Our book review of Adobe Photoshop Elements 7 Maximum Performance: Unleash the Hidden Performance of Elements in Paperback by Mark Galer
Title: Adobe Photoshop Elements 7 Maximum Performance: Unleash the Hidden Performance of Elements
Author: Mark Galer
Publisher: Focal Press
Dimensions: 336 pages, 24.1 x 18.5 x 2.5 cm
Although they both cover similar ground in terms of understanding advanced techniques, the primary difference between this book and Advanced Photoshop by Philip Andrews is that Unleash the Hidden Performance is more of a workbook than a reference guide, in that it comes with a DVD full of creative projects to work on as you plough your way through the book.
Split into three sections Optimize, Enhance and Montage each of these sections is further split into a number of chapters, with each taking the form of a creative project based around an image. Within the Optimize section this includes lessons such as Crop and Correct and Tones and Sharpening. Projects in the Enhance section include Black and White, Toning and Motion Blur, while the Montage section offers lessons in Replacing a Sky, Layer Blending and Photomerging among others.
Galers writing style is enthusiastic and informative and also surprisingly easy to follow. Before and after shots are used to illustrate each individual project, along with screen grabs showing which sliders and buttons are being used to generate which effects. As a learning tool theres no doubt that this approach works very well. In addition to project material, the DVD also boasts over seven hours of QuickTime tutorials.
So, does this mean that its a better title than Advanced Photoshop? Well, that will depend on how you intend to use it. While Advanced Photoshop is probably the better all-round reference book for advanced users, Unleash the Hidden Performance is the preferable title for those regular users who want to become advanced users through hands-on learning and by getting involved with the software.
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