11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on March 31, 2010
The presentation of Elements 8 is poorly planned. Virtually all of the Elements 8 working pages are reproduced without any apparent thought being given to the fact that this produces a very fine print. The only way to read the details on each working sheet is to use a magnifying glass. Since the text refers constantly to these sheets, using this book is extremely frustrating. Defintely not recommended for the novice.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 18, 2011
This is by far the most useful photo book I've purchased. Though I've taken pictures for years and have had Photoshop Elements since version 2, I never really learned the power of the app, and soon got bogged down and frustrated by all the options in Elements. I find this book ideal because it comes across as a helpful pro sitting next to you, giving you his hints, tips, and thought processes. By the authors' own admission, it's not another dry recital describing all the filter effects on the palette. You get solid, useful advice that you can use right away.
Of course, the counterargument is that if you *are* looking for a description of a specific filter or blend mode, you probably won't find it here (unless it was used in one of the examples). I don't mind this, as this is what the online help is for.
If you want to improve your photo editing skills in a hurry, this book is the one to buy.