Photoshop Elements 8 Book for Digital Photographers, The
- By Scott Kelby, Matt Kloskowski
- Published Oct 29, 2009 by Peachpit Press. Part of the Voices That Matter series.
- Copyright 2010
- Dimensions: 8 X 10
- Pages: 496
- Edition: 1st
- ISBN-10: 0-321-66033-1
- ISBN-13: 978-0-321-66033-6
- eBook (Watermarked)
- ISBN-10: 0-321-67285-2
- ISBN-13: 978-0-321-67285-8
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Product Author Bios
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 workshops around the world. An awardwinning author of more than 50 books, including Scott Kelby’s 7-Point System for Adobe Photoshop CS3, Photoshop Classic Effects, and The Digital Photography Book, volumes 1, 2 & 3, his easygoing, plain-English style of teaching makes learning Photoshop Elements fun. Scott knows firsthand which techniques are in hot demand, and now he shares them here in his latest book.
Matt Kloskowski is a Photoshop guru and author of nine books on Photoshop, Elements, and Illustrator. Matt teaches Photoshop and digital photography techniques to thousands of people each year. He co-hosts the top-rated video podcast Photoshop User TV and also hosts the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Killer Tips and Photoshop Killer Tips podcasts. He’s built a massive library of DVDs and online training courses, and writes regularly for Photoshop User magazine. Matt is an instructor at the world’s premier Photoshop event, the Photoshop World Conference & Expo, and works in Tampa, Florida, at the National Association of Photoshop Professionals.
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.
- 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!
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!
126 of 128 people found the following review helpful
Great book; however, hasn't been updated,
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This review is from: The Photoshop Elements 8 Book for Digital Photographers (Voices That Matter) (Paperback)I am a big fan of Scott Kelby's / Matt Kloskowski's books and their style of "here how to get there, step by step, with vivid illustrations and (often) funny narrative". If this is your first Elements for Digital Photographers book - go out and get it! $31 is a very fair price for tonnes and tonnes of useful tips and how-tos. Put it this way - if you had to pay someone to train you, how much he or she would charge you.. per hour?
However, if you already own one of their Elements for Digital Photographers (either 6 or 7), there is very few (if any at all!) new pieces of information here. In fact, this book is missing a chapter called "Create or Die - How to Make Presentations with your Photos" which is found in Elements for Digital Photographers 7 version. Was that a particularly useful chapter? Not really. Will you miss it? I doubt.
I am, however, disappointed not to find a new chapter that, for example, shows me cool new tips and tricks, or a chapter with "case... Read more
64 of 64 people found the following review helpful
The best way to learn Elements,
This review is from: The Photoshop Elements 8 Book for Digital Photographers (Voices That Matter) (Paperback)I have a bookshelf full of photo editing books, both for Photoshop CSx and Elements. IMO, Scott Kelby, along with "Photo Matt" Kloskowski, provides the best book to learn Elements. This isn't a collection of tricks or an encyclopedia that "explains" features, but a nuts and bolts how-to guide. It starts where it should with importing your photos and organizing them. Then it progresses to working with Adobe Camera Raw (even if you have jpeg photos), then he gets to editing in Elements. Establishing a proper workflow will ease photo editing and make sure you know here your older photos are.
Once you're past the first chapters, the book runs you through the full range of editing capabilities, again in a good workflow. Yeah, I keep harping on that. I've been teaching photo editing with different versions of Photoshop for 10 years and find that people who learn a consistent process achieve consistent results. Those who learn a few tricks don't. It's that simple. Workflow is as... Read more
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Love, Love, Love it!!,
This review is from: The Photoshop Elements 8 Book for Digital Photographers (Voices That Matter) (Paperback)Being a relative newcomer to PE8 I tralled through countless reviews on books that would help me to improve my editing skills without being too basic (something I'll outgrow quickly as my skills improve) or too advanced (just can't get my head around). This book certainly fit the bill for me! It is a permanent fixture on my desk, with easy to follow instructions on everything from actually editing your photo to presentation & copyrighting advice. I do have another PE8 book (Simplified Tips & Tricks) which is also a helpful book but I do seem to find myself reaching for Scott & Matt's book time & time again. As for reviews that say it is a bit wordy...I for one like to know the reasons behind why I'm doing something, that way instead of having the book open in front of me all the time during editing I am actually learning the steps & hopefully will get to the point I don't need the book at all. My advice - BUY IT!
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Table of Contents
Managing Photos Using the Organizer
Processing Your Images Using Camera Raw
Resizing and Cropping Your Images
Color Me Badd
Color Correction for Photographers
Digital Camera Image Problems
Take Me Away
Removing Unwanted Objects
Special Effects for Photographers
Sharp Dressed Man
Best in Show
How to Show Your Work
Fit to Print
Step-by-Step Printing and
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