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Book Review:
Photoshop Elements 2.0: 50 Ways to Create Cool Pictures

Photoshop Elements 2.0: 50 Ways to Create Cool Pictures, by Dave Huss. 314 pp. New Riders, 2003. $29.99.

Huss, an experienced professional photographer, author and digital photography instructor, begins with a brief tour of Elements, including the enhancements found in version 2.0. He describes how to import photos from a digital camera, flatbed or film scanner, how to better manage your photos by naming and categorizing them by folder, and how to visually navigate your photograph collection using the File Browser.

The book’s Fast Track Methods are steps for getting a job done quickly. To prepare a photo for printing, rotate the photo (if necessary), crop (if necessary), apply Quick Fix, then Sharpen. Ready to stretch your wings? Huss demonstrates how to make photos look professional, add arty effects, create panoramas, and clean up less-than-perfect shots. He then gives best methods for printing, creating email-friendly files and publishing on the web. Lavishly illustrated in color, the book is a pleasure to browse. Give this book as a gift, or to keep for yourself.

– Elsa Travisano

Copyright ©2003 by Elsa Travisano. This article appeared in the January/February 2003 issue of Newsbreak, the newsletter of MUG ONE - Macintosh User Group of Oneonta, NY.