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Photoshop Elements 9 For Dummies [Paperback]

Barbara Obermeier , Ted Padova

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Book Description

Oct. 5 2010 For Dummies
Perfect your photos and images with this “focused” guide to the latest version of Photoshop Elements

For most of us, the professional-level Photoshop is overkill for our needs. Amateur photographers and photo enthusiasts turn to Photoshop Elements for a powerful but simpler way to edit and retouch their snapshots. Photoshop Elements 9 For Dummies, fully updated and revised for the latest release of this software product, helps you navigate Elements to create, edit, fix, share, and organize the high-quality images you desire. Full color pages bring the techniques to life and make taking great photos fun and easy.

  • Introduces you to the work area
  • Shows you how to upload images to your computer
  • Reviews ways to view, find, organize, and manage your photos
  • Details how to modify your photos to your specifications
  • Distills working with layers, contrast, color, clarity, filter, effects, styles, and type
  • Explains how to print your creations, create a slide show, and optimize images for the Web

Written by veteran digital imaging and print authors Barbara Obermeier and Ted Padova, this handy reference is a highly readable and enjoyable way to learn this powerful image editing application.

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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

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


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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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars poorly illustrated and disorganized Dec 4 2010
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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.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Purchase! Dec 16 2010
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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!
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for beginners to digital photography! Nov. 19 2010
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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.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Photoshop Elements 9 for Dummies Feb. 7 2011
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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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Photoshop 9 for Dummies March 26 2011
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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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