October 10, 2007
Photoshop Elements 6: The Missing Manual--New from O'Reilly Media: Barbara Brundage Explains What's New & a Lot More Fun in Elements 6
Sebastopol, CA--Bestselling author Barbara Brundage--whose day job is
playing the harp--didn't plan on becoming an authority on Elements, one
of the world's most popular photo-editing programs. Yet her newest
publication--Photoshop Elements 6: The Missing Manual (O'Reilly, $39.99)--clearly secures Barbara's position as the premier Elements'
"I'm a lowly musician, but if I can learn Elements anyone can," insists
Barbara, the author of three previous books about Elements 3, 4, and 5. A
few years back in 2001, Barbara chose Elements to create graphics for her
new website and promo materials. She soon discovered the nifty software
program also made arranging and publishing her harp music a whole lot
easier. Then she got hooked on digital photography and relied on Elements
to improve and organize her images.
"Fortunately, the folks at Missing Manuals know that sometimes it's easier
for someone who isn't from a technical background to explain things to
people who don't have a lot of technical knowledge," says Barbara about
her road to authorship.
Indeed Barbara's technical knowledge combined with her appealing,
down-to-earth writing style made her a perfect addition to the Missing
Manual roster of authors. Founded by New York Times technology columnist
David Pogue, O'Reilly's Missing Manual series specializes in producing
beautifully written manuals for popular consumer software and hardware
products--the book that should have been in the box.
Photoshop Elements 6: The Missing Manual provides the best possible
guidance to scrapbookers, photographers at every level, budding graphic
artists--anyone who wants to get the most out of the latest Elements
upgrade. She clearly explains Photoshop Elements 6's exciting array of new
features, including the new Quick Edit function, Windows Vista
compatibility, improved RAW conversion, a handy Quick Selection Tool, and
more. Under Barbara's intelligent tutelage, readers learn how to:
- Import, organize, and fix photos quickly and easily.
- Repair and restore old and damaged photos, and retouch any image.
- Jazz up their pictures with dozens of filters, frames, and special
- Learn which tools the pros use--and finally understand how layers work!
- Create collages and photo layout pages for greeting cards and other
- Get downloadable practice images and try new tricks right away.
Photoshop Elements 6: The Missing Manual progresses from simple to
complex features. Those ready for the more sophisticated tools can easily
jump around to learn specific techniques. As always, Barbara lets you know
which Elements features work well, which don't, and why--all with a bit of
wit and good humor. Adds Barbara: "Elements is wonderful software, but
there's a lot going on there. I wanted to help people find their way
around and to understand some of the great things they can do with the
Barbara Brundage is the author of Photoshop Elements 6: The Missing
Manual, 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!
More information about the book, including table of contents, index,
author bio, and samples
Photoshop Elements 6: The Missing Manual
ISBN: 0-596-51444-1, $39.99 US
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