc and keep that someplace else, like your safe deposit box or with a friend or relative. Then, no matter what happens, you won't have to worry about losing your photos.
2. Never, ever work on your original photo. If you use the Organizer, good news: Elements already has your back. It creates version sets, which allow you to save different states of your image as you edit. You can create as many different versions of a photo as you like and go back to any one of them at any time. And if you’re working with RAW files you can't alter your original (only the conversion settings). If you don't use the Organizer, make a copy of the picture (File->Duplicate) and work on that. This way you can always start over again if you get a better idea later on.
3. Sharing photos with the Organizer. There are all kinds of fun, creative ways to share your photos in Elements 6, and the Organizer makes it super easy to explore them all. Try a slideshow with music and commentary, or upload your photos to EasyShare or one of the other online services to create mugs, bags, and other cool gift items with your photos on them.
4. Don't scorn the auto buttons. If you've never tried these one-click fixes--Auto Levels or Auto Color, for example--give ‘em a try. Each version of Elements gets a little smarter and you may find that you like the results you get from one of these easy-to-use fixes.
5. Panoramas for everyone. You don't need to feel wistful anymore about the fact that your point and shoot camera's lens doesn't have a true wide-angle setting. Take a series of photos with, ideally, about a 30% overlap and Elements' Photomerge will automatically stitch them together into a panorama wider than you could have captured with the widest lens. (If you've tried Photomerge in previous editions of Elements, the Photomerge in Elements 6 is a whole new thing--totally automated and it does terrific blending to eliminate visible seams between images.)
6. Batch processing with RAW. If you shoot RAW format photos, now you can apply the same settings to multiple pictures at once. Just open all the RAW files you want to work on, and then click to select each of their thumbnail-sized photos. Elements will then apply any edits you've made to the current photo to all the pictures you've just selected.
7. Crop creatively. Unless you plan to print on standard photo paper, don't feel compelled to crop your photos to standard photo paper sizes and shapes. Use cropping to emphasize the best parts of your photo if you plan to use the image for the Web or to print at home.
8. Take credit, quickly. You can put copyright info on your photos by using the Watermark feature in the Process Multiple Files dialog box (File->Process Multiple Files), or you can create a custom brush: just type what you want (the copyright symbol is Alt+0169 in Windows, Option+G on a Mac), then select your type and go to Edit->Define Brush. Save your brush and from now on you've got a one-click copyright notice.
9. Black and white are beautiful. The Convert to Black and White feature in Elements does a great job, especially if you use the sliders to tweak your adjustments, but you can create even more dramatic black and white photos by using the Dodge and Burn tools to selectively enhance contrast after converting.
10. The very best way to learn Elements is to dive right in. Open a photo and try all sorts of different things. Nobody, even great Photoshop gurus, knows exactly what will happen to any given photo when you combine different filters and effects. Experiment, and you'll quickly see why Elements is so addicting. You can do all sorts of amazing things you never knew you could!

About the Author

Barbara Brundage is the bestselling author of Photoshop Elements 4: The Missing Manual and a co-author of Digital Photography: The Missing Manual. She's been a member of Adobe's pre-release groups for Elements 3, 4, and 5 and has been teaching people to use Elements since it first came out in 2001.

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.

Customer Reviews

If you use Photoshop Element 6 this book is a must.
It's a lot better to get a book like this, or some other kind of guide, and then use their time constructively learning the many things that the program does.
Magner Cepeda
A part from that this is a well written book that is written in detail but very easy to understand.
Charlea A. Palminteri

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230 of 245 people found the following review helpful By R. Reyes on December 29, 2007
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Those of us that may or may not have an Attention Deficit Disorder of some kind or another may find PE6 a little too complicated for their tastes. It does require quite a bit of patience, which I am short of, and concentration, which does not exist for me in this world, yet I try to muddle through. The first book published after the release of PE6, as far as I know, was the "missing manual", which is quite well written and constructed so that reference is made to be pretty simple.

