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Photoshop Elements 9 For Dummies 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0470878729
ISBN-10: 047087872X
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From the Back Cover

Find out how to get more fun from your photos with Photoshop Elements!

Whether you photograph with a top-of-the-line dSLR or snap your family and friends on your cellphone, Photoshop Elements can help you make your photos look their best. And this book makes it easy! Discover how to organize and manage your images, correct common mistakes, tweak color, and print and share your photos any number of ways.

  • Beginners start here — get familiar with Photoshop Elements — the tools, menus, commands, preferences, and workspaces

  • Give a makeover — crop photos for better composition, correct an over- or underexposed picture, straighten crooked images, or fix red-eye

  • Bring out your inner artist — discover how to add effects with filters, get creative with type, or play with the drawing and painting tools

  • Share your masterpiece — turn your photos into slide shows, calendars, cards, CD/DVD labels, photo books, and even movies

  • Conjure visual magic — make unwanted objects disappear, move people into or out of an image, and merge photos into a magnificent panorama

Open the book and find:

  • How to get images into Elements from a variety of sources

  • Instructions for both Windows and Mac users

  • Helpful tips for composing better photos

  • How to correct color, contrast, and clarity

  • Tips for performing simple image makeovers

  • Steps for combining multiple images into creative collages

  • Details about sharing photos on your favorite social networks

  • How to upload and save images to Photoshop.com

Learn to:

  • Find your way around the tools, menus, panels, buttons, and options

  • Edit and crop images, enhance color, fix flaws, and apply filters

  • Scan a photo, make a slide show, and create a photo album online

IN FULL COLOR!

About the Author

Barbara Obermeier is principal of Obermeier Design, a graphic design studio in California. She is currently a faculty member in the School of Design at Brooks Institute.

Ted Padova is an internationally recognized authority on Adobe Acrobat, PDF, and digital imaging.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (October 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047087872X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470878729
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #919,563 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For a book about visual editing, this one is woefully lacking in helpful illustrations. The few screenshots reproduced are of such poor quality that the names on the taskbars and menus can hardly be read. The more abundant but still too few photos used to illustrate features of the software are almost useless since they fail to show the element of the feature. For example, in the section on selecting parts of the photo to edit, the lines to mark the section of the photo selected are almost invisible and things like the lasso cursor are about the size of a pinprick. Other reviewers had mentioned these shortcomings but I thought the book would be worthwhile at a discounted price since I had liked the "For Dummies" books purchased in the past. I was wrong wrong wrong. Even the text proved to be too frustrating to be of much help. The instructions were constantly referring the reader to an earlier or later section of the book to explain something or other. If this is where the Dummies series is headed, then they really are for dummies like me who waste their money on poorly illustrated, poorly organized and generally useless manuals.
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When it comes to photoshop, I am a complete dummy. Or I was until I read this book. I think it is concise and to the point. Everything is explained very well. This book has saved me from having to take an expensive Photoshop class.
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I had never done any more with photography than automatic point and shoot cameras, both film and digital. I had no idea what f stops and ISOs were. This book introduced me to the concept of exposure and what the factors affecting exposure are. Then it got into more detail, all with great reference to the digital camera's buttons and bells have on them. The organization of the book was extremely well done, beginning with basics and then going on to more complicated issues. It is one of the best Dummies books that I have read.
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Unless you are already familiar with the details of digital photography, and I'm talking about pixels, bits, file types, etc, you will need a guide to steer through this complex software. Although I haven't read the entire guide yet, it is laid out very logically and the first few chapters give you the basics of what you have to know. From there, you can skip around and get creative. Recommended!
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I am a Dummie! Have used PSE 2 for years, and most of my knowledge cannot be transferred so the book is important! Very disappointed. I need the basics and I can't find basic topics in the index. If I happen to find it, I write it in the index, in case I need it again. Several do not appear in the book at all. I find the coverage of both operating systems distracting and confusing. Two books would be much better for the users. (I cross out the material on the other system.)
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I had used older versions of Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. I recently purchased a new version and was at a loss. I needed something to get me in the groove! The Dummies book is so easy to follow that it has been a God send. I hope to use it more often so that I can learn the hands-on of editing my photos. I am not shy about purchasing a "Dummies" book because everyone can't know everything!
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Great reference book. Easy to follow. Covers layers well. I recommend it as first book to beginners. elements 9 is so incredible, it is pretty similar to regular PhotoShop, very powerful. I use this book and tutorials online (PS site, and YouTube tutorials are free an plentiful) to wade thru what Elements 9 can do. Recommended book.
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The information that I need is mostly in the book, but it's not arranged as easily as I'd like. That doesn't mean it wouldn't work better for someone else. It would be difficult to write a manual like this that would work perfect for everyone. Overall, I'm pleased with it.
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