Photoshop Elements 4.0 Tutorial/book recommendation wanted

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Dick Snyder, Nov 27, 2007.

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    Dick Snyder Guest

    I do simple editing with Picasa but from time to time I use Photoshop
    Elements 4.0. While I can generally get the things done I want with PE 4.0,
    I just know I could do a lot better with more knowledge. Can anyone
    recommend a good tutorial or book that I can use to learn PE 4.0 in a more
    structured way than just jumping in and hacking around?


    Dick Snyder
    Dick Snyder, Nov 27, 2007
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    Joel Guest

    I would suggest you to join few WEB photo retouching forum's where you can
    POST your work to compare with other users' work to see the difference.
    There you can ask for some specific quesion base on someone's work (work
    flow) then you can try to follow the instruction see if you can match the

    I don't know if this will work for you, but this was what I did over a
    decade ago after few years doing nothing but staring at Photoshop.

    - Scan few old beat-up B&W photos and try to repair and turning into color.
    This will force you do spend more time on researching, and you will learn
    lot more than reading some book or watching video tutorial but don't
    understand and no practicing.

    IOW, you may not be able to find all the answers for the B&W to COLOR and
    reparing scratches etc.. but you will find lot of other useful commands. And
    it may take you few weeks or months on the first try (it took me 2-3 months
    and some day I spent over 20 hrs).

    - After you have learned few basic commands, then you can post the original
    B&W image and the one you tried to some forum asking other for more advice,
    and their workflow. By this time you should be able to follow some
    workflow, be able to compare yours with theirs, and that's how you learn.

    Years ago, I used to hang around those forums and I was trying to help
    others who tried to learn, and I often refused to help ones who tried to get
    some free retouched to impress other.
    Joel, Nov 27, 2007
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    Dick Snyder Guest

    Thanks for the suggestion.
    Dick Snyder, Nov 27, 2007
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    Joel Guest

    That's my very own experience with Photoshop after couple years of
    Photoshop and I stared at each other doing nothing <bg>
    Joel, Nov 27, 2007
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    Dave Cohen Guest

    Your local library probably has titles for both elements and PS.
    Dave Cohen
    Dave Cohen, Nov 27, 2007
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    rwalker Guest


    Can anyone
    _Photoshop Elements 4: The Missing Manual_ by Barbara Brundage is very
    rwalker, Nov 27, 2007
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    Dick Snyder Guest

    Per a suggestion from an earlier reader on this thread I found a discussion
    group dedicated to Adobe Photoshop Elements. On that group I was recommended
    to read The Photoshop Elements Book for Digital Photographers. In looking up
    user reviews on Amazon for that book I saw the Missing Manual referenced.
    Reviews for both books were quite good. I have ordered both from our library
    system so I can see which style of writer works best for me. Then I will buy
    the book.

    Thanks for your help.
    Dick Snyder, Nov 27, 2007
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    Brian Guest

    As Elements 5 is now out, have you looked for remaindered copies of
    Elements 4 books on Amazon marketplace sites? That's my first port of
    call for that type of book.

    Brian, Nov 28, 2007
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    Joel Guest

    I don't use Photoshop Element but I read v6 (software) already out for
    awhile now. And usually book and video often release about same time ( the
    developer often have a copy months before they release to public).
    Joel, Nov 28, 2007
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    Brian Guest

    Even more lilely there's remaindered stuff about then.

    Brian, Nov 28, 2007
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    Dick Snyder Guest

    Thanks. I am going to check three different books out in our libarary
    system. I will buy one of them once I see what would work best for me. I
    often buy used books on Amazon. That is my first choice too.

    Dick Snyder, Nov 29, 2007
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    Bruce Guest

    I bought "The Photoshop Elements 4 Book" by Scott Kelby Published by New
    Riders & found it easy to follow.

    Bruce, Nov 29, 2007
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    Dick Snyder Guest

    Thank you very much. I have added this book to the list of books I have
    requested from my library system (a total of 4 now). With 4 books I should
    be able to spend a few hours with each and come up with the best book for

    Thanks to all in the group for your excellent help.

    Dick Snyder, Nov 29, 2007
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