Here's the best part for me: when I bought the book, I noticed that the author gives you her email address, and oddly enough invites individual questions, something I found unfathomable, I mean, try emailing Grisham for instance. So, rather than read on, I email her, and within minutes, receive a reply from her, answering my question, and referring me to where I can read further. I didn't take advantage of her niceness once, I asked her more than a dozen questions, got similarly responsive replies each time.

I can't be the only person in America who bought this book, can I? or the only person asking the author questions? And maybe, if you read this review and buy the book, her responsiveness will go by the wayside. Or maybe, you'll buy the book and it by itself will answer all your questions for you, as it has done for me since spending time with it as I should have in the first place.
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206 of 221 people found the following review helpful By A. Lynch on November 28, 2007
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I purchased Photoshop Elements 6 primarily because I heard that the Organizer feature is very rich and useful. I have several thousand digital images that I want to organize. Unfortunately, the help that comes with the program is very poor. So, I purchased this book because of the rave reviews. The book is generally well-written and covers lots of topics, but the section on the Organizer is next to useless, which really surprised me, since the Organizer is one of the main features of the program. I think the author should have anticipated that many of us would have lots of images to import and organize and should have provided in-depth help, tips and tricks to enable us to do that. I'm hoping that the soon-to-be released Dummies book does a much better job.

In short, if you are looking for help editing digital images with PE6, or if you are just starting out and don't have many images to organize, this book is probably a good resource. If you need to know how to use the Organizer to import and organize lots of images, this book is of no help.
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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By S. Moeller on January 6, 2008
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I was well aware that PSE would require some effort to get me up to speed on its efficient use. I also knew I wasn't going to find good written documentation with the program itself. After doing a little research I selected this title by Barbara Brundage, and it was the best choice for me! I've worked my way through the bulk of the book, trying out the different procedures as I go. Every step is very clearly explained, many include screen shots, and there is enough cross-referencing that I am beginning to feel pretty comfortable with the program's myriad capabilities even though I've only had it a few days. Unlike some reviewers, I feel the index, combined with the table of contents, is quite adequate to help re-locate a concept or a procedure when I need to go back and check. In a former life I wrote a number of tips and technique sheets on much less complicated software, so I have some feel for the difficulties of communicating all that a program can do. This author is highly skilled at doing just that, and I HIGHLY recommend this's worth every penny!
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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 1, 2008
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I bought this book largely on the strength of the reviews on this site. The book isn't bad, but I am amazed at how many editing errors there are -- in the first week I had the book, I had found at least 5 erroneous page cross-references.

This editing problem is particularly annoying since the author uses frequent cross-references to amplify or explain the subject matter of the page on which the cross-reference is made. I found myself repeatedly having to search for the cross-referenced material and writing the correct reference in my copy so I wouldn't have to search the next time.

Interestingly enough, I found many helpful and clear explanations of what look like important, fundamental Elements techniques in another book I purchased, Top 100 Simplified Tips & Tricks - Digital Photography, a book I bought without expecting any tips that were specific to Elements. I suppose "The Missing Manual" is intended to be a comprehensive discussion of Elements, even arcane and what seem to be almost useless aspects of the program, but at times I got the feeling that relatively minor matters were covered in the same depth as important techniques.

I suspect that after I am more accustomed to using Elements I will conclude that this in depth guide is indispensable, but it isn't particularly new-Elements user friendly.

I do think this book is helpful and it is a very detailed resource, but it does annoy me that it is poorly edited.
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Written by Barbara Brundage, who has been teaching people how to use Photoshop Elements since its creation in 2001, Photoshop Elements 6: The Missing Manual lives up to its title by walking the reader through all he or she needs to know about Photoshop Elements 6 - a software that gives most of the image-manipulation functionality of full-fledged Photoshop at a much more reasonable price. Photoshop Elements 6 is ideal for scrapbookers, photographers, and beginning graphic artists; The Missing Manual covers everything from importing and saving photos to understanding the layers palette to drawing with brushes and other tools, creating projects, creating online galleries, and much more. Full-color screenshots and images throughout illustrate this "user-friendly" guide. A "must-have" for anyone who wants to get started with and explore the possibilities of Photoshop Elements 6.
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