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Book review: The Photoshop Elements 10 Book for Digital Photographers

£33.99 inc VAT (available for £24 at the time of writing)

Manufacturer: New Riders

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

The Photoshop Elements 10 Book for Digital Photographers is the ultimate guide to using Photoshop's little brother. But there are cheaper alternatives available.

The Photoshop Elements 10 Book for Digital Photographers by Scott Kelby and Matt Kloskowski wins plaudits for its Ronseal approach to volume nomenclature.

And it will land in your post box with a hefty thump, printed as it is on 440 pages of very high grade paper. The more you examine The Photoshop Elements 10 Book for Digital Photographers the more you realize the time and effort it takes to compile a detailed book such as this.

It is too heavy a book to hold in your hands, or indeed to read, for any length of time. But that is not its purpose. This type of book is more suitable for looking up a problem and resting it on the table near your computer while you actually work through the instructions. See also: Adobe Photoshop CS6 review.

The target reader of this book is described as beginner or intermediate Photoshop Elements 10 users. While this is correct, you will get more benefit from the book if you have some, albeit basic, knowledge of Photoshop Elements 10 before you use The Photoshop Elements 10 Book for Digital Photographers. It's more of an intermediate than a beginner book.

On the other hand if you read this book and do not have Photoshop Elements 10 you may want to rush out and buy the program. This book is so interesting it should help build your confidence in your own ability to manipulate photos. See also: Book Review: Photoshop Elements 10 In Easy Steps.

One of the best ways to learn anything with The Photoshop Elements 10 Book for Digital Photographers is to decide exactly what you want to do and then find out how to do it using the book as a reference. You will have more interest in the project as you work through the problem, picking up other skills as you go. This book shows you how to do just that. See also: Book Review: How to Cheat in Photoshop Elements 10

The Photoshop Elements 10 Book for Digital Photographers has a section on sharing your data with Facebook and other apps which many will find advantageous. However that is only one item among many.

If you are looking for a near perfect help publication reading this review of The Photoshop Elements 10 Book for Digital Photographers could be your eureka moment as it covers all the problems I could think of (and they were many). The index is very comprehensive, and it is simple for you to look up a particular problem or query. Turn to the appropriate page and there it explains in a number of quite detailed steps how to complete the procedure using graphics and images where it is felt they can add to the experience. See also: Book review: Photoshop Elements 10 in Simple Steps

Indeed, the only thing we didn't like about The Photoshop Elements 10 Book for Digital Photographers was its price: £34 is a lot for a help book for software that is only £79 itself, and there are cheaper alternatives such as the £12 Photoshop Elements 10 in Simple Steps and the £11 Photoshop Elements 10 In Easy Steps.

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The Photoshop Elements 10 Book for Digital Photographers Expert Verdict »
uthor: Kloskowski, Matt
Kelby, Scott ISBN: 032180824X ISBN 13: 9780321808240 Publisher: New Riders Pub Date: Jan 2012 User level: Beginner/Intermediate RRP: £33.99
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

You couldn't hope for a more comprehensive guide to Photoshop Elements 10 than The Photoshop Elements 10 Book for Digital Photographers. It does exactly what it says on the tin. But it's a premium product, and beginners in particular may find alternatives offer better value.

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