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Adobe Photoshop Elements 7: A Visual Introduction to Digital Photography

The book takes a detailed and very close look at Adobe Photoshop Elements 7. The 446 pages are split into fifteen chapters all of which are written in great detail and are well illustrated. The layout is a little cramped but with the quantity of information you are given it's something you can easily cope with. The book isn't linear and you can easily flick to a chapter you wish to study and work at your own pace. The book is a great reference tool and will fit perfectly on the prof...

Adobe Photoshop Layers Book

Photoshop's layers feature is one of the most useful tools to grasp but most of us just scratch the surface. This book's aim is to drill right down to the core, covering masking, layer effects, blend modes and much more in its 250+ pages. Colour throughout and extremely well illustrated it does the job well. If layers is something you're struggling to get to grips with, then this is the book to consider. It comes with a CD and has a collection of "Try it Now" lessons through the book.

Advanced Photoshop Elements 7

Just shy of 450 pages, Advanced Photoshop Elements 7 for digital photographers is designed to take you past your current level of in-depth knowledge. This isn't a book for newcomers although some basics are touched on. Divided into fourteen chapters and covering everything from scanning images to photo restoration and improving workflow. Giant coloured tabs ensure you can browse if needed and the page is filled with screen shots, work flow illustrations and diagrams.

Advanced Photoshop Elements 7 for Digital Photographers

If you want a clear and well presented manual then take a look at this book. The chapters are detailed, colourful and very easy to read. The lessons are in-depth and teach you everything from the basics to more adventurous editing skills. The images are useful and help clarify the points the author is trying to make and they also make the book a little easier to read as they break the text up nicely. There are plenty of lessons to keep you busy and this is a book you will treat as tuto...

Apple Aperture 2: A workflow guide four digital photographers

This step-by-step guide will help you understand the tools and give you the knowledge to get up-and-running with Apple Aperture 2. Not only will you learn new tools, and time-saving techniques, the book teaches you how to improve your workflow too. The book is split into easy-to-follow sections and the points written about are supported by diagrams and screen shots of the software in use. It's a nice, simple guide that is useful if you haven't used Aperture before.

Art and Design in Photoshop

Steve's a well known figure in the Photoshop illustration world and his books and magazine articles often provide you with step by step guides to tackling design projects. Here he takes a different approach which allows him space to discuss many more ideas for designs, but means you have to have an understanding of the basics of Photoshop to recreate any of the ideas. The book covers the principles of design such as composition of elements and choosing the appropriate font, and then goes on to ...

Basic Photography

This book has been the recommended photography course textbook for as long as I can remember. It's not for those who like lots of big colourful pics but more a theory guide to all aspects of photography. Now in the 7th edition Langford has upgraded it to include digital. As most upgrades go it's covered digital quite well, but still does the same as most in providing a less technical roundup of the digital aspects. The depth of knowledge for film based is astounding yet digital isn't covered in ...

Black and White in Photoshop CS3 and Photoshop Lightroom

This 241 page book is split into 6 chapters which cover everything from colour management to dealing with black and white photos in Photoshop and printing. The book follows clear and easy to understand steps and perfect for the intermediate or advance user wanting to further their knowledge. The steps are numbered and well illustrated with images that both inform as well as make the book look nice! This book is great for someone looking for a series of tutorials to follow or for the pro...

Black and White in Photoshop CS4 and Lightroom: Create Stunning Images in Photoshop CS4, Photoshop L

The book aims to show you how to successfully convert images to black and white in Photoshop and lightroom. The authors give advice on how you can maximise your workflow and show you every step of the black and white conversion process. The book is very detailed and the lessons on offer are very easy to understand and work through. Some really great images illustrate the book and the screen shots of particular features of Photoshop and Lightroom make the lessons even easier to grasp.

Canon DSLR: The Ultimate Photographer's Guide

If you're looking for a book that gives you all the basic information you need to get started then take a look at this one. It gives you advice on what camera to choose, what lenses are best, how to make the most of your camera and finally how to get your images onto your computer. The language is easy to understand and the size of the text makes it easy to read. The text is spaced out so even though there's plenty of information given the book doesn't look daunting. The book is well i...