Adobe Photoshop 4.0 Elements A-Z

Philip Andrews

Publisher Oxford: Focal Press
ISBN 978-0-240-52017-9
RRP £15.99
Reviewed by Heather Fulford MBCS
Score 9 out of 10

Adobe Photoshop In Adobe Photoshop 4.0 Elements A-Z, the author sets out to provide a reference resource to guide digital photographers through the many features and facilities offered in version 4.0 of the Adobe Photoshop Elements program. The various versions of Adobe Photoshop Elements have become increasingly complex and now contain such a vast array of tools that the program can seem baffling to the beginner, believes the author, Philip Andrews, a professional photographer, specialist international author, and lecturer in digital imaging, photography and multimedia.

As suggested by the title, the book is structured as an A to Z of the features available in Photoshop Elements 4.0. Each feature is carefully and succinctly described and then helpfully supplemented by worked examples on real digital photographs, showing ‘before’ and ‘after’ images to illustrate the effects of applying each feature. In addition, features are compared and contrasted to guide the reader in the selection of each feature. Detailed reference is made to the suitability of individual features for particular image types.

The A to Z structure makes the book a really helpful tool to have close to hand when working on Photoshop Elements imaging projects. Features listed in the program’s menus can be looked up quickly and easily in the book to gain a fuller understanding of what visual effects can be created. This makes it a much more accessible resource than some of the weightier handbook-style tomes on this program. The key element missing is an index to clearly cross-reference some of the features.

Overall, the author's aims of guiding the reader through the features Photoshop Elements are achieved. Used in conjunction with the program’s in-built Help System, this text should form a useful addition to the digital photographer’s library.