Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac: The Missing Manual
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Released: October 2009
Pages: 592

Ideal for scrapbookers, serious and casual photographers, and budding graphic artists alike, Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac is more powerful and easier to use than previous versions. But figuring out how and when to use the program's tools is still tricky. With this book, you'll learn not only what each tool does, but also when it makes the most sense to use it and why. You get easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions for everything from importing photos to organizing, editing, sharing, and storing your images. You'll also find a tour of Bridge, the ultra-deluxe file browser that comes with Photoshop CS4 --and Elements 8.

How do you use the Photomerge Exposure? How do Quick Fix previews work? With a gentle introduction to get you started quickly, and advanced tips to help you produce really creative work, this Missing Manual provides the answers you need.

  • Get crystal-clear and jargon-free explanations of every feature
  • Learn to import, organize, back up, and fix photos quickly and easily
  • Repair and restore old and damaged photos, and retouch any image
  • Jazz up your pictures with dozens of filters, frames, and special effects
  • Remove unwanted objects from images with the new Recompose tool
  • Learn advanced techniques like working with layers and applying blend modes
  • Download practice images and try new tricks right away

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Comprehensive, current, invaluable

By cardiff Q

from San Diego, CA

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  • Accurate
  • Concise
  • Easy to understand
  • Helpful examples
  • Well-written

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  • Poor photo reproduction

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  • Intermediate
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Comments about O'Reilly Media Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac: The Missing Manual:

For those of us who do not plan to read and understand every word of the Help menus included in the long-awaited version 8 of Photoshop Elements for the Mac, this book is indispensable. Brundage does all the work for us. And in the vaunted tradition of the Missing Manual series, this book provides the answers and guidance needed to learn or to master Elements 8.

The abundantly-detailed Table of Contents and Index make finding things easy. The Introduction gives a quick and valuable description of the new features in v. 8, many of which are not readily apparent to the user, such as the new Smart Brush and Touch-Up tools. As Brundage explains, v. 8 now generously includes Adobe Bridge CS4, which provides all the tools available in the full Photoshop CS4. It is a powerful, richly-featured editing tool which can be used with any image format.

While new users of Elements will find Parts One and Two basic and helpful, experienced users of Elements will find new tricks and tips in Parts Three and Four. Part Three, Retouching, and Part Four, Artistic Elements, are replete with descriptions, step-by-step directions and illustrations which both new and advanced users will find illuminating and skill-enhancing. Ironically and surprisingly, the photographs in this book are poorly rendered due to the quality of the paper used in the production of the book, substantially reducing their effectiveness.

Part Five, Sharing Your Images, includes sections on creating projects (such as photo books, CD/DVD labels, greeting cards), printing photos (ordering or printing at home), emailing photos and preparing them for the web. iPhoto users can and may prefer to do many of these things more easily in iPhoto. Using the best features of each program, Elements and iPhoto, provides a rich menu of options.

Part Six, Additional Elements, provides a wealth of resources including websites, (Adobe's own Adobe Exchange is particularly helpful), where users can find brushes, textures, plug-ins, actions, and custom shapes, many of which are free, to add to those in v. 8. The tutorials and forums referenced are a good source of information and help as well.

Easily overlooked, Part Seven, Appendixes, includes useful menu-by-menu explanations for Elements and Bridge CS4, describing and defining each menu item, many of which are far from self-explanatory.

This book deserves to be close by anytime one is working in Photoshop Elements 8. It is comprehensive, current, invaluable.

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A Must For Digital Photographers

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    Comments about O'Reilly Media Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac: The Missing Manual:

    Mac users have patiently waited a long time for Adobe's latest release of Photoshop Elements. They won't be disappointed. The program has been vastly improved with several inspiring new features.

    But alas, with no written documentation readily readable-- just online help; it's hard to understand how to work the new improvements without doing extensive trial and error.

    Enter Brundage's treatise on how the program works. She makes it simple and you seem to can't wait to try the new features on your own. She explains in detail and gives you many examples.

    You may find yourself nodding as read the book as she simplifies many of the tasks of editing digital photos. She just explains things simply and so well. This is the mission of The Missing Manual Series.

    Early she begins with Finding Your Way Around Elements-- the new stuff that's been added is explained and there are plenty of pictures and snapshots of the program to fully explain what's new and what has been retained and what's been enhanced.

    I especially liked The Quick Fix chapter: Many of my fellow amateur photographers will pay great attention to this chapter since it is the simple fix that fellow photographers are typically after. Adjusting skin tones really works well and makes our subject look real human.

    Another chapter of interest is Basic Image Retouching. This is the heart of the program and where it shines. The topics are simple and very far reaching in digital imaging. For me when I use my point and shoot camera I find that I have exposure problems. Not sure why- but I do. The book explains how to use simple tools to greatly enhance my photos.

    Many of you who use iPhoto will want to have the Photoshop Elements 8 on board on your Mac. iPhoto and Elements 8 work together and you can move within both programs fairly simply. Your photos will be the beneficiary of how both programs can works almost seamlessly. Brundage shows you how to do this with aplomb.

    The book has wonderful examples of problem photos and how Elements 8 can fix them. The before and after examples are truly striking. The detailed explanations are really helpful. Soon thereafter you're anxious to attack your own flawed pics with the program's help.

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