September 12, 2006
Photoshop Elements 5: The Missing Manual--O'Reilly's Newest Missing Manual Explains Everything You Want to Know about Photoshop Elements 5
Sebastopol, CA--If you love scrapbooking, arranging photos in galleries,
or creating cool slideshows set to music, you'll definitely want the
just-announced Photoshop Elements 5. And for those serious about
photography, the new version of Elements now includes Photoshop's most
sophisticated drawing tool, Curves. This major upgrade combining
Photoshop's power with Elements' simplicity gives digital photography
enthusiasts the tools the pros use to make their pictures shine.
"The new version helps keep photos organized, makes top-notch prints and
truly nifty creative projects," says Barbara Brundage, bestselling
O'Reilly author and Photoshop Elements' expert. Adobe is really jumping on
the scrapbooking bandwagon with this release. It's the must-have software
for the scrapbooking hobbyist."
Indeed, the affordable Photoshop Elements 5, which starts shipping at the
end of the month, has everything a digital photographer needs but a
manual, adds Brundage. Adobe only provides a pamphlet and some help files.
Enter Brundage's newest book, Photoshop Elements 5: The Missing Manual
(O'Reilly, US $39.99), to bridge this information gap. Review copies of
the new book are available on September 21, 2006.
"If you have an earlier version of Elements, you'll find a fair number of
similarities in the basic editing functions, but Elements 5 gives you a
lot of new ways to tackle old projects," says Brundage. Her new book
clearly and concisely explains how all the new tools and commands work and
when to use them. "With so many appealing new features, Photoshop Elements
5 is definitely a welcome, even essential update, no matter which version
of Elements you might have used before."
And with Brundage's fun, easy-to-grasp approach, readers are sure to enjoy
learning all the insider tips and tricks. This new Missing Manual explains
in plain words how to use the new tools and state-of-the-art functions in
Elements 5, including:
Scrapbooking tools. For the first time, users can create multi-page
documents, fancy photo arrangements with realistic-looking digital frames,
and customized layouts for scrapbook projects.
True black and white conversion. You could always remove color with
Elements, but in Elements 5 it's easy to create stunning black and white
shots from your color photos.
Curves. Not a drawing tool, but one of the most sophisticated color
adjustment tools from Photoshop. It's come to Elements in a simpler,
Flash Web galleries. Wonderful, interactive photo galleries that let
viewers do things like scroll through pictures (as though on a gallery
wall), or "turn" the pages, book-style.
Mapping tools. View photos like pins stuck in a Yahoo map, and share maps
with friends so that they can click a spot on a map to see the photos you
took of a particular location.
Burst mode storage. If you use your camera's burst mode (multiple shots
in quick succession), you can tell the Organizer to automatically create
stacks of the photos from each burst.
Readers also have the option to head over to the Missing Manual web site for links to downloadable images for the
tutorials mentioned in this book, to practice without using their own
Digital photographers and scrapbookers aspiring to improve their
presentations will welcome this timely new title in the Missing Manuals
series. This is the hands-on, desktop reference Photoshop Elements 5 users
are sure to refer to again and again.
Photoshop Elements 5: The Missing Manual
ISBN: 0-596-52728-4, 574 pages, US $39.99
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