For less than one-fourth of the cost of Photoshop, you can get the amazingly powerful Photoshop Elements 5, and Scott Kelby's The Photoshop Elements 5 Book for Digital Photographers. Then, you can make Elements jump through hoops, getting results you thought they needed Photoshop for. And you'll have several hundred dollars to spare for some of that new gear you've been eyeing.
What's in this gorgeous, full-color book? Practical, step-by-step guidance on every facet of image and color correction, from removing digital noise to digital dodging and burning, adjusting flesh tones to correcting a single problem area. Sixteen excellent techniques for retouching portraits, from lessening acne to making eyes "sparkle," slimming and trimming to digital nose jobs. A wide variety of special effects, from soft focus to fake duotones (and, speaking of duotones, there's a full chapter on restoring old photos). And, throughout, dozens of surprising tips and workarounds that give Elements near-Photoshop power.
Kelby also offers guidance on all the "surrounding" tasks that go with managing, sharing, and presenting your images: using the Organizer, creating photobooks and photo web sites, and even basic color management. Every technique is annotated with all the background you need to use it with your own images.
Kelby, editor-in-chief of Photoshop User and president of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals, lives and breathes Elements and Photoshop. And if you like his style and expertise, there's plenty more good stuff where this came from (such as his recent "tips" collection, The Digital Photography Book). But, for Elements users, Kelby's endless fount of wisdom begins right here. Bill Camarda, from the February 2007 Read Only