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Richard Lynch
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January 18, 2005 0782143857 978-0782143850 Pap/Cdr
Thanks to release 3, which offers RAW support and 16-bit image editing for digital photographers, Photoshop Elements is more powerful than ever. But here's the real news: this popular application already contains a huge stash of hidden power that anyone with the right knowledge and tools can put to work. In this thorough update of his award-winning best-seller, Richard Lynch supplies those tools, plus the in-depth background and detailed instruction you need to apply them effectively.In no time, you'll be using Photoshop Elements to get results you never thought possible. For example: get better color by using channels, custom separations, and image luminosity; create photo-realistic objects and incorporate them into existing images; use animation and rollovers to make images dynamic; correct image tone and color with Curves, Color Balance, and custom layer-blending tools; target your corrections by using advanced masks and selections; and, use vectors to create scalable line art for logos.

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Clear Instruction + Custom Power Tools = Supercharged Results fromPhotoshop Elements

Thanks to release 3, which offers RAW support and16-bit image editing for digital photographers, Photoshop Elements is morepowerful than ever. But here's the real news: this popular application alreadycontains a huge stash of hidden power that anyone with the right knowledge andtools can put to work.

In this thorough update of his award-winningbest-seller, Richard Lynch supplies those tools, plus the in-depth background anddetailed instruction you need to apply them effectively. In no time, you'll beusing Photoshop Elements to get results you never thought possible. Forexample:
  • Get better color by using channels, customseparations, and image luminosity
  • Create photo-realistic objects andincorporate them into existing images
  • Use animation and rollovers to makeimages dynamic
  • Correct image tone and color with Curves, Color Balance, andcustom layer-blending tools
  • Target your corrections by using advanced masks and selections
  • Use vectors to create scalable line art for logos

About the Author

Richard Lynch spent many years as senior editor for a how-to photography book publisher and has written several books on digital imaging, including The Hidden Power of Photoshop CS and The Hidden Power of Photoshop Elements 2. Currently he writes columns for Digital Photography Techniques, teaches digital art classes, and works in communications, information management, and web development.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 346 pages
  • Publisher: Sybex; Pap/Cdr edition (January 18, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0782143857
  • ISBN-13: 978-0782143850
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,493,822 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Since the mid-late 90s, Richard has written 7 books on image editing for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements, including:

'The Adobe Photoshop Layers Book
'The Hidden Power of Photoshop Elements
'Special Edition Using Photoshop 6
'Adobe Photoshop 5 How-To

These books teach advanced techniques for image editing and provide custom-made tools that simplify the most difficult image editing processes and make them accessible to anyone. Richard has been a columnist for Digital Photography Techniques, has written for many magazines including Popular Photography, PCPhoto, Photography Techniques, Advanced Photoshop, and more. He has taught digital rendering at Daemen College in New York, and teaches courses online at betterphoto.com.

Richard's photography tends toward the abstract and experimental, often using unusual editing processes as well as unusual equipment. His Sigma SD10 often sports common Sigma lenses, but can be fitted with an old bellows, extension tubes and an assortment of M42 screw-mount lenses. In processing and prints, he often attempts to push the limits of digital rendering using his experience with the medium. Digital has opened the creative aspect of photography to anyone with the will to experiment.

Please see more about Richard's books, add-ons for Elements and Photoshop, his blog, betterphoto.com courses online and more at his websites:
http://hiddenelements.com
http://photoshopcs.com

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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hidden Powers and lots of add-ons for Elements 3 January 27, 2005
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I'm very much a beginner with Photoshop Elements, and it was a setback when I read in the Introduction that the book is for (among others) "The serious Photoshop Elements user who may feel that they are outgrowing or could get more from the program". Notwithstanding that disclaimer, I am glad that I have the book and have already found it very worthwhile. It will take much time and study before I will be able to take advantage of everything the book and accompanying CD have to offer, but I have already learned new tips, tricks and a good source for how to learn more.

The first places I look in a book such as this are the table of contents, appendices and the index. In this book, all three are detailed and easy to use. I especially liked the various topics covered in the appendices, including a handy reference to keyboard shortcuts for the Toolbox, discussions of resolution, file types, compression, bit depth, etc. Excellent references for a neophyte like me.

