Photoshop Elements 13: The Missing Manual 1st Edition
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About the Author
Barbara Brundage has been the author of Photoshop Elements: The Missing Manual since Elements 3, is an Adobe Community Expert, and has been a member of Adobe's prerelease groups since Elements 3. She's been teaching people how to use Photoshop Elements since it first came out in 2001. Barbara, who lives in Jensen Beach, Florida, 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!
- Item Weight : 2.68 pounds
- Paperback : 648 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-1491947210
- Product dimensions : 6.57 x 1.14 x 9.56 inches
- Publisher : O'Reilly Media; 1st edition (June 12, 2014)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #430,763 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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PSE 13 is generally similar at the user interface level to versions going back to PSE 8, and it remains --like its predecessor versions-- extremely feature dense. This makes it both a powerful digital image editor, and a potential deep well of frustration for users. While PSE 13 includes some enhanced automated and guided image editing functions, users hoping to harness its full power will achieve this sooner if they grab some help. Barbara Brundage offers this assistance in a detailed guide that explores the higher functions of PSE, while respecting the challenges many readers may have in grasping complex technology.
Brundage offers both conceptual overviews and tutorials of PSE 13's interface, functions and changes since PSE 12. She effectively breaks down the the concepts of file management, basic editing, image manipulation and sharing of the results of these digital editing techniques.
This book is particularly effective in addressing the two areas that can lead to delight --or despair-- among would-be photo editors: selection and layering in PSE.
The conceptual discussions and tutorials in this book are intelligently discussed and laid out in good detail. The companion materials to this book are online ("the missing CD"), and include links to sample images used for demonstrations in the book, and to other online resources to assist with PSE mastery. The author and creative team both have links to their own websites and email addresses listed in the introduction. You will also see that I have responded directly to other reviewers' comments. This indicates strong ownership and a high level of accessibility. In addition, the author readily --and correctly-- points out that many high quality step-by-step guides to most things you might want to do are readily found on popular video sites.
Two things to note before diving into this book and your PSE 13 experience:
(1) The book's table of contents lists three appendices at the rear of the book. However, only one is printed with the book ("Installation and Troubleshooting"). The other two appendices recap of all the menu entries for the PSE Organizer and PSE Editor) are online content (the too-cute "missing CD" materials). I found the detail on the current installation of downloaded versions of PSE 13 to be light on details that might give less technically inclined Windows users the confidence to understand the paired of executable and compressed files they will have to manage for the installation process; this is perhaps the book's biggest weakness.
Finally, sometimes the book gushes just a bit about the overall capabilities of PSE ("while it's doing wonderful things to your picture..."). These are minor points, and in no way diminish from the overall usefulness of this must have reference for users of PSE 13.
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And it is - if you need to know, here it is, and never mind the silly jokes.
Four stars not five because appendices B and C, which go through the Organiser (as I prefer to spell it being on this side of the herring pond) and the Editor, menu by menu are . . . online and not in print. Come on, O'Reilly, your customers buy Missing Manuals because they want useful material in print. Please remedy next time!
The descriptions and the real Photoshop Elements 13 do not seem to fully tie together, as if the author has edited this book from another of her previous Photoshop books.