April 8, 2005
"Photoshop Elements 3: The Missing Manual": Edit, Organize, and Share Digital Photos Like a Pro
Sebastopol, CA--Even Grandma wields a digital camera these days. Everyone
appreciates the instant gratification, the email-ready photos, and the end
to overstuffed shoeboxes. But people are also realizing something else,
says author Barbara Brundage: "The image-editing and picture-organizing
software that comes with most cameras can be pretty limited when it's time
to spruce up your digital photos. Even if you're scanning in old prints
and slides, you'll want a program that'll help you rejuvenate these gems
and eliminate the wear and tear of all those years."
That's where Photoshop Elements 3 comes in. With most of the power of
Photoshop--the tool of choice among graphics professionals--it lets people
manipulate their digital images just as they like. But even though
Elements is meant for "regular folks," says Brundage, "finding your way
around the program has become a lot more complicated than it used to be."
And since it doesn't come with a trusty manual, she wrote the all-new,
full-color Photoshop Elements 3: The Missing Manual (O'Reilly, US
"The very best way to learn Elements is just to dive right in and play
with it," assures Brundage. She helps readers do that by avoiding
unnecessary technical jargon and delivering straightforward guidance and
instruction on everything Elements newcomers--and even power users--need
to know. She clearly explains why and when someone would want to use or
avoid certain features of the program and delivers tutorials throughout
the book with downloadable files for practicing.
From those futzing around with their first digital cameras to advanced
photographers, Photoshop Elements 3: The Missing Manual delivers
beginning-to-advanced tools, tricks, and tips for improving photos,
keeping them organized, and making top-notch prints and other creative
projects. Covering both Windows and Mac, the book includes:
Elements introduction: Brundage gets readers oriented, helps them set
Elements up to best suit their working style, offers handy keyboard
shortcuts, and explains how to bring photos into Elements, organize them,
and back them up.
Editing with Elements: Readers learn how to make the most of their photos
with expert techniques for retouching, making basic corrections and
adjustments, sharpening, removing dust and scratches, trying even more
sophisticated fixes, RAW conversion, and more.
Digital artistry: The book explains how to paint on photos, draw shapes,
use countless filters and effects, and add type to images.
Image sharing: Brundage helps readers best use their printer for
high-quality output, create images for the Web and email, make slideshows
and web galleries, and use Create.
Additional Elements: Readers learn to customize Elements with plug-ins
and additional tools and accessories.
With clear writing, snappy humor, and brilliant, full color throughout to
demonstrate Elements' impressive features, Photoshop Elements 3: The
Missing Manual will make an Elements master of anyone.
Photoshop Elements 3: The Missing Manual
ISBN: 0-596-00453-2, 499 pages, $39.95 US, $55.95 CA
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