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Photoshop Elements 10: The Missing Manual [Paperback]

Barbara Brundage
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Oct. 11 2011 1449398502 978-1449398507 1

Elements 10 offers much of Photoshop's power without the huge price tag. It's a great tool for most image-editing buffs—whether you’re a photographer, scrapbooker, or aspiring graphic artist. But Elements still doesn't come with a useful manual. This bestselling book helps you get the most out of the program, from the basics to advanced tips for both Windows and Mac users.

The important stuff you need to know:

  • Quickly learn your way around. Customize Elements to suit your working style.
  • Get to work right away. Import, organize, and make quick image fixes with ease.
  • Retouch any image. Learn how to repair and restore old and damaged photos.
  • Add pizzazz. Give images more zip with dozens of filters, layer styles, and special effects.
  • Design with words. Make text flow along a curved path or around an object or shape.
  • Find your creative flair. Create scrapbooks, greeting cards, photo books, and more.
  • Try out advanced techniques. Work with layers, blend modes, and other tools.

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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 for Elements 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9. She's been teaching people how to use Photoshop Elements since it first came out in 2001. Barbara 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!

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
I find this manual difficult to navigate, and the language is occasionally obtuse. Like most people, I use these books to learn how to complete a specific job. I don't read the book cover to cover. Does anybody? I haven't been able to complete a single project I've attempted, because reference is invariably made to some tool or process with which I am unfamiliar, and there are no links to track the required information down. Normally, the index would help with this problem, but the index is this manual is woefully lacking. All in all, the book is a dud. I'll be looking for something else.

In fairness, it's tough to buy a manual online because you don't have the opportunity to scan it first. I love buying books online, but I think a manual is one book better bought in a bookstore.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful book Jan. 17 2012
I love this book. I am going through it cover to cover and although it was frustrating to start with using the Organizer and Saving your work (I wanted to jump right in and DO something), in the end the author knew better then i did and you have to know what you are going to do with your pictures after you adjust with them. While taking Kim Klassen's free on line Skinny-Mini Elements class, I constantly referred back to this manual to figure out what I was doing and why. I felt it referenced other commands in the book very well. Although there are plenty of examples in the book, I could have used more pictures.
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3.0 out of 5 stars For Photographers, Not Painters Sept. 17 2012
Photoshop Elements 10: The Missing Manual

PhotoSHOP Elements 10 is 600 heavily illustrated, large format pages of small type superbly printed, exhausting the capacity of the application to modify photographs. A power user will be satisfied.

However, I am not interested in modifying photographs. I use Photoshop only for painting illustrations. This tome has 100 pp explaining the tools for painting, mainly about layers, gradients, and text. That works out to >30¢ per page; instruction for drawing, painting, selecting, etc. must be sought among the other 500 pp and then adapted to painting. I suggest that ADOBE's manuals be studied before costly third party books

PhotoSHOP is the industry standard, a necessary competence for professionals; it is written for photographic technicians and professional printers rather than intuitive artists. I advise artists to start digital painting with simple programs, such as Corel PAINTER Elements 4, and then graduate to PhotoSHOP when the basic operations are understood and the finer, professional techniques are desired.

This book is thorough and fairly lucid for PhotoShoppers determined to achieve professional excellence. Who else would invest in PhotoShop?
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139 of 140 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes...this is indeed the manual that should have been in the box! Nov. 20 2011
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O'Reilly's "Missing Manual" series claims each of their titles is "The book that should have been in the box". While I can't speak for the entire series, I have purchased and used several of them, including the missing manuals for three different versions of Photoshop Elements (PSE).

PSE 10 is very similar at the user interface level to versions 8 and 9, and it is --like its predecessor versions-- extremely feature dense. This makes it both a powerful digital image editor, and a potential well of frustration for users. While PSE 10 includes some 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 10'as interface and functions. 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 10 experience:
the appendix to the book is found at the rear, and addresses installation issues. This wpould be better placed at the front and combined with the "what's new" portion, since install issues are the first pitfall area that users could encounter. 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 10.
102 of 107 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Photoshop Elements 10 - the missing manual, Barbara Brundage Oct. 18 2011
By Charles Heisterkamp - Published on
Highly recommended I have been teaching Photoshop Elements since version 7 and have used Ms. Brundage's series of books for version 7, 8, and 9. This book is an A to Z manual on Photoshop Elements. One feature I particularly like is that the author lists a number of websites for additional material such as plug-ins. Also, she will reference a book not published by O'Reilly, an action for which both the author and publisher deserve credit.

As the author states in her introduction, this is a how and when book. The book instructs one how to use various techniques and tools, as well as when not to use them. In addition to the book content, one can go to the O'Reilly website to download additional material that is pertinent so that one can better complete various exercises in the book.

The bottom line; if you use Photoshop Elements 10, buy this book.

Charles Heisterkamp, III, M.D.
49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Photoshop Elements 10 Missing Manual Jan. 4 2012
By Edmund Porte - Published on
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I teach Photoshop Elements at a local educational organization. We have been using Elements 6, and we plan to upgrade to Elements 10 for the forthcoming year. Therefore I ordered "Photoshop Elements 10 - the Missing Manual"
My review of this book can be very brief. It is, quite simply, THE BEST ! Every user of ANY version of Photoshop Elements should have it. It is very comprehensive, and is written in easy-to-understand language. Everything is clearly explained. What more could one want ? STRONGLY RECOMMENDED !!!
32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars no panacea Feb. 15 2012
By Peter C - Published on
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Like any complicated program I have tried to use, Photoshop Elements 10 is difficult to learn on your own so I purchased "Photoshop Elements 10 the missing manual" from Amazon to help me along. And it does help but if you think you can open the book and have it lead you by the hand one, two, three, you will be disappointed. The book is just as complicated and labyrinthine as Photoshop itself.

I sit with Elements 10 up and running on my computer and and the missing manual open and go back and forth between the two, sometimes trying to understand the program by reading the book and sometimes reading the program to understand the book.

To be fair, for the same reasons many of us find new and complicated computer programs daunting, it may be impossible to write a book so as to present the program in the way many of us have learned to think and use logic.

The author is articulate and interesting and I do recommend "Photoshop Elements 10 the missing manual" for the same reason I recommend Photoshop itself but with the same proviso, don't expect to open either and easily begin to understand and use Photoshop Elements 10.
27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book if you are already familiar with PhotoShop July 13 2012
By Dannyboy - Published on
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I am a novice to Photoshop so I found the book was less helpful regarding the basics than others who wrote a review. All I wanted to know initially was how to load up a photo from my picture file on my computer and to print it. After several minutes of futile searching through the book, I finally gave up and figured it out myself on the computer. My advice is to get on the web and view the YouTube videos of some of the basic features of PhotoShop. The book will be good once you learn the basics. I wish there were a simple "Photoshop for Dummies" version that doesn't go into all the more complicated stuff.
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