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This book contains step-by-step instructions for photo retouching and editing. The introduction was helpful for the untrained photographer who might not understand fundamentals (ie pixels, file formats). Instructions for the basic navigation of the program itself were also clear and concise for the information it offered.

The chapters are well organized. If you want to employ a certain technique and are not sure what it is called, it seems to be fairly easy to find what you are looking for either through the index or chapter description.

I found it difficult at times to complete a technique, simply because a palate or menu was not readily accessible on Photoshop Elements when I needed it. Occasionally the tools were not easy to find, and no explanation was available on how to find them (even in the introduction).

I recommend prior knowledge or additional research of photo enhancing if you are hoping for more advanced editing with your pictures. This book only covers the more simple techniques, not combined or progressive methods - although with trial and error you may be able to do your preferred technique anyway.

Overall I thought the book was very good. I would recommend it for even recreational photographers who need to fix or enhance pictures.

The CD-ROM included with the book contains a trial version of Photoshop Elements 5.0 and the photographs used in the examples in each of the six chapters.

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