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November 30, 2005

O'Reilly Publishes PS Elements 4 Primer

Sebastopol, CA The quality and features in today's digital cameras are inspiring consumers to become more creative with their photography and photo editing. Trying to achieve the envisioned result can be a frustrating experience, especially when the software and manual are not up to the task. Photoshop Elements 4 - the most popular image editing application for Windows-based PCs - will multiply your options, and using "Photoshop Elements 4 One-on-One" (McClelland, O'Reilly, $34.95 US) will turn the learning curve into a speedway. Digital photographers - amateur and experienced alike - will easily and quickly learn to edit and produce shots with extraordinary results.

This step-by-step guide by Adobe Photoshop guru Deke McClelland offers twelve lessons on real-world tasks, accompanied by more than 600 full-color photographs, plus two hours of video tutorials on DVD - making this a great text package for students, amateur digital photographers, and even experienced users. Using this hands-on combo is like having a personal trainer to walk you through every step. Users can read about a specific technique, see how it's done first-hand in the video, and try the technique with the exercises included. Writing in a straightforward, conversational style, McClelland shows readers how to use Photoshop Elements 4 to:

*Share, organize, and edit photos
*Crop and size photos, correct red-eye, adjust skin tones, remove scars, wrinkles and other blemishes
*Create dynamic slideshows
*Use new Magic Selection brush and Magic Extractor command to lift images and place into other photos
*Create photo-montages and multimedia projects
*Restore old photos
*Create panoramic photos
*Prepare images to post on the Web
*Create online galleries
*Archive photos

Designed for beginning and intermediate users, each of the lessons includes tips and techniques that even the most experienced users will appreciate. Each lesson has three to seven step-by-step exercises, and all sample files required to do the exercises are included on the DVD.

Prolific author, lecturer, and expert Deke McClelland is well-known in the world of computer graphics and design. He serves as host on the interactive "Best of Photoshop" CD that ships with the program, and he has written more than eighty titles (including "Photoshop Bible" and "Photoshop for Dummies"), with three million copies in print. In addition to being an Adobe Certified Expert, he is a member of the Photoshop World Instructor Dream Team, a contributing editor for Macworld and Photoshop User, and a 2002 inductee into the National Association of Photoshop Professionals' Photoshop Hall of Fame.

Peter Bauer, author of Photoshop CS2 for Dummies, applauds this multimedia guide, saying, "Whether you're brand new to Elements, or are transitioning from an earlier version, here's your key to learning Elements 4. Page for page, dollar for dollar, I can't think of a better way to learn Elements than 'one-on-one' with Deke McClelland."

"Photoshop Elements 4 One-on-One" is designed to function as an integrated training environment for the tool McClelland calls "the most phenomenal bargain in the history of digital imaging - a consumer-level program for folks with professional-quality aspirations."

Posted by covey22 at November 30, 2005 4:34 PM