Photoshop Elements recently picked up the best photo software award at the PC Advisor Awards. And well it might: Elements is the easy-so-use little brother of Photoshop CS, the de factor image editor for professional designers and photographers anywhere. For just £79 you can enjoy almost professional-level image editing and creativity, and it is relatively simple to use.
For novice and even intermediate users, however, even good old Elements can be a little daunting to get to grips with, and a whole industry has grown up producing guide books for Photoshop. We recently read, digested and reviewed a bunch of them, and here are our favourite four Photoshop books, with a bonus general photography guide thrown in just for fun.
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Photoshop Elements 10 In Easy Steps is a reference book for all users of Photoshop's little brother.
An excellent start point and reference guide for those new to Photosho; Photoshop Elements 10 In Easy Steps will be a good buy at £10.99. But only beginners will find this book useful, and Elements' excellent help section may suffice.
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The Photoshop Elements 10 Book for Digital Photographers is the ultimate guide to using Photoshops little brother. But there are cheaper alternatives available.
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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Photoshop Elements 10 in Simple Steps is a 222-page book by Joli Ballew and Ken Bluttman, aimed at teaching photo-editing novices how to get the most out of both their Photoshop software and their camera.
Photoshop Elements 10 in Simple Steps represents good value at £11.99, but if you shop around you could grab an even bigger bargain.
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The authors claim that by reading How to Cheat in Photoshop Elements 10 you can utilise 90 percent of the capabilities of full Photoshop - and we tend to agree.
How to Cheat in Photoshop Elements 10 covers the basics without drowning the reader in advanced techniques and doesn't claim to make you an expert in a couple of hours. It will either be a reference volume for dipping into occasionally and when you need a reminder or it will become addictive, driving you onwards to master every technique available.
And that bonus photography book...
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Using Your Digital SLR Camera In Simple Steps is a practical photography guide book by Louis Benjamin, published by Prentice-Hall. A useful, easy to read and well put together book for inexperienced DSLR photographers, we like Using Your Digital SLR Camera In Simple Steps. It's a bargain.
Further reading: Adobe Photoshop CS6 review.