The Photoshop Elements 14 Book for Digital Photographers (Voices That Matter)
Author: Scott Kelby
I will confess up front that I am a Lightroom and Photoshop user rather than an Elements user. I picked up this book because I get questions about Elements and I was not very familiar with it. There are not as many options for books on Elements as there are for Photoshop but you can always rely on Scott Kelby when it comes to information about Adobe products. This book was no exception.
The book follows Scott’s usual formula. Each chapter introductory page begins with his flight of ideas on some vaguely related topic before getting to the useful information. The content is arranged in a two column format with text on the outside and screen shots of program related to the text in the inside column.
He concentrates on those things photographers would most use and moves chapter by chapter through a logical workflow. I learned that Elements contains some functions similar to Lightroom for importing and organizing images. It also incorporates much of Adobe Camera Raw to make the initial adjustments to the raw file. Scotts explains how these functions are used and ways that Elements offer automatic adjustments for the novice user.
Next he describes how to use layers and selections to work on images. He finishes up with discussions on finishing off a picture with sharpening and printing. He even includes some bonus content on the web for portrait retouching.
I was a little surprised by what all was included in Elements 14, but not by how Scott Kelby cover it. I have been reading his books for years and watching his video training as well. From his beginning content to the more advance material in other offering, I have always found it useful. Elements 14 appears to be a viable alternative for the photographer that wants to keep it simple and own their own software but I think Lightroom is still the place to keep images and do basic processing.