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Adobe Photoshop Elements 6 Maximum Performance: Unleash the hidden performance of Elements 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0240520926
ISBN-10: 0240520920
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"Using crafty work-arounds to achieve remarkable results, Mark Galer pushes Elements' capabilities to new levels." Christy Brandt, Director of Engineering, Photoshop Elements, Adobe Systems, Inc. (On Previous Edition)

"Elements 5.0 Maximum Performance has great techniques to get the most out of Elements. If you are a digital photographer using Elements for your image editing, this book is a great addition to your library." Richard Coencas, Photoshop Elements Quality Engineer, Adobe Systems, Inc. (On Previous Edition)

"Well written, well illustrated, with a good knack for explaining complex issues in a non-threatening and comprehensible manner." Steve Caplin, digital artist and author of "How to Cheat in Photoshop". (On Previous Edition)

"Truly Maximum Performance! This book has propelled my knowledge of Photoshop Elements to a very high competent professional level. I cannot express my absolute delight with my new skills."
Richard McWhorter, author, USA (On Previous Edition)

"A great book to learn with...Stuffed with expert performance tips" Tim Daly, photographer, UK (On Previous Edition)

"This book is for those who have the Elements basics down and want to make it fly; it allows a photographer to use Elements as a serious contender to full Photoshop."
Sara Froelich, Elements Instructor, USA (On Previous Edition)

A Great Book and DVD Combination!
"I have learned more from watching (and rewatching) the videos than I did at a $400 two-day Photoshop Workshop" V. Hutson, USA (On Previous Edition)

From the Back Cover

Unleash the hidden potential for professional image editing in Adobe® Photoshop® Elements with this project-based, real-world guide.

Using step-by-step instructions and accompanying movie tutorials, Mark Galer leads you through the less well-known and most powerful post-production editing techniques Adobe® Photoshop® Elements has to offer. Cunning tricks and clever workarounds in this book show you how to create inspiring, professional-looking images and perform tasks you only thought possible in the full Adobe® Photoshop® package.

Whether you're an imaging professional or a photography enthusiast, this book will help you get the maximum performance from your software. Learn how to:
. Create striking effects with no commercial lighting or studio equipment
. Extend the dynamic range of your digital camera by merging multiple exposures
. Optimize, enhance and montage images with stunning results

The accompanying DVD provides extensive support with movie tutorials for all projects, high resolution images, multilayered files of completed projects, a stock library and a keyboard shortcut guide.

Mark Galer is a freelance photographer, accomplished lecturer and best-selling author of number books on photography. He is an official Adobe Ambassador for Adobe® Photoshop® and Adobe®
Photoshop® Elements.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (December 22, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240520920
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240520926
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 7.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,421,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Mr. N. K. Turley on March 15, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is slightly unusual in for a photography book as it's project based. Think of it as an extended set of the sort of tutorials you find in the digital photo magazines.

It's split into 3 sections with overall headings of "Optimize" "Enhance" and "Montage" with individual chapters each covering a particular technique in Elements 6.

A DVD is included with video and image resources covering all the projects (which is unusual) - 5 hours of video and high quality images (including RAW and PSD with all layers). There are also some potentially useful actions (I haven't got round to using these yet, as I'm running the Macintosh beta version, and haven't figured out how to install them!)

As with all the most recent Elements publications I've seen, this is based around the Windows version, but it doesn't seem to be so focussed - I found no problems following the projects on a MacBook, as there is less emphasis on keyboard shortcuts in the text, and the menus and interfaces are pretty much the same for each platform.

Mark Galer writes in a style that I find refreshing - it's witty without detracting from the technical content, and I found that the techniques 'stuck' very quickly without repeated re-reading.

Unusually these days (or so it seems) there's no accompanying website for the book, but I didn't find this detracted from the overall experience, perhaps because the DVD content is so comprehensive.

If you're a newcomer to Elements this isn't the book for you - it's not going to teach you how to navigate the interface - I don't think that there's any one image in the book that shows the whole screen - but if you want to learn some more high end techniques which you may not expect possible from Adobe's budget app then you may want to consider buying it.
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This is an excellent product IF YOU DON'T ALREADY HAVE "ADOBE PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS 5 MAXIMUM PERFORMANCE" BY THE SAME AUTHOR. I was so impressed with the author's previous book, that I bought this one. How disappointing to find all the chapters are identical except three. They use the same text, the same photo images, the same tutorials in both books --except that if there is a difference in the way Elements 6 uses a particular tool, it is noted. Either book is an excellent resource, but don't buy both, unless you like identical twins.
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If you are a beginner at Photoshop , this is not
for you . Not detailed enough for anyone who does not know
the controls well enough. Some Projects just end with out showing
or telling the user how to wrap up the rest of it. Most important,
it is written in a format only experienced Photoshop users
can understand. Expect to know terminology and where exactly to find certain controls and tools ON YOUR OWN before trying this.
Not useful to me.
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Elements is one of digital photography's best kept secrets - a sophisticated editing software that works for someone just starting out and for highly experienced photographers who simply don't want to invest in adobe's high end offering. The key is to find the right guide according to one's own degree of learning. I have used PE 2 for years and don't need a basic intro to elements so was looking for a guide that would give me the tools to create great images using all the power that PE6 has to offer. And this is where this book excels - I was just blown away by the quality of its tutorials and there is so much to learn, as the author says, almost everything Photoshop has to offer can be obtained through elements as long as you know how to utilize it. Once again, if you are new to elements this book might overwhelm you but if you have some experience with older versions and want to improve your skills don't go any further. BTW, PE6 can be obtained for bargain prices now that 7 is coming out and after much research have come to the conclusion that upgrade is not worth the additional price. Most complaints are about the dark grey background (it's fine!) Get PE6, this book and take your time to learn the secrets of great digital editing!
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If Mark Galer's well written three hundred page book isn't enough for you the included five hour DVD will prove to be invaluable.
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