Media praise for Photoshop Elements 5: The Missing Manual

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"Do you need to edit and organize your photos? If you do, then this book is for you. Author Barbara Brundage, has done an outstanding job of writing a book that is intended to make learning Elements easier by avoiding technical jargon as much as possible, and explaining why and when you'll want to use certain features in the program."
-- John R. Vacca, Amazon Tech Write Independent Reviewer

"This is one of the best all around "how to" books for photoshop elements that I have seen to date. Most manuals go into great detail about how to fix photos but leave out the many other advantages and uses of the Photoshop Elements program. This manual covers the PSE program from start to finish, including text, brushes, slideshows, printing and photo albums. For digital scrapbookers who use PSE v.5, this manual will save much time and frustration. I highly recommend it."
-- Amazon reviewer

"Photoshop Elements 5: The Missing ManualPhotoshop Elements has become a hefty photo retouching program and this book really does it a huge benefit by clearly listing and explaining its amazing power. I've been a fan of the Missing Manual series for a while now, and this one is absolutely great. Filled with everything you ever need to know to complete a project using Elements, you'll enjoy the appealing layout and the simple and direct instructions throughout its 500+ pages."
-- Jennifer Apple, Photoshopsupport.com

"I bought this book out of sheer frustration over how to quickly add blur to the backgrounds of photos (and spending 30 minutes in the software's help menus and online to figure out how to do so). Since buying it, this book has clued me into a number of powerful techniques (including tagging and catalog backups) that have enhanced my images and my organization. "
-- Amazon reviewer

"This is one of the best all around "how to" books for photoshop elements that I have seen to date. Most manuals go into great detail about how to fix photos but leave out the many other advantages and uses of the Photoshop Elements program. This manual covers the PSE program from start to finish, including text, brushes, slideshows, printing and photo albums. For digital scrapbookers who use PSE v.5, this manual will save much time and frustration. I highly recommend it. "
-- Amazon reviewer

"This is an excellent resource and I'm recommending it to my Elements students."
-- Stan Ashbrook, PSA member and Photoshop instructor for the Tampa Bay Computer Society

"One of the beauties of the Missing Manuals is that there is always something new to discover and the research is quite thorough...I kept finding snippets of information, in the way of Tips or Notes, that would give just that bit extra."
-- Graham K. Rogers, Bangkok Post

"There are a lot of good books, but I keep returning to the Missing Manual series because they are inexpensive, easy to read and full of cool tricks and tips."
-- Bob Brooks, The South Bay Apple Mac User Group

"Author Barbara Brundage also introduces you to a new sophisticated tool called "Curves" to adjust the color and contrast in your photos, and shows you how to burn multi-session CDs and DVDs. As always, she lets you know which features work well, which don't, and why -- all with a bit of wit and good humor. Although the book progresses from simple to complex tasks, you can easily jump around to learn specific techniques, such as creating photomontages (composites), restoring old photos, preparing images for the Web, and archiving. More than a dozen downloadable images let you practice using the editing tools right away!"
-- Nick Sardy, Cariboo Computer Magazine

"This hefty full-color volume provides an impressive number of insider tips and tricks, along with instructions for accomplishing many tasks related to improving digital images. The author explains all of the tools and menu options. Much of the content is of use to any Photoshop Elements 5 user, although the hobbyist and scrapbooker will find information of special interest."
-- Michael Kleper, The Kleper Report on Digital Publishing

"Master the latest version of Elements by getting full explanations of each feature in a clear, easy-to-understand guide. "
-- PCPhoto, Dec. 2006

"Created for the home user, Adobe Photoshop Elements is an inexpensive and easy-to-learn image editing and organization system. Featuring fullcolor screenshots and sample photos throughout, this practical guide helps users get the most out of version 5. Using clear language, Brundage explains why and when to use (or avoid) certain features in the program. She also provides a number of hands-on skill-building tutorials. Brundage has been teaching people how to use Photoshop Elements since it was introduced in 2001."
-- Jane Erskine, Book News

"I have never used Photoshop Elements prior to my purchase of Photoshop Elements 5. This has become my bible for learning to use this product. Barbara Brundage has written a 530 page book that tells you everything you would want to know about how to use Elements 5. Because of her ability to explain everything in an easy to understand way, even people who are new to this program can readily grasp her explanations. I will never need to purchase another book on this product. It is great for both the beginner and the advanced Photoshop Elements 5 user. I will always keep this book nearby when I am using my Photoshop Elements to answer any questions that might arise. "
-- Joseph Kello, Amazon Reviewer

"I have never seen a manual for any program, hardware or OS which is anywhere close to this series in its helpfulness to the reader. Anyone other than the well trained techs can find this book valuable."
-- Ray Bowler, Vice President, Des Moines Macintosh User's Group

"[Brundage's] style is casual but very informative and her examples are well chosen and illustrated. The books on Elements 3 and 4 are very similar even down to the photographs used but Elements 5 has a lot of new and useful information and examples. The book is laid out in a very logical manner and the instruction is very good and concise. Virtually every nuance of the program is covered and well explained. I recommend the book to anyone using Elements 5. "
-- Barry K. Brown, Diablo Valley PC User Group

"I have reviewed quite a number of Missing Manual books and I am always impressed with them. David Pogue is a Mac master and the depth of his knowledge shines through."
-- Roger Bernau, ACT Apple User Group Incorporated



"One of the beauties of the Missing Manuals is that there is always something new to discover and the research is quite thorough...I kept finding snippets of information, in the way of Tips or Notes, that would give just that bit extra."
--Graham K. Rogers, Bangkok Post