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Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows: The Missing Manual [Paperback]

Barbara Brundage
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Oct. 8 2009 Missing Manual

Ideal for scrapbookers, serious and casual photographers, and budding graphic artists alike, Photoshop Elements 8 is more powerful and easier to use than previous versions. But figuring out how and when to use the program's tools is still tricky. With this book, you'll learn not only what each tool does, but also when it makes the most sense to use it and why. You get easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions for everything from importing photos to organizing, editing, sharing, and storing your images. And if a feature isn't all that it's cracked up to be, we'll tell you.

How do you use the Photomerge Exposure? How do Quick Fix previews work? With a gentle introduction to get you started quickly, and advanced tips to help you produce really creative work, this Missing Manual provides the answers you need.

  • Get crystal-clear and jargon-free explanations of every feature
  • Learn to import, organize, back up, and fix photos quickly and easily
  • Repair and restore old and damaged photos, and retouch any image
  • Jazz up your pictures with dozens of filters, frames, and special effects
  • Remove unwanted objects from images with the new Recompose tool
  • Learn advanced techniques like working with layers and applying blend modes
  • Download practice images and try new tricks right away


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About the Author

Barbara Brundage is the author of Photoshop Elements 6: The Missing Manual, and Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac: The Missing Manual, an Adobe Community Expert, and a member of Adobe's prerelease groups for Elements 3, 4, 5, and 6. She's been teaching people how to use Photoshop Elements since it first came out in 2001. Barbara first 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The missing manual has been found ! Feb. 15 2010
Format:Paperback
I bought the program and needed the manual. This detailed and easy to understand. If you buy the software, be sure to buy the book too!! Excellent !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Reference! Dec 9 2010
Format:Paperback
This manual serves exactly the purpose I purchased it for--providing answers to my how-do-you-do-that questions regarding Elements 8. The manual is set up to permit you to simply look up & follow the step-to-step process to complete a task, or if you prefer you can read the manual from front to back so there are no gaps in your understanding of the program.

The manual is written in an easy manner & provides lots of tips & shortcuts. I would recommend it to anyone with the program who occasionally wonders "Now how do you do that?"

Also, the price with Amazon was reasonable as compared to expensive with a major retailer. Shipping was quick & accurate.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Detailed, yet user-friendly treatment of a feature-dense product Nov. 28 2009
By 35-year Technology Consumer - Published on Amazon.com
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Like earlier versions of Photoshop Elements (PSE), Photoshop Elements 8 is both powerful and complex. While it has some automated functions, users hoping to harness its full power are going to need some help. Barbara Brundage offers this help 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 8's 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. Particularly useful are the two appendices, which provide a summary of ALL of the (many many!)menu items in the two main components of PSE (its editor and the organizer).

Minor deficiencies are present in this book. While it certainly provides sound advice on avoiding Adobe's deliberate efforts to guide consumers to a purchase of the "Plus" version of the online extension to PSE 8, it doesn't mention the wide scope of Adobe's data collection of user activities associated with this (in both the free and "Plus" online adjuncts). Advice to consumers to read the EULA if they have concerns about how Adobe will collect their data would have been a welcome addition. Also, the book correctly states that PSE 8 can be installed with earlier versions of PSE. While this is true (and you won't be forced to uninstall any earlier version), it doesn't mention that PSE 8 will force you to choose which single version of PSE you'll want to keep using. Finally, the book says that "the help files that ship with Elements are sometimes incomplete". More correctly, in PSE they are absent. The Help menu in PSE 8 launches a browser and takes you online, where all the help content is located. You can download a 27 MB .pdf help file (which users without persistent connectivity should consider).

These are small shortcomings that do not detract seriously from the overall worth of this book, which is valuable tool with great utility for serious amateur (or frugal professional) photographers or digital artists expanding their craft.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get This Book!! Dec 12 2009
By Eric - Published on Amazon.com
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I recently ordered Elements 8 and I have used many photo editing programs but knew if I wanted to get the full use of the software I would need a guide beyond the help menus. I ordered this book and Elements 8 for Dummies thinking that this book would be more tech talk-ish. I was wrong this book is the one I use more! It is very easy to follow and has much better in-depth info! I was also amazed that it got to N. Iraq in 7 days!..thanx Amazon!
40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than I expected Nov. 17 2009
By Loren Robert Kearney - Published on Amazon.com
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This book Rocks. I opened my Package from Amazon & was blown away. The book covers anything & everything inside Photoshop 8. The best part is its simple to understand & makes using photoshop elements 8 a dream. I'm very happy with the product, and as an underwater photographer this was money well spent!
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE Manual for Newcomers to Photo Shop Jan. 26 2010
By AuntMame - Published on Amazon.com
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If you haven't used Photoshop, turn to Page 9 in the Intro of this book--it lays out what Chapters you MUST read in order to get started. I found Photoshop Elements 8 to provide so many options that this book was a must have for me. It got me up and running fast.
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Computer help Dec 19 2009
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All of the "Missing Manual" books seem to be better for me to use than the other books I've tried. There is a greater depth of material. Also included with the book is on line help from the book's author. I'm no computer dummy, but I do need help with photo programs and toggling back and forth between the help pages and the photos upon which I am working makes me frustrated. These books make that problem disappear.
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