Barbara Brundage is the author of Photoshop Elements 6: The Missing Manual, an Adobe Community Expert, and a member of Adobe’s prerelease groups for Elements 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7. 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! You can reach Barbara at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peter Meyers (editor) is the managing editor for O’Reilly’s Missing Manual series. He lives with his wife, daughter, and cats in New York City. Email: email@example.com.
Nellie McKesson (production editor) is a graduate of St. John’s College in Santa Fe, NM. She currently lives in Jamaica Plain, MA, and spends her spare time making t-shirts for her friends to wear (mattsaundersbynellie.etsy.com). Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sohaila Abdulali (copy editor) is a freelance writer and editor. She has published a novel, several children’s books, and numerous short stories and articles. She recently finished an ethnography of an aboriginal Indian woman. She lives in New York City with her husband Tom and their small but larger-than-life daughter, Samara. She can be reached through her Web site at www.sohailaink.com.
Doug Nelson (technical reviewer) is the founder of RetouchPRO, a free resource for anyone interested in digital imaging. RetouchPRO offers tutorials, contests, challenges, user galleries, and an active community forum. Doug invites you to stop by and show your work, ask for help, help someone else, or just say hello. Web site: www.retouchpro.com.
Raymond Robillard (tech editor) is a software analyst for human interface applications. He enjoys playing video games and designing graphics on his computer. He’s been teaching online for over five years (eclecticacademy.com) and has been, until recently, very active in user forums helping newcomers as well as more advanced users of Photoshop Elements and Macintosh computers.
Many thanks to Doug Nelson and Ray Robillard for reading this book and giving me the benefit of their advice and corrections. I’m also grateful for the help I received from everyone at Adobe, especially Bob Gager, Mark Dahm, and Rich Coencas.
Special thanks also to graphic artist Jodi Frye (www.frontiernet.net/~jlfrye/Jodi_Frye) for allowing me to reproduce one of her Elements drawings to show what can be done by those with more artistic ability than I have. My gratitude also to Florida’s botanical gardens, especially McKee Botanical Garden (www.mckeegarden.org), Historic Bok Sanctuary (www.boktower.org), Heathcote Botanical Gardens (www.heathcotebotanicalgardens.org), and Harry P. Leu Gardens (www.leugardens.org), for creating oases of peace and beauty in our hectic world. Finally, I’d like to thank everyone in the gang over at the Adobe Photoshop Elements support forum for all their help and friendship.
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