Photoshop Elements 2.0: 50 Ways to Create Cool Pictures

by Dave Huss

New Riders, November, 2002.
Trade Paperback, 276 pages.
ISBN: 0735713235

Photoshop Elements 2.0: 50 Ways to Create Cool Pictures by Dave Huss This books helps readers learn to work with photographs in Photoshop Elements 2.0. The tips in this book cover common procedures like cropping photographs, red-eye removal and retouching photographs, but also include more advanced tips such as rearranging and replacing objects in photos and using multiple photos to create panoramas. 50 Ways begins with a Quick Start section which covers the very basics such as simply getting your photographs on your computer and resizing and saving photos. The second part of the covers concepts in making photographs look more professional such as correcting color, distortion and lighting problems. The third part of the book, called "Getting Fancy", covers more advanced topics like adding cool text effects and removing objects and people from photographs, such as an ex-girlfriend who is no longer welcome. The final sections in the book include useful advice on retouching and repairing photographs, and a helpful section on using photos on the Web and printing your photographs.

Author Dave Huss, a photographer and photo editing instructor, has done a superb job of making the book easy to read and understand. The book includes full-color photographs that illustrate each step of the process to the reader. As Dave Huss suggests the book acts very much like a cookbook, and "it shows the steps necessary to cook up some great photos and other things using Photoshop Elements 2.0." This instruction in 50 Ways to Create Cool Pictures is very straight-forward and beginners will have no trouble learning how to alter and edit their photographs. Readers will be amazed at all they can do with their favorite photographs, both old and new. Highly recommended.

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This review was published in the December - January, 2003 of The Internet Writing Journal.

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