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Photoshop Elements 2 Solutions

While many image-editing software guides assume you already know all about photography this book includes tips throughout to help you shoot better. One of the opening quotes sums up the author's approach: "No longer will you look at an image simply for what it is. From now on you'll see what it can become". The pictures used to illustrate the various features of Elements are typical family snaps. Mikkel shows us how to make the most of Elements and enhance the family album. It's well written and...

Beginner's Guide to Adobe Photoshop

128 page A4 book with some very easy to follow information to help newcommers get to grips with Photoshop. The information is very user friendly and works, I noted in the acknowledgments that a guinea pig was used to try out the lessons and this shows in the helpful info. Some of the screengrabs of palettes are enarged to big so they look a little fuzzy but overall a good book. It doesn't have a section on how to print pictures which seems like an oversight. Shame also that it came a little late...

Adobe Photoshop 7 for Photographers

Even bigger than previous versions with new pictures and some completely rewritten areas making this as essential as earlier versions. Some fantastic info from a professional photographer who's been using the program since its early days. Has a large section on colour management and some top techniques to make the most of your images. Not for the beginner, but destined to be a best seller in this genre.

Photoshop 7 KillerTips

Lots of creative white space with this one! The tips, two per page, or split into chapters with headings for production, essential tips, way cool tips, type, web, design, layers, troubleshooting, image correction and prepress and advanced. If you read the Photoshop manual from back to front you'd find most of this info, but it's often so tucked away, in reality, you never would. The screengrabs are a good size to see what's going on, and the info is well written. The new photoshop user will fin...

Inside Photoshop 7

With over 1000 pages this is one heavy book! This format has appeared for previous incarnations of Photoshop, but rather than just update a few bits to make it relevant to the new version the author has created an almost new book so you get better value but the same comments go to the previous version reviewed here.And lots of words that could have been trimmed right back. And the index now runs to 39 pages!...

Creative Thinking in Photoshop

This is not a review just a warning. If youre one of those people who is happy to buy blind and do so on impulse, you may be tempted by the title of this book. And its a very good book, but its written for artists who want to use the computer and Photoshop to digitally create oil and watercolours. In summary, as a book for artists using Photoshop it would rate highly, but we feel it has little value for photographers considering all the other titles out there. As such we think it's unfair to giv...

Photoshop 7 Down & Dirty Tricks

266 pages of step-by-step techniques walking you through over 80 projects with hundreds of advanced methods to improve you skills. I found this book very easy to follow and rarely found areas that could confuse readers. The graphics are good the ideas are worth trying and the overall quality is superb. With most of the projects based around type and graphical effects its more suitable for a designer than a photographer, but photographers can benefit when they want to make presentations of portfo...

Traditional Photographic Effects with Adobe Photoshop

With a very brief introduction and a few pages on input this book flies straight into a series of step-by-step techniques - the first one is about Sepia toning. Its let down by huge screengrabs which have been displayed too big and over-sharpened, making you wonder how that happened when we have a book about the one program that can avoid such problems! The five-page technique could have easily been covered in two and that sets the flavour for this book - not much content spread thinly over t...

Photoshop 7 Magic

Congratulation are due for being one of the first to get a Photoshop 7 titled book out, and its horizontal format makes it more practical to use on a crowded desktop. The book has good repro quality on bright white pages and is laid out in a step-by-step format, with all the necessary tutorial images provided on an included CD. There is a lot of creative white space so you dont see text and pictures crammed together. Following the steps is easy providing you are already familiar with Photoshop ...

The Photoshop 6 Wow book

I bought a copy of Photoshop Wow 4 a few years ago and was impressed. The format is the same on this very busy and very useful. Jack Davis is a designer and thats evident in the amount of design style tricks that are explained in this book. Youll learn how to bevel and shape graphics like no other book has demonstrated. Print quality is good and picture illustrations are excellent. The only criticism is that theres no real structure to the book you sort of nip in and out to get information, but ...