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Chuck 
 

Learning Photoshop Elements 6


My wife bought me PSE 6 for Christmas. I've never ran any Adobe Photoshop software before, so - needless to say - when I opened it to play around with some pictures, I felt a bit overwhelmed. Could someone direct me to a Web site, book or other means of learning what appears to be an impressive tool. I plan to just play with some images and see what happens, but some targeted step-by-step instruction I'm sure would be beneficial. Thanks again.


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12/28/2007 7:17:40 AM

 
Todd Bennett
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/8/2004
  Chuck. Go to amazon.com and type in "Photoshop Elements" or "Photoshop Elements 6." You'll get plenty of books to choose from.


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12/28/2007 7:30:54 AM

 
W.    Whatever you do to your photos, do it to a COPY of the original(s)! Then, if something goes wrong, you can start again and you haven't ruined or lost anything. Have fun!


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12/28/2007 8:31:51 AM

 
Richard Lynch
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/12/2005
  I teach an introduction to Photoshop and Photoshop Elements (works for versions 3-6) right here at BetterPhoto:
Photoshop 101: the Photoshop Essentials Primer.
The advantage of courses - especially at the beginner's stage - is the ability to ask questions directly, which you can't in a book or video. Books, in my opinion, can be a great option when you have a budget-conscious approach. While they may be less expensive, they will also probably not get you up and running as quickly.
I suggest approaching it with small goals in mind. Open a picture or two and decide what you want to do (color correct? convert to black-and-white? clean up dust? crop?) and look for tutorials that help with those specific tasks. Don't forget there is a Help menu that tells you how to use the tools. Try to avoid working on huge manipulations ("gee, that dog would look better as a goat facing in the other direction!"). Often new users want to do spectacular things, and the level of difficulty they set for the tasks makes them discouraged with the result.
And as WS says, work on copies!
Richard Lynch


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12/28/2007 11:01:03 AM

 
Bob Chance
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/19/2006
  Don't let all the bells and whistles fool you. Photoshop is really quite easy to learn.
If you don't want to spend tons of money on books go on-line and type "photoshop tutorials' in your web browsers search engine.
There are countless sites out there that teach you step by step how to do anything from the simplest exposure adjustment to complicated masking.


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1/2/2008 3:53:53 AM

 
Mike McKenna   Chuck,

For most Adobe needs I use Scott Kelby's books. The layout of his books are very easy to follow and more "hands on" so I feel like I retain more. Warning...his style of writing (humor) sometimes is a bit tacky, but the information in there is good.

Here's a link to his PSE6 book:
http://www.amazon.com/Photoshop-Elements-Digital-Photographers-Voices/dp/0321524640/ref=pd_bbs_sr_6?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1199277100&sr=8-6

Hope this helps,
Mike


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1/2/2008 4:37:17 AM

 
Wendie    Go to http://www.photoshopelementsuser.com/

You can join and get great videos or you can just go to their forum which is loaded with useful info and help. And the people there are more than happy to answer any questions and help you.


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1/2/2008 12:45:33 PM

 
Richard Lynch
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/12/2005
  I'm not sure why there are so many recent posts tempting people to the other website and other authors when there is so much support right here. If there are specific questions, I'd be glad to answer them.

Richard Lynch


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1/2/2008 1:48:33 PM

 
Mike McKenna   Richard,

You're right this is a great site and I've been helped many times from people here. I was simply sharing another resource that helped me learn PSE and thought may help Chuck out.

Nothing wrong with sharing our own experiences with others and providing options outside of the BP Community. Isn't the main goal here to help others learn and enjoy photography from our own experiences?

Thanks for listening,
Mike


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1/2/2008 2:48:16 PM

 
Richard    I got a copy of Scott Kelby's "the photoshop elements 5 book" for Christmas. I found it to be very well written, easy to understand and useful. I have already applied several things I learned from this book. I highly recommend it.


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1/2/2008 3:20:09 PM

 
Chuck    Thanks for all of your input, opinions and advise. I have learned to work on copies, especially of the pictures I really like. Some of them that are just for practice I don't worry so much about. I'm sure I'll have many questions as I delve further into PE6 so I know where to come for some answers.

Richard, I do hope to take some Photoshop courses as well as other photography courses sometime in the future. For now I'll experiment, learn and ask questions as needed.

Thanks again to everyone and have a great 2008.

Chuck


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1/3/2008 5:35:28 AM

 
Bob Chance
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/19/2006
  Didn't mean to step on anyones toes. And seeing how you already made the offer Richard for Chuck to sign up for one of your courses, I saw no need to mention it a second time.
This is a great site with tons of knowlegible and experienced people. However, it isn't the only site.
I was merely offering other avenues that Chuck might want to explore in order to enhance his working knowledge of Photoshop.


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1/3/2008 6:08:49 AM

 
Richard Lynch
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/12/2005
  It was sounding for a minute like I'd visited the wrong site is all ;-) I'm just hoping we don't send people away seeking what's right here. It isn't just courses, there are blogs and these forums and articles and tips and the radio show and contest...

I get a little edgy when it comes to all the attention Mr. K gets. Though he's probably well meaning, he occasionally makes a recommendation for processing that are not -- in my opinion -- in the best interests of your images.

Richard


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1/3/2008 7:03:44 PM

 
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