The Dummies book on Photoshop Elements 7
Although it is pretty straightforward to get acceptable photos directly from today’s megapixel digital cameras, once the image files have been transferred to the PC one is able to use an editing program, such as Google’s Picasa, which is simple to use and ideal for many basic improvements. However, PE7, as well as incorporating a range of “autofixes” and other simple makeovers, is far more versatile.
This is where this Dummies book comes into its own because it is not merely a guide to using the program, it also provides a large amount of additional information and guidance. Thus, it meets the needs of the person new to digital photography as well as those who have more knowledge.
The contents of the book are arranged in six parts starting with the basics. This includes a number of the fundamentals such as the significance of different resolutions, colour modes and the various file formats. Overall, this provides an aid to understanding what you are actually doing. The second part is entitled “Getting organised” and covers the various issues relating to getting images from camera (including the increasingly interesting topic of camera RAW), scanner, phone, on-line services or even creating your own images. Other aspects of it include viewing, indexing and cataloguing images.
The third part delves deeply into manipulating and correcting photos while the fourth is entitled “Exploring your inner artist”. This includes merging photos, drawing as well as playing with filters, effects, styles etc. Part five is entitled “Printing, creating and sharing” which is, after all, what we generally want to do with at least some of our photos.
The final part is a short miscellany covering pointers on how to take better photos and ideas for projects that can be undertaken.
I found that overall it gives a better understanding of many of the issues involved in getting the best out of photos. Consequently, I think that it could well be worth buying this book even before you upgrade to PE7.
Photoshop Elements 7 for Dummies by Barbara Obermeier & Ted Padova. 385pp.
Pub. Wiley ISBN 978-0-470-39700-A. Price £19.99 (Amazon £12.99 including delivery). The price from Amazon is $18.79 including delivery. The price from Amazon is €22,58 including delivery.
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