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About Photoshop Elements 5

The Missing Manual

coverIf you love scrapbooking, arranging photos in galleries, or creating cool slideshows set to music, you'll definitely want the just-announced Photoshop Elements 5. And for those serious about photography, the new version of Elements now includes Photoshop's most sophisticated drawing tool, Curves. This major upgrade combining Photoshop's power with Elements' simplicity gives digital photography enthusiasts the tools the pros use to make their pictures shine.

"The new version helps keep photos organized, makes top-notch prints and truly nifty creative projects," says Barbara Brundage, bestselling O'Reilly author and Photoshop Elements' expert. Adobe is really jumping on the scrapbooking bandwagon with this release. It's the must-have software for the scrapbooking hobbyist."

Indeed, the affordable Photoshop Elements 5, which starts shipping at the end of the month, has everything a digital photographer needs but a manual, adds Brundage. Adobe only provides a pamphlet and some help files. Enter Brundage's newest book, "Photoshop Elements 5: The Missing Manual".

"If you have an earlier version of Elements, you'll find a fair number of similarities in the basic editing functions, but Elements 5 gives you a lot of new ways to tackle old projects," says Brundage. Her new book clearly and concisely explains how all the new tools and commands work and when to use them. "With so many appealing new features, Photoshop Elements 5 is definitely a welcome, even essential update, no matter which version of Elements you might have used before."

And with Brundage's fun, easy-to-grasp approach, readers are sure to enjoy learning all the insider tips and tricks. This new Missing Manual explains in plain words how to use the new tools and state-of-the-art functions in Elements 5, including:

Readers also have the option to head over to the Missing Manual web site (www.missingmanuals.com), for links to downloadable images for the tutorials mentioned in this book, to practice without using their own photos.

coverDigital photographers and scrapbookers aspiring to improve their presentations will welcome this timely new title in the Missing Manuals series. This is the hands-on, desktop reference Photoshop Elements 5 users are sure to refer to again and again.

Listen to this podcast interview with author Barbara Brundage

Photoshop Elements 5: The Missing Manual
Barbara Brundage
574 pages, US $39.99, CA $51.99

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