The Photoshop Elements 8 Book for Digital Photographers

Paperback | October 29, 2009

byScott Kelby, Matt Kloskowski

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This book (for Windows and Mac) breaks new ground by doing something for digital photographers that’s never been done before—it cuts through the bull and shows you exactly “how to do it.” It’s not a bunch of theory; it doesn’t challenge you to come up with your own settings or figure things out on your own. Instead, it does something that virtually no other Elements book has ever done—it tells you flat-out which settings to use, when to use them, and why. If you’re looking for one of those “tell-me-everything-about-the-Unsharp-Maskfilter” books, this isn’t it. You can grab any other Elements book on the shelf, because they all do that. Instead, this book gives you the inside tips and tricks of the trade for organizing, correcting, editing, sharpening, retouching, and presenting your photos like a pro. You’ll be absolutely amazed at how easy and effective these techniques are—once you know the secrets.

You’ll learn:
  • The real secrets of how the pros retouch portraits
  • How to color correct any photo without breaking a sweat (you’ll be amazed at how they do it!)
  • How to use Camera Raw for processing not only RAW photos, but JPEGs and TIFFs, too! (And you’ll learn why so many pros like it best— because it’s faster and easier)
  • The sharpening techniques the pros really use (there’s an entire chapter just on this!)
  • How to deal with common digital camera image problems, including removing noise and avoiding halos
  • The most requested photographic special effects,  and much more!
The Book's Secret Weapon
Although Elements 8 offers some digital photography features that Photoshop CS4 doesn’t offer, there are plenty of features that Photoshop CS4 has that Elements 8 still doesn’t have (things like paths, Channel Mixer, etc.). But in this book, you’ll learn some slick workarounds, cheats, and some fairly ingenious ways to replicate many of those Photoshop features from right within Elements. Plus, since this book is designed for photographers, it doesn’t waste your time talking about how to frame a shot, setting your exposure, etc., and there’s no talk about which camera or printer to buy. It’s all Elements, step-by-step, cover-to-cover, in the only book of its kind!

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This book (for Windows and Mac) breaks new ground by doing something for digital photographers that’s never been done before—it cuts through the bull and shows you exactly “how to do it.” It’s not a bunch of theory; it doesn’t challenge you to come up with your own settings or figure things out on your own. Instead, it does something ...

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This book (for Windows and Mac) breaks new ground by doing something for digital photographers that's never been done before—it cuts through the bull and shows you exactly “how to do it. It's not a bunch of theory; it doesn't challenge you to come up with your own settings or figure things out on your own. Instead, it does something th...

Scott Kelby is the world’s #1 bestselling author of computer books (since 2004), as well as Editor and Publisher of Photoshop User magazine, and President of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP). He’s the co-host of the highly acclaimed Photoshop User TV podcast, and trains thousands at digital photo and imaging ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 10 × 8 × 0.84 inPublished:October 29, 2009Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0321660331

ISBN - 13:9780321660336

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yet an other Great book By Scott Kelby Scott knows how to get to the point without all the technical stuff that can be o confusing. The most important thing about the way Scott wrote one of his previous books is that if you knew this or that then you can skip a chapter without loosing out on any important information!
Date published: 2010-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nicely put together I usually muddle about with software, preferring to use intuition to figure out the settings and applications. When in doubt, the help files or a quick internet search usually provide the answers. Photoshop Elements beat me. Scott Kelby's works came highly recommended and not without reason. The explanations were clear and easy to follow, the examples were fully illustrated and explained and I had no problems following the step-by-step instructions and finding the proper tabs and buttons in the software. The website links for sample photos was an added bonus. The book is layed out in a series of chapters, none of which are particularly dependent on each other, each of which explains a different technique. You can leap right in to adding layers without having to wade through a detailed description about the history of layers and the engineering and programming marvel that layers are and why your life is better for having read all about them. I concur with the other high reviews of Scott Kelby's work and don't think you would go wrong in purchasing any of his books.
Date published: 2010-04-21

Extra Content

Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1
Organized Chaos
Managing Photos Using the Organizer
CHAPTER 2
Raw Deal
Processing Your Images Using Camera Raw
CHAPTER 3
Resized
Resizing and Cropping Your Images
CHAPTER 4
Color Me Badd
Color Correction for Photographers
CHAPTER 5
99 Problems
Digital Camera Image Problems
CHAPTER 6
The Mask
Selection Techniques
CHAPTER 7
Faces
Retouching Portraits
CHAPTER 8
Take Me Away
Removing Unwanted Objects
CHAPTER 9
Special Delivery
Special Effects for Photographers
CHAPTER 10
Sharp Dressed Man
Sharpening Techniques
CHAPTER 11
Best in Show
How to Show Your Work
CHAPTER 12
Fit to Print
Step-by-Step Printing and
INDEX