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Old Nov 29, 2003, 11:45 AM   #1
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Hi all,

I finally broke down and ordered PhotoShop Elements 2.0. I think I'm going to like it a lot, but I know I don't have anywhere near the knowledge to use it to it's potential as I've really only been playing around with the auto-fix tools. Can anyone point me to some good web tutorials or even some good books worth looking into?

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Old Nov 29, 2003, 2:07 PM   #2
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I've been using "The Hidden Power of Photoshop Elements 2" by Richard Lynch. Good intro to digital images and image management (or manipulation) within PSE2. It includes a CD with "Power-User Tools." I bought it on Amazon for around $30 US.

I use PSE2 to work all my images (except Olypmpus' Camedia to do panagraphics, when appropriate.) and have found it to be an easy-to-use tool with excellent results. I do use Q-image, however, to do all my photo printing.

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Old Nov 29, 2003, 9:30 PM   #3
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I also have "Hidden Powers", which adds a lot of power to PE2, and I also recommend it, but I think it may be a bit much for a beginner. I would recommend "Photoshop Elements 2 Solutions" by Mikkel Aaland. It includes a cd with the images included in the book's lessons, so you can follow the procedures in the book with the same images. I found it a great way to learn.

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Old Nov 29, 2003, 10:09 PM   #4
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Excellent. Thanks very much fo the book suggestions. I'll definitely look into both.
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Old Nov 29, 2003, 10:10 PM   #5
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Excellent. Thanks very much fo the book suggestions. I'll definitely look into both.
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Old Nov 30, 2003, 11:51 AM   #6
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I have heard good things about the book "Photoshop for Photographer". I've never read it, so I don't know how good it is, or at what level it works (beginner, expert, tips, workflow...?)

As for web page, I would suggest poking around here:
http://www.luminous-landscape.com

for example:

http://www.luminous-landscape.com/tu...hotoshop.shtml

http://www.luminous-landscape.com/te.../process.shtml

http://www.luminous-landscape.com/tutorials/index.shtml

http://www.luminous-landscape.com/tu...es/index.shtml

This site isn't an "all about photoshop" site, but it does have good info about photoshop. Their "understanding digital USM" and "Understanding Histograms" and this one:
http://www.luminous-landscape.com/tu...d_primer.shtml

are very handy.

Also this one:
http://www.luminous-landscape.com/tu...orkflow1.shtml

Note that last link might be diving off the deep end. You might instead just skim it over. Look at the parts that sound interesting and apply to what you want to do. For example:
My pictures seem to have a blue tint to them all...

Then look at the "Color Balance" section. It's a little terse, but it might be helpful.

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I'm plodding my way through Hidden Powers too and I think it's a great book but, here's a book that will give you step by step directioons for fixing common problems and, achieving some really neat effects. It's: the photoshop elements book for digital photographers by Scott Kelby. It'll get you up and running and give you some stuff to play with.

Here's a link to the Amazon listing:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...13928?v=glance

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Thanks everybody for your help. The web links are great. My software cane in yesterday and some books like these will definitely come in handly
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Hidden Power Tools is a bit advanced. The other books mentioned are more like indexes of Elements. If you want an easy book that teaches useable techniques and combines features to achieve goals, look into 50 Fast Digital Photo Techniques by Gregory Georges. He provides all the image tutorials and you will learn helpful techniques.
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