|Title||:||The Photoshop Elements 13 Book for Digital Photographers (Voices That Matter) by Scott Kelby (2014-12-27)|
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|Number of Pages||:||390 Pages|
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The Photoshop Elements 13 Book for Digital Photographers (Voices That Matter) by Scott Kelby (2014-12-27) Reviews
Nachdem ich lange überlegt habe das Buch zu bestellen, aufgrund des Preises, habe ich es letztendlich doch gemacht und muss sagen, dass es schon nach dem ersten Lesen sehr gut ist. Das Programm an sich ist sehr komplex und mit der Methode, ich probier mal, kommt man zwar irgendwann und mal mehr mal weniger zufrieden zum Ziel, jedoch braucht man dadurch viel Geduld und Zeit. Das Buch ist gut gegliedert und ich kann es nur empfehlen.
I recently upgraded to Elements 13 from Elements 5. I've been using Elements for a number of years, mainly to edit some old photos that I scanned and needed some touch-up. I was very comfortable using the basic tools (crop, clone, spot healer and a little bit with layers), but never took the time to really learn the program. After purchasing a new camera, I wanted to be able to process RAW photos and edit my photos to look their best.This book is exactly what I was looking for! Depending on what you're trying to do, the authors walk you through the process step-by-step. They show you how to use the tools together (rather than just focusing on one tool at a time), so you start to understand WHEN and HOW to choose one tool over another. There are lots of pictures to illustrate the "before" and "after" effects, and they'll give you a ballpark amount for the tools you're working with so you know when to use a gentle touch, and when to "crank it up."In the past, I tried playing around with different tools based on a different "how to" manual for Elements. That book described what the tools did, but I wasn't sure how they worked together. The subjects in my pictures ended up looking like Frankenstein aliens (OK, maybe they weren't that crazy, but they definitely looked "off"). I ended up just using the "smart fix" or auto functions because I didn't know how to use the tools effectively to bring it all together.So far, I've only read the beginning sections of this book (dealing with Camera RAW), and it's a slower read since I'm trying to practice the techniques as I learn them (otherwise, what's the point?). I really like this approach, which really is focused on using the software to make better pictures rather than describing the features in isolation. If you're planning to use Elements for processing photos, this is the book to get!UPDATE 3/27/15I don't usually update my reviews, but I've had this book for a couple of months now and I've had a chance to work through most of the tutorials. In the past 2 months with this book, I've learned more about Elements than I have with many YEARS of using the program (with a different handbook as a reference). The sections on Layers and Masks are excellent-- I never could quite grasp what masks were, or why you would use them, but now it makes sense. Best of all, I've been able to apply these same skills to my own photos. I've saved 2 pictures just by using the techniques for lightening dark areas. This book opened up a new level of photo editing for me, but only with a lot of re-reading and application. If you're new to Elements, don't expect this book (or any other) to teach you everything you need to know in a weekend. But if you are committed and take the time to do the tutorials, you will be able to do amazing things with this program.
Photoshop Elements 13 is a great product, but almost impossible to fully utilize without a book like this (and there's only one book like this). Elements Help facilities tell you how to use individual tools, but nothing about when to use which or which options to turn on/off or what settings to use within individual tools. Imagine you've got a truck full of power tools and you've got the owner's manual for each tool; you know how to use the drill, how to use the circ saw, etc., but those manuals tell you nothing about how to the build a house. Scott Kelby's book shows you how to use the tools, with what settings, in what sequence in order to build the house Ifinished image) you want and have it turn out the way envision. Awesome book, worth every penny. The money I spent on Elements would have been wasted without also buying this book. (I also bought the Kelby books for previous versions of Elements, but 13 has enough new stuff that I needed this new book, too.)
Overall it's a great book. Walks you through what would otherwise be some confusing steps and helps you get a lot out of the program. I've bought books for Elements for vers, 7, 9 and now 13. You can tell the authors are getting a little worn out doing the series. The many jokes and some of the tips are obviously cut and paste from previous versions of the series. Unfortunately, some of the examples just don't work. (The problems start in Chapter 2.)I know it must be hard to maintain enthusiasm over a period of years, but if you want people to buy your books, you owe it to your readers to make sure every example you give actually works. And that the pictures in the examples actually match the text. As in the example where you blend two golfers for a flyer. The title of the photos in the example do not match what's in the text and kind of threw me for a loop.I can tell you as an educator, never assume your audience knows what the heck your talking about. Many of the previous tips can't be included in every book because the thing would be over a thousand pages. Replacing skies and the such can be found quite easily on the net and work the same way as in previous versions.Overall though, the book gives you a good basis for using the program. Many tips can be adapted for other uses, like changing the size of objects or other photos to make the scale match and such.A good book with plenty of examples. An absolute must if you're new to Elements.10-14-2015 UpdateBeen working through the book slowly while shooting. Ran into another problem in Chapter 9. Removing the Tourist. It just doesn't work. I think, though I haven't gotten any further testing my idea, is that they left a step out. The Tourist stays. From what I can tell, if you don't somehow SELECT the Tourist, there is no way for the program to know that you want to replace him. There are other ways to work around this, but again it is indicative of the sloppiness that has worked its way into the books.Overall, still a great book, but too many errors. Hire a few people who have little to no experience in the program and let them work their way through the book. They'll show where they can't make something work.