Photoshop Elements 5: The Missing Manual
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Photoshop Elements 5: The Missing Manual

by Barbara Brundage
     
 

Anyone still think that Adobe Photoshop Elements is a toy version of the real thing? As the most popular photo-editing program on the market, Photoshop Elements not only has Photoshop's marvelous powers, but also has capabilities the mothership lacks. Each new version includes more tools designed specifically for today's consumer digital photo enthusiasts. The

Overview

Anyone still think that Adobe Photoshop Elements is a toy version of the real thing? As the most popular photo-editing program on the market, Photoshop Elements not only has Photoshop's marvelous powers, but also has capabilities the mothership lacks. Each new version includes more tools designed specifically for today's consumer digital photo enthusiasts. The latest edition, Photoshop Elements 5, solidifies the reputation of this superb and inexpensive product with new scrapbook features, a link to online photo services, and many other improvements.

In fact, there's so much to Photoshop Elements that it can be quite confusing at times. That's precisely why our Missing Manuals are the bestselling books on the topic. Adobe provides a pamphlet and some help files; our book, now in its fifth edition, carefully explains every feature the program has to offer (something no other book has done) by putting each one into a clear, easy-to-understand context. Photoshop Elements 5: The Missing Manual covers the Windows version of Adobe's workhorse and gives you the low down on a host of new features:

  • Learn to create multiple page documents, custom photo layouts with frames, and highly customized layouts for scrapbook projects
  • Master the new editor for Layer Styles, which lets you customize individual layers in a photo
  • "Attach" your photos to areas of a Yahoo! Map so your friends and family can see the pictures you took in specific places

Author Barbara Brundage also introduces you to a new sophisticated tool called "Curves" to adjust the color and contrast in your photos, and shows you how to burn multi-session CDs and DVDs. As always, she lets you know which features work well, which don't, and why — all with a bit of wit and good humor. Although the book progresses from simple to complex tasks, you can easily jump around to learn specific techniques, such as creating photomontages (composites), restoring old photos, preparing images for the Web, and archiving. More than a dozen downloadable images let you practice using the editing tools right away!

Editorial Reviews

The Barnes & Noble Review
With each new release, Photoshop Elements gets more powerful. While Adobe's done a great job of making Elements easier, you're likely to use only a fraction of its power if you don't get some guidance. We recommend Barbara Brundage's superb Photoshop Elements 5: The Missing Manual.

Elements' layout can still confuse newcomers. Brundage gets you past that confusion in a hurry, so you can do real work. She helps you set up Elements for comfort and efficiency; quickly import and organize your existing images; then use Elements' core tools -- rotate, crop, Quick Fix, and so forth.

Next, she turns to Elements' "digital darkroom" tools. Elements can't fix every photo, but you may be surprised at how much it can fix. (In fact, even some older Elements features have been tweaked in this version to deliver better results.) Brundage, who coauthored the outstanding Digital Photography: The Missing Manual, really understands what digital photographers need to know to get great results.

Increasingly, Elements offers “pro” features, such as support for RAW files. Brundage demystifies these features, so nonprofessionals can really take advantage of them. Speaking of new features, Brundage covers pretty much all of them. True black-and-white conversion. Sophisticated color curves. Elements' great new graphics, frames, special effects, and photo layouts. Support for multi-page documents and Web-based photo galleries. New mapping tools. Burst mode photo storage. You name it.

Incidentally: As of this writing, only the Windows version of Photoshop Elements 5 is available. But a Mac version is anticipated. And, with a few typical adjustments (use Mac keyboard shortcuts instead of Windows), this book should work fine for the Mac version, too. Bill Camarda, from the November 2006 Read Only

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780596527280
Publisher:
O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/01/2006
Series:
Missing Manual Series
Pages:
576
Product dimensions:
7.08(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.39(d)

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Meet the Author

Barbara Brundage is the author of the bestselling Photoshop Elements 4: The Missing Manual, and a member of Adobe's pre-release group for Elements since version 3. She's been teaching people how to use Photoshop Elements since it first came out in 2001. Barbara first got interested in Elementsfor creating graphics for use in her day job as a harpist, music publisher, and arranger.

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