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  Photoshop Elements 4 – The Missing Manual

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--"Photoshop Elements 4 is an all-in-one program that can help you improve your photos, keep them organized, and make top-notch prints and truly nifty creative projects," says Barbara Brundage, who has been teaching people how to use Elements since it first came out in 2001. "Elements is such a cool program and so much fun to use, but figuring out how to make it do what you want is another matter." For everyone who has been hesitant to use Elements because they've heard how tricky it is, Brundage's new Photoshop Elements 4: The Missing Manual (Brundage, O'Reilly, US $39.95) gets readers up to speed quickly so they can edit, print, and share their photos over the Internet.

Now fully revised for Photoshop Elements 4, this update to the bestselling Photoshop Elements 3 Missing Manual carefully explains each and every Elements 4 feature and improvement. It includes great new tools such as the Magic Selection brush for selecting complicated objects and the Magic Extractor for removing them for use in other images. Readers learn how to use the handy new Straighten tool to level out the contents of a photo, the new Adjust Color for Skin Tone feature, and automatic Red Eye correction. They learn to take advantage of the redesigned custom slideshow that allows them to pan and zoom and add clip art, as well as text tool improvements and lots of new choices for online ordering and sharing of photos.

Author Barbara Brundage tells readers which features work well, which don't, and why--all with wit and good humor. She avoids unnecessary technical jargon and delivers straightforward guidance and instruction. "Up to Speed" sidebars explain concepts and help newcomers accomplish what they want; "Power Users' Clinics" cover advanced topics that won't be of much interest to casual photographers. There are useful tutorials throughout the book with more than a dozen downloadable files for practicing.

The review:
This almost 500 page soft cover, fully illustrated book, is in fact what should have been put with the program as an all-encompassing tool to understand and learn on how to get the full benefit of the program. This book literally covers all aspect of the program so it would be the reference bible for all who use Photoshop Elements 4.

I started using Elements 4 recently after reviewing it because it is a great program. It does have a tremendously enhanced set of tools for editing and manipulating photographs. This book can help you find those cool features that might be hidden in the program as just another tool and allow you to produce high quality pictures with just a few clicks of your mouse.

This book is definitely a must for Elements 4 users and I recommend it highly.

Review ID Number: 647
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Review Date: 2005-12-13
Reviewer: Nick Sardy
Rating: 10 out of 10
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