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Its Worth Depends on Whether You Have Prior Editions
on November 24, 2012
I've been buying Scott and Matt's fabulous Elements books since version 7, so my review will be different from that of a first-time buyer.
The book states on page xvi that 11 is "one of the biggest upgrades yet" to Elements, however, there is not an awful lot in the book itself that is different from prior editions. In fact, many of the practice images are the same as in prior editions. But did I find enough new information to justify the price on Amazon?
The answer is that I did.
The chief attraction of Scott and Matt's Elements books is that the various sections do not build on previos sections. Therefore, if one's immediate need is to, say, remove dark circles from below a model's eyes, all one needs to do is go to the Contents pages and look at the list of topics for the chapter entitled "Retouch Me" and--Voila!--on p. 257 is the section Removing Dark Circles Under Eyes.
In summary, I would say that for new users of Elements 11 the book is a fabulous buy, even at the full retail price and for those of who have the previous editions it is a good buy (4 stars) at Amazon's steeply-discounted price.