The book is divided into six parts. Part I covers basic (to detailed) concepts of images and image editing and is an excellent overview to lead users into the following--more specific--sections of the book. Part II focuses on image tone and contrast, followed by "Serious Color Correction" and "Rebuilding Images" in Parts III and IV. Parts V and VI cover images in print and images on the Web.

The CD-ROM that comes with the book has the images and project files that can be used when working the book's various exercises, and more than 60 add-ons that unlock disabled features and provide more functionality to existing features in Photoshop Elements (hence the title "The Hidden Power of....
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Buyer beware July 4, 2005
By A. Krug
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Richard Lynch, the author, states in the Introduction that "One of the most important parts of this book is the collection of Hidden Power tools provided on the CD. *** These Hidden Power tools will enable you to access additional tools for elements such as Curves or Color Balance, and they will condense some of the longer step-by-step procedures you learn in the book to clicks of the mouse. On May 31, John Wiley has acquired Sybex, the publisher of the book. Sybex apparently no longer supports The Hidden Powers CD on its website. I bought the book because of the CD. I will now buy Scott Kelby's recent book on Elements 3 and return this one. Amazon should warn its customers of this problem instead of letting them find out themselves and going to the trouble and cost of returning it.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Valuable for both the tutorial and the tools April 26, 2005
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"The Hidden Power of Photoshop Elements 3" is really two products intertwined into one. The book goes over image editing by first addressing basic cleanup techniques, tone, contrast and sizing. Color editing is developed through RGB separations. Here the real value of Hidden Power comes through: Lynch provides tools (RGB separation, levels) in an included CD that add this capability thought to be available only in the full version of Photoshop.

Other topics covered in the book are altering composition, shaping and replacing objects, vector art, printing (tools for CMYK separation are provided,) and web graphics, including animated GIF's.

Hidden Power is well written and suitable as both a tutorial and reference.

One thing I wish I knew beforehand: if you already own "The Hidden Power of Photoshop Elements 2," you can buy the tools for Photoshop Elements 3 online for a lot less.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hidden Power of Photoshop Elements 3 December 20, 2004
By SteveG
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If you have Photoshop Elements 3, buy this book. I have the previous version of the book for Photoshop Elements 2. Had it not been for Richard Lynch and this book and the included tools, I would have upgraded to the full blown version of Photoshop long ago.

Photoshop Elements 3 is a big improvement over 2 in my opinion. When combined with the tools that Richard Lynch provides with his book, Photoshop Elements 3 provides the entire photo image editing capability that I need.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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Richard Lynch has provided a remarkable add on to Adobe Photoshop Elements 3. For those familiar with Elements 3's predecessors, the suite of 60 additional tools is quite a handy dividend. But, Lynch did not stop there. Indeed, in several hundred pages of detailed tutorials, the novice jumps into swiftwater whereas the intermediate is smoothly led to advanced manipulation of digital images.

After you load CD tools, you'll find Hidden Power becomes a well-thumbed manual. Lynch approaches tutorials with a simple beginning, but quickly advances to detailed flow. His expertise as a knowledgeable Photoshop user is quite apparent. Working with tone, contrast, and color, he covers General Color Correction, Applying Levels and Curves, Specific Color Enhancement, and Altering Composition in about 200 pages.

The chapter on specific color enhancement is a doozy. Lynch prepares you to consider individual pixels where tone, contrast, and color can be adjusted. From Saturation Masking, he moves to Adjusting Color Balance, History Brush Application, then Calculations and Channel Mixing.

Working diligently through Lynch's tutorials, you become extremely familiar with both the Styles and Effects and the Layers capabilities. Some tutorials have as many as 25 individual steps to uniquely show the 'real' Photoshop path to your objective. You'll return repeatedly to see how he did this or that. But Lynch didn't stop there either. After showing you the individual step breakdown, in some unique tools, he provides you with a series of simpler steps such as those used to break out RGB component's for specific color enhancement.

Elements 3 lacks the familiar batch process operating of Actions Photoshop normally provides.
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