Photoshop Elements 12: The Missing Manual
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: September 2013
Pages: 648

Whether you’re a photographer, scrapbooker, or aspiring graphic artist, Photoshop Elements 12 is an ideal image-editing tool—once you know how to use it. This bestselling book removes the guesswork. With candid, jargon-free advice and step-by-step guidance, you’ll get the most out of Elements for everything from sharing and touching-up photos to fun print and online projects.

The important stuff you need to know:

  • Get to work right away. Import, organize, edit, crop, and color-correct your photos with ease.
  • Retouch any image. Repair and restore old and damaged photos.
  • Add pizzazz. Dress up your photos with dozens of filters, layer styles, and special effects.
  • Share photos. Create online albums, email-ready slideshows, and web-ready files.
  • Use your words. Make greeting cards, calendars, and flyers by adding text to images.
  • Unleash your creativity. Design photo books, scrapbooks, collages, and other projects.
  • Find your artistic flair. Create digital artwork from scratch, using tools to draw, paint, and blend.
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    1.0

    Book will not accept negative review

    By oldtimer

    from AZ

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      Comments about oreilly Photoshop Elements 12: The Missing Manual:

      Directions indicated in the book do not work.

       
      5.0

      Best manual so far

      By HeLu

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        Comments about oreilly Photoshop Elements 12: The Missing Manual:

        Explains all the details that most manuals don't - and the writing is as good as it gets (read it and learn, Scott Kelby).

         
        5.0

        Excelle for newbies and intermedia users

        By Kingofkats

        from West Chester, PA

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          Comments about oreilly Photoshop Elements 12: The Missing Manual:

          I have quite a bit of experience with Photoshop Elements, but just picked it up as I went along. Using raw files in Photoshop Elements 12 convinced me I finally needed some systematic training and "The Missing Manual" has supplied thus admirably. There is no filler and the author helpfully directs readers with some experience to the sections relevant to their needs. Highly recommended.

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          5.0

          Great attenteion to detail, well edited.

          By Uncle Steve

          from South Africa

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              Comments about oreilly Photoshop Elements 12: The Missing Manual:

              I have been using Photoshop Elements for over ten years and thought I knew it pretty well, but this book has new hints and tricks that are very helpful and valuable. The style is cheerful, empathetic and encouraging.
              It's detailed and not really bedtime reading, yet it's easy to follow, and the editing is very careful. There are helpful links and cross references.
              I have the ebook and enjoy its simple access while I am working on the program. I think this is a good way to use it.

               
              5.0

              A Good Place to Start or Continue

              By Jo

              from Middletown, NJ

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              • You Can Get Distracted

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              Comments about oreilly Photoshop Elements 12: The Missing Manual:

              The Missing Manual is a comprehensive book for current and future users of PSE12. For the more advanced user, specific instructions are easy to follow. For the less "scientific" among us, the author is careful to not get too technical. An easy to understand, easily accessible index is included. Well written with lots of humor and examples.
              The main advantage of this book is that all of this information is in one place. It is a simple matter to pick and choose a topic without having to figure out keywords and Google search terms. I might add that it is also a lot safer to pick up a book than to click on a link, at least sometimes. Now you have your very own means of learning a powerful program and using it on your own.

               
              4.0

              It really is the missing manual

              By Jack2t

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                  Comments about oreilly Photoshop Elements 12: The Missing Manual:

                  Clear, to the point, I like the option of having an electronic version available for a reduced price.

                  (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Just what I needed and have been missing

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                    Comments about oreilly Photoshop Elements 12: The Missing Manual:

                    I've been using Photoshop Elements since version 2. That's the last version with a user's manual. Still I thought I'd been able to keep up with new functionality simply by looking at the toolbars and menus. But this book shows that I've missed a lot. It has been extremely helpful in getting full value from all the capabilities of Elements.

                    I find the hardcopy book best for learning about the various features. But I also purchased the electronic copy for quick, convenient reference while I'm in the process of editing photos.

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                    5.0

                    Most useful guide to Photoshop Elements

                    By jimb3942

                    from Melbourne, Australia

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                    Comments about oreilly Photoshop Elements 12: The Missing Manual:

                    Easy to read and contains copious illustrations to guide you through all the processes

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