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Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0

Mon Sep 01, 2003 9:55 am

I was wondering if anyone recommends additional reference materials (books) to help understand this program. I just purchased the software and look forward to one day having a photo on this sight.

I've searched Barnes & Noble, Amazon and here are some books of note:

Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0: A Visual Introduction to Digital Imaging
Phillip Andrews

Photoshop Elements 2 for Dummies
Deke McClelland, Galen Fott

PhotoShop Elements 2 Solutions: The Art of Digital Photography
Mikkel Aaland

Teach Yourself VISUALLY Photoshop Elements 2.0
by Mike Wooldridge (Author)

Anyone recommend any of the above titles? Also, if you have suggestions on how to accomplish getting a photo on, that would be great.


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RE: Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0

Mon Sep 01, 2003 9:57 am

Photoshop Elements is a bare-bones version of photoshop strictly for editing photos for the web. I personally don't think you need a tutorial to understand it, I found the help files quite sufficient.
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RE: Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0

Mon Sep 01, 2003 10:36 am

Ohhhh, I beg to differ. Elements and Elements 2 are much more than bare bones versions of PS...They are very powerful if used properly and can produce just about any effect you want on photos for posting here or for printing. (All of my photos here were done with Elements.)

Personally I found the "For Dummies" series pretty good. But each person has a different learning style and curve. Since many of these books are available at libraries I would advise going there first, taking a look through what they have and then buying the one that fits YOU the best.

Also look at taking an extension course in Photoshop if one is offered in your area. The hands on help can be great and learing proper post processing of either scans or digital will help you a great deal.

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RE: Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0

Mon Sep 01, 2003 10:55 am


I have both PSE2 and PS7.

PSE2 *is* a bare-bones PS7. Given the astronomical power of PS7, you're correct that PSE2 can be plenty powerful if used properly.

It's not a bare-bones program, it's a bare-bones photoshop.

I'd rate Photoshop Elements 2 with Paint Shop Pro 7.

[Edited 2003-09-01 03:56:05]
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RE: Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0

Wed Sep 03, 2003 1:23 am

I recommend PhotShop Elements 2 Solutions by Aaland. It is on your list and is helpful in explaining functions and how to's.

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