2003 Best

The Hidden Power
of Photoshop Elements 2

from a member and frequent poster to the Designers' CAFE...

...a reader's testimonial:

Photoshop for "shallow" pockets

I have a G3 Mac that is fast maxing out on hard drive space and memory but I did not have enough $$ this year to buy a brand new machine and did not want to put any money in this one. Although I bought Photoshop 7 as part of an Adobe Design suite upgrade I was bummed to learn that I did not have enough system resources to properly run it. But I desperately wanted some of the new features for digital cameras that the new Photoshop was sporting.

Enter...Photoshop on the cheap.

Through one of Fred's deal notifications this year, I was able to buy Photoshop Elements 2.0 for about $59 and then bought Richard Lynch's book-CD combo Hidden Powers of Photoshop Elements ($40 retail discounted by 30%). The extras on Lynch's CD practically gave me all the functionality I needed from the "full version" photoshop at a fraction of the price.

The icing on the cake? Later this year I bought Photoshop Elements One-Click Wow ($29.99 retail less 30% from Peachpit Press) which allows you to do amazing special effects easily. (One Click WOW was a "BEST" winner from 2002!)

So for a little more than $100 I was able to do pretty much most of the stuff the full version of Photoshop 7 offers plus have a collection of amazing special effects filters.

Editor Note: is that an endorsement or what?

Hidden Powers of Photoshop Elements

  • List Price: $40.00; Price: $28.00; You Save: $12.00 (30%)
  • Paperback: 336 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.69 x 11.14 x 7.70; Publisher: Sybex; Book and CD-ROM edition; Level: Intermediate/Advanced
  • Download sample chapter: Separating Color and Tone (5.05MB PDF)

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